The central assignment of Senior Seminar is an extended, independent research project. You will produce an original, high-quality research paper on a subject that fascinates and intrigues you, and you will share your research with your classmates in a presentation. You can select any topic related to modernity and/or life in today’s world for this project. As with any research project, however, your work should begin with a clear and focused question, problem, or observation. You should also ensure your work is led by a central argument made in dialogue with scholarly literature you have sourced; your paper should not merely be a descriptive essay “about” a topic. Integrate course ideas within your paper and presentation to demonstrate your understanding of modernity as a theoretical and historical concept.