Discuss Benghazi in your next political science research paper

After almost four years, the Benghazi controversy still generates headlines. Last fall, Hillary Clinton testified before Congress yet again about the terrorist attack in Libya. More recently, the release of the movie by Michael Bay, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, once again revived interest in what really happened at the U.S. embassy.

Find out more about the Benghazi controversy in 13 Hours. (Credit: ComingSoon.net)

Find out more about the Benghazi controversy in 13 Hours. (Credit: ComingSoon.net)

The causes that led up to the deaths of four Americans, as well as the aftermath for Libya and the world make intriguing research paper ideas to explore. Read more

Questia Reading Room: Recognizing Black History Month

Black History Month is an important time to reflect on the past, present and future of African American culture, music, civil rights and more.

Expand your knowledge of Black History as you read through our books. (Credit: asalh.org)

Expand your knowledge of Black History as you read through our books. (Credit: asalh.org)

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Research paper topic ideas for your Black History research paper

Just in time for Black History Month and in stark contrast to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, The Birth of a Nation has garnered top honors at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by newcomer, Nate Parker, the film tells the story of Nat Turner, a preacher and slave who led a slave rebellion in 1831.

Learn more about Black History for your research paper. (Credit: Time)

Learn more about Black History for your research paper. (Credit: Time)

While waiting for the film to appear in theaters, college students can check out Black History research paper topics and get a background in Black History. Read more

Flag desecration bill challenges first amendment as your research topic

Interesting research paper topics would be to discuss the 2006 bill in Congress that would have made flag burning and other desecration against the American flag a crime. In 1989, the Supreme Court ruled in Texas v. Johnson that burning the flag is a form of free speech, which is protected under the First Amendment.

Learn more about flag desecration for your next research paper. (Credit: Heartland)

Learn more about flag desecration for your next research paper. (Credit: Heartland)

Yet while incidents of people burning the U.S. flag in America are rare, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) sponsored the Flag Desecration Amendment, which would give Congress the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States. For your term paper, you can discuss the pros and cons of a burning American flag amendment and its challenge to freedom of speech. Read more

Research topic: Jesse Owens and Race biopic

Films about important historical figures may not be the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood, but they are movie staples that offer a combination of entertainment and history (some more accurate than others). Race, starring Stephan James as Jesse Owens, is one biopic that comes out in theaters this month. The Race movie is additionally important in the current Hollywood climate, in which the Academy is being highly criticized for snubbing African American actors for awards.

Learn more about Jesse Owens and the latest biopic, Race. (Credit: Moviefone)

Learn more about Jesse Owens and the latest biopic, Race. (Credit: Moviefone)

If you’re looking for a good research paper topic for a film studies or American studies class, consider taking a look at this new film about athlete Jesse Owens. Read more

#OscarsSoWhite and diversity as your research topic

For the second year in a row, all of the actors in the 2016 Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress categories are white. In 2015, the hashtagged phrase #OscarsSoWhite made the rounds on Twitter, protesting the lack of diversity in the Academy Awards. When the situation repeated itself in 2016, noted Hollywood voices including Spike Lee, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith announced their intentions to boycott the Oscars to make a statement.

Find out more on how the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag came to life. (Credit: Ivan Bandura)

Find out more on how the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag came to life. (Credit: Ivan Bandura)

The Academy was quick to react, and has released a number of changes dedicated to increasing the diversity of the Academy—and thus, they hope, its award winners—by 2020. If you are looking for a research paper topic in your courses on film studies, African American studies, or civil rights, consider taking a look at the changes being made by the Academy—and weighing in on whether or not this is enough. Read more

Iowa caucus and beyond for your research paper

For those who don’t spend their lives glued to C-SPAN, U.S. elections can be a crazy, confusing thing. Even if you do understand how the Iowa caucus and other presidential primaries play a part in getting someone elected president, the 2016 presidential election so far has been wilder than most.

Learn more about the Iowa caucus here. (Credit: The Des Moines Register)

Learn more about the Iowa caucus here. (Credit: The Des Moines Register)

There are multiple research paper topics to explore in Presidential politics, from understanding how our election process works to ways it could be improved. Read more

Migration crisis: Discuss how European governments are handling it in your research paper

The migration crisis hit a symbolic milestone in December 2015—according to the International Organization for Migration, European governments have accepted 1 million Syrian refugees and others from the Middle East and Africa.

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Learn more about the recent migration crisis. (Credit: Reuters/Scanpix)

The reasons these displaced people are fleeing—war, persecution and poverty—offer many topics for a research paper, as does how the European governments have handled the migrants’ desire to be granted asylum. Read more

Research paper topics: The China landslide and natural disasters

A landslide toppled 33 buildings in the city of Shenzhen, China, just before noon on Sunday, December 20, 2015. Landslides are a deadly natural disaster, and while it’s possible to predict them using modern technology, in practice, the damage is almost impossible to fully avoid.

Rescuers search for survivors of the China landslide. (Credit: Color China Photo/AP)

Rescuers search for survivors of the China landslide. (Credit: Color China Photo/AP)

If you are looking for research paper topics for your environmental studies or disaster management courses, consider looking at the China landslide, comparing the deadliest landslides, or looking into the technologies that might be used to predict them. Read more

Research paper topic: Trumbo movie illuminates Hollywood blacklist

We may think that today our biggest threat is from terrorism yet the film, Trumbo reminds us of a time in U.S. history when our fears were focused on Communism. The Trumbo movie stars Bryan Cranston as the famed writer who landed on the Hollywood blacklist for his political views.

Find out how Trumbo exemplifies Communism here. (Credit: orlandosentinel.com)

Find out how Trumbo exemplifies Communism here. (Credit: orlandosentinel.com)

Helen Mirren co-stars as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper who helped fuel the “Red Scare” that took over the nation during the 1950s. If you’re interested in the subject of censorship in America and the dangers of political oppression, consider investigating Trumbo and the Hollywood blacklist for your next research paper. Read more