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Symposium 2020

Celebrating Student Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity

OKC BridgeThe University of Central Oklahoma's College of Liberal Arts Annual Student Symposium will be held on April 1, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will offer students the opportunity to present their exemplary writing, 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. 

Liberal arts students from any of Oklahoma’s community colleges are also welcome to submit proposals.

This year’s theme is “At the Crossroads.” In this context, crossroads acts like a liminal space—a place of suspension and fluidity in which one decides which path to take. Our undergraduate students are here in the same way—they are also in a liminal space, no longer children but still transitioning to adulthood, OR adults transitioning from one career or phase of life to another. The “Crossroads” represents a liminal space symbolic of the choices we can make. This theme also evokes the first eleven years of the Symposium in which the themes were all variations of “Cross Currents’ and “Border Crossings.”

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. 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 a mere hypothesis. But those ideas are the starting point for UCO students to begin to understand the community in which they live. 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.

Keynote Speaker: James Cooper  

The deadline for submissions has been extended to

February 29, 2020

Individual Call for Abstracts   Group Call for Abstracts
This is an official STLR event
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