The Graduate Colloquium was established in Spring 2019 as a monthly departmental event.  The event gives Master and PhD students the opportunity to present a research project at any stage of development, be it the first ideas and plans, a full-fledged proposal, a conference presentation (planned or already held), or a final paper from a graduate class formulating original ideas.  A presenter can invite up to three faculty to address the presented research.  Each session includes two presentations with discussion.  A presentation involves a 20 minutes talk accompanied by a projection and followed by a discussion of 20 minutes.

The basic philosophy of the Graduate Colloquium is mutual development and inspiration through collaboration as a form of dialogic thinking-together.  Critique is always considerate and precise to the topic under discussion. In this sense, the audience is seen as important and students are strongly encouraged to take part.

The Graduate Colloquium represents an important opportunity for the professional development of novice academics and has the following aims:

  1. Students practice presenting research in a structured and pointed way, which might include questions to the audience about theoretical or methodological problems to solve.  Optimally, it is collaborative and inspiring to everyone.
  2. Students practice giving feedback to others' research, and thus to their own.  This is the reflective function that is developing by the necessity to articulate an argument to someone else’s research, which can be then applied to one’s own research.
  3. Faculty and students as a community of scholarly researchers keep themselves informed about ongoing local research.

Upcoming Sessions


Past Presentations

February 26, 2019
Zach Olson: The Role of the Imagined Audience in Academic Research
Joe Huang: Differentiation & Disruption: Intersubjectification and Psychosis as Process Ontology

March 26, 2019
Akanksha Adya: The Narration of Working Mothers’ Dilemmas in Providing Childcare in Neoliberal India
Meghan Toups: Destigmatizing Postpartum Psychopathology: A Mind-Body-Other Approach

April 30, 2019
Nancy Walter: Anomalous Experience and Subjective Wellbeing: Mitigating Treatment Seeking for Psychosomatic Symptoms
Amelia Bagwell: Psychology: In Other Words - Thought, Theory and History of Women in Psychology 

October 31, 2019
Kimberly Korobov: Tenderized for Transformation by the Terror of Cultural Collisions
Louise Grann: Transcendent Play: An Insightful Exploration into Character Creation and Role-Play in Video Games

November 21, 2019
Micah Ingle: What Do Men Need, and What Do We Need from Men? — A Cultural-Experiential Project
Kyle Brown: The Mimetic Theory of René Girard