Holy Cross Academic Conference 2017 to Showcase Student Work

350 students will present results of research, independent work across disciplines

As the academic year nears its end, more than 350 students will present the results of their independent work in the performing and visual arts, social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences at the 2017 Academic Conference, taking place across campus from April 25–28.

The liberal arts will come to life through performances, poster sessions, and presentations showcasing a high level of independence, creativity, and intellectual discipline, as well as the role professors play as mentors and model teacher-scholars for Holy Cross students.

For the first time, no classes will be held on April 26, the day during which most of the programming will take place, to allow students and faculty to explore the many sessions of the conference. The Academic Conference is free and open to the public.

Here are a few highlights:

Conference Kick-Off

The conference will begin with a performance by Uni2ACT, Holy Cross’s bilingual theatre troupe, on Tuesday, April 25 at 5 p.m. in Seelos Theatre. The troupe will perform “Walking Still: Rompiendo Barriers y Building Puentes,” a profoundly moving play written by the students that addresses complex and hard-to-talk-about issues around immigration and otherness.

The play is based on ideas and situations drawn from the students’ own personal experiences as well as from the larger dialogue happening in the United States. The title pays homage to the video installation, “En transito / In transit,” by Paola Michaels, that was featured in the recent “The Last Frontier” exhibit at the Iris and B. Cantor Art Gallery.

College Honors

Twenty-seven seniors will give presentations of their year-long College Honors senior thesis projects, which span topics in the natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. The presentations will be given from April 26–28 at various times throughout the day (see PDF of program below). Through the College Honors Program — one of the oldest programs at Holy Cross to provide special educational opportunities for academically accomplished and highly motivated students — each students conducts research during their senior year on…

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