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Proceedings of the CCC Student Symposium at HWC: Spring 2019

Publication representing student presentations of the CCC Symposium Series.

Proceedings of the City Colleges of Chicago Symposium: Spring 2019

Harold Washington College hosted the fourth college-wide CCC Symposium on May 3, 2019. Students and staff gathered to listen to and discuss seven student presentations.

Schedule of Events

10:00: Sign-in and Refreshments

10:15: Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:25: David DeGooyer: Kabyle Morphology

10:40: Jacob Hirtenstein: Philosophy and Theology of Søren Kirkegaard

10:55: Yuanyan Yang: How to Learn a Foreign Language Fast

11:10: Yanling Liu: The Market Revolution in the U.S.

11:25: Tatiana Last: The Great Barrier Reef 

11:40: Jillian Schumann: Korean Morphology

11:55: Taffarel Vieira da Cunha: Briquettes from Biological Sources as an Alternative Energy Source

12:10: Proceedings of the CCC Student Symposium at HWC

12:15: Certificate Presentation

12:25: Closing Remarks

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

Spring 2019 Flyer


Student Symposium


An opportunity for students to present their  research and work to their peers, faculty, and staff.


Friday, May 3rd   2019

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Room 1001/1002

Harold Washington College, 30 E.  Lake St.



Previous Symposia







  • HWC Library
  • President’s Office
  • World Languages


Katelin Karlin


Karen Smith


Sara Stigberg


Matthew Williams





David DeGooyer: Kabyle Morphology

David DeGooyer grew up in the Pacific Northwest and also lived in downstate Illinois before moving to Chicago. He plans to double-major in French and Francophone Studies & Communication at University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Abstract: The goal of this project was to look at the morphology of the Kabyle language, one of the Berber languages of North Africa, and to see specifically how affixation is handled. The focus was on some of the major purposes of affixation and how the meanings of words can be changed by adding prefixes or suffixes, noting vowel changes in words, or the addition of other morphemes. A secondary goal was to determine whether there was an influence of French or Arabic on morphology in Berber languages.

Kabyle Morphology  (Click to download)

Jacob Hirtenstein: Philosophy and Theology of Søren Kierkegaard

Jacob Hirtenstein is pursuing an AA in Political Science, and hopes to transfer and major in Philosophy.

Abstract: The Sickness unto Death, written by Soren Kierkegaard under the pseudonym Anti-Climacus, is a work of theistic existentialism that seeks to detail the condition of being in despair, and what it means for an individual to be in despair. Anti-Climacus details this condition dialectically, borrowing Hegelian methodology to do so, as well as offering his own critique of Hegel. The purpose of the work, beyond simply describing the state of despair, is to describe the happiness that having an individual relation to God (through Christianity) will bring to someone. In the second half of the book, Anti-Climacus tells us what it means to truly sin, and describes sin’s intricate relationship with the self, with despair, and with Christianity as a whole. The book is both a work of philosophy and theology, equally borrowing from both to produce a guide to finding spiritual peace.

Sickness Unto Death  (Click to download)

Yuanyan Yang: How to Learn a Foreign Language Fast

Yuanyuan Yang comes from China and she has been living in Germany for 10 years. Her mother tongue is Chinese, and besides Chinese, she can speak German fluently. Now she studies English at Harold Washington College.

Abstract: Learning a new foreign language is hard for many students. Want to find out how to learn a new language quickly? Without the need for expensive classes or language learning software? Language is definitely a tool of communication and is how people tell people they want. Let’s discuss  how to master this tool quickly.

How to Learn a Foreign Language Fast (Click to download)

Yanling Liu: The Market Revolution in the U.S.

Yanling Liu comes from China, and she has been in Chicago for four months. She has graduated from South China Agricultural University and used to work in a cultural and creative company.

Abstract: Using the factors of historical analysis (political, economic, and social factors) to look into the Market Revolution.

The Market Revolution (Click to open)

Tatiana Last: The Great Barrier Reef

Tatiana Last was born in Vladivostok, Russia in 2000. Her father is from Germany, so she dedicated her life to learning foreign languages. Although she currently speaks five languages, her major is biology. She hopes that her ability to communicate in several languages will help her become a decent scientist who is capable of teaching people from all around the world.
Tatiana came to Chicago in August of 2018, and began at Harold Washington College right after this. Now, she's working on her Associates Degree in natural sciences. After finishing this degree, she is planning to transfer to MIT to complete her major in microbiology with a minor in genetics.

Abstract: Coral reefs are the most comprehensive ecosystems in the world. During the project, I explored the relationship between animals and plants in the Great Barrier Reef. The goal of the project is to show people exotic and unique relationships that can be found only in the Great Barrier Reef. The project also includes information about the specific animals and plants that people are not familiar with. In addition, the project includes the information about the actual problems of coral reefs. This project is supposed to give enough information for people to understand how the coral reef's ecosystem works and how people can preserve them.

The Great Barrier Reef (Click to open)

Jillian Schumann: Korean Morphology

Jillian Schumann is graduating this semester with her AA and is transferring in the Fall to continue her undergraduate degree. Her major is Anthropology and she plans to double major or minor in Women's Gender and Sexuality studies and minor in either Korean or Spanish. 

Abstract: Morphology in the Korean language: the use of inflectional and derivational affixation.

Korean Morphology (Click to download)

Taffarel Vieira da Cunha: Briquettes from Biological Sources as an Alternative Energy Source

(Bio to come)

Abstract: The growing concern around the world about global warming compels us to think about alternatives to using fossil fuels to supply the global energy demand. The reuse of bio materials has been highlighting in this subject. Many vegetable materials that are currently discarded as garbage, can be reused for energy increase by making briquettes. This activity, in addition to generating revenue for large companies, contributes to the mitigation of environmental impacts.

Briquettes From Biological Sources (Click to download)