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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.

Fall 2019 Academic Symposiums

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.

Enforcing an Imaginary Line: A History 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.”


***Faculty bringing a class, please contact the Center for Teaching Excellence in advance at

Previous Academic Symposiums

guests at academic symposium

Tom Hall delivering Academic Symposium on April 18, 2019.

Application Procedure

Click here to fill out the submission form through MyDotte.

All applications will be peer reviewed prior to acceptance.

Applicants will be notified upon acceptance. Academic Symposium stipend will be $250.

Academic Symposium presentations should be grounded in current research and practice within the discipline.  

When completing the application, please note that MyDotte will time you out quickly.  Please write your narrative to the summary and rationale for interest at KCKCC boxes in Word and then cut and paste it into this MyDotte form.