Paideia (pa DAY ah) is the classical Greek education of liberal learning, which was believed to develop the intellectual, moral, and aesthetic capacities.

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The Paideia Conference is CNU's annual conference dedicated to fostering undergraduate and graduate research in liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies.  Conferences provide a valuable venue to share academic information and current research among peers. Researchers who present at the Paideia Conference are eligible for the Excellence in Undergraduate Research Awards. 

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The 14th Annual Paideia Conference will be held on Saturday 11 April 2015.  Submissions are welcome until midnight on Friday 27 March 2015.

The 2014 Conference Program featured a record number of presentations, posters, and performances.  

Excellence in Undergraduate Research Awards for 2014 were awarded to:

• AJ Bennett (College of Arts and Humanities) - "Unitarian Universalism and Apophatic Pluralism" (mentored by Dr. Dawn Hutchinson - Philosophy and Religious Studies)

• Jordan Vest, Alaina Manley, Jennifer Trice, and Kara Watrud (College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences) - "Word Type and Misspellings Enhance Recall" (mentored by Dr. Diane Catanzaro - Psychology)

• Hayley Struzik (College of Social Sciences) - " 'I Want You to Prove Yourselves Men':  Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the Men of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers (mentored by Dr. John Carter - Leadership and American Studies)

Each year the Paideia Conference invites a CNU graduate back to campus to speak to conference attendees about the undergraduate research experience and how it has informed their post-CNU career.

Paideia Keynote Speakers have included...

2014 - Nicholas Huber '07 (English) - "Denaturalize, Coordinate, Recompose: Objects of Undergraduate Research."  abstract >>

2014 Keynote Speaker

2013 - Alex Ruble '10 (History)

Past Paideia Conference programs…

2014  |  2013  |  2012  |  2011  |  2010

For questions or more information, please contact Dr. Margarita Marinova at or Dr. Laura Grace Godwin at