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Senior Symposium 2015 on Friday

Each year, the Senior Symposium gives senior HWS students and MAT candidates the opportunity to take academics outside of the classroom and share their individual academic experiences and passions. This year marks the seventh annual Symposium, and a record-breaking year for participation with 147 students scheduled to give presentations on topics ranging from Post-Global Financial Crisis Adaptations to reggae music and experiential learning projects within the Geneva community.

The presentations are organized into 32 different panels that will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 17. The presentations will follow the normal MWF class schedule and will be held in the Melly Academic Center, which includes the Geneva and Sanford Rooms, and in the Rosenweig Learning Commons in the library. Each 55-minute panel session will consist of four different 10-minute presentations and include a question and answer session at the end.

The panels are each organized around a different theme that reaches across a range of disciplines, highlighting the connections and exchange of ideas through different areas of study that’s emphasized through the Colleges’ commitment to providing a rich interdisciplinary experience. A diverse sampling of academic areas of study is represented in each panel, with students in majors as varied as economics, physics, and psychology on a single panel.

A sampling of this year’s panel themes includes: “When is Loss Not Failure?,” a connection among music preferences, eating behaviors, and government deficits at 11:15 a.m.; “The Journey,” which includes presentations on faith, concussions, and introverted tendencies at 3 p.m.; “Removing Rose-Colored Glasses,” a panel on racism, the American dream, and social justice at 4:05 p.m.; and “The Local Life” which explores different student-lead projects within the Geneva community at 12:20 p.m.

The event is facilitated by Center for Teaching and Learning Assistant Director Ruth Shields, with the assistance of faculty moderators who help carry out each panel. In addition to sharing their work with peers and community members, the Symposium also gives students the experience of engaging with faculty outside of the classroom as the culmination of their time as HWS students comes to a close.

A full schedule of presentations and additional information can be found at:

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