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    The temple and the laboratory: The science and religion dialogue in Indiana Jones
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2014-04-25) Hiebert, Tyler; Dooley, D. Patricia
    Indiana Jones is one of the most iconic figures of the last century. The impact of Jones films on the film industry and popular culture may be inestimable. Despite this fact, few thematic analyses of the Indiana Jones franchise have been completed. At the same time, the dialogue between science and religion is one of the most controversial and important topics in modern society. Yet only a few formal studies have considered how this dialogue between science and religion is portrayed in popular film. The results of a thematic analysis of the Indiana Jones films suggest that popular culture, specifically films, are a viable medium for discussing issues like science and religion.
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    Theresienstadt: Hitler's gift to the Jews or way station to hell?
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2014-04-25) Trier-Metzger, Nancy; Stewart, James A.
    During the Holocaust, over 140,000 Jews were imprisoned in the Theresienstadt/Terezin ghetto. I will demonstrate that the Nazis did not originally intend to create an illusory "model ghetto;" rather, Theresienstadt was always intended to be a significant component of the Final Solution. By examining primary materials in German, particularly documents of the chief implementer of the Final Solution, SS General Reinhard Heydrich, I will show that the Nazis established Theresienstadt/Terezin as a collecting point and transit camp for Jews who were then sent to concentration/death camps (referred to as the "East" by the Nazis). They later called it a Jewish Settlement, exploiting the artistic and musical activities created by the prisoners, thereby creating a propaganda tool to convince the world of their supposedly humane treatment of Jews.
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    Acid attacks on women in Bangladesh
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School., 2005-04-22) Khurshid, Roksana Noor