Susquehanna University Students to Share Research
Published on April 14, 2014
Susquehanna’s seniors apply skills from their majors to a vast range of interesting and sometimes surprising topics. Karen Stewart, a senior English major from Hazle Township, Pa., uses her rhetorical analysis skills to illuminate the history of college athletics. She has examined how the rhetoric of speeches by Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson contributed to the racial integration of the University of Alabama football team. “Their speeches helped change the face of not only the Crimson Tide football team, but also the Alabama campus,” says Stewart.
Her project, “Alabama, Equality, and Football: How Civil Rights Speeches Integrated the Crimson Tide,” is just one of more than 90 projects that students are sharing at Susquehanna University’s Senior Scholars Day on April 15.
The annual event provides a venue for seniors like Stewart to share their scholarly and creative work and to recognize the faculty who mentored them. Presenters will cover topics such as Slovenian immigration to the U.S., war photography, synthesis of polyconjugated compounds, the debate on climate change, British youth culture in the 1960s, and environmental ethics.
Poster displays and oral presentations will be held in Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center. Posters will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. in Mellon Lounge, while oral presentations will take place in the Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms and Shearer Dining Rooms from 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 5:45 p.m. Graphic design pieces will be on display all day in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art, and recitals will showcase students’ musical talents.