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UCO Symposium Offers Opportunities For Academic Insight On Diverse Topics

March 25, 2014

Media Contact: Lindsay Houts, Staff Writer, UCO University Relations, 405-974-2121,


The University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Liberal Arts will host its annual symposium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 2 in the Liberal Arts building on Central’s campus. The symposium will offer opportunities to hear from both students and experts in poetry, science fiction, photography, philosophy and a variety of other topics.

"The symposium is our college celebration of the life-long learning cultivated by the liberal arts — learning based on open-ended questions, spontaneity and the face-to-face interactions between instructors and students that allow us to challenge each other," said Mary Brodnax, Ph.D., chair of the Liberal Arts Symposium Committee and professor of humanities and philosophy at Central.

"Our students' presentations develop in a personalized environment that all of us, faculty members and students, are very proud of. We write and speak in an environment aided by, but not subordinated to, technology. We produce graduates who value tradition and adapt to contemporary conditions, work independently to acquire knowledge and communicate well."

The symposium will also feature a keynote address from science fiction author Will McIntosh. McIntosh's debut novel, “Soft Apocalypse,” was a finalist for both a Locus Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. His second novel, “Hitchers,” was published in 2012. He is a frequent contributor to Asimov's, where his story “Bridesicle” won the 2010 Reader’s Award, as well as the 2010 Hugo Award for Best Short Story. A former psychology professor, McIntosh now writes full time and teaches at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

All activities are free and open to the public. For a complete schedule of events, visit For more information, contact Brodnax at 405-974-5630 or