Three Hiram College freshmen presented the results of the research they conducted in their Freshman Colloquium, “Collecting,” at the national meeting of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association held last week in San Antonio, TX.
Accompanied by their colloquium instructor, Dean Cheryl Torsney, they read their papers and fielded questions from scholars and practitioners. Following Dean Torsney’s introduction, “Collecting as Pedagogy,” Venessa Holcomb (Nursing) presented “Hoarding: Making a Case for Disorder Status”; Carrie Dyer (History/Integrated Social Studies) presented “Museum and Library Collecting During the Great Depression”: and Matthew Margo (Creative Writing), presented “What Institutional Collecting Could Do for Asemic Writing.”
Dean Torsney said members of the audience were surprised to learn that these students were in their first year of college. They had been mistaken for new assistant professors. Holcomb, Dyer, and Margo are already planning to submit papers for next year’s conference in Boston.
The mission of the PCA/ACA is to promote the study of popular culture throughout the world through the establishment and promotion of conferences, publications, and discussion.
Photos: Left to right – Venessa Holcomb, Matthew Margo, Carrie Dyer