The mission of the Academic Symposium is to provide an open and public forum which will allow the faculty and staff of KCKCC to make presentations of academic or artistic merit.
As Faculty and Staff of this public institution of higher learning, we seek to uphold the values expressed in the KCKCC Academic Freedom Statement:
The college recognizes that academic freedom is essential to the fulfillment of the purposes of higher education and acknowledges the fundamental need to protect faculty members from censorship or restraint which might interfere with their obligations in the performance of professional duties.
Accordingly, faculty members shall be guaranteed full freedom in academic presentations and discussions and may introduce politically, religiously, or otherwise controversial materials relevant to course content. When faculty members are exercising their rights to citizenship in public, they should indicate that they are not official spokespersons for the college.
People of the Ecuadorian Rainforest on Wednesday, October 23rd at 10am in Upper Jewel. Presented by Nathan D. Horowitz, English as a Second Language (ESL) Adult Education Instructor.
The symposium will provide an overview of several Ecuadorian rainforest tribes -- Waorani, Shuar, and Kichwa -- and a closer look at the history, culture, and current position of one of them, the Secoyas or Siekopai, including features like religion, ethnobotany, and economics.
Missed the event, you can stream it here.
Enforcing an Imaginary Line: A History of Racism, Exclusion, and the Development of the Modern United States-Mexico Border on Wednesday, November 13th at 11am in 2325. Presented by Dr. Aaron Margolis, Associate Professor of History and Mellon/ACLS (American Council on Learned Societies) Community College Faculty Fellowship for his research project of “Negotiating Boundaries: Resistance, Cooperation, and State-Building in the Guatemalan-Mexican Borderlands.”
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Enforcing an Imaginary Line: A History of Racism, Exclusion, and the Development of the Modern United States-Mexico Border, presented by Dr. Aaron Margolis, Associate Professor of History and the Mellon/ACLS (American Council on Learned Societies) Community College Faculty Fellowship for his research project of Negotiating Boundaries: Resistance, Cooperation, and State-Building in the Guatemalan-Mexican Borderlands.
People of the Ecuadorian Rainforest, presented by Nathan D. Horowitz, Instructor, English as a Second Language.
Some Days & Some Nights: Disrupting Suicide in both a Student and Veteran Population, presented by Dr. Tom Hall, KCKCC retired Professor of Psychology and the previous National Chair of the PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee for Vietnam Veterans of America. This presentation by co-hosted by the KCKCC Center for Teaching Excellence and the KCKCC Veteran’s Center.
Marijuana: From Refer Madness to Medical Acceptance, presented by Linda Warner, LCPC and KCKCC Director of Counseling and Advocacy and Jackson Warner, Pharm. D, and Kansas City area pharmacist.
The Cultural Influences of Renaissance Florence, presented by Professor and Interim Dean of Math, Science and Business Division, Dr. Curtis Smith.
The Biggest Media Moments of the Year, presented by Professor Bryan Whitehead (Journalism)
Addiction and the Opiate Crisis, presented by Michael James, Counselor and Coordinator of the KCKCC Addiction Counseling Program.
Critical Issues: The Opioid Crisis, a Panel Discussion. Panel includes representatives from Law Enforcement, Treatment/Recovery, the Medical Profession and a family member impacted by the crisis.
Our view of history shapes our hope for the future, Presented by Joel English (Adult Education)
Ice, Isotopes & the Ends of the World, Presented by Ernie May, Professor of Science
A Yankee in the Okinawan Court, or a Year in Okinawa, Presented by Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Gregg Ventello, Professor of English
Shifting Waters: International Borders, Conflict, and Cooperation, by Dr. Aaron Margolis, Assistant Professor of History.
A Discussion of Small Scale Agriculture in America, by Tom Weis, Professor of English.