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Symposium 2019

Celebrating Student Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity

Symposium 31: Bringing the Outside InThe University of Central Oklahoma's College of Liberal Arts annual symposium will be held April 3, 2019, 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.

The Liberal Arts are becoming more important every day, and in our college we teach our students to ask the right questions, to study their past and to analyze their present. In the Liberal Arts differ from other disciplines because our objects of study many times are not in front of us and the result of our experiments might be mere hypothesis. But those ideas are the starting point for UCO students to begin to understand the community they live in. The Liberal Arts and the Humanities overall have been criticized because at the end of their careers our students do not produce a finalized object with exchange value. However, what we teach them are intellectual and critical skills that shall have value in any career, project, or activity they decide to develop in the future. But above all, we hope we can help make them better citizens in an always changing world.

This is an official STLR event.
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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Turner, Director of China Environment Forum

Dr. Jennifer Turner has been the director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center for 18 years where she creates meetings, exchanges and publications focusing on a variety of Dr. Jennifer Turnerenergy and environmental challenges facing China, particularly on water, energy and green civil society issues. She leads the Wilson Center’s Global Choke Point Initiative, which together with Circle of Blue, has produced multimedia reports, films, and convening on water-energy-food confrontations in China, India, Mexico, South Africa, and the United States.

Other major initiatives include: Cooperative Competitors: Building U.S.-China Clean Energy Partnerships, Environmental Citizen Science Trainings in China and the US, and Storytelling is Serious Business Workshops For Chinese Environmental Professionals. Jennifer also serves as editor of the Wilson Center’s journal, the China Environment Series and most recently coauthored China’s Water-Energy-Food Roadmap. She received a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Comparative Politics in 1997 from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her dissertation examined local government innovation in implementing water policies in China.