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History, Humanities & Languages Host Student Research Conference

The College of Humanities & Social Sciences’ Department of History, Humanities, & Languages is hosting Back to the Sources: HHL Student Research Conference 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 in the Academic Building, Room A300.

This year, the conference boasts more than 35 student presenters from the University of Houston-Downtown, Sam Houston State University, University of Houston-Clear Lake, and Lone Star College—CyFair. Each panel will include a Q&A session with a faculty moderator.

Dr. Iana Konstantinova will kick off the conference with the keynote address “Enjoying the Research Journey: Getting There is Half the Fun” at 10 a.m. in the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium, Room A350. Konstantinova is a professor of Spanish at Southern Virginia University and her research interests lie in contemporary Spanish and Spanish American literature, especially in the area of metafiction. Her work has been published in collections of essays and in journals such as Variaciones Borges, Studies in Twentieth and Twenty First Century Literature, Revista Monográfica/ Monographic Review, Crítica Hispánica and Letras Hispanas. Currently, she is co-editing a volume on Spanish Metafiction titled Crear entre mundos: nuevas perpectivas en la metaficción peninsular, which will be published by Editorial Albatros in 2021.

Prior to Konstantinova’s address, attendees and participants are invited to enjoy refreshments, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Student presentations demonstrate diverse interests across the fields of philosophy, history, and the humanities. Panel topics include Ethics and Politics, Intersections of Race, Ethnicity and History, Social Applications of Ethics, Mexico after Independence, Houston History and more.

All members of the Greater Houston and UHD communities are invited to attend this free event.

The conference will conclude at 5 p.m. followed by a reception and awards for the outstanding papers.

This event is sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of History, Humanities, & Languages.

For more information, contact Dr. William Nowak at nowakw@uhd.edu.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.