Conferences and Papers

Principia students attend academic conferences in a variety of disciplines. In addition to hearing from leading experts on topics of interest, students have delivered papers and taken part in panel discussions. Here are just a few of the conference-based opportunities students at Principia have had in the past five years: 

  • At the Central States Anthropological Society 2010 annual conference, three students presented original research on India. The president of the national-level American Anthropological Association attended their panel,“Continuity and Change in Udaipur, Rajasthan,” and complimented all three students on their work.
  • Four students gave a panel presentation at the 2010 Popular Culture Association’s annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Their panel, “Vietnam Looks Outward,” grew out of the research they conducted in Vietnam and Cambodia, and included presentations on Vietnam’s colonial past and on Vietnamese views of Cambodia, Japan, and China.
  • Two students presented papers at the 2009 Central States Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. One drew connections between the portrayal of women in Proverbs and their depiction in contemporary films. The other took a more creative approach. Her paper, entitled “Job’s Wife: What to do when everything falls apart and your husband goes off on an existential journey, a survivor’s guide,” retold the story of Job from the perspective of his wife. The latter was selected for publication in the second volume of Women in the Biblical World: A Survey of Old and New Testament Perspectives.
  • A global perspectives major with minors in French, environmental studies, and Asian studies, traveled to Umea, Sweden, in 2009 to present at the Second Gender and Forestry Conference alongside researchers from Nepal, India, Kenya, Thailand, Cameroon, and Sweden, among others. Her paper was titled “Women in Forestry: A Study of Kenya’s Green Belt Movement and Nepal’s Community Forestry Program.”
  • A junior traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to deliver her paper “An Unbroken Link: Democracy and Economics in Brazil” at the 2008 annual meeting of the Midwest Association of Latin American Studies. Her paper won second place for outstanding undergraduate paper that year.
  • At the 2008 annual meeting of the Illinois Political Science Association, two seniors presented a paper they’d co-written entitled “Candidate Sex and Voting: An Examination of Gender Bias.”
  • As a sophomore, a student from Colorado presented a paper he’d written on Latin American politics at the 2006 Midwest Association for Latin American Studies annual conference held in Nicaragua. The trip was an excellent introduction both to the discipline and to the country, including an opportunity to meet with President Ortega.