Senior Symposium 2018 – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Senior Symposium 2018


For nine exhilarating hours, 98 students will discuss everything from Argentina’s Dirty War to harmful algal blooms; education reforms happening around the world and in our own backyard; the causes of the 2008 financial crisis, the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s Disease; the mathematics of Arthurian legend and the connections that can be made between these topics during the 10th annual Senior Symposium.

Hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Geneva and Sanford Rooms, and Learning Studios 1 and 3 in the Warren Hunting Smith Library on Friday, April 20. Students will present on 23 interdisciplinary panels that run for 55 minutes each on the normal MWF class schedule. Three to four panels will run concurrently throughout the day.

Moderated by faculty, each panel is organized around a theme and brings together students presenting from a broad spectrum of disciplines while highlighting the interconnectedness among them. Friends, family and members of the HWS and Geneva community also come together to listen, engage and connect with the panelists.

Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Susan Pliner says the event is an opportunity to see the liberal arts in action. “Friday we will see our students at their very best: engaged, passionate, articulate, and clearly ready to step into the post-college world and lead lives of consequence,” she says.

Panel topics include: “Representation,” which explores identity and culture; “Gods and Heroes,” an examination of mythology, religion and media; “Complex Systems,” which tackles the intricacies of issues ranging from energy efficiency to Parkinson’s disease; and “Economic Security,” during which students will examine economic solutions to social problems like social services in Geneva.

The Symposium is open to students, faculty and staff, as well as parents and families of students and the Geneva community. The Senior Symposium’s full schedule is available here.