Published 04/17/13

REDay showcases academic and creative collaboration

Bryant’s third annual Research and Engagement Day – an exciting opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to present academic and creative work they have produced this year, participate in roundtable discussions, and hear from inspiring keynote speakers – takes place April 24.

More than 330 students and 85 faculty/staff members have collaborated on the 100 presentations scheduled for the daylong event, ranging from sessions on “U.S. Women, World War II, and Letter Writing” to “Secularism and Interfaith: Does It Matter What You Believe?”

Jean Twenge, Ph.D., author of the book Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled – and More Miserable Than Ever Before, will give a keynote address at 10:30 a.m. in Janikies Theatre.

Her research, based on data from 1.3 million people, explores generational differences related to self-esteem, individualism, anxiety, and sexuality, and has been featured on The Today Show and Dateline NBC.

Alumnus F. Kurt Last ’78, president of Specialty Operations Solutions Inc., is the featured afternoon keynote speaker. His address on “How a practical Bryant education prepares students to do well and to do good” begins at 3:45 p.m. Last founded SOS, a leading supplier of research and laboratory services, in 1997.

A ceremony honoring this year’s Commencement award winners will follow Last’s speech.

The day’s featured events include the 6th annual Bryant Economic Undergraduate Symposium, a reading of the Bryant Literary Review – a poetry and fiction magazine published annually in May, and the Marketing Plan Competition.