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4th Annual LWC Women's Study student conference

Record 53 LWC undergraduates will present papers this year

By Duane Bonifer
News from Lindsey Wilson College

COLUMBIA, KY - The fourth annual Lindsey Wilson College Women's Studies Student Conference begins at 9:30amCT, Friday, April 10, 2015, at W.W. Slider Humanities Center, 155 Blue Raider Drive, Columbia, KY. A total of six sessions will be held throughout the day, and the conference will conclude around 4:30pmCT. The event is free and open to the public.

When the Lindsey Wilson College Women's Studies Student Conference started four year ago, there were barely enough presenters to fill out the daylong event.

This year, the annual spring academic conference will have more than four dozen students presenting papers on a wide range of topics. A record 53 LWC undergraduates will present at this year's conference, Topics to be discussed include film, TV, beauty culture, equality and social justice.

LWC Associate Professor of English Kara Mollis said she is excited by the wide range of topics that will be presented at this year's Women's Studies Student Conference.

"We have really wonderful critical discussions throughout the day on important social issues related to gender and women," said Mollis, who helped organize the conference and is LWC Women's Studies Program coordinator. "This year's conference will cover topics that feature a wide variety of issues, from beauty culture to issues of violence, social media and pop culture. These are issues that affect everybody."

LWC Assistant Professor of English Allison Smith said the conference benefits both the students who present -- because their work is excellent preparation for graduate and professional school -- as well well as those who attend it.

"One of the main benefits I've found as a faculty member is it gives me an opportunity to encourage my students to further their writing for an actual academic audience," Smith said. "I'll see a student do a really great paper, in maybe my feminist film class, and I'll say to them, 'This is really great. I want you to take it a step further, think about developing it more.' We see a lot of really great papers come out of our individual courses."

And Smith said that the conference always inspires LWC faculty members.

"What always surprises me year after year is how invigorated I am professionally when I leave the conference," she said. "I'm always so inspired and encouraged by our students' work. You really see how students change and develop perspectives over time, how they grow as individuals, and how they want to help their communities."

This story was posted on 2015-04-09 06:48:39
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