Mini-Conferences are organized by the Institute for Precollege and Advanced Study in collaboration with one or more academic departments at MMC. They provide unique opportunities to bring together MMC faculty, students, and staff with members of the local community. Topics vary, but always focus on areas of specialization in the MMC curriculum and areas of expertise of MMC faculty. Typically offered on weeknight evenings, they include lectures by invited experts in the field, faculty panel discussions, presentations of student work, and time for informal discussion and networking.
Join us for an upcoming Conference:
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Little Miss Westie is a moving documentary following two transgender siblings, Ren (transgirl) and Luca (transboy), as they navigate puberty, school, dating and family during the Trump era. Ren is competing in the Lil Miss Westie pageant as perhaps the first out transgirl, if she has the nerve to come out while on stage. Her older brother, Luca, coaches her on posing, make-up and talent because he competed six years ago when he was living as a girl. A poignant and complex family portrait, Little Miss Westie challenges fundamental ideas about gender identity and parenting, while entertaining audiences as this tween and teen bicker, explore, and compete all while coming of age.
Learn More about our Past Conferences:
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Social movements bring people together outside of institutional spaces to transform culture and politics. Bringing together artists, activists, and academics, this mini-conference will examine negotiations between social structures and the human body, which contest and define opportunity, community, and power.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
How do human beings deal with disaster? Horrifying reports of genocide and civil war compete with front-page stories of sexual abuse and poverty. Racism leaves its own legacy of intergenerational scars. This conference on art and trauma will explore the ways in which the visual arts and writing serve as coping mechanisms that allow victims to turn suffering into insight.