Senior Colloquium Returns With Wide Range of Topics

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BRANDON, MB — On Tuesday, April 12, the Senior Colloquium will feature more than 20 senior students in Arts and Science programs. Their presentations will range from global challenges to astrophysics to creative writing. This annual celebration of learning will take place in Room 141, in the Health Studies Building. Further information is available in the Faculty of Arts office, the Dean of Science office and online at

The programme is as follows:

9 to 10:10 a.m. Global Challenges
• Chris Hunt, “We’re from New York and Here to Save You: An Analysis of the United Nations as Government”
• Deandra Tousignant, “The Secondary Impacts of Tourism: Waste in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico”
• Yi Wang, “From Qushan, Beichuan to Weizhou, Wenchuan: Case Study of the Earthquake-Triggered Landslide Hazards after the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake”

10:10 to 11:00 a.m. Exploring and Challenging Gender Conventions
• Marlee Couling, “Moving Forward, Moving Back: Women at Brandon College in the 1950s”
• Brandy Robertson, “Jane Austen and the Social Convention of Marriage”

11 to 11:50 a.m. Explorations in Ethnographies
• Chris Hunt, “The McChoice: An Observational Exploration of Fast Food Consumption”
• Jonathan Keen, “The Ethno-Cultural Evolution of Metis Identity in Turtle Mountain, 1885- Present”

11:50 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Historiographies
• Taryn Buffi, “Using Skaldic Poetry as a Historical Source”
• Maryann Buri, “Epistemology and Reconstruction: New Trends in African Historiography”

12:40 to 1:30 p.m. Stellar and Galactic Astrophysics
• Brendan Cooper, “A Shocking View of the Milky Way Galaxy”
• Chris Pugh, “Abundance Determination Using Synthetic Stellar Spectra”

1:30 to 2:20 p.m. Undergraduate Students: Family and Academic Matters
• Kansas E. Schure, “Sibling Modeling and Deidentification in Three Sibling Relationships”
• Britton Woods, “The Relationships between Personality, Academic Self-Handicapping, and Academic Performance: Does the Type of Course Matter?”

2:20 to 3:50 p.m. Challenging the Dominant Gender Regime

• Miranda Galvin, “Beyond the Binaries: The Promise of Queer Politics”

• Nicole Peel, “Six Ways to Win an Argument with a Biological Determinist”

• Allison Popowich, “Life after the Breadwinner-Homemaker Model of Marriage”

4 to 4:50 p.m. Creative Writing: Poems of Love and Absence
• Ashley Hancharyk, “Love and Other Things: A Collection of Poetry”
• Katie Solbeck, “Will”

4:50 to 5:40 p.m. Creative Writing: Text and Image
• Mike Hayden, “A Man Mural: Prelude”
• Jessica Popeski, “Away with Words”

For more information, please contact:

Joanne F. Villeneuve
Brandon University
270 – 18th Street
Brandon, MB R7A 6A9
Tel. 204-727-9762



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