My name is Kristin Morrison and I am a junior at Loyola University Chicago. With the beginning of a long year ahead of me, I am so excited to use this blog to track my progress in the 2018-2019 Ramonat Seminar. As a political science and history major, the theme of this year’s Ramonat aligns perfectly with my interests. After completing the Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar in 2018, I am looking forward to continuing my interest in independent research through another project. At the Newberry Library, I explored the societal relationships and freedoms of 18th century, upper class women in England by analyzing different conduct books of the era. Hopefully, I can work on expanding my research completed at the Newberry Library by exploring Catholic women’s involvement in politics. Regardless, I am open and excited to discover what I decide to further research during my time at the Ramonat Seminar.