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Annual Event Seeks Student Research

March 1, 2010 – Collin College students seeking real experience in research presentation should consider the annual Cultivating Scholars event.

Cultivating Scholars: Research Across the Disciplines invites any and all Collin College students to register to present their own research as part of the event that provides a venue for undergraduates to hone their presentation skills and share their work with other students, professors and guests.

Cultivating Scholars is set for 4-7 p.m., Friday, April 16, at the Preston Ridge Campus library and event center located at 9700 Wade Blvd., in Frisco.

The deadline to register to present research at Cultivating Scholars is Friday, April 9.

Interested students should contact Professors Brett Adams at or Meredith Martin at for more information or to register.

This year’s event will feature Dr. Pete Kuryla, assistant professor of history at Belmont University in Nashville, as the keynote speaker. The title of his presentation is “A Blues for Atticus Finch: Rethinking Civil Rights Demonstrations Through Courtroom Melodramas,” which begins at 5:30 in the event center.

Dr. Kuryla’s research interests lie primarily in the history of American thought and culture since the Civil War with an emphasis on political theory, ideas of race and literary representations of the political. Most recently, Dr. Kuryla published articles on civil rights movement demonstrations, mid-century courtroom melodramas (in fiction and film) and American liberal thought.

He is currently at work on a book titled, The Imagined Civil Rights Movement: American Intellectuals and the Black Freedom Struggle.

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