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Cultivating Scholars Event Hosts Speaker, Student Research

April 1, 2010 – Collin College’s annual Cultivating Scholars event welcomes a special speaker and a lot of student research across different disciplines Friday, April 16.

The free event is set from 4-7 p.m. at the Preston Ridge Campus library and event center, 9700 Wade Blvd., Frisco.

Cultivating Scholars features the work and research of Collin College students from a number of disciplines ranging from biology to psychology to history and the humanities.  

Cultivating Scholars also 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.

Contact Professors Brett Adams at or Meredith Martin at for more information or to register.

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