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Welcome to the 2017 UMaine Student Symposium: Research and Creative Activity electronic event program. This electronic program includes student abstracts, student presentation style descriptions, and presentation schedules. It also includes a map of the venue layout, schedule of the entire day’s events and programs, as well as details and information regarding our sponsors and selected university programs.

We hope you enjoy a full day of student presentations, guest speakers, award ceremonies, and the chance to network with UMaine students, faculty, staff, as well as local and state industry and community leaders! 
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Monday, April 24 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Oral Presentations – Arts

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Alicia Champlin

Intermedia, 1:00PM-2:15PM
MOTIVE: Considerations of a Research-based Performance | | This presentation explores lessons learned and distills outcomes from a performance installation instigated by a research-based creative practice. The performance, "MOTIVE," took place in December, 2016, and was intended to spark questions about the relationships between media and maker, between language and speaker, and between truth and metaphor... Read More →

Alan Estes

Theatre, 1:00PM-2:15PM
(sign) or A Staged Collection of Experiences in the Deaf Community "(sign)" is a one-act play performed in American Sign Language. Using ASL on the stage provides a social commentary on the stigma towards the deaf community and elicits a conversation on communication beyond vocalization in our society. What it means to be Deaf is challenged in how the audience perceives a scene first in ASL. Then, with English interpretation, they see what assumptions are made in our encounters with the Deaf community. "(sign)" is formatted as a collection of dramatized anonymous experiences drawn from the Deaf community. Exposure is vital in learning to adapt and accept different lifestyles. As a medium, Theatre has proven to increase exposure and incite dialogue on issues such as race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. "(sign)" itself is only an attempt to understand and empathize with the Deaf community. In this attempt, we must work to see a better future. We may not all like the hands we are given, but we are all dealing with the same deck of cards. | | Faculty Mentor: Marcia... Read More →

Catherine Gottwalk

English, Journalism, 1:00PM-2:15PM
Creative and Communicative Integrity | | Our research is a combination of two ethnographic, qualitative case studies. Our research objective focuses on incentivizing creative writers to utilize the Writing Center, constructing tutoring sessions specifically designed to focus on the perspective and voice of these writers, and how to keep these writers coming back. We study volunteer students, who commit to regularly attend tutorials, and interview for feedback that is compiled and shared with creative writers on campus with the hope that these writers will be motivated to collaborate in tutorials. We further analyze the... Read More →

Eleanor Kipping

Intermedia MFA, 1:00PM-2:15PM
Eleanor Kipping | | Despite the success of the The Civil Rights movement in bringing issues of segregation, violence and racial discrimination to the forefront of national attention, generations later many still confront racism, oppression, and marginalization that is systema... Read More →


Monday April 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Room 1

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