Academics, Featured, Research, Speakers|April 17, 2012 11:30 am

Hollins Student Conference Highlights Scholarly and Creative Work from Across the Disciplines

 Hollins students will get the opportunity to participate more fully in the university’s academic and creative community during the Hollins Student Conference (HSC), which takes place Saturday, April 21 from 1 – 5 p.m. in Moody Student Center.

 “The HSC is a setting for the university community to come together to showcase and celebrate scholarly and creative undergraduate work,” says Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Jill Weber, who along with Dean of Students Patty O’Toole coordinated the conference. “The conference scope is broad and will feature a variety of podium presentations, poster presentations, and performances from across the disciplines. Awards will be given for the top presentations and performances.”

All current Hollins undergraduate students were invited to apply to present at the conference; 35 students will take part and five of those will present more than one original work. The conference will be divided into three sessions with the following overarching themes:

Session 1: • The Politics of Memory: Heroism, Patriotism, and American History • The Global Village: Politics, National Identity, and Expression • Looking Out/Looking In: Reflection, Self-Actualization, and Cooperation • Battling Binaries: Gender, Identity, Sex, and Society

Session 2: • Digging Up the Past: Gender, God, Graves, and Gold • A Populace Divided: Capital Punishment, Abortion, and Presidential Elections • Gender at the Intersections: Power, Representation, and Media • Poster Presentations

Session 3: • Marketing Health: Rhetoric, Oppression, and Advocacy • Poster Presentations • Performances

“Presenting at the HSC provides many advantages in addition to competing for awards,” Weber notes. “Students will be acquiring valuable professional and presentational skills for graduate school or their careers, building their resumés, and gaining important feedback about their work.”

The HSC is sponsored by the Baylies Willey Endowment. Attendance is open to the entire Hollins community as well as friends, family, and other guests of the student presenters, and also the general public. For more information, visit the conference website.

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