SPOTLIGHT ON STUDENT RESEARCH – #7

Isaiah Johnson Wins Category at Autumn Undergraduate Research Festival

 

saiah Johnson presents his research at the Autumn Undergraduate Research Festival

Isaiah Johnson presents his research at the Autumn Undergraduate Research Festival

The TRI is proud to announce that Isaiah Johnson came in first place in his category at the Autumn Undergraduate Research Festival. Johnson was a recipient of one of the Library’s Undergraduate Research Fellowships, which funded his research at the TRI during the summer 2018 term.  (see https://library.osu.edu/site/theatre-research-institute/2018/06/21/spotlight-student-research-6/)

At the festival Johnson competed in the “Lived Experiences of Human Societies” category of the 3-Minute Thesis competition where he presented “The Great Mediator: Jeff Corey Collection.” For his presentation, Johnson discussed the findings gleaned from his work at the TRI with the Jeff Corey Collection. Corey was an Actor who became active in the free speech movement after he was blacklisted in the 1950s. In the Corey Collection, Johnson found a great deal of material related to the protests that were taking place on college campuses during the late 1960s. Using that research as a catalyst, Johnson compared the riots that took place at UC Berkeley in 1967 with those that broke out on the Berkeley campus in 2017 and noted that we have made little progress in our ability to listen to opposing viewpoints with civility. Johnson pointed out that, if we are ever to break out of the recurring cycle of protest and political divide, we need to employ better communication skills, and perhaps seek out skilled mediators.

Johnson worked with advisor Beth Kattelman, TRI Curator of Theatre, to craft his presentation. He remains interested in the information found in the Corey Collection, and hopes to eventually create a theatre piece from his work with the materials.

CONGRATULATIONS ISAIAH!!

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SPOTLIGHT ON STUDENT RESEARCH – #7

Isaiah Johnson Wins Category at Autumn Undergraduate Research Festival