This conference is a culminating event for students who have been engaged in mentored research. Presentations will showcase the scholarly and creative research from all disciplines and majors. Both graduate and undergraduates are encouraged to attend and present. Any faculty-sponsored research project, proposal, or demonstration is welcome. The theme of the 2021 conference is Toward Healing. The conference will include presentations and a poster conference starting at 2:00 and ending with a faculty lecture at 6 PM.
The Sound of Hope: Holocaust Music as an Agent of Resistance, Resiliency, and Reconciliation
Dr. Kellie D. Brown
For almost 20 years, Dr. Kellie Brown has researched music during the Holocaust through the lives of remarkable people— composers, conductors, and performers, who stubbornly clung to music, wherever and however they could, to preserve their culture, to uplift the human spirit, and to triumph over oppression, even amid incredible tragedy and suffering. Her work highlights how music became an agent of spiritual resistance and resiliency for the Jewish people as they battled against a force that sought to exterminate them. Dr. Brown has also cultivated relationships with Holocaust survivors and their children and grandchildren, and through these connections, she has witnessed how music has been, and continues to be, a vital means for remembrance and reconciliation.