SHOWCASE: Tues., Apr. 12; Classes cancelled to encourage attendance

The Stetson University Showcase is an annual occasion where students from all disciplines and interests come together to focus on their undergraduate research and creative arts. Beginning in 1999, Showcase is open to all classes, academic disciplines and forms. The symposium will take place on Tues., Apr. 12, from 9 a.m. until the end of the day (classes will be cancelled in order to ensure attendance).

“Showcase is not about any one discipline, format or media,” explained Showcase Director Kimberly Reiter, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Stetson. “It is the creative and intellectual expression of many academic methodologies and philosophies all coming together in new and interdisciplinary approaches.”

Eclectic presentations will be found across campus, catering to an audience of faculty, fellow students, community members and judges, ultimately for research awards that include a cash prize.

A banquet will be held in the Stetson Room, second floor of the CUB, at 5:45 p.m., and will be followed at 6:15 p.m., by keynote speaker, and 2016 Grady Ballenger Lecturer Jennifer Blackmer. Blackmer is an award-winning playwright as well as associate professor of theater and director of Immersive Learning at Ball State University. Her talk, titled “All the World’s a Laboratory: What the Sciences and Humanities Can Learn from the Performing Arts,” will expound upon her work in collaborative playwriting with undergraduates. She will focus on the resulting findings in such science and history-based plays as The Human Faustus Project and Daughters of Trinity, along with exploring the deep connections between the scientific method, research in the humanities and the process of making art.

Everyone is invited to the keynote address, free of charge. The whole day is a cultural credit event. We look forward to seeing you there!