IWU Holds Annual Undergraduate Research Conference April 21
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Wesleyan University students across all years and majors
will have the opportunity to share their individual research projects at the 28th
annual John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference on Saturday, April 21.
A full schedule with locations for each event can be found here. The conference is free and open to the public, except for the keynote address, which
is limited to presenters and members of their families.
The John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference was established in 1990 as a means for the IWU community to highlight the academic
achievements of its students by engaging with their research findings in a public
forum. The conference features more than 100 undergraduates who showcase their research
either in a poster session or a fifteen-minute oral presentation.
The keynote speaker for this year’s conference will be Aleksandar Hemon, distinguished
writer in residence at Columbia College in Chicago. Granted political asylum in the
United States when his home city of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina fell under siege
in 1992, he centers on Bosnia and the Yugoslav wars in many of his literary works.
His keynote speech for the conference is titled “The Failure of Empathy.”
Hemon’s novels and short story collections, which have received several distinctions,
include “The Lazarus Project,” “Nowhere Man” and “Love and Obstacles.” In recent years,
he has also expanded into the nonfiction genre with his autobiography “The Book of
My Lives” and oral history novel “How Did You Get Here?: Tales of Displacement.” Hemon
was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003, a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation
in 2004 and a PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History in 2017.