The College of Arts and Sciences will hold its second annual FYS Symposium, from 2 to 4 pm, on Friday, December 8, in the Konover Great Room. First-year students will present their research and collaborative projects on topics ranging from Robinson Crusoe and contemporary “survivor” stories to the musical Hamilton, math and the imagination, modern love, black lives, and human history through food, among others. Presentations will be diverse, including an original children’s book about the quest for the Holy Grail (from “King Arthur Then and Now”), a participatory “Humans of UHart” Instagram project to create new standards of beauty (from “Beauty, Body Image & Feminism”), and a Buzz Feed quiz on What Movie Character are You? (from “Jobs, Happiness, and You”). Prizes will be awarded in five categories: the Dean’s Award for Critical Thinking; the Alumni Award for Most Professional Presentation; the Most Interdisciplinary Project Award; the Creative Thinking Award; and Audience Favorite.
The first-year seminar (FYS) is a small, introductory-level topics course on a subject or question in the discipline that the professor presents to the class in order to model and instill intellectual passion. All incoming A&S students take an FYS course. Students experience small-group interaction and refine the skills associated with discussion and deliberation of ideas and alternative viewpoints. The classroom format is Socratic: it includes ample time for discussion and writing, sometimes in small groups, and students are required to represent their critical thinking orally.
The Symposium is open to all. Refreshments will be provided.