Crisscross: Journal of Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Work


To foster and celebrate student research that engages, translates, and bridges academic disciplines and/or crosses traditional academic boundaries, the IWU chapter of Phi Beta Kappa has invited students to think creatively about how the disciplines in which they are most engaged intersect, overlap, or diverge, and to explore the benefits of looking at an issue from more than one disciplinary perspective.

The PBK Liberal Arts Scholar Award is open to students who work in any medium, be it artwork, a music composition, photography or film, a collection of poetry, or other scholarly or artistic endeavor produced during the senior year that demonstrates an interdisciplinary approach to the topic and/or an interdisciplinary solution to the problem under study. 

The applicants for the award in 2013 represent a range of disciplines including: anthropology, art, environmental studies, French & Francophone studies, Hispanic studies, political science, and sociology, and their senior level work included research papers in English and in Spanish, as well as in graphic design.

Crisscross is a new journal that features the work the applicants submitted for the Award:

Carlson, Sarah (2013) - "From the Philippines to The Field Museum: A Study of Ilongot (Bugkalot) Personal Adornment"

Dunham, Olivia (2013) - "Private Speech, Public Pain"

Kenny, Daniel (2013) - "Transforming the Farm Bill: The Local Food Movement and Political Change"

Klingele, Maria (2013) - "Voice and Resistance in Maryse Condé's le Cœur à rire et à pleurer: Dynamics of Race, Gender, and Écriture Féminine"

Hones, Laura (2013) - "Filling a House with Meaning: The Construction of a Chicago Housing Cooperative"

Rusin, Sylvia (2013) - "Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Understanding the Daily Life of Undocumented High School Youth"

Wolfe, Kylene (2013) - "Rugrats and Don Quijote de la Mancha: a Different Perspective Between Reality and Fantasy"