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NRHC 2024

April 4-7

Ahead of our Time:

Intersections of Thought and Technology towards the Future

presentation formats

Presentation Formats

Academic Panel Presentations

Academic panel presentations give students the opportunity to share their research findings from any discipline on a panel with 2-3 other students who share similar research topics. Students are encouraged to present dynamically on their topic, and if reading a paper, to engage their audience through eye contact and, where useful, visual illustrations. Technology will be available to support a slide-show or other visual aids. Q&A time will be allotted either after each presenter or after all have presented. Students must identify the appropriate strand, listed below:


  • Business, Economics, and Technology

  • Education

  • History, Politics, and Culture

  • Honors Education and Practices

  • Language, Literature, and Philosophy

  • Media Studies and the Arts

  • Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Allied Health

  • Social Sciences (Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Archeology, Geography, and Jurisprudence)

Poster Presentations

Academic poster presentations are an excellent way to showcase research and findings to a roving audience. Students present their research on a tri-fold poster board, measuring 48×36 inches. During the session, presenters will discuss their research and findings with that roving audience of individuals or small groups. Presentations from all disciplines are welcome. Students must identify the appropriate strand, listed below:

  • Business, Economics, and Technology

  • Education

  • History, Politics, and Culture

  • Honors Education and Practices

  • Language, Literature, and Philosophy

  • Media Studies and the Arts

  • Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Allied Health

  • Social Sciences (Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Archeology, Geography, and Jurisprudence)


Roundtable Presentations

Roundtable presentations emphasize direct interaction between presenters and audience. Ideas should be exchanged by using the presenters’ initial proposal to start a conversation. Unlike the academic panel presentation which foregrounds individual presentations and offers minimal time for discussion, the roundtable presentation seeks discussion between presenters and audience members as its core activity. Presenters craft a brief presentation or a series of remarks that will stimulate interaction and discussion.


We encourage roundtable proposals that engage this year’s theme, Ahead of Our Time: Intersections of Thought and Technology Towards the Future. We also encourage proposals that have a direct relationship with Honors Programs. For further inspiration, please read through the strand descriptions. Any of the eight different subject areas can be used to drive your proposal.


Whatever the focus of your proposal, remember that in keeping with the roundtable format, you should seek to gain insights, engage in conversation, offer solutions, and discuss your topic with your audience.


Reviewed by Helen Fallon (Point Park University) and Kat MacDonald (Monroe College)

Idea Exchange Presentations

The Idea Exchange provides an opportunity to share the exciting ideas and innovative strategies you use in your honors program. Presenters create lively tabletop displays and handouts to attract others and facilitate conversations. This fast-paced session runs concurrently with poster sessions.

Preference will be given to proposals presenting ideas and practices that are new, creative, and/or innovative; that document success; and that have a clear fit with this type of session.


Please select one of the following themes for your proposal:


  • Advising and mentoring

  • Communication strategies

  • Building community

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Experiential learning

  • Programming and special events

  • Student recruitment and marketing

  • Student leadership and involvement

  • Unique courses or course activities

  • Budgeting strategies and funding

  • Faculty and adjunct training

  • Transition planning between directors

  • Collaboration, buy in, administrative support

  • Technology, distance learning, and honors education

Performing arts and Film showcase

Art and its performance can play an important role in building resilience within communities and bridges between communities. By asking difficult questions, presenting unique perspectives or connections, and engaging our hearts as well as our minds, art and its performance can stimulate both communication and reconciliation. Presenters are encouraged to showcase their talents in music, singing, acting, dancing, filmmaking, or any other performance artform. While we encourage presenters to tap into the power of this year’s conference theme, other proposals will be considered for inclusion as well. In this presentation format, students will introduce a live performance or a short film to a live audience as part of a panel of presenters. There is no limit to the length of the original film or performance submission, but the live presentation or viewing should be limited to 10 minutes. Longer works can be presented through targeted excerpts. Time will be allotted for questions and discussion after each performance.

art gallery submissions

“Art is in the eye of the beholder, and everyone will have their own interpretation” - E.A. Bucchianeri

Like the interpretation of works of art, the process of emerging from grief and moving toward reconciliation may differ for everyone. As events push the human toll of violence and hatred ever higher, we in our globalized society must learn how to better understand each other’s path from pain, loss, and calamity to healing, empathy, and resilience. Art can be an incredibly effective (and affective) way to communicate one person’s experience and journey to others.


