On March 14, the faculty of the Sociology Department and numerous undergraduate students attended the fifth annual Inter-University Research Symposium held at Fisk University. The symposium is compromised of undergraduate student research in Sociology from Vanderbilt University, Tennessee State University, Fisk University and Belmont. Drs. Andi Stepnick and Shelby Longard co-presided a paper session in which students Tiffany Minton and Claire Beck presented their research on “Homo-Hop,” a new genre of music that critiques mainstream hip-hop for its negative portrayals of women and gay people. Dr. Ken Spring also presided a session in which students Marie Campbell, Ryan Hurd and Cayla Wilson presented their research on applied social theory as part of the scholar community program .
In addition, at the recent annual conference of the Southern Sociological Society, held in Richmond, Va., Dr. Longard presented her research on Southern Child Beauty Pageants. Dr. Spring also attended, along with undergraduate students Jessica Boyer, Marie Campbell, Ryan Hurd, Cayla Wilson and recent Belmont graduate Kurt Niesner, who presented their findings integrating theory and practice through community service.