Hiram College

Hiram College sociology students rose to the occasion at the fifth annual Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Sociology Symposium (NEOUSS), presenting original research ranging from “Occupy Zambia: Observations of the Impact of Neocolonialism, Service Tourism, and White Savior Complex on a Sovereign State” by Pierra Heard to “Parental Alcoholism and Child Mental Health: A Theoretical Approach” by Chantelle Brady.

In all, six Hiram sociology students attended the symposium, many of whom presented papers or posters of their work. They joined fellow sociology undergraduates and professors from across the region at the April 14 symposium held at Oberlin College.

“NEOUSS is a great opportunity for our students to share their important ideas and analyses that show how sociology can be used to both understand and improve our social world,” says Robin Shura, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of sociology at Hiram. Dr. Shura has served on the NEOUSS Planning Committee for the past five years.

Panel discussions on criminology and violence, gender, self and society, social psychology and mental health, and education preceded a keynote address on the sociological imagination by Stephen J. Scanlan, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology at Ohio University.

“This conference is great for networking and sharing ideas in a positive way. The conversations we have with other students can improve each other’s work,” says Jennifer Kistler, a third-year Hiram student. Kistler, who is double majoring in sociology and creative writing and minoring in public health, presented her paper, “New Display, Same Product: Disney’s Presentations of Gender Expectations.”

“It’s a very academic and supportive environment,” says Brady about her first research presentation experiences at NEOUSS.

In addition to paper presentations by Heard, Brady, and Kistler, Christian Roberts and Delesa Henderson gave poster presentations of their work, and Timothy Hatfield participated in the day’s events.