Schedule of Events and Keynote Speaker

CSURF 2023

CSURF 2023 Schedule

Schedule of Events 

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Book of Abstracts

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Keynote Speaker 11:45am - Cornerstone

Dr. Juan Miguel Arias

Visiting Professor, Colorado College Department of Education

Title: Axe Sharpening: Undergraduate research in a constantly changing world

AriasAbstract: Abraham Lincoln (allegedly) once said, “If I only had an hour to chop down a tree, I would spend the first 45 minutes sharpening my axe.” Taking this and any Lincoln quote with a historical grain of salt, the lesson nevertheless holds true. This is especially so in our world today, when we realize that the figurative trees we face in our work are not ones we will face for an hour but rather years and lifetimes, and that these trees are changing with every new technology and cultural pattern we create. In the face of this magnitude, undergraduate research—often the first opportunity to “add a tiny bit of knowledge to a field”—can feel at once overwhelming and superficial. In this talk, however, I draw from psychology, education, history, environmentalism, and critical social theory to propose that the divergence of thought made possible by the undergraduates themselves doing such research is necessary our resilience and adaptability in this constantly changing world.