Annual Showcase at Smith College Celebrates Student-Faculty Collaborations
“How 9/11 Broadly Shaped Children’s Understanding of America.”
“Gay Marriage: Legal Problems and Progress.”
“Women, Writing and Mental Illness.”
“Happily Ever After? Reinterpreting Marriage and Divorce.”
Those are some of the provocative titles of 122 presentations and performances that will be given by more than 200 students on Saturday, April 21, during an annual showcase of works resulting from collaborations between students and faculty members.
Elizabeth Jamieson '94 works with Hope Stansfield '07
“Celebrating Collaborations: Students and Faculty Working Together” will feature presentations on a range of topics in several categories, including history, the sciences, theater, literature, government and economics. The presentations, which represent senior theses projects, independent study and research, will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a science poster session on the second floor of the Smith College Campus Center. Subsequent sessions will take place in various campus locations from 10:45 a.m. to noon, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 to 4 p.m.
The event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. For a complete schedule and more details, consult the Web site.
The projects in the event involve the collective collaboration of 83 faculty members. And while some of the presentations titles, especially those in science and technology, reflect highly technical subject matter, others are pertinent to modern societal issues.
Consider morning sessions titled “Does Right Wing Authoritarianism Affect One’s Perception of the World?” presented at 8:30 a.m. by first-year students Eleanor Rettew and Amanda Chesnut, or “It’s Not Working: Developing a Smarter and More Sustainable Land Use Plan for Miami, Fla.,” presented at 10:45 a.m. by senior Rachel Herrmann.
Some of the science-related research addresses current issues. “Tropical Desktop Computer Design” is a science poster presentation by four engineering students to create a computer that can operate efficiently in troublesome tropical climates. “Fuel Cell Design and Installation: Dairy Farm Manure Digester” is a presentation by four students on the integration of methane, power generation, hot water use and heat dissipation.
Afternoon sessions will range from “Reflections on ‘Eleusis,’” a DVD presentation deriving from a multimedia performance project by senior Kelsey Siepser, to a poetry reading, “Raising Voices, Raising the Dead,” by three students. At 2:45 p.m., senior Allison Kaylor will speak on “Existential Theories of Art Applied to Works of Literature,” and senior Michaela LeBlanc, president of Smith Republicans, will give a PowerPoint presentation on “Rockefeller vs. Reagan: Documenting and Examining the Decline of Moderate Republicans.”
This year marks the sixth annual “Celebrating Collaborations” event, in which students from all disciplines and classes are invited to present their scholarly work.
“These sessions represent the many and varied student-faculty collaborations which take place on our campus every day,” said Susan Etheredge, interim associate dean of the faculty, who oversees coordination of the event. “This is an exciting celebration of liberal arts education and all it offers.”
Smith College is consistently ranked among the nation’s foremost liberal arts colleges. Enrolling 2,800 students from every state and 60 other countries, Smith is the largest undergraduate women’s college in the country.
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