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Bryan Butler Three Mile Island Incident: “People Do Not Want Nuclear Energy” The Three Mile Island incident was the most significant meltdown from a nuclear reactor in the United States; it played a role in changing the minds of many and their opinions on nuclear power. Many people shifted their support away from nuclear power and became afraid of the threat these plants posed. Regulations became tighter, and the government even began to shut down proposals for the construction of more nuclear power plants. Outside of the meltdown, there were other issues that arose, which led to the decline in public support for nuclear energy. Kenneth Navarra The Penitentiary System at Eastern State The goal of this research is to examine the impact moral teachings had on inmates at Eastern State Penitentiary. This work was primarily done by Reverend Thomas Larcombe during the prison’s early years. He provided detailed records on several inmates’ crimes, incoming temperament, and outgoing temperaments. This research will examine if these moral teachings proposed by him and members of other Christian sects had a positive impact on inmates’ successful reintegration into society. Conor Simpson The MOVE Bombing of May 13 th 1985 This presentation will go into the events that occurred on May 13th, 1985, in Philadelphia at the MOVE compound; specifically, it will look into the burning of the compound and its cause. Evidence suggests that the burning of the MOVE compound on May 13th, 1985 was not because of a communication failure between Philadelphia Police and Fire Departments, but because of previous confrontations between them. This presentation will cite primary sources from the Philadelphia Special Investigation Commission and the testimonies contained within them. Emily Bush Conscientious Objection and Draft Evasion During WWI A comparison of the treatment of draft evaders and conscientious objectors during World War I. An in-depth look at how these two groups differed in thoughts and deeds, but were still viewed and treated similarly to each other. This will be a work in progress at the time of the presentation. 20