P@RE (Posters@ Research Events) is a collection that celebrates, captures, and provides a means by which student research, both scholarly and creative, produced and presented as posters for various research or academic events by The College at Brockport students, is available to a global audience through the Digital Commons platform.
Students may submit poster projects, which include an abstract for the project, identified key terms, and any additional materials (paper, presentation notes, and handouts). Posters and additional materials should be uploaded in pdf format.
In recent decades, scholars have noted the connections of health, socioeconomic status, and the role that individual, systemic, and institutional racism, legal and de-facto segregation, and criminalization (Wacquant, 2009) have had in producing health disparities, including unequal life expectancy rates between black Americans and other racial groups in the country. Over the past century, African American males and females have experienced shorter life expectancies than the national averages. Many rationalize this troubling disparity by citing individual “lifestyle factors” as a primary cause, thereby suggesting that health outcomes are a simple matter of individual choice. Otherwise known as healthism (Cheek, 2008), this ideology fails to acknowledge how social determinants such as where one lives, household income, and education can impact one’s ability to directly control their own health within constrained conditions. This study seeks to examine the historical underpinnings of racial disparities in health and how they ultimately impact life expectancy in addition to displaying that the healthism ideology is not basis for biological explanation.
Rochester’s African Methodist Episcopal Church Zion
An empty church building stands on Favor Street in Rochester, New York. A for-sale sign stands in the yard. The grass is overgrown. A tall fence surrounds the property to fend off any would-be trespassers. This building was the third edifice of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion church, originally built on this same location in 1830. The city wanted to build an expressway in the 1970s so the church membership moved to a different location less than a mile away.
There is nothing spectacular about the building’s architecture. Its significance lies in the people who spoke there. Rev. Thomas James, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, and Hester Jeffrey all spoke in its pulpit for abolition or women’s suffrage in the nineteenth century. Its significance also lies in the activities that occurred within its walls. Douglass published the first few issues of The North Star in its basement. James published The Rights of Man there. African American men, women, and children learned to read and survive as free people in its hallowed walls. The noteworthy people turn an ordinary building into one of great import in the City of Rochester.
Julie M. Oyer
This project examines Walt Whitman’s poetic voice – pre, during, and post-Civil War conflict. The essay argues that through the various iterations of Leaves of Grass, 1855 through the authoritative 1892 publication, Walt Whitman’s poetic voice and style is revised and reformed by the Civil War’s transformative power. Critics agree that the “poet of democracy…[who] celebrated the mystical, divine potential of the individual”  and was witness to war’s realistic horror and the powerlessness of one, forever changed in both Whitman’s personal and poetic writing. The project further explores the idea that Whitman’s writing mirrors the courageous individuals represented in Embattled Courage as author, Gerald Linderman, notes the same transformation upon the brave men who filled the battle lines of blue and grey.
 Jeanne Campbell Reesman, “Walt Whitman, 1819-1892” in The Norton Anthology of American Literature, ed. Nina Baym (New York: Norton, 2007), C: 17.