More than 50 graduate students from a number of universities will gather this weekend at UT Dallas to share their work and discuss the future of the humanities.

RAW Conference 2012

The RAW conference gives students a chance to collect feedback from panel moderators and audience members.

The RAW: Research, Art, Writing symposium, sponsored by theGraduate Student Association(GSA) in the School of Arts and Humanities, offers students a chance to present their scholarly and creative work and receive feedback from panel moderators and audience members.

The interdisciplinary symposium also features keynote speakerDr. Benjamin L. Alpers, associate professor in the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma.

Alpers, an intellectual historian, will assess the future of the humanities, speak to the concerns of graduate students pursuing advanced degrees, and reflect on what the academy’s future might look like for them.

Dr. Benjamin L. Alpers

Dr. Benjamin L. Alpers, keynote speaker, will address concerns of students pursuing advanced degrees.

The symposium is Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m to 6 p.m. in the Erik Jonsson Academic Center (JO).

Graduate student presentations will touch on work involving history, literature, aesthetics, and arts and technology.

“Each panel of presentations is made up of scholars from different disciplines, featuring some combination of historians, literary scholars, poets, performance artists, philosophers, digital artists, game theorists or students of new media. It’s a very heady mix, and makes for a very thought-provoking day,” said Lora Burnett, president of the GSA.

Presenters include students from UT Dallas, UT Austin, UT Tyler and other Texas schools. Speakers will be attending from as far away as Weber State University in Utah.

Full story available from the UT Dallas News Center.