15/15: Research Seminar Series
The series, which became known as 15/15 — each presentation is 15 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of informal discussion and questions from attendees — builds on the tradition of Creative Writing professor Michael V. Smith’s Creative Research course, started in the fall of 2011.
Set in the intimate, informal atmosphere of Platypus House MFA studios on the second Tuesday of each month, 15/15 features two FCCS graduate students who present their current research involving writing, performance and/or visual art.
Discussion among students, faculty, and the public leads to thoughtful inquiry and exchange of ideas, helping to foster the interdisciplinary approach of the graduate program at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
The seminar series has provided a benchmark for presenters: a moment to cohere, reflect, and consider future directions for creative research.
“Preparing and giving a 15/15 seminar caused me to reflect critically on the creative work I had completed and the research I had read,” says organizer Amy Modahl. “It caused me to think forward, contemplating and narrowing my project and research goals. The dialogue following my presentation allowed me to realize gaps to investigate and new connections to explore.”
Modhal adds that grad students often work alone in their second year, so it’s important to have an opportunity that draws them out and gives them a chance to discuss their research. Through the seminars, students gain some understanding of themselves through the eyes, questions, and insights of their peers.
The 15/15 seminars are free and open to the public, and held at 5 p.m. at the Platypus House at UBC’s Okanagan Campus on the second Tuesday of each month during the academic year.
Feb. 12, 5-6 p.m. Shannon Lester & John McGregor
March 12, 5-6 p.m. Kelly Shepherd & Kelly Mitton
April 9, 5-6 p.m. Lorna Tureski & Freeda Wilson