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

Image of Frans de Waal.

7:30 PM Feb 16, 2016
Te Ata Auditorium

Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are?

Frans de Waal is one of the world’s best-known primatologists who was named one of TIME Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People in 2007. He has released multiple books on ape and chimpanzee interaction and the social norms surrounding their culture.

On Feb. 16, de Waal will serve as the keynote speaker for the 10th annual Emerson-Wier Liberal Arts Symposium. His address is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.