SCURF 2012 Presents "Crossing Boundaries" as Theme of 4th Annual Conference

scurf.jpgStudent presentations from anthropology, history, or sociology backgrounds as well as topics in human development, global studies, Chicano-Latino studies and Women-Gender studies are the focus of "Crossing Boundaries," the theme of the 4th Annual Society & Culture Undergraduate Research Forum to be staged from 5-9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 in the Cooperage.

(SCURF) is a student operated forum founded in 2008 by the SSU Anthropology Club to give undergraduate students the opportunity to write, submit and present research papers in an academic setting in front of their peers along with the chance of being published in the annual SCURF journal, which are available for purchase.

Professor Will Spires from the Santa Rosa Junior College will be the keynote speaker on "Border, Ballad, and Bard: The Lore of Boundaries from Edward Longshanks to Ciudad Juarez." Spires received both his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Masters of Arts in History from Sonoma State University. He currently teaches both anthropology and history at Santa Rosa Junior College. He is a celebrated musician as well as a scholar with particular interests in American and European folk, life and folklore, cultural anthropology, folk and traditional music of North America and Mexico, oral history, historical archaeology, African slave history, and the Cajun and Creole traditions of Southwestern Louisiana.

This year's forum includes paper titles such as "Being Deaf in a Hearing World: A Survey and Analysis of Deaf American Culture", "Misconceptions of Feminism in the 21st Century", "Traditional Practices of Curanderismo in Mexican-American Culture" and "Selling Shangri-La: Tourism-led Development in Yunnan, China."

This year SCURF is also excited to announce its first ever poster presentation, which allows more student research proposals to be accepted along with giving them a opportunity of presentinginformation in manner that otherwise might not have been very efficient in an oral presentation. Thus the audience will have the option of attending one of two possible presentations, or examine the research of students in the poster room, and discuss with the researcher first hand.

For more information e-mail or check out their Facebook page: Sonoma State SCURF.

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