Emerson-Wier Symposium: The Emerson-Wier Liberal Arts Symposium was established in 2007 and is sponsored annually in the spring by the USAO Foundation. It was inspired by endowment funds created by OCW alumni Gladys Anderson Emerson and Nance Foules Wier.  Continue Reading.

Giles Symposium: The Ray & Mary Giles Symposium on Citizenship and Public Service was also established in 2007 and is made possible each fall through endowment funds established by Nita Giles, daughter of Ray and Mary Giles, held at the USAO Foundation.  Continue Reading.

Summer History Symposium: The summer History symposium began in 2012 and is scheduled to continue with Civil War themed addresses through 2015.  Continue Reading.

Upcoming Symposia Series

7:30pm Mar 09, 2015
Te Ata Auditorium

Neil Gaiman is a writer whose body of work includes award-winning comics, graphic novels, short fiction, novels and screenplays. Gaiman got his start in journalism but found his first successes writing comics including his most-celebrated work on The Sandman. Gaiman’s career as a novelist took off with American Gods (2000), which won numerous awards including a Hugo for Best Novel. His follow-up book, Anansi Boys (2005) debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list. Gaiman is a highly sought-after public speaker and a new media celebrity. 

7:30pm Oct 08, 2015
Te Ata Auditorium

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who writes frequently about environmental science, Dan Fagin is also a science journalism professor at New York University. His book, Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation,was recently awarded the 2014 Pulitzer for General Nonfiction. Dan’s recent publications include The New York Times, Scientific American, Nature and Slate.