Student Research, Creative Works to be Showcased at Conference 

Biology major Lesly Ingram '17 presents her research at the 2016 conference.

March 16, 2017

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The annual John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference, which recognizes the research projects and creative endeavors of Illinois Wesleyan University students, will be held April 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The luncheon keynote speaker will be Susan Stryker, associate professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Arizona. Her historical scholarship, social change activism, media-making, and theoretical insights have helped shape the field of transgender and queer studies for more than 25 years. Stryker’s address at Illinois Wesleyan is entitled “What Transpires Now: Transgender History and the Future We Need.”

Styker won an Emmy Award for her documentary film Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria, and regularly consults on media projects on transgender topics. She is also the author of three award-nominated books and numerous journal articles. Stryker earned her Ph.D. in U.S. history at the University of California-Berkeley.

Susan Stryker

The luncheon for all conference participants, parents and advisors begins at 12 noon in the Young Main Lounge, and will also feature performances by music composition students.

Established as an annual event in 1990, the conference provides an opportunity for students who are pursuing individual research projects to present those projects in a public forum. It’s named for explorer and geologist John Wesley Powell, who joined IWU’s faculty in 1865. In 1867 he took IWU students to Colorado’s mountains on a field expedition, believed to be among the expeditions of its kind in the history of American higher education. Presentations at IWU’s conference will be held in CNS and State Farm Hall through the day on April 8.

The research conference also includes Senior Art Show and Critiques from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Merwin and Wakeley Galleries of the Ames School of Art building. Senior art students who have participated in the senior critique program will talk about their work.

By Reilly Kasprak ’17