For Immediate Release

Contact: Deborah Gilleran

Georgian Court Hosts Second Annual Undergraduate Conference

Lakewood, N.J., Oct. 8, 2008—On Saturday, October 18, Georgian Court University will present its second annual GCU Undergraduate Conference in the Little Theatre on the Lakewood campus. The conference is a scholarly forum designed to provide GCU undergraduate students with a forum to share their research with the university community, and also to promote a model of the Georgian Court student as scholar. The conference will begin at 8:45 a.m. with a welcome and opening.

“Georgian Court is a liberal arts institution, which means that it takes seriously the curious, creative, and critical spirit of inquiry. Risk being inspired! Risk making the transition from student to scholar! Risk sharing your passion for ideas!” read the flyer requesting submissions for this year’s conference.

Organized by Jonathan Kim-Reuter, Ph.D., GCU assistant professor of humanities, and Pamela Rader, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, the annual conference was launched on September 28, 2007, with student presenters on 3 panels covering topics as diverse as Walt Whitman, the bias against obesity, and the progress and recognition of music in film.

This year, papers presented will include the following:

  •  “Two Countries, One Island” presented by Lori Bataille
  •  “Mexican Americans and Education: A History of Neglect and a Future of Change” presented by Laura Carolfi
  • “Pieced Together” presented by Rosemarie Fabrizzio
  • “My Internship Experience: An Argument for Application in the Curriculum” presented by Mary Rose Fertitta-Zepp (focusing on her summer internship with NASA)
  • The Fortifying Force of the Native American Female” presented by Kathryne Fleschner
  • “Identity in Jane Eyre: Portraits , Landscapes, and Their Role in the Novel” presented by Mary Graham
  •  “Physical Spaces and Their Influences on the Characters of The House of Mirth” presented by Kathleen Heitz
  • “An Evaluation of Anti-Semitism in The House of Mirth” presented by Megan Mastrogiovanni
  •  “Immaterial Wounds” presented by Kathleen Morgan
  • “Mary Shelley, Successful Allusionist” presented by Lyndsay Oka

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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