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You’ve likely heard the phrase “A picture speaks a thousand words”, right? Let’s get into the spirit of photography as we recognize National Photograph Month.

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The Promise and Armenian Genocide as Research Paper Topics

On April 24, 2017, the film, The Promise, starring Christian Bale opened in theaters nationwide. The date is the anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian genocide that took place in Turkey in 1915. This chapter of history is fraught with controversy as the Turkish government refuses to acknowledge its role in what has been described as the first modern genocide.

Discover more on The Promise and Armenian genocide in your research paper. (Credit: The Nation)

Discover more on The Promise and Armenian genocide in your research paper. (Credit: The Nation)

The ethnic cleansing of the Armenians from Turkey is said to have inspired Adolf Hitler’s “final solution.” A research paper on this topic will reveal patterns of oppression that exist today. Read more

The Zookeeper’s Wife and Civil Disobedience Research Paper Topics

The film, The Zookeeper’s Wife, starring Jessica Chastain tells the true story of how Antonina Zabinski and her husband defied Nazi orders and saved hundreds of Jews from the Holocaust. In an act of civil disobedience, the Zabinskis took Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto and hid them in the Warsaw Zoo.

Discover more on civil disobedience in The Zookeeper's Wife. (Credit: Rolling Stone)

Discover more on civil disobedience in The Zookeeper’s Wife. (Credit: Rolling Stone)

Many eventually made their way to freedom. Acts of civil disobedience such as this are inspirational stories in history and could inspire your next research paper. Read more

The Handmaid’s Tale Research Paper Topics

The Handmaid’s Tale, published in 1985 by Margaret Atwood, is a book, movie, and now a new Hulu television series about a dystopian future in which widespread sterility has put men in charge of women’s fertility.

Discover more on women's health in The Handmaid's Tale. (Credit: New Yorker)

Discover more on women’s health in The Handmaid’s Tale. (Credit: New Yorker)

The story has implications in today’s political climate where laws are being passed restricting women’s ability to decide their own course of reproduction. Read more

Research Paper Topics For Symbolism in Art

When discussing symbolism in your art course, there are a number of ways you could interpret it, and several areas that could spur you on to interesting research paper topics. You could look into the movement of symbolism in art history, discuss the use of symbols in political art and propaganda, or look into the way religious symbols are used in artistic mediums.

See the many topics you can cover on symbolism of art. (Credit: The Art Story)

See the many topics you can cover on symbolism of art. (Credit: The Art Story)

As you begin your research in symbolism in art, consider visiting Questia‘s topic idea generator to get some ideas, or browse the symbolism in art introduction to symbols for inspiration. Read more

Get Out film Brings Racism to Horror Movies as Your Research Paper Topic

Horror movies may not always lend themselves well to research paper topics, unless the horror movie you’re considering is Get Out by writer-director Jordan Peele. A surprising success, Get Out had earned over $100 million in the box office as of March 14, at which point Peele became the first African-American writer-director to have a film cross that threshold. While many horror movies offer monsters and shock-a-minute thrills, Peele’s Get Out film has a more insidious darkness lurking beneath the surface: racism.

Learn how racism is presented in Get Out for your research paper. (Credit: YouTube)

Learn how racism is presented in Get Out for your research paper. (Credit: YouTube)

If you are considering research paper topics in your contemporary studies, current events or film courses, take a serious look at how Get Out questions the idea of a post-racial America. Read more

‘Moonlight’ and Research Paper Topics in Ethnic Groups

Based on a play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the film, Moonlight, dramatically illustrates the reality of being a Black male in white America. This is the second film from director Barry Jenkins and his first in eight years. So far, the film has garnered eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Adapted Screenplay.

Learn more about the Moonlight movie and ethnic groups. (Credit: Screenrant)

Learn more about the Moonlight movie and ethnic groups. (Credit: Screenrant)

McCraney drew heavily from his own life and traumatic childhood when creating his characters. Students, especially those focusing on culture and ethnic studies will find the film touching and informative. Read more

Research Paper Topics: Arrival’s Science Spin on First Contact

In the 2016 film Arrival, Amy Adams acts as a linguistics professor who is summoned by the government to translate an alien language (and find out if the aliens are planning to destroy the world), and tackles more cerebral aspects of actually doing science before taking a shortcut in the final act.

Take a look into first contact with aliens as your science research paper. (Credit: Inquirer)

Take a look into first contact with aliens as your science research paper. (Credit: Inquirer)

This philosophical look at the first contact movie trope in a film that has garnered several nominations in the Academy Awards, could provide a number of research paper topics on language, science, or film depictions of science. Read more

Why Oscar-Hopeful Bilal Movie Could Launch a Research Paper

The animated film Bilal is being “viewed by many to be the birth of global film making in the Middle East,” according to a contributor to the Saudi Gazette in “Saudi animated movie ‘Bilal’ to be screened at Cannes.” Though a film for children, the Bilal movie, produced by UAE and Saudi Arabian company Barajoun Entertainment and an Oscar hopeful in the animated category, presents a tale familiar to viewers in the Middle East or who practice Islam, but not as familiar to Westerners.

Look for a wide range of topics to discuss on the Bilal movie. (Credit: Barajoun Entertainment)

Look for a wide range of topics to discuss on the Bilal movie. (Credit: Barajoun Entertainment)

Loosely based on the life of Bilal ibn Rabah, a companion of the Prophet Mohammed, the Bilal movie focuses on diversity and the inclusive side of Islam. Read more

Fuel Interest in British Monarchy and Queen Victoria Research Paper Topics

Masterpiece on PBS unveiled a new series about Queen Victoria in January, adding to the focus on the British monarchy that Netflix’s The Crown, about the life of Queen Elizabeth II, had sparked.

See what topics you can discuss on Queen Victoria. (Credit: PBS)

See what topics you can discuss on Queen Victoria. (Credit: PBS)

These queens of Great Britain offer many research paper topics, from their places in history to the current revisionist reading of their legacies. Read more