Timed to coincide with Valentine’s Day, the University of Science and Arts presents the Spring 2012 Festival of Arts and Ideas: Contemplating Beauty.
 
The concept of ‘beauty’ is one that has been a part of human culture since the dawn of history. The idea of what is beautiful has changed dramatically over the millennia. Join us as we take a look at this most fundamental of human concepts through the lens of multiple disciplines and perspectives.
 
Presenters include Dr. Brenda Brown, Dr. J.C. Casey, Dr. Jan Hanson , Dr. Jerry Hargis, Dr. Sean Kelley, Leah Oxenford, Dr. Allison Palmer (of the University of Oklahoma), Dr. Zachary Zach Simpson, Dr. Quan Tran and Dr. Stephen Weber.
 
The festival emcees this year are Hargis, Casey and Dr. Michael Nealeigh, vice-president for university advancement. The festival is sponsored by the USAO Foundation and received a generous endowment from the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma in 2011. The event is free and open to the public.
 
The second night of the festival will close out with a Valentine’s Day Dance featuring Joe and Donna Jobe Settlemires , Dr. Dan Hanson , Rhenada Finch, Rob Vollmar and a variety of guest singers. Bring your dancing shoes as the band plays a variety of swing, rhythm and blues, rock and roll and country and western songs to help you celebrate the Valentine’s Day holiday.
 
Each evening's festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. in the USAO Ballroom, located on the second floor of the Student Center in Chickasha. Refreshments will be provided.
 
As always, attending the Festival of Arts and Ideas provides free professional development points/hours for educators. Certificates will be available at the end of each night.
 
We hope that each of you enjoy the presentations and workshops as much as we have in preparing them.