Students in front of display at 2015 First-Year Seminar Symposium

Hartwick Presents First-Year Seminar Symposium

November 30, 2016

Hartwick College will host its First-Year Seminar (FYS) Symposium today from 4 – 5:30 p.m. in the Stevens-German Library, Yager Hall, on the College campus. The event, which is free and open to the public, will provide the opportunity for first-year students to show off their work, ranging from research carried out in the areas of political change to displays of visual or performing arts. Appetizers, desserts, and beverages will be made available for all participants and guests.

Students from 17 different FYS classes have submitted their work and are slated to participate in the symposium. Presentations will include scholarly lectures, poster presentations, works of art, videos, and short monologues.

“The symposium highlights the breadth of the liberal arts curriculum Hartwick offers its first-year students,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Michael Tannenbaum. “Students and their FYS instructors have been working diligently on these projects, and they are eager to share their work not only with other first-year students, but the entire Hartwick community.”

Sample presentations during the FYS Symposium include:

“Biology in Practice: Salamander Science” – Dr. Stan Sessions
The purpose of this presentation is to celebrate the fascinating group of amphibians that share the planet with us. Salamanders have been around for over 200 million years, have up to 40 times more DNA in their cells than humans, and are unique in their ability to regenerate most of their body parts, including their hearts and brains. The class will demonstrate what it has been working on over the semester. Featuring: Chomper the Giant Tiger Salamander, Igor the Russian Newt, and the Annual Salamander Races!

“Chocolate $Money$” – Professor Priscilla Wightman
Through a series of PowerPoint presentations, students will convey what they have learned about the financial performance of the world’s largest chocolate producers.

“Sympathy for the Devil: The Diabolic in Literature and Film” – Dr. Lisa Darien
In this course, students have explored the figure of the Devil from his first appearance as Satan in the Book of Job through more recent diabolical characters in literature, movies, television programs, and even video games. Students will share their research through poster presentations, and by serving some diabolical treats.

“Harry Potter’s England” – Dr. Cherilyn Lacy
Through panel presentations, students will consider how the Harry Potter novels reflect the history of race and class in 19th- and 20th-century Britain, as well as the similarities between the fictional Wizarding Wars and the First and Second World Wars.

“Foodways, Faith & Fairness” – Dr. Lisle Dalton
This course asks students to think seriously about food: How is it produced? How is it distributed? How is it cooked and shared? What symbolic meaning does it hold? How do communities build a shared vision of “the Good” around the things they eat? Students will present their research by serving some samples of things to eat and answering questions.

For more information, please contact First Year Seminar Symposium Coordinator Kathleen Carlson, Office of Academic Affairs, at 607-431-4136 or at