Scholarly work featured at Coe Student Research Symposium

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2017-04-03 13:41:06 - General

Coe alumnus Alvon Reed will present "Afrocentric Movement in environments of oppression: The Juke Joint" as the plenary speaker for the college's 17th annual Student Research Symposium. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 11, with dozens of Coe students showcasing their academic projects. The event runs throughout the day in various locations on the Coe campus.  It is free and open to the public.

A 2003 graduate of Coe with a major in Spanish, Reed recently earned his Master of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in choreography from the University of Iowa. He has performed lead roles with Inland Pacific Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Opus Dance Theatre and Jennifer Muller/The Works. In addition, he has toured the Caribbean and the Hawaiian Islands with Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Reed had the distinct honor of working with renowned post-modern choreographer Bill T. Jones on the Broadway workshop entitled "Superfly! The Musical." He has also performed at the world-renowned Apollo Theatre with tap dancing legend, Maurice Hines in a variety show called "Apollo Club Harlem."

At Theatre Cedar Rapids, Reed served as assistant choreographer for "Shrek The Musical," and was the choreographer "The Little Mermaid" and "Sister Act The Musical." Reed is currently choreographing TCR's production of "Peter Pan." Additional choreographic credits include "American Idiot," his own original musical about juke joint life in post-war America entitled "Hattie Mae's Juke Joint," and "Evita" with Revival Theatre Company. Reed currently teaches at Cornell College as Dance Artist-in-Residence

Coe Student Research Symposium presentations

The symposium presentations, which range from academic research projects to artistic displays and performances, are the culmination of work done by students over the past academic year. Some of the student work has been done independently, with some accomplished as part of a student and faculty team. The featured work represented in the symposium is the result of honors projects, student participation in ongoing professional research programs, and the cumulative products of undergraduate careers of achievement in the arts. Each case reflects an extraordinary effort by a highly motivated student.

The symposium will follow a format similar to that of a professional conference. There will be panels, moderated by faculty members, in which students present papers. There will also be a poster session where students will display and discuss the results of their work.

A general schedule of the day's events includes:

  • 8:30-10:15 a.m.: Learning Commons in Stewart Memorial Library
  • 10:30 a.m.: Plenary talk featuring Alvon Reed '03 in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall.
  • 11:35 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Recognition awards ceremony Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall.
  • 1:15 - 4 p.m.: Oral presentation sessions at various campus locations.

For more information or a complete symposium schedule, call 319-399-8605.