The University of Central Oklahoma's College of Liberal Arts will host its annual symposium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, offering students the opportunity to present their exemplary writing and research and to participate in other academic and creative activities. Classes in the College of Liberal Arts are pre-empted during the event to allow students to participate and to give classmates the chance to experience the scholarly and creative work of their fellow students.
"Symposium is our college celebration of the life-long learning cultivated by the Liberal Arts — learning based on open-ended questions, spontaneity, and the face-to-face interactions between instructors and students that allow us to challenge each other," said Mary Brodnax, Ph.D., chair of the Liberal Arts Symposium Committee and professor of Humanities and Philosophy at Central.
"Our students' presentations develop in a personalized environment that all of us, faculty members and students, are very proud of. We write and speak in an environment aided by, but not subordinated to technology; we produce graduates who value tradition and adapt to contemporary conditions, work independently to acquire knowledge and communicate well."
Symposium will also feature an address by science fiction author Will McIntosh. McIntosh's debut novel, Soft Apocalypse, was a finalist for both a Locus award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. His second novel, Hitchers, was published in 2012 by Night Shade Books. He is a frequent contributor to Asimov's, where his story "Bridesicle" won the 2010 Reader’s Award, as well as the 2010 Hugo Award for Best Short Story. A former psychology professor in Georgia, McIntosh now writes full time while teaching on the side at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Find out More about McIntosh at his website.