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SU Showcase unveils new format for 2012-13, invites courses from all disciplines to participate

August 21, 2012

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SU Showcase, which celebrates student research and academic achievement across the disciplines, will have a new look in the coming year. Instead of taking place on a single day, SU Showcase will hold multiple events in conjunction with the University Lectures and other major speaking engagements at SU. The theme of SU Showcase will continue to be sustainability and climate awareness, and programming will focus on these anchor events:

  • Richard Alley, “Energy, environment, and your future.” Milton First-Year Lecture, Sept. 19, 2012
  • Bill McKibben, “350: The most important number in the world.” University Lectures, Oct. 10, 2012
  • Ron Brownstein, “American Politics, Today and Tomorrow.” University Lectures, Oct. 23, 2012
  • Marion Nestle, “Food Politics from Farm to Table: A Recipe for Change.” University Lectures, Nov. 13, 2012
  • Roz Savage, “The Human Condition: An Ocean Rower’s Perspective.” University Lectures, Feb. 27, 2013
  • Jim Richardson, “Our Vanishing Night: Light Pollution.” University Lectures, March 19, 2013 

Examples of SU Showcase programming for the McKibben and Alley lectures include a workshop on designing graphic campaigns about the climate crisis, and a collaboration between biology and transmedia courses to highlight how climate disruption threatens biodiversity. In conjunction with the Brownstein talk, political science students will develop mock campaign ads concerning the politics of environmental issues. 

All faculty are encouraged to participate in this project. SU Showcase funding is available to facilitate projects that will connect courses in any discipline to these lectures. Projects should be designed for public presentation (posters, video, installations, etc.), so that they can be made available to the wider campus community. Rachel May, coordinator of Sustainability Education (sumay@syr.edu; 443-9726), is available to help develop and facilitate SU Showcase projects.

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