HPU to Host ‘Witches, Hags and Huntsmen,’ Research Symposium

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HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 17, 2013 – High Point University will hosts the Halloween themed “Witches, Hags and Huntsmen: An Undergraduate Research Symposium on Women, Gender, and the Monstrous,” from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 30. The event is open to the public and will be held on the lower level of HPU’s University Center.

The symposium will feature research from a variety of different courses, but all with a focus on gender and the ‘monstrous.’ Topics will range from modern day witch trials to gendered analyses of horror films and Halloween costumes.

The event is co-sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies and the Undergraduate Research and Creative Works Office.

“This is the perfect way to get students interested in research,” says Dr. Jennifer Brandt, director of women’s and gender studies and assistant professor of English. “It shows the students that research can be intellectual and fun.”

“This symposium shows that students can get involved in research in their freshman year,” added Joanne Altman, director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works. “Many of the presenters at this event are freshmen. We hope that this event will be the beginning of a myriad of opportunities for these students.”

During the symposium, students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to “trick-or-treat” through each research table to learn more about the students’ findings.

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