Art as a Magnifying Glass: Research Award Winners Explore Global Issues Through Film, Theater

Dyson students who received research grants took interdisciplinary approaches to examine contemporary issues, producing a film on Ukrainian refugees in Ireland and exploring conflict resolution through a unique genre of theater. 

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Through a Provost Office Student Faculty Undergraduate Research Initiative Award, Film and Screen Studies major Veronika Orlovska ’25 visited a Ukrainian refugee camp in a small town in Ireland to share the experiences of children—rooted in her own personal story—through the power of art and film.

As recipients of a 2022 Dyson Summer Research Award, Dante Dallago ’24, Directing and Peace and Justice Studies, and Kalina Walaski ’24, Acting and Peace and Justice Studies, collaborated on “Happy Holidays,” an investigative theater performance piece exploring the dynamics of the holiday dinner table from the perspective of Gen Z students. They will present it at the International Peace Research Association Conference in Trinidad and Tobago in May.