Welcome to Senior Symposium! Today we celebrate the many extraordinary achievements of the Class of 2021 -- their hard work, perseverance, and brilliance! We have designed this year’s Senior Symposium as a virtual, day-long event. We have 132 students presenting from all over the world on 34 panels in almost every discipline and major offered at Mount Holyoke. Seniors are conducting research on gene therapy, climate change, and preparing for the next pandemic. They are writing theses and capstone projects on the gothic, queer studies, persistent multi-robot formations, reproductive health, and the Chicago Teachers Union. They have created new choreography, novellas, short films, and sustainable designs for local New England farms. We also have students presenting about their LYNK and Nexus opportunities on a series of panels at lunchtime that we call mini LEAP.

Explore the schedule below to see all of the remarkable intellectual and creative accomplishments that Mount Holyoke students have achieved, even in the most challenging of times. A special thanks to the faculty and staff who have advised and supported the Class of 2021 in their endeavors.

Congratulations in advance to our Seniors who are presenting today and to all of our beloved students in the Class of 2021.

The 2021 Senior Symposium will be presented via synchronous Zoom panels. Video links will be available in the Panel information 10 minutes prior to the panel start.

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Friday, April 16 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
LEAP - Narratives Through Time

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How do we record our stories? Who gets to say what makes it to the books? And what do these histories reveal about their subjects? From old to contemporary, this panel contains narrative across times, regions and positionalities. Concerning the official archive, one student—working with the Library of Congress’s Danish-American collection—dove into the history of publication and story-keeping. Another student spent the summer relaying an every-day collection of short poetry that speaks to the duality of the Caribbean diaspora. And in the vein of forging new stories, a student in collaboration with a published author, created a memoir detailing her journey to our very own Mount Holyoke. From all of place and time, these presenters collaborate to bring a diverse look at narratives from the past and present.


Sarah Lancaster

Small Town to Big Library
How do libraries decide what to include in their collections? How can different publications give us an insight into the life, culture, and history of a group of people? These were questions I dealt with last summer in my internship at the Library of Congress. I worked in the European... Read More →

Camila A. Blanco

Poetry Across the Atlantic
 I have always seen writing as a way to document, to leave in writing thoughts unsaid. Across my collegiate journey, however, I discovered that the keeping of stories was a raw conflict in my world. I learned about the violences of institutional archives and faced the big epistemological... Read More →

Emma Wolff

My Memoir Experience
This summer, I noveled my life in memoir whilst simultaneously learning more about the authorship process, under the guidance and mentorship of published author and Columbia University professor, Kate Ascher. As a student with a highly non-traditional path to collegiate education... Read More →

Friday April 16, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Mount Holyoke College
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