Do you create visual, plastic, verbal, or digital art? The Art Gallery showcases the artistic works of honors folks in our region. We encourage you to share your creative work with us! And while we encourage works that address the conference theme, all submissions will be considered for inclusion. Art Gallery participants will exhibit and discuss their work with conference attendees in a gallery setting. 

Artwork can include many genres: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, digital art, poetry and more. The art gallery application requires you to provide the following information about your artwork: 

  • Description of the piece and how it relates to the conference theme

  • The size of the piece

  • Type of artwork (e.g., drawing, photograph, sculpture, painting, etc.) 


NOTE: Students who submit artwork may also submit a paper, poster, or roundtable proposal. It is not necessary that the artwork and proposal be connected in any way. Although you are not required to submit a proposal in addition to the artwork, you are encouraged to do so.

Strand Descriptions

strand descriptions

strand descriptions

Business, economics, and technology

This strand encourages student proposals that explore how technological progress or innovations in technology can be harnessed to create sustainable public or private economic growth, jobs, educational opportunities, or a higher quality of living. How has politics affected the decisions of businesses or new technology attempting to endure business cycle fluctuations, domestic and international competition, depletion of resources, and international trade wars? How will new banking and trading technologies or artificial intelligence affect capital investment, socioeconomic mobility, and the wealth gap? We seek your creativity in these technical fields and look forward to reviewing your creative solutions to our theme: “Ahead of Our Time – Reconciling Technology, Progress, and the Future."

Reviewed by Mike Tasto (Southern New Hampshire University)

strand descriptions


The Education strand invites proposals that focus on one of our most important social institutions – our schools. Innovations in technology can have transformative effects on the way we educate citizens. Education also plays a significant role in producing and harnessing technological innovations. There are many possibilities for important and creative analysis within this strand: proposals might focus on curriculum, teaching practices, student activism, or cultural representations of teachers, students, and schools—among other possibilities. What role will education play in harnessing new technologies such as AI? How might we address problems of access to technology in the education system? And perhaps most importantly, what education will best prepare young citizens and future innovators for the challenges ahead?


Reviewed by AnnMarie DelliPizzi (Dominican University) and Gwen Kay (SUNY—Oswego)

strand descriptions

History, Politics, and Culture

Thomas Jefferson once proclaimed, “Freedom, the first-born of science.” Thus, he implicitly saw the interdependency of American democracy and the pursuit of scientific and technological advancement. The new American Republic would be a nation of artisans, inventors, and entrepreneurs whose creativity and determination to succeed would further define America’s independence from not only Great Britain, but the Old World itself. “Yankee ingenuity” would become synonymous with the relentless innovation of a restless nation eager to establish itself in the modern world.


This strand invites presentations about how the Jeffersonian formulation of the bonds between democracy and science/technology evolved over time. How, for instance, did the growing adoption of and dependence upon technology influence the development of social and political structures that hitherto had relied upon more personal, informal, and localized networks? In what ways did the Industrial Age lay the foundations for the Atomic Age, the Space Age, and the Information Age? Do the benefits of technological advancement outweigh the foreseen and unintended consequences? Can technology save humanity from its worst impulses, eradicate disease and poverty, and guarantee diversity, inclusion, and equity or will it make our self-destruction inevitable? As the lines between humanity and “artificial” or “synthetic” continue to blur, how can individuals and institutions adapt to an emerging reality that even someone of Jefferson’s genius could never have imagined?


Reviewed by Marcella McCoy-Deh (Thomas Jefferson University), and Darryl L. Peterkin (Macaulay Honors College at CUNY)

strand descriptions

Honors Education and practices

Honors is a unique community of students, faculty, and staff who have insatiable curiosities, hunger for knowledge, and a passion for lifelong learning. The Honors Education and Practices strand welcomes proposals that provide examples of the many ways that honors education and practices encourage academic excellence, build strong communities, and create the leaders of tomorrow. Honors can be the leader in higher education by crafting meaningful, engaging, and creative experiences for students, faculty, and staff alike. Through innovative courses, honors contracts, research and creative projects, and community connections, Honors is often at the forefront of the intersection of thought and technology. We welcome presentations that discuss the unique successes of the honors programs and colleges of this region as well as proposals that discuss technological history and/or advancement. This strand is designed to celebrate collaboration and sharing of strategies to ultimately improve our Honors community as a whole.


