More than 180 sessions slated for Quest

Wednesday, April 19, will mark SUNY Oswego’s annual celebration of scholarly and creative pursuits at the 27th annual Quest symposium. Classes are replaced by more than 180 sessions, free and open to the public, that showcase the work of students, faculty and staff.

Several presentations will address literature and the arts. Student Brandon Maxim will present “The Un-Truth of Memoir” at 3 p.m. in Room 102 of Lanigan Hall. At 2:30 p.m. in Room 123 of Penfield Library, student Anthony Karge will head a panel exploring the use of anonymous sources by journalists. Eva Giacona, a student in the modern languages and literature department, will lead a panel on the social issues raised by 19th century Latin American writer Ruben Dario at 3:15 p.m. in Room 103 of Lanigan Hall. At 6 p.m. in the Lake Effect Cafe, art faculty member Matthew Friday will use a creative activity to broach the idea that painting can be viewed as a type of language.

Distinguished Teaching Professor Marilynn Smiley will host a presentation on how music facilitated cross-cultural communication between the Holocaust refugees housed at Oswego’s Fort Ontario and the local community. She will speak at 3 p.m. in Room 107 of Lanigan Hall. At 1:30 p.m. in Room 107A of Lanigan Hall, student Christopher Peck will address the troubled leadership of the First Crusade.

Issues in public education are at the core of many Quest presentations this year. A panel of graduate students, student teachers and two literacy specialists will discuss how art can increase literacy at 8:30 a.m. in Room 102A of Lanigan Hall. Cognitive science faculty member David Vampola will present the artistic representations of autism developed by his students in a project linked to this year’s Oswego Reading Initiative novel “The Speed of Dark” at 9:40 a.m. in Room 123 of Penfield Library. At 9:45 a.m. in Room 106A of Lanigan Hall, the Juried Women’s Studies Panel will probe topics that include character education and the role of race in the feminist movement. Barry Friedman of the marketing and management faculty will discuss factors in parental satisfaction with schools at 2 p.m. in Room 105 of Lanigan Hall.

Quest attendees interested in social issues can see student Karen Madison’s presentation on police brutality at 3:15 p.m. in Room 105 of Lanigan Hall. A panel of communication studies faculty will talk about the battered women’s movement at 2:15 p.m. in Hewitt Union’s Bell Auditorium. At noon in the Hewitt Union main lounge, student Laura Lenker will address the effect of deployment on the children of military families.

For those interested in science, Thomas Kubicki of the technology department will talk about a battery-powered racing vehicle engineered and constructed by him and his students at 10:10 a.m. in Room 106 of Lanigan Hall. Student Robert Metcalf will offer a case study analyzing the record-breaking 2005-06 hurricane season at 2 p.m. in Room 103 of Lanigan Hall.

Several honors students will present capstone theses at 1 p.m. in the Hewitt Union formal lounge, discussing the objectives of their work, their developmental processes and their conclusions. Winners of the annual English Writing Arts Awards will be announced at 8:30 a.m. in Bell Auditorium, with winning submissions read by their creators.

Nearly all academic departments are represented among the presentations of research projects, papers, theses and creative works.

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(Posted: Apr 05, 2006)