Thursday, March 27, 2014

Student Arts & Research Symposium gives students a chance to showcase their work

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield presents the third annual Student Arts & Research Symposium (StARS). The two-day event showcases student research and creative activities during the academic year.

WHEN: Thursday, April 10 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

WHERE: UIS campus – with various presentations in the Sangamon Auditorium Lobby, Public Affairs Center, and Brookens Auditorium

DETAILS: UIS undergraduate and graduate students will present their research and creative activities through short talks, poster presentations, art exhibitions and music performances. All events are free and open to the public.

The symposium events begin on Thursday, April 10, with a musical performance and launch of the student-run literary journal Alchemist Review. In addition to student presentations, art exhibitions, and music performances, the symposium will feature two keynote speakers.

The first keynote will be delivered by Peter Kareiva, the chief scientist and a vice president for The Nature Conservancy. He is a recognized leader in the conservation community. Kareiva will speak on Friday, April 11 at 1:30 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium.

The second keynote speaker is Dorothy Allison who is best known for her novel Bastard Out of Carolina (1992), a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award. She also wrote a short story collection called Trash (1988) and the novel Cavedweller (1998), which became a national bestseller. Allison will speak on Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium.

View the schedule at or contact Meagan Cass, assistant professor of English, with questions at 217/206-8358 or

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