New event recognizes undergraduate humanities research

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A new Humanities Showcase recognizes undergraduate research in the humanities. (Photo: Getty Images)

Twenty-five undergraduate students will gather today, April 21, to talk about their research and creative projects during the Humanities Showcase on campus.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. at the Stanford Humanities Center and will include short talks, a gallery walk with posters and several digital presentations, as well as creative performances by the students.

The goal of the showcase, sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, the School of Humanities and Sciences and the Humanities Center, is to celebrate the contributions of undergraduate students across the spectrum of the humanities at Stanford.

“We wanted to show the variety of the work Stanford students do in the humanities and illustrate how students are benefiting from that work,” said PETRA DIERKES-THRUN, assistant vice provost of strategic initiatives and co-organizer of the event. “This event allows students to share the kinds of inquiries they’ve pursued, projects they’ve developed with others and what they’ve learned or created.”

Among the students presenting is ALYSSA VANN, who is majoring in comparative literature and pursing a master’s degree in computer science. She will talk about attempting to interpret poems with the help of virtual reality technology as part of one of her projects.

STEVE RATHJE, who studies symbolic systems, psychology, and theater and performance studies, will be performing monologues from his play Signs, which is based on psychology research and was the recipient of the 2016 Oregon Play Prize.

ALEX ZIVKOVIC, a senior studying art history and comparative studies in race and ethnicity, will talk about examining a marine biologist’s films from the 1920s and ’30s.

Other students will tackle topics ranging from China’s default on government bonds and divination in South Korea to surrealist French poetry and suicide narratives.