Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Special Majors

Second Department


Reader 1

Lara Deeb

Reader 2

Ruti Talmor

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2018 Emma B Tasini


This thesis focuses specifically on student media consumption around the Syrian Refugee Crisis at the Claremont Colleges through interviews and participant observation in order to understand the role of media photos in knowledge production around the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Looking at the role of photos in a cross-cultural understanding of the Refugee Crisis, this thesis analyzes the way individuals read and interpret these photos. I argue that photos have a vital role in knowledge production of the Syrian Refugee Crisis however their presentation and consumption occurs in a complex world without guidelines of what photos impact are and how they should be used. Finally, I aim to understand the potential for more ideal representation of the Syrian Refugee Crisis.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.