the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Illinois State University is taking two weeks to celebrate the past 25 years of student research through an exhibit of research artifacts.
The Research Symposium held each spring at ISU is an event that showcases student scholarship, research, and creative expression.
This year’s symposium will take place on April 1 and will last until April 15.
Jenna GoldsmithDeputy Director of the WGSS Studies Program, helped co-organize the exhibition and has been part of the symposium for many years.
“It’s so important to understand our history,” Goldsmith said. “This exhibit highlights all of the incredible research, speakers, and creativity of ISU students over the years.”
Some of Goldsmith’s personal items over the years will also be featured.
“I so enjoyed seeing my personal objects take their place in the context of the exhibition and contribute to its dynamism,” said Goldsmith.
Several special guests will visit the symposium, including well-known author Arlene Stein, attorney Veronica Ivy and many others.
There is also a related exhibition called “25th and Change” which opened on March 14 and will remain open until May 7. This exhibit features artifacts, books, and posters on display for all to see.
The exhibit illustrates papers as a reflection of past symposia over many years.
“When I first saw the exhibit in its entirety, I was moved to tears,” Goldsmith said. “The event is such a labor of love, and so to see this celebration of the symposium as an exhibition reflecting the past 25 years was very meaningful to me.”
The events are free and open to everyone. Faculty, staff, students and visitors are encouraged to come and support these students.
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