Thursday, November 8, 2012
Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center at UCA
University of Central Arkansas’ Humanities and World Cultures Institute announces the Fall 2012 Humanities Fair to be held on Thursday, November 8 (National Humanities Month) at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center at UCA from 9:45 am (registration), with programs from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
The Humanities Fair, supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, is open to high school students and their teachers. It will enable students to experience a typical day attending university humanities courses. Students will have their choice of attending sessions conducted by UCA professors in Philosophy, Religious Studies, History, English, Anthropology, African and African American Studies, Asian Studies, and Gender Studies. UCA faculty will make presentations exploring the chosen theme of “Patriotism: Civility, Civil Disobedience, and Consequences." Dr. Conrad Shumaker (English) will trace the origin of patriotism back to early Christianity when it was generally seen as a "pagan" value. He will discuss the origins, implications, and consequences of identifying love of America with the love of God. Dr. Raymond Frontain will approach the subject of "Shakespeare, Spenser, and the Creation of National Self-Consciousness." Dr. Wendy Castro will discuss the book George Washington transcribed as a boy on Rules of Civility, and she will use it as a lens into social rules in the early 1700s and what it was like to be the first President and how aware Washington was that he was establishing protocol for the nation. Dr. Jay Ruud (English) will discuss Joan of Arc, Dr. Deitrick (Religious Studies) will discuss Asian religions in American Pop Culture; Dr. Michael Yoder (Geography) will discuss bringing back urban centers more conducive to enhancing civility, Dr. Leavell will discuss African American print culture and citizenship, and Chad Terrell will discuss films on patriotism and civility. UCA faculty will visit classrooms of teachers who plan to attend and encourage students to develop their own creative works of poetry, short story, essay or multi-media to be submitted, judged, and awarded prizes. Books within the existing high school curricula will complement the theme and encourage students to produce their own creative projects, but this is not required, and will not affect judging decisions.
Although it is not required, students are encouraged to submit original humanities projects to the Fair’s competition. Awards will be presented to highlight excellence and creativity in the areas of Poetry, Short Story, Essay, or Multimedia Presentation. Student projects based on the theme are welcome, as are projects on other topics. See the Student Project Entry Form for more details about submitting student works.
For more information, see registration and guideline attachments, and/or contact:
Dr. Alison Hall