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Office of Undergraduate Research hosts humanities conference

The Lamar University Office of Undergraduate Research will host the Undergraduate Conference on Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences on November 15 in the Lucas Engineering Building.

“This conference is intended to address a wide range of critically important themes in the various fields that make up the humanities today,” Kumer Das, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, said. “Students will get an opportunity to share their work with their peers and mentors, and they will receive valuable feedback from their mentors. Our primary objective is to provide a platform for students and faculty with cross-disciplinary interests to meet and interact with each other.”

While the Office of Undergraduate Research has hosted conferences focused in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in the past, this is the first time for the office to host a conference with an emphasis in the humanities.

“We host the STEM conference for STEM students every year, and we think our humanities students should have the same opportunity,” Das said. “We want to promote their research as much as we can. I think it’s important to explore the role of the humanities in the public sphere. It’s important to get involved in dialogues related to cultural, political, ethical and moral issues.”

The conference is open to undergraduate students from all colleges and universities working in all humanities disciplines, including history, languages, philosophy, literature, arts, and the social sciences. Abstracts are due by Oct. 24 and registration for the conference must be completed by Nov. 3.

The conference will host both poster presentations and oral presentations. Attendance for all conference sessions will be open to the public.

Steven Liparulo, associate director for writing programs at the University of Houston Writing Center, is the plenary speaker for the conference. His work has appeared in Arizona Quarterly; War, Literature, and the Arts; Assessing Writing; and Gulf Coast.

Students may submit abstracts through the submission link on the Office of Undergraduate Research website at Registration is $20 for students and $40 for faculty before Nov. 3.

For more information, contact the Office of Undergraduate Research by phone at (409) 880-8430 or by email at