2014 Graduate Research Conference

Friday, May 23, 2014

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

University of Washington Bothell
North Creek Events Center

Conference Schedule

Gathering and Refreshments

9:30 - 10:00 am

Welcome and Introduction

10:00 – 10:15 am
Crispin Thurlow, Academic Director

Session 1: Alternative Narratives

10:15 – 11:15 am
Moderator: S. Charusheela, faculty


Bogdana Manole
Haida’s strategies for claiming recognition through natural resource management: A Comparative Analysis

Nora Johnson
White Allyship: A Racial Project for Well Meaning White Folks

Amber Rozier
“This Is For My Niggas”: Examining Racialized Language and Representation in Contemporary Media

Calvin Timmons
Critical Actions: Intervention into the Process of Knowledge

Session 2: The Importance of Place and Space in the Shaping of Communities and Cultural Identity

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moderator: Amoshaun Toft, faculty


Lisa Herriott
Respite: a place of change, hope, and healing

Lauren W. Russell
Sowing and Reaping: Seattle’s Community Gardens Serve as Sites of Innovation, Spirituality, and Resistance

Sofia Piel
Fish, Sitar, and Blood: The Senses as Cultural Representations of Home

Ronnie Thibault
The Cultural Politics of Representation, Global Development and Humanitarianism: Radical Digital Cartography as a Cultural Studies Methodology


12:30 - 1:30 pm

Session 3: Challenging the Institutions of Higher Education, the Fire Service, and the Prison Industrial Complex

1:30 - 2:30 pm
Moderator: Ben Gardner, faculty


Judith Kuleta
Understanding the Culture of Resistance to Inclusion of Women in the American Fire Service

Vanessa Hooper
Can I Tell You My Story

Jan Harrison
Drawing on Memory: An Exercise in Experience and Articulation

Nicole Wilson
Everybody’s Got Sh*t: The Marginalization of Mental Illness in Higher Education

Session 4: Arts-based Inquiry and Cultural Interventions

2:45 - 3:45 pm
Moderator: Sarah Dowling, faculty


Christa Bell
The Problem with Worshiping Women: An Exploration of the Role That Self-Esteem Plays In the Production of Spiritual Culture

Jun Chen
The Efficacy of Performance-based Pedagogies for Developing Cross-cultural Communication Skills

Nate Stout
Stop Making Sense: Identity, Common Sense, and Experimental Writing

Gina Hutter
Visualizing Public Private Partnerships

Closing and Reception

3:45 pm

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Past Conferences

Learn about past Graduate Research Conferences.

2013 conference

2012 conference

2011 conference

2010 conference