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WIU Quad Cities Research and Scholarship Symposium April 9

March 28, 2014

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MOLINE, IL - The Western Illinois University Quad Cities campus will host presentations by faculty and graduate students Wednesday, April 9.

The event, which runs from 5-7 p.m., will be held at 3300 River Drive, in rooms 103 and 104, and is open free to the public.

The free faculty members and one graduate student from across WIU's academic departments will make research presentations including:

• Assistant Professor Tammy Werner, of the WIU-Quad Cities sociology faculty, will talk about her work exploring white racism as a regional problem in election coverage. The presentation is called "Obama's 'Appalachian Problem': The 2008 and 2012 Presidential Primaries."

• Assistant Professor Debbie Lee, of the WIU-Quad Cities early childhood education faculty, will talk about her work examining her own action research project, from which she has made recent changes in her teaching. The presentation is called, "Doing More than Talking the Talk."

• Professor Jeannie Woods, of the WIU-Macomb theatre faculty, will talk about her experiences teaching and directing theatre productions in Asia as a Fulbright Scholar. The presentation is called, "'Sweet Sock' and 'Smiley Face' and Other Adventures in Chinglish on the Stage."

• Communication graduate student Liz Merdian Lareau, of Moline (IL) will present her work about the application of the concept of "carnivalesque rhetoric" to a YouTube video advertisement about a teenage girl beginning her period. This presentation called, "Camp Gyno as Carnivalesque: A Menstrual Manifesto Brought to you by YouTube."

For more information about the event, contact Associate Professor Mary Hogg at

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