Keynote speaker headlines annual Centenary Research Conference April 20

Dr. Christopher Morris

SHREVEPORT – Centenary’s 31st annual Research Conference will be held Thursday, April 20. All sessions of the research conference are free and open to the public, including the keynote address at 11:00 a.m. by Dr. Christopher Morris, professor of history at the University of Texas at Arlington. The keynote address will be delivered in the Whited Room in Bynum Commons, with other conference sessions taking place across campus throughout the day.

Morris’s keynote address, “Chemistry, Capitalism, and the Commodification of Nitrogen: A Global History of an Alabama Cotton Patch,” draws on his work examining the relationships between people and the natural environment in the American South. His publications include Becoming Southern and The Big Muddy, both from Oxford University Press.

All regularly scheduled classes will be suspended on April 20 so that the entire campus community can fully participate in the research conference, either as presenters or audience members. The 2023 conference includes traditional oral presentation and poster sessions in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences as well as creative writing, music, and visual arts presentations.

The research conference kicks off at 8:00 a.m. on April 20 and the schedule stretches throughout the day, with concurrent sessions in social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, and the arts. An outdoor dinner sponsored by Sodexo and CAB will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in Lot 1. More information about the research conference and a full program is available at

The 2023 Research Conference is sponsored by the Douglas F. and Marion S. Attaway Foundation and is made possible with the support of Centenary’s Convocation Committee, the Office of the Provost, the Student Government Association, and the Campus Activities Board. The conference was organized by Dr. Jessica Alexander (Psychology), Dr. Scott Chirhart (Biology), Dr. Amanda Donahoe (Political Science), and Dr. Jeanne Hamming (English).


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