A community project hosted at Northeastern University

Student Exhibits for Our Marathon

About Student Exhibits

The following exhibits were curated by students in Victoria Papa's Advanced Writing for the Social Sciences course at Northeastern University in Fall 2013. The students in the course each created two exhibits, the first directed toward a public audience and the second directed toward researchers in their various academic fields (economics, international affairs, political science, etc.). The students publicly presented their exhibits on December 5th at Forum Restaurant, which was heavily damaged by the second bomb during the Boston Marathon. You can read more about the class on their course blog or read the original assignment prompts

Students Overseas, Home Under Siege

Ellie Buckhout

The exhibit profiles four different Northeastern University students who were studying or working abroad during the 2013 Boston Marathon. Each page includes how the students found out about the tragedy, their reactions to this, and how they feel now that they are back in Boston at Northeastern.

Boston Strong- AWD 3308

Tattoo and Commemorating the 2013 Boston Marathon Tragedy

Trevor Estes

This exhibit showcases tattoos made in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon tragedy, highlighting the works' commemorative meaning and connections to trauma for the Greater Boston Community.

photo of tattoo on upper portion of man's arm

Will You Be on the Sidelines in 2014?

Maggie Soto

This exhibit explores the journey and process that a single Northeastern undergraduate student faced in light of the attacks on the city of Boston during the 2013 Boston Marathon. 

photo of Boston Marathon finish line

Bombing Coverage by Sports Radio

Joseph Nolan

Coverage of the bombing was available from a large number of sources over a variety of mediums. This exhibit makes the case that radio, despite being a less obvious choice, was one of the more suitable news options during the traumatic events and afterwards.

photo of recording equipment inside of radio station

Political Responses (in 140 characters or less)

Rebecca Ruehlman

In today's world, Twitter is a place where anyone, including celebrities, musicans and political figures can share their responses to major events happening around the world. After the attacks at the Boston Marathon, Twitter was filled with tweets using the hashtags #Boston, #prayforboston and #bostonstrong. This exhibit focuses on what world leaders were tweeting about in response to the attacks. Along with the tweets themselves, the exhibit provides context for the tweet, adding more to the story than can be told in 140 characters.

International Reactions to the Boston Marathon Bombings

Emily Boldingh

Effects of the Boston Marathon bombings rippled out beyond national borders, with certain countries more affected than others. This exhibit aims to highlight six countries outside the United States that were impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings, and how and why each individual country was affected.

The Power of #Hashtags during a Time of Crisis

Potoula Tournas

This exhibit explores the power of hashtags among college students in Boston during a tragic event like the Boston bombings. It proves that the language of hashtags during these events ultimately contributed to the value of youthful solidarity among college students.

screenshot of tweet with image of finish line