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Honors student Sarah Pawlicki reads over archival material in Seymour Library.


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Sarah Pawlicki '17

St. Joseph, Illinois

Major in History, Minor in Psychology, Senior

Travel to Boston and preliminary research for Sarah's Honors project on mortality were supported by the ASSET program.

Honors student Sarah Pawlicki reads over archival material in Seymour Library.

Describe your research.

My research focuses on Algonquian Native American and Puritan English views of death, mortality, and the human body during the 1600s, as their perspectives on those subjects affected the eventual trajectory of the Metacom-English War (also known as King Philip's War) from 1675-1676.

What sparked your interest in this topic?

David's Stannard's book The Puritan Way of Death was formative for me as a historian. I knew coming into this project that I have eclectic interests (which is a large part of the reason I chose to come to a liberal arts school, where having diverse interests is encouraged!).

Throughout my honors project, I've had the opportunity to reflect on questions pertaining to history, literature, philosophy, psychology, rhetoric, sociology, and more—it's been very exciting! Mortality is a huge question that is addressed by virtually every discipline in some way, so I felt it would be natural to approach the topic in an interdisciplinary way.

How has Knox helped you prepare for this research?

I was involved in the ASSET program during my junior year, and my ASSET research fostered my eventual honors research. With my research grant, I was able to travel to Boston last summer and explore the Public Library's archives and the resources available at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Also, professors here at Knox have been marvelously supportive of my research. They've suggested sources for me to check out that helped me hone my paper's focus, helped me clarify my narrative, and encouraged me every step of the way.

Where do you see yourself after graduation?

I've accepted an offer of admission from the University of Minnesota—I plan to begin work to earn my Ph.D. upon graduation. After earning an advanced degree, I hope to be involved in archival or museum work in some capacity.

Pawlicki worked as an archival assistant and digitization assistant for Special Collections and Archives in Seymour Library. She also worked for the Center for Teaching and Learning during her time at Knox.

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Printed on Thursday, April 19, 2018