Missouri Valley Honors Program to Present Research at Mini-Conference

Posted April 24, 2015

Students in Missouri Valley College’s Honors Program will present their research at a mini-conference from 8-10 a.m., Tuesday May, 5 in the Tech Center, classroom 215.

“Some of MVC's brightest and most ambitious students will be sharing their work in this formal context in order to get first-hand experience sharing their research in an academic conference,” said Dr. Claire Schmidt, Honors Program faculty and assistant professor of English.  “From political science to religious studies, from psychology to primatology, the research projects are fun, interesting, and inspiring!”

The schedule for the conference is as follows:

8 - 8:40 a.m. - Session I: Epic Politics, Past, Present, and Hypothetical Future

“Leadership in the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Ramayana compared to Ghana: Effects on Ordinary People and Resources,” presented by Dominic Opoku-Tuffuor

“Beowulf: Relationships and Reality,” presented by Tea Mortensen

“Executive Presence: The Connection Between Image and Leadership Perception,” presented by Jake Goodwin

“Siminas and Humans: A Thought Experiment,” presented by Shelby Dowler, session chair

8:50 - 9:20 a.m. - Session II: Narrative Meaning in Changing Contexts

“Fairy Tales’ Evolution in Popular Culture and Why They’re Still Enchanting,” presented by Elisa Kern

“The Movement of Islam,” presented by Taylor Gilkey

“Dante, Medieval Dream Visions, and Mental Health,” presented by Damon Bekovic, session chair

9:20 - 9:51 a.m. - Session III: Stasis & Dynamism of Gender and Power

“Comparing and Contrasting Bismarck and Odysseus and their Use of Manipulation,” presented by Lukas Schattenberg

“Beowulf, Mixed Martial Arts, and Masculinity,” presented by Blade Weber

“New Humanity: Gender, Spirituality, and Biology in Ancient Epics and 21st Century Latin,” present by Rene Buendia, session chair


Students participating in the event are part of the Missouri Valley College Honors Program.


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