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Cedar Crest Hosts LVAIC Women’s Conference Feb. 17-18

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Dominique BrowningCedar Crest College will host the 17th annual Undergraduate Research Conference of the LVAIC Women’s Studies Coalition on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 17-18. The conference features the best work from undergraduate students enrolled at colleges and universities in the Lehigh Valley: from traditional research projects and papers, to original art installations, dance performances and creative writing.

For the first time this year, the LVAIC Women’s Studies Coalition has invited a keynote speaker to present at the conference. Dominique Browning—a writer, editor and consultant in the newspaper and magazine fields—will deliver the address on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in Oberkotter Center, Room 1. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Browning has worked with and written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, O, the Oprah magazine, Departures, Food &Wine, Travel & Leisure, Body + Soul, Wired and On Topic, among others. She also writes a monthly column about environmental issues for the Environmental Defense Fund website and has a blog.

Browning is the author of three books: Around the House and In the Garden: a Memoir of Heartbreak, Healing, and Home Improvement; Paths of Desire: the Passion of a Suburban Gardener; and Slow Love: How I Lost my Job, Put on My Pajamas, and Found Happiness. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 1977 with a major in philosophy, literature and history. She is a classically trained pianist, and also performed with Wesleyan’s Javanese Gamelan orchestra.

The conference kicks off Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. in Alumnae Hall with the opening of Inquiry, an exhibition of student art work from around the Lehigh Valley, submitted especially for this conference. This exhibition is free and open to the public.

The Undergraduate Research Conference concludes on Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the main program, featuring traditional research projects and papers on a variety of topics important to women, including “Female Directors in Classic Cinema,” “Women’s Workforce Dedication,” and “Frankenstein: A Feminist and Psychoanalytic Study,” to name a few. The student-authors of the research papers will participate in panel sessions to discuss their projects and others that focus on similar issues. Prizes will be awarded for the best submissions.

The Friday portion of the 17th annual Undergraduate Research Conference of the LVAIC Women’s Studies Coalition, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch, is open to the public for a cost of $5 in advance, or $10 at the door. For information or to register in advance call 610-606-4666, ext. 3417, or go to www.cedarcrest.edu.