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Wednesday, May 26 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
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Brenna Barton Analyzing Letters to La Pirenaica as Migrant Narrative 
Francisco Franco’s regime and the aftermath of World War II marked a period of political repression and economic instability in Spain, causing thousands of Spaniards to migrate in search of freedom and work. Throughout the 1950s and ’60s, hundreds of thousands of Spanish transplants entered France’s labor market, where they were largely exploited due to the language barrier and their immigration status. These migrants also struggled to find community in the French countryside, so they formed their own via a clandestine radio station nicknamed La Pirenaica which transmitted anti-Franco propaganda. Migrants wrote letters to the station expressing political opinions and describing their time in France, many of which were read on air, creating solidarity among the station’s audience in Spain and abroad. This research investigates the migrants’ experience in their own words through the content of these letters. Through the stories in these letters of workplace exploitation, experiences with French labor unions, political speech, and the poverty that awaited the Spaniards in France, these migrants formed their own narratives of the decades under Franco’s regime which contradict the official story of prosperity. Immigrant voices tend to be forgotten by history, but it is vital to uncover a perspective on the migrant experience in this era directly from the pens of some of the most deeply impacted. 
 
Sammy DiMinno Pregnant Female Athletes and How They Are Framed in the Media  
The purpose of this research is to examine how female athletes are framed and covered in the media in regard to both pregnancy and motherhood. The media plays an important role in framing women’s sport and how the media covers female athletes, has an impact on the way the public views them. By conducting a limited case study approach analyzing the news and sports media coverage of four athletes: Serena Williams, Alysia Montaño, Joy Fawcett, and Candace Parker, I aim to answer my research questions regarding what the common patterns are and what the medica can do better moving forward. By also considering factors of race and gender, I aim to also propose guidelines for how the media can improve their coverage of how they frame pregnant female athletes. My findings indicated that the media commonly framed the athletes’ pregnancy as a career roadblock which further can lead to a type of comeback story. The media also commonly frames these athletes as either mothers, an athlete who is also a mother, or as a superwoman. Furthermore, this research contributes to the future of how the media should frame pregnant female athletes. There is still a fight for sex equality in sports and the media should continue to fight for pregnant female athletes and their representation in the media.  
 
Maryam Moghaddami War and Peace: The Influence of WWII on Noir Films' Femme Fatale 
Noir films have frequently been understood to reflect a societal malaise and as the femme fatale remains one of noir’s defining elements, this research project puts forth the argument that the femme fatale is the reaction of the film industry to the changing gender dynamic in society.
This project utilizes information from the post-war era to make a case for the condition and discontent of women then. The hypothesis that the femme fatale’s character and death is a result of male anxiety primarily builds on Alfred Adler’s theory of the inferiority complex and Laura Mulvey’s theory of female sexualization and male control. "Double Indemnity" (1944), "The Blue Dahlia" (1946), and "Out of the Past" (1947) are used to illustrate this argument.
WWII saw women stepping into traditionally male jobs which gave women more freedom outside of the domestic sphere, something they were hesitant to give up. Male concerns about the role of women gave rise to an inferiority complex that made its way to the big screen in the form of the femme fatale. In this manner, male filmmakers were able to project their fears and overcome them through the femme fatale’s death or subjugation.
This research presents an analysis of film as a product of a male-dominated film industry which reflects an androcentric perspective. Understanding films as being products of their makers can be used both to explain the prevalence of male narratives and make the case for more diversity within the industry as a whole. 
 
Anna Nguyen Exploring the Political and Cultural Underpinnings of Vietnamese American Conservatism 
The rise of Vietnamese American conservatism is not a new phenomenon, nor is it an unprecedented one. Long-standing assumptions of Asian Americans as an ethnic and political monolith continue to exist and critically hinder analyses of this demographic as a powerful voting bloc. To those who are unfamiliar with the political and cultural complexities surrounding Vietnamese American immigration, it may seem like their support for conservative figureheads like Donald Trump is unfounded. To gain a deeper comprehension of this issue, I consulted a wide breadth of existing scholarship on right-wing conservatism and the Vietnamese Catholic experience. I also had the opportunity to connect with three prominent figures in the Vietnamese American community to understand how their lived experiences shaped the development of their political views. My first interviewee, who has chosen to be identified as John Pham, articulates how his robust conservative outlook stems from his devotion to South Vietnam as an anti-communist nation. I then spoke to Rep. My-Linh Thai and Rep. Khanh Pham, who shared their insights on the rise and future of Vietnamese conservatism in an American context. These conversations enhanced the strength of my findings, which ultimately illustrate how anti-communism, cultural stoicism, and the refugee experience impact the nascence of conservative values in generations of Vietnamese Americans today. 
 
Erica Waldron Women in Film Noir: A Reflection of Postwar Society’s Evolving Gender Roles 
During WWII, American society experienced a momentous shift in gender roles as women stepped out of the domestic sphere and transitioned into the wartime economy. Following the war’s resolution, the government and sects of society alike pushed for a return to conventional gendered spaces. Within this period of widespread societal contention and disillusionment, the dark and fatalistic genre of film noir grew in popularity. My research analyzes noir films using cinema and cultural studies lenses to explore how postwar society viewed ideal gender roles and the evolving place of women. Close examinations of Gun Crazy, Out of the Past, and The Reckless Moment reveal that female characters’ interactions with narratives of crime, love and family reflect contemporaneous societal concerns about progressive gender roles. The tradition defying femme fatale mirrors postwar women engaging in the workforce. The manner in which they are punished in noir is reminiscent of societal backlash against the shift in gender roles. In contrast, femme attrapeés are engrossed in their familial duties, therefore reflecting the reversion to tradition desired by society. Even though film noir allows femme attrapeés to survive the films’ finales, the genre offers a denigrated depiction of this idealized lifestyle. Noir was originally popular in the mid 1900s, but its ability to capture and reflect on societal occurrences through the art of film remains critical today as society continues to evolve. 

Wednesday May 26, 2021 3:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
https://uoregon.zoom.us/j/95806193866