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Proceedings of the CCC Student Symposium at HWC: Fall 2017

Publication representing student presentations of the CCC Symposium Series.

Proceedings of the City Colleges of Chicago Symposium: Fall 2017

CCC LogoHarold Washington College hosted the first college-wide CCC Symposium on December 1, 2017. Students and staff gathered to listen to eight student presentations. 

Schedule of Events

9:30 am: Opening Remarks

9:40 am: Evander Strong (College to Careers): College to Careers

10:00 am: Jennifer Honeycutt (Humanities): All the President's Men: An Analysis

10:20 am: Cyrille Traore (Linguistics): The N'Ko Writing System

10:40 am: Mylena Sena and Ziyi Zhu (US History): Slavery and Constitution

11:20 am: Lexie Chen (US History): African Slave Labor in Early America

11:40 am: Isaias Rogel (Literature): Whitewashing as a Defense Mechanism

12:00 pm: Francis Ahn (Life Sciences): GMOs and the Obfuscation on Global Impact

12:20 pm: Closing Remarks

For presenter information and documents, see the box to the right for a list arranged in order of presentation.

Committee Members


Evander Strong: College to Careers

Evander currently volunteers in the career resources office. He aspires to become a lawyer.

Abstract: Evander provided students with information regarding the types of resources available to students at the Career Center and how he helps students through his volunteering. 

Jennifer Honeycutt: All the President's Men: An Analysis

Jennifer is pursuing an AA degree in Communications and is a participant in the DePaul Transfer Partnership Program with the City Colleges of Chicago. She looks forward to a career in public relations.

AbstractAn in-depth analysis of visual and immersion storytelling in the film All The President's Men. Special attention given to the importance of lens types, lighting choices, and screen placement in evoking empathy and tension in the viewer. A multi-media presentation using stills from the film to allow a shot-by-shot analysis of cinematographer choice and provide an experiential opportunity for the audience.

All the President's Men: Analysis (Click to open)​

All the President's Men: Presentation (Click to open)​

Cyrille Traore: The N'Ko Writing System 

Cyrille is an international exchange student. He hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Linguistics with an emphasis on African languages.

AbstractA presentation about a modern type of African writing system called N'ko. N'Ko is a writing system for the Manding languages of West Africa and the name of the literary language written in that script.

The N'Ko Writing System (Click to open)​

Mylena Sena and Zhiyi Zhu: Slavery and Constitution

Zhiyi Zhu is pursuing an AA in Political Science with hopes to transfer to UIUC Fall 2019. She then hopes to pursue a Juris Doctorate and become a lawyer.

Mylena Sena is a student at Harold Washington College.

AbstractThis project involves researching about how important role did the slavery present in society; in addition, to the American Revolution. The goal is to show that the slavery was crucial in the American history during its beginning in the 18th to early 21st century. This has be done by examining slave’s narratives, and examining events such as Jim Crow Laws (the motivation of these laws were separating the races and ceased African-American status quickly rise up.) Through showing that the American slavery lives on in memory, this study highlights the significance of the revolution in shaping the movements of The United States government.

Slavery and Constitution  (Click to open)​

Ziying Chen: African Slave Labor in Early America

Ziying Chen is pursuing an associate of science degree, with hopes to major in nursing.

Abstract: A presentation about the African slave labor in the early America with economic, social, and cultural factors.

African Slave Labor in Early America (Click to open)​

Isaias Rogel: Whitewashing as a Defense Mechanism

Isaias is pursuing two bachelors degrees at NEIU - one in English and the second in Latin American Studies. He hopes to enter a graduate program in Latin American Studies, specifically UC Santa Cruz's History of Consciousness program. Isaias will pursue a PhD if made possible and teach at a University or community college where he wants to create safe spaces for students of color.

AbstractUnder the Trump presidency, more than ever, the media bombards US audiences with racist images of immigrants and attacks people of color. Luna Calderon’s short story “Day Ah Dallas Mare Toes”, in Sudden Fiction Latino, illustrates the experience of a young Latina longing to feel at home in a racist setting. I analyzed Rio, the main protagonist, and the setting to talk about how racist hostility—that many Latino people are met with—works to erase culture. Contrary to idea of the United States as a “melting pot”, Rio must give up part of her Latinidad in exchange for a sense of belonging. I want to discuss the experience of confronting such violent racism and how it influences Latino people to actively participate in whitewashing as a defense mechanism. 

From "Whitewashing as a Defense Mechanism" (Click to open)​

Whitewashing as a Defense Mechanism (Click to open)​

Francis Ahn: GMOs and the Obfuscation on Global Impact

Francis Ahn's academic focus is Business. He currently holds a BA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and hopes to transfer to Loyola to attain a Masters in Business Marketing. He aims to use his education to promote sustainability in business practices, particularly in urban agriculture.

Abstract: This presentation delves into how GM companies and their interests have created and hidden potential and existing economic, environmental, and human harm. The presentation focuses specifically on the creation and use of glyphosate resistant (GR crops and a possible step towards accountability.

GMOs and the Obfuscation on Global Impact (Click to open)​