Reviewed by Chris Brittain (Ocean County College) and Amy McMillan (SUNY—Buffalo State)

strand descriptions

language, literature, and philosophy

Science fiction is just one of many textual spaces where we can consider the potential effects of technological innovation on human institutions, the planet, and our ways of thinking. The Language, Literature, and Philosophy strand invites proposals that engage this year’s conference theme “Ahead of Our Time – Reconciling Technology, Progress, and the Future." How might our study of language, the literary arts, popular culture and philosophy help us to negotiate the cultural upheaval created by technological innovation and envision a human future that is more just and more sustainable?  


Reviewed by Tanya Radford (Dominican University New York) and Jessica McCort (Lake Park University)

strand descriptions

media studies and the arts

Media and the arts have a unique ability to subvert and challenge our notions of technological progress. In many ways, the purpose of media studies and the arts is to challenge an audience by making them face uncomfortable truths about themselves and their pre-conceived notions of fact and reality. In their representation of technological advancement as it relates to political unrest, climate change, personal grief, mental illness, or other challenges, media and the arts can ask their audience to examine how technology affects them and their place in the world. Thus, these works and the study of them can represent difficult truths while also being cathartic. How can art, whether in music, dance, theatre, photography, written art forms (novels, poetry, prose, etc.), sculpture, drawing, and so on, represent the effects of technology on individuals and society? Can enjoyment and analysis of these works bring us together? Can these works and our analysis of them both express positives and negatives borne of technological advancement? The Media Studies and the Arts strand welcomes proposals that examine the role of media and the arts in the development and demonstration of technological progress.


Reviewed by Zachary Aidala (Bloomfield College of Montclair State University) and Chris Brittain (Ocean County College)

strand descriptions

natural sciences, mathematics, and allied health

The disciplines encompassed by science and mathematics are the drivers of technological advancement. Each Age is marked by breakthroughs in technology that have driven society into previously unknown territory and sparked intense debates that impact every other academic field. The STEM fields continue to drive technological advances, which can serve to improve society and build our sense of humanity – who we are, what we know, and how we can work together to solve our problems. Without these advances, our efforts to address societal problems also stagnate. Technology has also exacerbated some of the existential crises of our times, including climate change and global pollution; problems society continues to try to solve. We welcome proposals that share your discoveries in the fields of the natural sciences, mathematics, and allied health.

Reviewed by Gwen Kay (SUNY—Oswego) and Amy McMillan (SUNY—Buffalo State)

Social Sciences (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Archaeology, Geography, and Jurisprudence)

This year’s conference theme offers a unique opportunity to explore and question how technological advancement affects individuals, groups, and institutions. It invites scholars to investigate how we can reconcile the positive and negative effects technological progress has on people and society. How do individuals, social groups, and communities at large generate, utilize, and respond to technological progress? How do new technologies affect our psychology? How do communities respond when much-needed new technologies are not accessible? How do the behaviors of individuals, groups, elected officials, and law enforcement agencies employ technology to their benefit and/or address problems that arise from its abuse? What responsibilities do entities like businesses, schools, health care providers, and non-profit organizations have in employing technology responsibly and equitably? For this strand, we seek proposals that explore the sociology, anthropology, psychology, archaeology, geography, or jurisprudence branches of the social sciences. We also welcome proposals that engage in interdisciplinary study of society and the interlocking institutions that shape it. Proposals might range from critical evaluations of current problems to discussion for opportunities for change in the future.


Reviewed by Zachary Aidala (Bloomfield College of Montclair State University) and Marcella McCoy-Deh (Thomas Jefferson University)

proposal rubric

Proposal Rubric

On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being completely unsatisfactory and 5 being extremely satisfactory), please rate the proposal in the following areas:

  • Context and Background on Topic (Does the proposer give appropriate details to contextualize his/her topic?) 

  • Presentation Purpose (Is the proposer’s purpose clear? Has he/she stated what the audience will learn?) 

  • Creativity of Idea (Does the proposer have a creative way of approaching the topic?)

  • Usage and Grammar (Is the proposal coherent? Is it well-written?) 

TOTAL POINTS =  ___/20

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