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How Did You Think of That?*

April 21, 2018

Stephen King chair in literature

Come join this one-day workshop for undergrads with guest panelists talking about how they came up with their research questions.  Created by Stephen E. King Chair of Literature, Caroline Bicks

This is a one-day conference for humanities undergrads looking for inspiration and guidance on how to come up with a research topic. The day will include panels comprised of: 1) Humanities faculty and graduate students talking about what sparked their research/creative work and what their research/creative process looks like; 2) Seniors who have recently completed their theses/capstone projects talking about their projects.

The day will include break-out discussions/info sessions on topics like: 1) How to find and apply for humanities funding; 2) Taking advantage of all that the library and its staff have to offer; 3) Finding an adviser.

Although Honors students are one target group of participants for this event, it is open to any humanities undergraduates.  Please email Caroline Bicks ( if you are interested in attending this event to RSVP. As of April 13, there are a few slots let, so any students interested in participating should contact Caroline Bicks.


“How Did You Think of That?”: Turning Your Passion into a Humanities Project

Co-sponsored by the Stephen E. King Chair in Literature and the Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center
Date: Saturday, April 21st, 2018
Place: Estabrooke Hall, UMaine campus

Schedule of Events

8:30-9:15: Registration and light breakfast

9:15-9:45: Opening Remarks (Caroline Bicks, Stephen E. King Chair in Literature) and Patricia Wen (Editor of the Boston Globe Spotlight Team)

9:45-11:00: Session I: Moving, Learning, Writing Across the Lifespan

Ryan Dippre (English/Director of College Composition)
Kirsten Jacobson (Philosophy)
Jennifer Moxley (English/Director, McGillicuddy Humanities Center)
Bryan Picciotto (Doctoral student, Communication and Journalism)
Nicholas Sanders (M.A. candidate, Composition and Pedagogy)

11:00-12:15: Session II: Art(s), Politics, Social Change

Mark McLaughlin (History)
Frédéric Rondeau (Modern Languages and Classics)
Judith E. Rosenbaum (Communication and Journalism)
Carlos Villacorta Gonzales (Modern Languages and Classics)

12:30-1:45: LUNCH

 Lunchtime Speakers: Alexandria Jesiolowski (Center for Undergraduate Research); Nives Dalbo-Wheeler (Office of Major Scholarships); Mel Johnson and Jen Bonnet (Fogler Library)

2:00-3:15: Session III: Marginalized Voices, Underrepresented Populations

Susan K. Gardner (Higher Education; Director, WGS & The Rising Tide Center)
Elizabeth Neiman (English)
Susan Pinette (Modern Languages and Classics; Director, Franco American Studies)
Alex Terrell (M.A. candidate, English)

3:15-4:45: Session IV: Undergraduate Panel: Capstones, Theses and Portfolios

Julia Fasano (Modern Languages major), Ryan Stovall (English major), and others TBD

4:45-5:30: Small group discussions led by undergraduate panelists and others

5:30: DINNER


April 21, 2018
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Stephen King Chair in Literature