Humanities Research Symposium at John John High School Tuesday May 23

  John Jay High School will host its 10th annual Humanities Research Symposium on Tuesday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The evening begins with poster presentations by Humanities Research I students in the John Jay High School Library. At 7:30, juniors and seniors in Humanities Research II and III will give brief presentations of independent projects across the hallway in room N-205.

“Humanities as a discipline is concerned with how philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history or language inform and define our societies, as well as define who we are as human beings,” said Dr. Marguerite Hefferon, who directs the Humanities program with teacher Therese Von Steenburg. “These essential ideas are woven throughout the students’ work.”

This year’s presentations offer interesting insights into what teens are thinking about, with topics ranging from feminism and neurodiversity to the EPA and American security post 9/11. It features:


  • Zachary Boles - The Detrimental Effects of the Declining Middle Class
  • Laragh Cronin - Understanding the Roots of Political Orientation and Participation
  • Chase Goldman - Violence and Children’s Mental Health
  • Maggie Greene - American Safety and Security Before and After 9/11
  • Zachary Johnston -  Reactionary Reform within the E.P.A
  • Kaley Mamo - Unconventionality, Anxiety, and Subversion in Postmodern Films
  • Isabelle Pierce - Examining the Shadow Bitch Archetype in 1990s Shakespeare Adaptations
  • Sydney Rappa - Storytelling: The Bildungsroman and Human Development
  • Sarah Richman - Combatting the Gender Imbalance in American Government
  • Elizabeth Shelbred - The Transformative Power of Education
  • Sarah Siegel - Contextualization of the Third Wave of Feminism
  • Lucy Siegel - Exploring 1960s Counterculture and Art
  • Alessandra Tucker - Cognitive Difference and the Prospects of Neurodiversity
  • Silvia Welch - Combatting Stigma through Art


in photo, left to right. Back row: Dr. Hefferon, Sydney Rappa, Chase Goldman, Zachary Boles, Alessandra Tucker, Silvia Welch, Sarah Siegel, Therese Von Steenburg

Front Row: Laragh Cronin, Kaley Mamo, Lucy Siegel, Elizabeth ShelbredIsabelle Pierce, Maggie Greene