Hobart and William Smith Colleges - Senior Symposium 2019
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Senior Symposium 2019

What do trombones, eSports, food deserts and Guatemalan teenagers have in common? They are just a few of the topics that were discussed at the 11th annual Senior Symposium on Friday, April 19.

Hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning, the day-long conference provided an opportunity for seniors to present their intellectual passions to the HWS community. The Symposium was held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Geneva and Sanford Rooms, and Learning Studio 1 of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. More than 80 students presented their research at this year’s event.

The Symposium is organized into faculty-moderated panels focused around specific themes, including “Impact of Childhood,” “Taking Action” and “Challenging Myths.” The format allows students from different disciplines — such as English, Anthropology and Religious Studies — to share their insights on that theme. Multiple panels ran concurrently throughout the day.

Panel topics included “Voices” in the Sanford Room, which incorporated discussions on Julius Caesar, filmmaking, English education in India and voices from World War II, and “FLX” held in the Sanford Room, where students discussed phytoplankton dynamics in the Finger Lakes, downtown revitalization and environmental impacts on tourism.

The Senior Symposium honors “the best traditions of a liberal arts education,” says Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Ruth Shields, “taking academics outside the classroom, giving individual academic passions a broad audience and exchanging ideas across the HWS community.”

More information about the Symposium is available here.

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