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Introduction

Texas ScholarWorks was established to provide open, online access to the products of the University's research and scholarship, to preserve these works for future generations, to promote new models of scholarly communication, and to help deepen community understanding of the value of higher education.

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Where Do All The Jews Go?
(2023) Cahn, Catherine
“Where Do All the Jews Go?” is a short story about a boy struggling with his religion’s perception of the afterlife. As his challenging questions are left unanswered, he finds himself disillusioned and pushed to the breaking point.
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“Colorism as a Result of Colonization and Global Ramifications”
(2023-11-14) Brod, Teresa
This paper overviews how colonization provided the foundation for ongoing white supremacy and discusses the numerous manifestations of colorism in several global regions. These include but are not limited to economic disparity, political injustice, and the vast and lucrative skin-lightening industry. By discussing how the culture of colonial hierarchy continues to influence beauty ideals, social stratification, and availability of opportunity worldwide, the permanence of white supremacy and the importance of reforming these standards is highlighted.
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‘A Gothic Portrayal of Mothering in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’
(2023-04) Baughman, Makayla
This analytical research paper evaluates Mary Shelley's depictions of complex parent-child relationships in her novel Frankenstein, as well as the essentiality of Gothic themes, forms, and devices in shaping these depictions. I argue that the relationship between Victor Frankenstein and his quasi-child mirrors the lived experience of the author, Mary Shelley, and serves as a theoretical allusion to Femininity and Matrilineal Trauma.
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Reimagining Allyship: A Love Letter
(2023) Reyes, Alexis
A young Filipino American woman named Suzy navigates adolescence, fetishization, and a complex mother-daughter relationship on her journey to self-acceptance. At its core, this three-part love letter is written by Suzy, for Suzy.
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Unraveling the Genetic Tapestry of Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder: Insights into Immune-Mediated Mechanisms
(2023) Antonacci, Payton
Schizophrenia spectrum disorder (SSD) is a severe and often debilitating condition. The associated societal costs include financial burdens, premature years of life lost, and a myriad of other complications arising with the onset of SSD. Despite this, the exact mechanism of SSD remains elusive, though its heritability is evident. Consequently, the current standard for treating SSD, typical and atypical antipsychotics, can have numerous side effects that reduce their efficacy for patients. In some cases, these medications can fail to address certain symptoms of SSD. Recent observations indicate that SSD typically co-occurs with an immune condition, leading to the hypothesis that SSD’s mechanism may be genetically linked to immune diseases. Comparison of the genetic architectures of SSD and other immune conditions reveals a common association between SSD and certain inflammatory conditions. These findings are in accordance with a well-established theory that SSD symptoms arise from neuroinflammation, though the mechanism of this inflammation remains unclear. The knowledge that the immune response is not only somatic, but also has implications for brain health suggests that SSD may genetically underlie heritable immune conditions or vice versa. The genetic linkage between SSD and immune-mediated inflammatory conditions illuminates a potential pathophysiological mechanism for the onset of SSD, opening a new avenue of exploration for treatment options with anti-inflammatories.