Students, faculty, staff and members of the public explore a variety of research topics in a presentation of academic posters in the Student Union Ballroom during the 2011 GREAT Day celebration. This year's event includes more than 900 students and their work. /FILE PHOTO BY BRIAN BENNETT
More than 900 students will share their research, creative talent and other courses of study in this year's sixth annual GREAT Day — Geneseo Recognizing Excellence, Achievement & Talent — on April 17.
Posters and presentations include diverse areas of all disciplines on campus. Presentation of an autobiographical play by an Edgar Fellows student about his personal development and challenges while a student at Geneseo, creative writing readings, and examination of a wasp used as a biological control for the destructive ash borer are just a small sample of topics explored and shared by students.
"GREAT Day is one of the most wonderful things we do on this campus," said Provost Carol Long. "It's a spring celebration, a symposium that celebrates student and faculty scholarship, performance and creative activity. It's a full day of involvement that shows the great richness of our students' work well-supported by our faculty." Watch Provost Long discuss GREAT Day 2012.
National Geographic archaeologist and explorer Fredrik Hiebert, one of the discoverers of Afghan cultural history, will deliver the GREAT Day keynote address, "Afghanistan: Cultural Crossroads Then and Now," for this year's Jack '76 and Carol Kramer' 76 Endowed Lectureship. The lecture is at 1:45 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium.
In 2003, Hiebert began a National Geographic project in Afghanistan that has become famous around the world. Working with museum curators at the Kabul National Museum in Afghanistan, he led the team that conducted an inventory of the newly discovered treasures of the museum: art objects and archaeological finds, which had been hidden for their protection during a tumultuous decade of civil war.
A selection of the objects has appeared as a special National Geographic exhibition around the United States and Europe. Fred curated this exhibition in addition to working to secure the cultural heritage of Afghanistan through advocacy, training and development of museum resources. In addition, he has been active in working with U.S. armed forces on developing a program of cultural heritage awareness for service members. Hiebert also has traced trade routes overland and across the seas for more than 20 years and conducts underwater archaeology projects in the Black Sea and in South America's highest lake, Lake Titicaca, in search of submerged settlements.