Encapsulating a wide range of disciplines, the eighth annual Senior Symposium will bring together HWS seniors and MAT candidates to share their diverse academic experiences with the HWS and Geneva communities. This year, 137 students will present on topics ranging from LGBT rights in Latvia, carbon dioxide levels in California, Islamic banking and the philosophy of Punk, among many others.
Sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), the Symposium will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 15 in the Geneva and Sanford Rooms, and Learning Studios 1 and 3 in the Warren Hunting Smith Library. Students will present on 30 interdisciplinary panels that run for 55 minutes each on the normal MWF class schedule. Three to four panels will run concurrently throughout the day.
“The Senior Symposium is an opportunity for students to share with the larger HWS community what they have accomplished during their time at HWS,” says CTL Associate Director Ruth Shields. “These interdisciplinary panels highlight the depth and breadth of our seniors and MAT candidates’ work and passions.”
Each panel is organized around a theme and brings together students presenting from a broad spectrum of disciplines while highlighting the interconnectedness among them.
A sampling of this year’s panels includes: “State of the State,” which focuses on various environmental issues at 1:55 p.m.; “Commodities,” which features presentations on the future of Latin American economies, scenarios for a cleaner energy future in Texas, and the role of the band Radiohead in pop culture at 3 p.m.; and “With Reference to Sex,” which draws connections between sex education, contemporary American culture, and punk music also at 3 p.m.
The event is facilitated by Shields and the CTL staff, with the assistance of faculty moderators who help carry out each panel. The Symposium is open to students, faculty and staff, as well as parents and families of students and the Geneva community.
More information on the 2016 Senior Symposium can be found at: http://www.hws.edu/academics/ctl/senior_symposium.aspx