Faculty Research Conference

The conference is an opportunity for faculty at any stage in their career to share their work, network with peers, and learn about resources.

MultiFACETed Research at TU  

October 29, 2021, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m 
West Village Commons Ballroom

FACET and OSPR are pleased to co-sponsor the first annual faculty research conference. This conference is intended to bring researchers in different fields and colleges together with the hope of inspiring future scholarly collaborations. Sessions will include Gallery Talks, Lecture Recitals, Panels, Paper Presentations, Performances, Posters, Roundtables, Screenings, and more! Faculty can also learn about internal and external grant opportunities as well as campus resources to support research.


Shodekeh performing
Dominic Shodekeh Talifero

Ideations of Hope: Hip Hop Innovations, Intervention & Outliership in the Face of Black Youth Suicide

Dominic Shodekeh Talifero, COFAC Innovator-in-Residence Dominic Shodekeh

Talifero is a Baltimore-based beatboxer, vocal percussionist, breath artist, and Innovator-in-Residence for TU’s College of Fine Arts & Communication. His first innovation capstone project was rooted in international musical ambassadorship and cultural exchange. His next capstone project was anchored in archival studies, collectionbased donorship, and shared stewardship. His final capstone project is based on scientific research and exploration. His work, Ideations of Potential collection, can be found in the University Archives. It is the first hip-hop-based collection to enter Towson University’s Special Collections, the first living archive of a professional beatboxer anywhere in the world.

In his keynote address, Shodekeh will be addressing and sharing how he has cultivated a unique synthesis of learning approaches from Hip Hop-oriented oral traditions, academic methodologies and performance-based research. The primary example of this from which he will be referencing is his own personal survivorship from suicidal ideation as a child, and how that has recently evolved into a greater life mission of musical inspiration and raising awareness.