College of Liberal Arts: Liberal Arts Symposium

Symposium 2016

Celebrating Student Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity

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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, March 30, 2016, 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 redirected 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.

Participating in the Liberal Arts Symposium was very beneficial. My professor helped me through the application process and I had plenty of time to prepare my work on Poverty and the Middle class in America. LA Symposium allowed me to practice public speaking skills and spread awareness of my findings. The other speakers in the symposium were very interesting and educational as well. Some colleges do not offer such an event and I would absolutely do it again!
-- Malana Bracht, UCO undergraduate Sociology student

"UCO Liberal Arts students learn to analyze and synthesize ideas and information. We might say that any university student learns to do this, but Liberal Arts students ask a wider range of questions than is typical in other disciplines, and these questions are directed at understanding the human community more broadly. Our college doesn't teach a limited set of technical skills; it teaches intellectual skills of working with evidence and making connections between past and present that transfer to any profession," said Mary Brodnax, Ph.D., chair of the Liberal Arts Symposium Committee and professor of Humanities and Philosophy at Central. "Liberal Arts Symposium lets our students show each other not just what information they have mastered, but their habits of mind ... not what they think, but how they think. It's the how which we teach them that won't be outdated by automated industries or changing job skills."

Presenting my research on white collar crime at the Liberal Arts Symposium last April was an excellent opportunity to not only share my findings, but receive feedback from my peers and UCO faculty. Additionally, this experience helped me refine my presentation for the American Society of Criminology (ASC) Conference in Washington, D.C. in fall 2015. Overall, presenting was a great experience and I highly recommend it to students!
--Kristina Kave, M.A. student in the UCO College of Liberal Arts Crime and Intelligence Program

Lori Pompa will be the guest speaker for Liberal Arts Symposium 2016. She has been on the Criminal Justice faculty at Temple University since 1992, and is Founder and Executive Director of The Inside-Out Center at Temple University, International Headquarters of The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. Pompa has been going into prisons for the past 30 years and has taken thousands of students (and others) into correctional facilities through a variety of courses and exchanges.

As a 2003 Soros Justice Senior Fellow, Pompa collaborated with others on both sides of the prison wall to develop Inside-Out into an international model of transformative pedagogy. Hundreds of Inside-Out classes have been offered to date, involving more than 20,000 inside (incarcerated) and outside (campus-based) students. Pompa regularly speaks about Inside-Out's history and contributions, most notably at the Clinton School of Public Service, at the Fetzer Institute's Global Gathering on Love and Forgiveness in Assisi, Italy, at the University of Sydney in Australia, and at Durham University in the U.K.

UCO Students: To apply online to Liberal Arts Symposium, visit the following webpage. Please note application deadlines of January 30th for individual submissions and February 13th for group submissions.

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For additional information, contact faculty representatives to the Liberal Arts Symposium committee:

Humanities & Philosophy

Mary Brodnax, Chair

Criminal Justice

Jaime Burns


Kate Huber

History & Geography

Michael Springer

Mass Communication

Jesse Miller

Modern Languages

Guillermo Martinez

Political Science 

Brett Sharp

Sociology, SAS, Gero  

Nina Michalikova

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