All graduating Ashbrook Scholars are required to write a thesis as part of their participation in the Ashbrook Scholar Program. Over the past few weeks I have recorded three separate podcasts with the authors of the theses that were given the Charles Parton Award for best thesis this past spring. These three students graciously agreed to spend some time talking with me about their theses.
I commend each of these students again for their impressive work.
The links below will take you to a PDF file of each thesis. To listen to the podcasts, go here.
Lauren Arnold's thesis, "Rule in The Tempest: The Political Teachings of Shakespeare's Last Play," was of particular interest to me as my love of Shakespeare's work is no secret. She does an excellent job in the podcast of explaining the political complexities of the play.
Colleen Carper wrote her thesis on British code-breaking efforts during WWII and her thesis is entitled "Bletchley's Secret War: British Code Breaking in the Battle of the Atlantic." Ms. Carper clearly made herself an expert on the subject, as you will hear in the podcast.
Michael Sabo worked with an old friend of mine, Ken Masugi, on his thesis, "The Higher Law Background of the Constitution: Justice Clarence Thomas and Constitutional Interpretation." He did an excellent job of explaining Thomas's method of interpreting the Constitution and I applaud him for his efforts.