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The past real fast. Students to compete in first-ever History Slam
Author: Cristina Rojas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Posted: May 8, 2018

Wanna hear a student bust a rhyme about Portland's history, or learn about medieval European nobles in three minutes or less?

Then come to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences History Department's first-ever History Slam, a rapid-fire thesis competition on May 18 that challenges undergraduate and graduate students to condense their year-long research project into an entertaining, three-minute spiel — and not a second longer.

The top five students from each of the "History 492" research seminars were chosen to compete.

"In the past, they've just presented to their classes and that's where it lived and ended," said history professor Catherine McNeur, who helped organize the event. "This time, we're trying to highlight the cutting-edge research that history students are doing."

The panel of judges includes CLAS Dean Karen Marrongelle, history professors Katy Barber and Tom Luckett; and Joji Kappes, a board member of the Friends of History, which supports and raises awareness about PSU's history department.

Winners will be awarded cash prizes.

The event is free and open to everyone. It begins at 2 p.m. in Room 328 and 329 of the Smith Memorial Student Union.