UCO Liberal Arts Student Symposium
Symposium date: March 29, 2023, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Celebrating Student Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity
The University of Central Oklahoma's College of Liberal Arts will host the 35th Annual Student Symposium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 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.
This long-standing tradition is one of the most important and visible celebrations of the creativity and scholarship of our students.
Writer for FX’s Reservation Dogs
Chief Creative of Buffalo Nickel Creative
Ryan RedCorn (Osage) was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma into a family of preachers, politicians and salesmen, which are all the same occupation. He is the ilonpa of Raymond and Elizabeth RedCorn, and the object of jealousy from his three younger brothers Jon, Alex and Studebaker, who between them have four masters degrees and two Phd's. Ryan, however, took six and half years to get an art degree in visual communications from the University of Kansas. To the surprise of many, Ryan has been able to translate his education, his ilonpa entitlement, and his family lineage into something some people think is valuable. He co-founded the Indigenous comedy troupe, the 1491s, and started a full services ad agency in the middle of nowhere Pawhuska, Oklahoma called Buffalo Nickel Creative. Sometimes people laugh at him. But he's ok with all of that. He recently woke one morning and realized he has three daughters. He remarked, "I live a crazy life" and promptly enrolled in an M.F.A. in screenwriting program to test his capacity for stress. He graduated in the spring of 2020 and is presently alive, vaccinated and serving his second stint as a writer on the third season of FX's tv show, Reservation Dogs.
Photo by Ju Eun Chang, UCO Photographic Arts major
The theme for the 2023 Symposium is New Horizons.
The horizon marks the limit of what can be seen, but also connotes the desire to look beyond. The horizon is part of the land, and reminds us of the physical and metaphorical place where we are. This year at the Symposium, we hope to reflect on the here-and-now, and also to think forward towards the future.
The CLA Symposium prize money is deposited to the students’ bursar accounts. These funds will automatically be applied to any remaining account balance. Students can request a "refund" to transfer remaining funds through their preferred method.
- Best paper:
First place $300
Second place $200
Third place $125
- Best paper submitted via an Honor Society: $125
- Best paper written in a language other than English: $125
- Best Presentation: $125
- Best Photograph (Symposium Publicity Image): $125
- Be the Light Award: $300