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05/19/2015  THHS Humanities Symposium

From Robin Hizme, QC Liaison to Townsend Harris High School:

Dear College Preparatory Program Colleagues and Friends,

As per my email of last week, we are hosting a symposium on May 19th at the QC Benjamin Rosenthal Library in room 230. Our students will present a sampling of papers created for the Bridge-Year Humanities Colloquium, including both traditional “close reading” papers as well as extensive research projects. We are inviting everyone who is able to come support our students as they participate in this initiative.

I am including the schedule below. You will note that our sessions are quite brief (25 minutes) to enable other THHS classes to participate as audience. Finally, we will host a small reception and award ceremony at the THHS library from 3:15-4pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Best wishes for a productive end-of-semester,
Robin Hizme
Director, College Preparatory Programs, Queens College, CUNY

Inaugural Humanities Symposium 2015

Tuesday May 19 9:30-4pm BRL 230

9:30-9:45 Check-in / Coffee
9:45 Welcome and opening remarks

10:00-10:25am: Shakespeare, Moderated by Professor Charlotte Thurston

  • A Modern Katherina (Katie Wu)
  • The Images of the Swift and Deadly Blades: Hamlet by William Shakespeare (Renea Diana Williams)

10:45-11:10am: Comparative Readings of Traditional Texts, Moderated by Professor Esther Lin

  • The Princess: Proof of Inner Power (Alondra Lerebours (Pisan / Machiavelli))
  • Fend for Yourselves (Othria Ahmed (Candide / Grand Inquisitor)>

11:30-11:55am: Huxley / Orwell, Moderated by Professor Andrew Statum

  • Early Eugenics Movement and Brave New World (Ashton Santo, Gabriela Zygadio, Mirza Ahmed)
  • "Under the spreading chestnut tree": Upsetting Expectations in Orwell's 1984 (Ahalya Sanjiv, Nushrat Ahmed, Drushanie Sayroo)

12:15-12:40pm:Humans / Robots, Moderated by Professor Kelly Seufert

  • Human Machines or Robotic Humans? Machines and the Real in Robotic Literature (Joseph Mayer, Sonia Shin)
  • Using History to See the Future: Asimov's Robotic Slaves in I, Robot (Kristin Cour, Emily Weston, Jeanne Jin)

1:00-1:25pm: Life of Pi, Moderated by Professor Rahul Gairola

  • Life of Pi(e): Food and Religion in Martel's Novel (Hallie Wolff, Emily Cirulnick, Raveena Chunasamy, Fariha Nazim)
  • Richard Parker: Bengal Tiger or British Colonialist? (Kunal Tanwar, Jozef Nikaj, Jennie Kablar, Sarah Ebbrecht)

1:45-2:10pm: Marlowe’s Faustus, Moderated by Professor Dara Barnat

  • Finding Satire in Tragedy: The Bell, Book and Candle In Doctor Faustus (Karen Su, Marcella Truncelli, Bisma Sekhary)
  • "Is thy soul not thine own?": Blood and Doctor Faustus (Amanda Yan, Faria Tasnim)

2:30-3:00pm: Artificial Life, Moderated by Professor Nicole Zeftel

  • Creation Myth 2.0: Radioactive Dust and Contamination in Philip K. Dick's Future World (Elizabeth Ha, Jenny Li, Andy Lau)
  • Humankind’s Battle with Nature in Frankenstein and Wordsworth (Jennifer Walsh)

3:15-4pm Awards and Reception - THHS Library

  • Closing Remarks and Awards