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/ April 15, 2011
CAS Undergraduate Research Conference 2011: Ren and Stimpy, Pubic Hair, and Burlesque

As much as we deny it, we CAS students wish deep down that we could be as free as Gallatin kids, and the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund provides us with an opportunity to explore new areas of study. Today marks the beginning of the 37th Annual College of Arts and Science Undergraduate Research Conference where students present their findings to a panel of faculty members. There are a ton of panels to sift through to find the interesting presentations, but we’ve done the work for you, so you have no excuse not to go. If you’re undecided about your major, these presentations are a great way to figure out what you’re interested in.

Here are some of the panels that you can’t miss:

Culture and Society I – Friday, Silver 701, 9:30-11:30 AM:

This is a huge panel, but the stand out presentation will definitely make it worth it. A critical analysis of Ren and Stimpy sounds almost as good as the psychoanalytical analysis of Friday.

Presentations include: “The Jewish Agricultural Impulse: The Case of the Colonies of Argentina,” “La Lucha Continua: Women in the Salvadoran Social Movement,” “American Stereotypes in French Cinema: A Vital Role in Reaffirming National Identity,” “A Study of Chinese Orphanage Care of Preschool Children with Disabilities,” “Mixed Race Anxiety, Racial Phenotypicality, and Support for Obama,” “Corrupt Minds, Animate Bodies: Queering Ren and Stimpy for the Child Spectator,” “When It’s Okay to Fall: Culture’s New Imprint on the Practice of Capoeira In Brooklyn”

Gender Studies: A Global View – Friday, Room C-2, 25 W 4th St., 9:30-11:30 AM:

“Good Bush, Bad Bush: Self Representation of Women’s Gender/Sexual Identities in Grooming Behavior.” ‘Nuff Said.

The other presentations include: “‘Malibongwe Makosikazi!’ Let the Women Be Praised,” “Gay Rights: HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Spending Determinant?” “Extending the Narrative: Era Bell Thompson and Alternative Forms of Black Journalism,” “Veronica Franco: In Defense of Women and in Defiance of Gender Identities,”Guatemalan Female Refugees: Crime, Persecution, and One Woman’s Quest for Asylum,” “Milicianas and Madres: Representations and Roles of Women in an Illustrated Magazine of the Spanish Civil War.”

The American Landscape – Sunday, Silver 408, 9:30-11:30 AM:

This panel covers all things America. That means the suburbs, baseball, gambling, and, you guessed it, burlesque.

Presentations include: “‘Anything Goes”: Negotiating the Boundaries of Neo-Burlesque in New York City,”Leaving Las Vegas: Sac and Fox Casinos in Oklahoma Indian Country,” “Baseball as a “Redemptive Interpretation to the Meaning of Existence,” “Green Homes for Urban Development,” “Spacious Skies: Contention in Suburbia – Flushing, New York.”

Access to the Arts: Performance, Criticism, and Censorship – Sunday, Silver 718, 9:30-11:30 AM:

Bromances, underground hip-hop, and censorship. What could be better on a Sunday morning?

The presentations include: “New York Theater in a Post-9/11 World,” “Bromantic Comedies: The Genre Breaking Works of Judd Apatow,” “Why Did **** Knock Down the Towers: Rap and Censorship in the Post-9/11 World,” and “Towering Over Censorship and Maintaining a Message.”

The Social and Linguistic Lives of Lolcats – Sunday, Silver 701, 12:00-2:00 PM:

I’m not joking. This is real, and you should be there. You can spend two hours learning more than you would ever want to know about Lolcats.

Presentations include: “The Language of Lolcats,” “Memetics in New Media: An Analysis of Post-Lolcat Communities,” “The Economic and Commercial Consequences of Lolcats,” and “The Origin of the Lolcats. I haz it.”