13th CGU Student Research Conference and Art Exhibition


Click to access LUX, the 2012 Journal


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If you are a student who is new to presenting, you will find in the forthcoming 13th Annual Student Research Conference and Art Exhibition a safe, nurturing environment to learn how to effectively present. The conference will be held on Friday, January 27, 2012 and is open to all students at The Claremont Colleges and beyond and is hosted by the Minority Mentoring Program. This year, our conference committee is proud to announce that the conference theme is "The Razor's Edge: Navigating Theory and Activism."

As scholars in higher education the question where to draw the line when it comes to unbiased research (theory construction) and biased day-to-day application (activism) of that scholarship can be a difficult one to answer and one we struggle with in both our individual and academic research. It is our hope that this year's conference will continue a long history of dialogue on how we as emerging scholars can actively partake in engaging both theoretical and activist approaches in higher education and daily life.

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Download the PDF program.


Scholars from a broad range of disciplines will take the time to share their work with their fellow Claremont Graduate University peers and engage in a transdisciplinary dialogue that creates new ways in which we can combine theory and practice together. Some of the topics discussed in this year's conference will be:

  • Economics/Industry
  • Education
  • Feminism/Gender Studies
  • Health Issues
  • Immigration/Dream Act, Undocumented Students
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Philosophy
  • Queer/GLBTQ Issues
  • Religion
  • Students of Color/Issues of Color
  • Visual Culture/Media


Students will present their art in two ways. For the Artist Talk, artists will give a presentation while displaying their artwork through PowerPoint. Artists get about ten minutes to talk, and there is a moderator who helps frame the Artist Talks that are occurring in the same time-slot. (Usually we pick three artists to share an hour block of time to present work.) There will also be an outdoor exhibition. We allow students to display their actual artwork outside in the Burkle Courtyard. At one point in the day, a tour will commence and artists will be able to briefly talk about their work as prospects view the exhibits.

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Malín Alegria was raised in San Francisco’s Mission District. She’s a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and received her MA in Education. She is a teacher, permaculture consultant, Aztec dancer, and performer. She’s performed and wrote with Teatro Nopal & the WILL Collective. Malin is a member of SCBWI and  TNAFA. “Estrella’s Quinceñera” was published by Simon & Schuster in 2006. Her second novel “Sofi Mendoza’s Guide to Getting Lost in Mexico” was released May 2007.  Her short stories have appeared in the anthologies “Once Upon a Cuento,” and “15 Candles: 15 Tales of Taffeta, Hairspray, Drunk Uncles, and other Quinceañera Stories”. Malin currently lives in San Jose, California where she teaches,writes, and is hard at work playing in dirt.

Check out NPR's interview with Malin

Download an mp3 of the interview

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For the second time in the history of the conference, we will again be publishing online all papers presented. To download last year's journal click here.

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Click here to download our FAQ sheet. Please consult this page for future reference.

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Driving Directions
Campus Map (PDF) - Event will be held at Burkle Family Building
Parking is free. Please park only in designated areas (see map).

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**Call for Papers/Proposals for this conference is now closed.**

A variety of workshops were available to help you learn how to write a proposal and prepare for presenting at research conferences. Proposals included research papers, posters, panels, performance art, artwork. CGU promotes the research and community projects of graduate students like you who are looking to share their findings with the world at large.

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