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M.A. students present at regional conference

ISSUED: 7 March 2018
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction students enrolled in a Diversity Awareness and Collaborative Practice course taught by Dr. Dawne Raines Burke, professor of education and human development, presented at the Orr Forum: Regional Humanities Conference at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, on February 24.

Amanda Wacker, Charles Town; Karli Neff, Alisa Mills, and LeAnna Barnhart, all of Martinsburg; Ashley Hampshire, Gerrardstown; and Megan Rynne, Washington, D.C., made a presentation at the conference and participated in panel discussions. Their presentation was based on a preassigned, single blind taxonomic centurial comparative between the 20th and 21st centuries through the filmographic lens of Roger Corman’s “The Intruder,” a social exploration of racial tensions, social injustices, incivilities, and hardened southern dispositions. Their presentation title was “Anxiety [dis]Ordering: A Taxonomic Centurial Comparative through Corman’s ‘Intruder.’”

“What a fantastic panel,” said Dr. Michael Cornelius, conference director. “Your group presented fantastic material, and they were wonderful conference citizens, engaging other scholars and sitting in on our panel discussions. They were smart and thoughtful.”

Burke said participating in a conference like this has many benefits for students.

“Experiences, such as these, are increasingly confidence-building while also exposing our graduates to complex frames of thought and career-expanding preparedness,” Burke said.

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