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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 - Facilitating Creativity

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stark reminder of how important art and artists are to our society and culture. Despite restrictions, creativity has persisted, and the people on this panel worked to document, assist, and collaborate with artists from multiple disciplines. From working with musicians to poets, selling fine art ceramics, and storytelling, our experiences facilitated the creativity of others while also allowing us to develop a greater understanding of what it means to be an independent creative.  

Speakers
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Thea Kastelic

Stay Curious: Highlighting compelling stories from local communities.
This year I worked remotely out of Scarborough, Maine for Maine Women Magazine and Maine Seniors Magazine as a freelance writer and editor. During my time at MWM and MSM I actively contributed articles, researched and pitched ideas, edited submissions, coordinated between contributors... Read More →
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Molly Driscoll

Behind the Scenes: From Music Video Production to T-shirt Slinging, a Peek into the Music Industry
This past summer I worked as a personal assistant to Jae Matthews of Boy Harsher, an electronic music duo. Due to covid-19, all tours were cancelled and the main source of income became merch sales. The new free time also allowed for creative projects like the music video that I helped... Read More →
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Alicia Kwok

The Past and Future of Cyborg Poetics in Asian America
Over the summer, I had the opportunity to work remotely as a creative intern for Margaret Rhee, a poet and new media artist who teaches at SUNY Buffalo. I worked alongside a small cohort of other interns to support Margaret’s many ongoing projects, including an online poetry workshop... Read More →
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Elle Bukosky

Working on Artist Time
This summer, I worked on “Artist Time,” as the Small Business Intern at Source and Tradition, a high-end gallery and personal artist studio in Bay Head, NJ. In my time working in the studio, I helped manage pricing, refined the language used around pieces, and kept the business... Read More →


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