10th Annual Academic Showcase


April 11, 2019 

Student Panel at Academic Showcase

The 10th Annual Academic Showcase at Franklin Pierce University will take place on Tuesday, April 23 on the Rindge campus beginning at 9:15 a.m. Academic Showcase is a much-anticipated spring tradition, highlighting the scholarly and creative work produced by students and faculty throughout the year. This full-day event includes poster presentations, demonstrations, performances, and roundtable discussions covering a rich array of topics from all academic divisions. Classes are suspended for the day to allow students and faculty ample opportunity to participate as presenters and audience members.

“We are proud of the breadth of topics, depth of research and analysis, and overall caliber of our students’ work, all of which contributes to the excitement students, faculty and staff feel about this event,” said President Kim Mooney ’83. “Academic Showcase sparks curiosity and learning that crosses academic disciplines and engages students and faculty in meaningful discussion.”

A highlight of this year’s Academic Showcase will be an old-time baseball game and related talks and exhibits. The game will take place on the Melissa Bisaccia Memorial Softball Field from noon to 1 p.m. Members of the Franklin Pierce NCAA Division II Baseball team will play wearing t-shirts emblazoned with the number 42, in honor of baseball great Jackie Robinson who received an honorary degree from Franklin Pierce in 1969. Alumnus Michael T. Brown will read excerpts from Robinson’s stirring acceptance speech. Staff member Rob Hannings will exhibit his extensive collection of vintage baseball equipment, and Professor Jerry Burns will speak about the evolution of the game over the years, in terms of rules, equipment, and the game’s place in America’s culture.

This year’s Showcase also includes student presentations on topics including solitary beehives, violent extremism, self-driving cars, and air quality in southern New Hampshire; roundtable discussions of climate change, the 2018 midterm elections, and healthy behavior; performances of music, poetry and scenes from the Vagina Monologues; and demonstrations of printmaking, glassblowing, Ethics Bowl rounds, and more. In addition, the popular Raven Brain Bowl pits teams of Franklin Pierce students against each other in a winner-take-all-contest for the Brain Bowl Trophy.

Faculty presentations will cover the music of the Beatles, a study of entrepreneurship in Nunavut Territory in Canada, the future of food, the Global Alt-Right, and water quality monitoring in nearby Pearly Pond.

The public is invited to attend any of the events on campus. A schedule of presentations is available on the University website at www.franklinpierce.edu/showcase. Parking is available at various locations on campus.

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