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Graduate Student Gives Conference in Las Vegas!

March 23, 2019

Steven Tutino shares his experience at a recent conference in Las Vegas!

"On February 23, 2019, I presented a paper for the 31st Annual Far West Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. My paper was entitled, “From Wrestling Superstar to Warrior Princess: Re-examining the Legacy of Joanie ‘Chyna’ Laurer.” The experience was truly remarkable and a dream come true, because I have always desired to communicate my own insights and ideas pertaining to the life and significance of this pioneering Renaissance Woman. For those interested in reading my paper I would be more than happy to send the paper your way. Laurer’s story is deeply theological in terms of her search for identity, redemption and salvation. What is so tragic about her confronting demise is that Joanie ‘Chyna’ Laurer knew she ruined her life chasing the very thing she thought would rescue it. Overall, there is a need to rehabilitate her legacy and to re-examine what she can continue to symbolize and represent for successive generations to come.

The main purpose as to why I am writing this is because I want our graduate and doctoral students to be aware about the various opportunities, they have to present their research outside of Montreal and to networks with other academics, scholars and young researchers, as well as gain valuable experiences that they will take with them for a lifetime. Presenting at the Far West Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association’s 31st Annual Conference has been extremely rewarding to me because it has given me the opportunity to present on a topic and subject matter which is deeply gratifying to me personally. I’ve also gained the confidence to start venturing out and getting in touch with other topics I am passionate about and which I have always desired to present on.

Students should be aware that they have possible avenues and resources for funding at their disposal. First, is the School of Graduate Studies Conference and Exposition Award, valued between $250-$1000. Graduate students are entitled to this award only once within the first two years of their enrollment in a graduate program. Doctoral students have access to funds once every semester during the first five years of their enrollment. Please contact the School of Graduate Studies. Second is the Faculty of Arts and Science Student Conference Travel Support, valued between $200-$500 depending on the location of where you travelling to in order to present. Lastly, there is also the GSA (Graduate Student Association) which offers funding (maximum $500) to present your research."

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