Festival of Ideas

2020 Festival of Ideas



A Shared Dream

 

 

DATE: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 

Time: 12:30 AM – 1:30 PM
LOCATION:  Central Library - 6th Floor,UTA

 

The Spring 2020 Festival of Ideas A Shared Dream: Empathy & the American Immigrant Experience will be held on Wednesday, April 1st. This midday forum will enable participants from the UT Arlington campus and community to examine the impact immigration has on individuals, communities, ideas and actions in the United States. We seek to facilitate a dialogue between participants that is informed by the Liberal Arts and inclusive of viewpoints as diverse as our community.

This freepublic* event is made possible by Mustaque Ahmed’s (UT Arlington Alumnus: BS, 1981) Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute endowment. Join us for this interactive event where people from all walks of life can lend their collective voices to the complex discussion of the American immigrant experience. *Note: Advance registration is required.


Text Inspiration: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Information:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35259724-behold-the-dreamers

Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Behold-Dreamers-Oprahs-Book-Club/dp/0525509712

For more background information, please view our SPEAKER BIO

For more information about The Festival of Ideas, email festivalofideas@uta.edu or utalibarts@uta.edu.

 






2019 Spring Festival of Ideas: “Continuing the Conversation” Series



Continuing the conversation 2019

DATE: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 

Time: 12:00 AM – 3:00 PM
LOCATION:  University Center Rosebud Theatre, UTA


 

Text Inspiration: First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung

Information: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4373.First_They_Killed_My_Father

Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/First-They-Killed-Father-Remembers-ebook/dp/B0046ZRG0M

Conversation Facilitator: UTA English Language Institute Interim Director/Assistant Professor—Cynthia Kilpatrick - E-Flyer

*BONUS* Netflix Original Film Screening: First They Killed My Father, Directed by Angelina Jolie




DATE: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 

Time: TBD
LOCATION:  University Center Palo Pinto Suite , UTA


 

Text Inspiration: The Memory of Silence by Uva de Aragon

Information: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24448072-the-memory-of-silence

Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Memory-Silence-Memoria-del-silencio/dp/0982786042

Conversation Facilitator: CoLA Associate Dean—Dr. Sonja Watson



DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 

Time: TBD
LOCATION:  Barros Reading Room, UTA


 

Text Inspiration: A Nation of Immigrants by John F. Kennedy

Information: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1433010.A_Nation_of_Immigrants

Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Nation-Immigrants-John-F-Kennedy/dp/0061447544

Conversation Facilitators: CoLA Dean—Dr. Elisabeth Cawthon and Political Science Department Chair/Associate Professor—Dr. Rebecca Deen



For more information about The Festival of Ideas, email festivalofideas@uta.edu or utalibarts@uta.edu.






2018 Fall Festival: "Migration, Immigration, and the Art of Survival"



FOI Main Banner Fall 2018

DATE: Thursday, October 4, 2018 

Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
LOCATION:  University Center (UC), Bluebonnet Ballroom, UTA


 

The Fall 2018 Festival of Ideas: Migration, Immigration and the Art of Survival will be held on Thursday, October 4th. This half-day forum will enable participants from the UT Arlington campus and community to examine the impact immigration has on people, ideas and actions in the United States. We seek to facilitate a dialogue with students and the community that is informed by the Liberal Arts and inclusive of viewpoints as diverse as our community.
This free, public event is made possible by Mustaque Ahmed’s (UT Arlington Alumnus: BS, 1981) Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute endowment. Join us for this interactive event where people from all walks of life can lend their collective voices to the complex discussion of immigration and refugees.


Fall 2018 Festival of Ideas Keynote Speakers

  • Activist, Bestselling Author & Screenplay Co-writer Loung Ung (First They Killed My Father, 2017 Netflix Original Film-Directed by Angelina Jolie)
  • Attorney, Author, Advocate Jacob Monty (The Sons of Wetback, A Memoir from a 3rd Generation Mexican American)

Click HERE for the 2018 FOI Press Release.  


For more background information, please view our SPEAKER BIOs



For more information about The Festival of Ideas, email festivalofideas@uta.edu or utalibarts@uta.edu.






Photos

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2018 Spring Festival: "The Entrepreneurial Spark in Liberal Arts"



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DATE: Friday, February 9, 2018 
LOCATION:  University Center (UC), Bluebonnet Ballroom, UTA

Some experts believe that effective far-reaching change needs to be driven from the top down and must be rooted in deep planning (i.e. “Big problems require big solutions”).  Exploring entrepreneurship says to the world that “I have a solution to a problem” that I think can be “sparked” locally, within my community, perhaps with bottom-up experimentation.  On Friday, February 9, 2018, CoLA's Festival of Ideas Global Institute 

presented a half-day entrepreneurship forum that inspired and informed students, scholars and the community on the art of entrepreneurship. Over 350 attendees joined industry experts they explored how following your passion could lead to being your own boss, innovating the workplace, and ultimately, the world.  This event was FREE and open to the public. Breakfast, lunch and snacks were provided with advance registration.


2018 FOI Overview Video


Click HERE for the 2018 FOI Press Release.  


COLA'S FESTIVAL OF IDEAS IN THE NEWS:


For more background information, please view our SPEAKER BIOsGRANT PRESENTER BIOs and  DISPLAY overviews.


This forum is part of CoLA's Festival of Ideas Research Institute sponsored by UTA alumnus Mustaque Ahmed and the College of Liberal Arts.

For more information about The Festival of Ideas, email festivalofideas@uta.edu or utalibarts@uta.edu.






Event Program

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Click to view the Event Program for Festival of Ideas 2018.


Photos

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FOI Speakers Podcast

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Ryan Musselman
“Esports Opportunity Above Esports Passion”

Chris Christian
“Fail Forward”

Scott Cook
“Axes & Access: Pushing Toward Creative Futures Through Student and Faculty Mentorship”

Zeb Strong
Director, UTA Recruitment Initiatives, and Outreach Services


Micka Alves
UTA Student Entrepreneur

Kelly Bergstrand
“The Effects of Emotions on Collective Action and Activism.”

Jamar Jones/Dan Cavanagh
“UT Arlington Records: Startup, