Academic Forum

The Chowan Academic Forum is a week-long celebration of the intellectual and artistic life of the university. Held each April, events include the Senior Art Exhibit, drama production, music concert, Interdisciplinary Faculty Symposium, Chowan University Student Research Conference, the publication of The Brown Lady, and Awards Day Convocation.

2015 Chowan Academic Forum

The symposium was developed by the Department of History and the Office of the Provost in response to a call for greater interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration among Chowan University faculty and the need to demonstrate to Chowan Students the connections among various disciplines in their education curriculum. Past symposiums have focused on The World of Mark Twain, War and Society, The American South, Exploring the Environment, Leisure and Play in Society, A Sense of Place, Talking about A Revolution, A Pop Culture Society, From Field to Table: A Foodways Journey, Thinking Gender and Futures: Past and Present.

The Chowan University Student Research Conference (CUSRC), which is part of the forum, provides a venue for students to present the results of original research in an appropriate professional setting. The CUSRC aims to provide students with valuable experience, to encourage interdisciplinary discourse, and to expose the university and the surrounding communities to the undergraduate research being conducted at Chowan University. The CUSRC is open to students from all disciplines.

The 2015 Academic Forum included lectures on topics ranging from current events to classic literature, choral and orchestral concerts, theatre productions, art gallery exhibitions, and student research presentations.

April 14-22, 2015

Tuesday, April 14

Meherrin Chamber Orchestra Concert 
Briley Recital Hall, Daniel Hall - 7:30 p.m. 
Sponsored by the Department of Music

Wednesday, April 15

The Brown Lady Academic Bowl All-Star Game 
Vaughan Auditorium, Marks Hall - 11:00 a.m. 
Sponsored by the Honors College Student Association

Thursday, April 16

Readings from The Brown Lady
Vaughan Auditorium - 5:00-5:45 p.m. 
Sponsored by the Honors College Student Association and the English Club/Creative Writing Club

Chowan University Student Research Conference Graduate Division 
Vaughan Auditorium - 6:00-8:00 p.m. 
Sponsored by the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Alpha Chi Honor Society 

Friday, April 17

Senior Art Exhibition 2015 Opening and Reception 
Green Hall Art Galleries - 5:00-7:00 p.m. 
Sponsored by the Department of Visual Art

The Ohio State Murders 
Theatre@Chowan
Turner Auditorium, McDowell Columns Building - 7:00 p.m. 
Sponsored by Theatre@Chowan 

Saturday, April 18

The Ohio State Murders 
Theatre@Chowan
Turner Auditorium - 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 19

The Ohio State Murders 
Theatre@Chowan
Turner Auditorium - 7:00 p.m.

Spring Choral Concert 
Murfreesboro Baptist Church - 3:30 p.m. 
Sponsored by the Department of Music 

Monday, April 20

Futures: Past and Present An Interdisciplinary Symposium
Marks Hall - 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Sponsored by the Department of History and the Office of the Provost

KEYNOTE LECTURE:
“’Beam me up, Scotty!’ Science Fiction and Religion in the 21st Century” 
John J. Kessel Professor of Creative Writing and American Literature North Carolina State University 
Vaughan Auditorium – 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 21

Chowan University Student Research Conference Undergraduate Division 
Marks Hall - 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Sponsored by the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Alpha Chi Honor Society

Chowan University Student Research Conference Luncheon
Thomas Dining Hall - 12:00 noon 
Sponsored by the Alpha Chi Honor Society

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: 
“How to be Strange” 
John J. Kessel Professor of Creative Writing and American Literature North Carolina State University

End of Year Picnics: An Academic Event 
Various Locations 
Evening Sponsored by the Academic Departments

Wednesday, April 22

Awards Day Convocation
Turner Auditorium - 11:00 a.m.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
“Golden’s Rules” 
Gregory S. Taylor Associate Professor of History Chowan University