#16: “Alexa, Who Are You?” with Libby O’Neil ’19, MALS

Frank interviewed a recent MALS grad, Libby O’Neil ’19, about her master’s thesis, “‘A Voice and Nothing More’: Technological Embodiment and the Artificial Female Voice.” Libby is a graduate of Reed’s only graduate degree program, the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, often referred to as the MALS degree. Libby used Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant as a primary text for part of her thesis, and used Alexa, in part, to examine some ways we use technology in our daily lives.

Learn more about Reed’s MALS program.

Reed community members can read Libby’s thesis online in the Electronic Theses Archive.

#15: Queer Intimacy in Media with Saga Darnell ’20, Theatre/Dance

Frank and Saga discuss Saga’s thesis, “Our Beds Are Islands: Creating Queer Intimacy Through Physical Theatre In The Age Of Streaming Media”, which included a theatre performance in the fall.

If you’d like to hear more from Saga, check out this TEDx event from January 2020 (referenced on the podcast).

Reed community members can read Saga’s thesis online in the Electronic Theses Archive.

#13: Families in Photography Books with Duncan King ’20, Art

Frank and Duncan talk about his thesis, “Beyond the Photo Album: Families in Photography Books,” and Duncan explains why photo books are his favorite way to display photography. He also talks a bit about how the pandemic did, and didn’t, affect his thesis, along with how his current role working in the Reed Admission Office is informed by his experience in writing a thesis.

Reed community members can read Duncan’s thesis online in the Electronic Theses Archive.

#12: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes with Gerry Peña-Martinez ’20, Art/Economics

Gerry wrote a thesis which focuses on 20th century cigarette advertisements, and the relationship which those advertisements mediated between cigarettes and the people who smoke them. Follow along with Gerry’s experience writing this thesis for an ad hoc interdisciplinary major.

Reed community members can read Gerry’s thesis online in the Electronic Theses Archive.