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Posted on: April 29, 2022

Shreve Memorial Library and LSUS present 2022 Spring MLA Showcase Lecture Series May 2-23

Shreve Memorial Library and LSUS present 2022 Spring MLA Showcase Lecture Series May 2-23

The public is encouraged to participate as Shreve Memorial Library and Louisiana State University – Shreveport (LSUS) partner to present the 2022 Spring MLA Showcase Lecture Series during the month of May. The lecture series features LSUS graduate faculty and students giving presentations on their fields of research, followed by question and answer periods. The lectures take place each Monday at 6:00 p.m., in the meeting room at Broadmoor Branch, 1212 Captain Shreve Drive, starting May 2. The lectures are free and open to the public.

A panel of LA 702 students will kick off the lecture series with IMPOSTER PHENOMENON & ONLINE EDUCATION” on Monday, May 2. The group will discuss the results of a survey into the impact of course modality on imposter phenomenon among graduate students at LSUS. This presentation will include the opportunity for participants to take an Imposter Phenomenon survey and discuss the prevalence of imposter feelings in the wider community.
On Monday, May 9, Tori Thomas presents “MENTAL HEALTH, SOCIAL MEDIA & THE WOMEN OF GENERATION Z.” This presentation is part of a larger documentary film that explores the impacts of social media on young women in the Shreveport-Bossier area. The presentation researches the extent social media use affects self-esteem. This research asks if Gen Z women are conforming to the beauty standards that are popular on social media sites by resorting to cosmetic procedures. There are national studies, but the correlation between social media use, mental health, and plastic surgery has yet to be explored for women in Shreveport-Bossier.

The lecture on “IN THE SHADOWS OF BLOODY CADDO: THE SHADY GROVE MASSACRE OF 1868,” presented by Frank Severic, takes place on Monday, May 16. In the fall of 1868, under a looming Presidential election to determine the fate of Reconstruction across a broken nation, Caddo and the surrounding parishes in Northwest Louisiana became synonymous with widespread racial supremacy and vigilante violence. While “Bloody Caddo” would gain notoriety from the frequency of racially and politically motivated murders following the end of the Confederacy, one of the most horrific acts of mob vigilante violence during Reconstruction would silently occur in neighboring Bossier Parish. The Shady Grove Massacre remains a complex story of atrocity as residents began a brief and brutal campaign to instill terror in the hearts of Black Americans and demolish Republican political organization for decades to come.

The lecture series will conclude on Monday, May 23 as Christopher Floyd presents “HOMOEROTIC POETRY & THE MUNDANE.” The first portion of this lecture will explore the ways contemporary LGBT poets, notably Danez Smith and Stephen S. Mills, incorporate and synthesize overt and/or covert homoeroticism and mundaneness in their poetry. In the second portion of the lecture, Floyd will read poems from his thesis collection, Stomach to Spine.


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