Outstanding Student Research Showcased in Annual Harrison Symposium

Exceptional research conducted by Lawrence University students in the humanities and social sciences will be showcased Saturday, May 14 beginning at 9:15 a.m. in Main Hall during the 14th annual Richard A. Harrison Symposium.

Twenty-seven students will deliver presentations on research subjects ranging from black masculinity in contemporary American film, to Yan’an’s influence on the evolution of propaganda music in China to the importance of the potato in Peruvian society.  Each presentation will last approximately 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute question-and-answer session.

Two sessions of presentations are arranged into panels by topic or field and are moderated by a Lawrence faculty member. Student presenters are nominated by faculty and invited to submit abstracts of their research papers. Based on the abstracts, students are selected to present their work in the format used for professional meetings of scholars in the humanities and social sciences.

The symposium honors former Lawrence Dean of the Faculty Richard A. Harrison, who organized the first program in 1996. Harrison died unexpectedly the following year and the symposium was renamed after him to recognize his vision of highlighting excellence in student scholarship.