On Fidelity, November 27 2009

Fidelity in Nature
Anna Price, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Darwin viewed reproduction as a co-operative process involving a male and a female, where mutual mate choice leads to the production of high-quality offspring, which benefits both sexes. However, more recent theory and observation reveal that there is nothing inherently co-operative about male-female interactions. In many instances, including species with social monogamy (or “fidelity”), mating interactions are characterized by conflict, cheating and trickery between the sexes. The general lack of fidelity in animal mating interactions has lead to many fascinating adaptations, and may, in some circumstances, facilitate evolutionary processes like the generation of new species.

Faithful Attractions: Vladimir Gardin’s 1914 Adaptation of Anna Karenina
Timothy Ormond, Slavic Languages and Literatures

My research considers how a film adaptation can betray the novel and yet be faithful to its intended audience. I take the case of a Russian adaptation of Anna Karenina from 1914 and show that its interpretation of the novel reflected the tastes, culture and sensibilities of the urban lower middle classes. I pay particular attention to how the movie employs special effects and thereby sensationalizes the novel. This early film audience had little to no familiarity with Anna Karenina as a work of literature; the film recast the story in terms that were intelligible to them.

Risk and trust in retail banking: the Know Your Customer principle
Vanessa Iafolla, Criminology

This research examines the use of Know Your Customer (KYC) principles by bank employees to prevent risks posed by clients to bank security. These principles, part of the bank’s best practices, provide a knowledge base of the client and his or her activities that retail bank employees must use when performing client transactions. KYC principles fill in the gaps of employee knowledge of clients, constructing client identity based on official bank knowledge of the client and acting as a proxy for ‘personal’ knowledge of clients. This paper examines the use of KYC principles by employees, inquiring into the nature of trust and risk within the retail bank.

Fidelity, Solidarity, and the Communion of Persons
Kate McGee, Divinity

In this paper I will use marital fidelity as a model for a broader notion of fidelity, one of truthfulness to the being of the other. In the Roman Catholic social justice tradition, the principle of solidarity describes the calling of persons into communion with one another: witnessing, attending to, and crying out on behalf of those who are suffering. I will examine my experience in mental health chaplaincy in inner city boarding homes to discuss the practice of fidelity to the being of persons who are marginalized and abandoned.

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