300 Students Put Their Best Work on Display
at Wellesley’s Ruhlman Conference May 4

For immediate release:
April 28, 2005
Office for Public Information

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- With projects ranging from “The Joys and Tribulations of Reading and Translating Classical Japanese” to “Cars, Toilets and Gravity: Looking at the Physics of Everyday Life," the 2005 Ruhlman Conference, on Wednesday, May 4, from 9 am-6 pm at locations across the Wellesley College campus, will feature a wealth of work produced by more than 300 Wellesley College students.

The conference helps to foster collaboration among students and faculty when it comes to research of all kinds. Reflecting the diversity of student interest and accomplishment, the Ruhlman Conference offers presentations in a variety of formats: papers, panels, poster, exhibitions, musical and theatrical performances, interactive teaching presentation and readings. The day is organized around seven major themes: Change; Literature and the Arts; Multicultural Research; Political Development; Science and Technology; Self and Identity; and Social Analysis.

The wide-ranging variety of topics makes the Ruhlman Conference a truly exceptional event. Under the theme of Science and Technology, for example, you can choose among 22 presentations. Under Literature and the Arts, students will present 14 topics including a performance called "The Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune."

One of the more intriguing projects has been undertaken by 15 students in the Environmental Studies 300 course. “Our project consists of research on environmentally sound ways of constructing a new residence hall,” said senior Jessica Van Houten, an environmental studies major. “Considering the fact that Wellesley College is in the very early stages of discussing and planning a new residence hall, our project will be a collection of suggestions of ways and reasons for Wellesley to make the new building ‘green.’”

The conference is made possible by the Barbara Peterson Ruhlman Fund for Interdisciplinary Study.

For more information, go to www.wellesley.edu/DeanCollege/Ruhlman/home.html