The 2012 Humanities Fair will be held on Thursday, November 8 at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center at UCA from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The fair is open to high school students and their teachers to enable students to experience attending humanities courses in a university setting. 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. The Humanities Fair is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. November is National Humanities Month and registration for the fair will start at 9:45 a.m.
UCA faculty will make presentations exploring the theme of “Patriotism: Civility, Civil Disobedience, and Consequences.” Topics of religion, philosophical values, historical ethics, literature, culture, geography, politics and entertainment will be discussed through this overall theme of the fair. 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 of “Patriotism: Civility, Civil Disobedience, and Consequences” are welcome, as are projects on other topics.
An evening event open to the general public will take place that night from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in Brewer-Hegeman and will feature the screening of the award-winning PBS Documentary “Daisy Bates: The First Lady of Little Rock” by filmmaker Sharon LaCruise. Dr. Jayme Millsap Stone (History) will introduce the film and lead a post-film discussion.
For more information, visit the Humanities Fair website at http://uca.edu/hwci/humanities-fair/