Call for Participation: Greenleaf Slam

CFP for the first annual Undergraduate Student Research Slam coming soon!

Friday, March 25, 2016

12 pm – 5:00 pm

Villalobos Hall


One of the goals of Whittier DigLibArts and our Student Tech Liaisons is to investigate and highlight innovative ways of combining traditional liberal arts research with information media and technology. In this tradition, the DigLibArts Tech Liaisons are hosting the FIRST EVER Research Slam to showcase the unique work done by scholars interested in these intersections.

The goal of the Research Slam is to combine the best features of traditional academic venues like lectures and roundtables with the free-flowing and participatory focus of the digital presentations and unique formats in discussing the work of undergraduates. The format includes a series of  presentations, followed by a group discussion on the research and importance of digital presentations.

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A Research Slam is:

  • Non-linear intellectual encounters
  • Smaller, more personalized discussions, followed by a large group session
  • Multi-media, multi-modal, multi-temporal
  • Inclusive of faculty, students, and staff
  • Performative, interactive, playful
  • Burning man without the fire
  • A Poetry/Art slam without the judging
  • Interested in new paradigms of sharing scholarly work

A Research Slam is not:

  • Hierarchically divided into presenters & audience
  • Rigidly structured
  • Quiet
  • Lecture-based
  • Traditional

The DigLibArts Student Tech Liaisons are now soliciting multimedia projects, digital stories, research posters, infographics, and other creative or scholarly works taking advantage of the intersections between culture, information and technology to showcase at the Slam, regardless of department, class level, or research focus of the contributor. If you think your project fits the structure of the event, we invite you to participate!

Suggestions for possible presentation formats:

  • digital stories
  • remixes
  • posters
  • performances
  • original media pieces
  • software / hardware demonstrations
  • performative scholarship
  • live coding
  • audio work
  • robots
  • short films
  • digitized interpretation

Project descriptions are due on Friday, March 11, 2016. Please send a 250 word abstract of your project, a short bio and any equipment requirements to

Confirmed Faculty and Staff Judges

The Greenleaf Slam will feature a panel of impartial faculty and staff to evaluate students and decide upon awards in the various disciplines. Thus far the following faculty and staff have agreed to serve as judges:

  • Deborah Allison (LEAP) 
  • Nadine Barragan (Cultural Center)
  • Michelle Chihara (English)
  • Cinzia Fissore (Biology & Environmental Science)
  • Bill Kronholm (Math)
  • Patricia Zurita (Office of Communications)


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