Qualifying Paper Presenter Profiles
These graduate students will be writing and presenting their qualifying papers during the 2017-18 academic year, the culmination of their Master's Degree.
Amanda Lesnikowski has been at St. Thomas since 2009 when she began her undergraduate degree with the department of Art History. Returning to St. Thomas to complete her M.A. was a natural fit! Through the lens of memory theory, her paper will examine how architecture at two memorial museums, the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York and the Museum of the Second World War in Poland, convey an understanding of institutional memory tied to the tragic events of 9/11 and WWII, respectively. This research is important given the current boom in dark tourism and the resulting growth of commodification of tragedies. The tourism industry has seen a spike in the number of people that flock to sites of tragedy, like Ground Zero, to feel a personal connection to the people that died. She will consider with each the role of site, institutional memory approach, and the responsibility of being a memorial in a museum. This research was inspired by a seminar with Dr. Victoria Young on contemporary architecture.