Second Annual Scholars' Symposium at UMFK to Examine Local, National and Global Struggles
The University of Maine at Fort Kent will hold its second annual Scholars’ Symposium this Friday, April 29, to showcase and celebrate the scholarly achievements of the University’s students. The Symposium begins at 9 a.m. in Fox Auditorium.
The theme of this year’s Symposium is: Culture, Conflict & Convergence.
The day-long symposium will include paper, poster, and panel sessions, as well as keynote addresses, performances, and exhibits, from across a broad-spectrum of scholarly disciplines.
Keynote speakers scheduled for this year’s symposium are: Uros Petrovic, a doctoral candidate at the University of Kansas and a former United Nations relief work in the former Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia; Dr. Yolanda Gonzalez Broyles, the director of the Mexican-American Research Institute at the University of Arizona, and a national authority on Mexican-American and La Raza studies; and Lise Pelletier, director of UMFK’s Acadian Archives Acadiennes and a scholar of contemporary Acadian and Québécois literature.
The Scholars' Symposium fosters a community of engaged educators, researchers, and life-long learners who value academic excellence, scholarship, and intellectual curiosity. It is a day of stimulating presentations and discourse that will focus on issues relevant to the region and to the University’s mission, which commits students to experiential learning, responsible citizenship, and environmental stewardship.
The Scholars’ Symposium at UMFK is not simply a one-day event. Rather, it is the culmination of a student’s research project. Sometimes the research was conducted throughout the semester. In many cases, however, it is a showcase for research carried out by students over the course of the academic year.
The participation of local residents in the Scholars’ Symposia is encouraged to better meet the region’s needs and to enhance greater collaboration between the University and the community.