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UCO Liberal Arts Student Symposium

Symposium date: March 29, 2023, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

 2023 Symposium Schedule

2023 Symposium Program


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. 


Keynote Speaker

Ryan Redcorn, 2023 UCO Liberal Arts Symposium Keynote Speaker and a writer on the third season of FX's tv show, Reservation DogsRyan Redcorn

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.


View of the Sunset at Lake Hefner. On the shore, there is a lighthouse, a couple sitting on the ground and a toddler and mother walking.

Photo by Ju Eun Chang, UCO Photographic Arts major 


New Horizons

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
The “Be the Light” Award was established by Sharon Worden in honor of the late Adam Luke Worden who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with minors in Religious Studies and Philosophy from UCO. Adam was known as an outstanding student who loved learning. This scholarship is awarded for an inspiring or motivational writing project that can propose the diagnosis of significant problems in our world and propose innovative strategies to solving these problems. 


Past Symposiums:

2022 Symposium Program


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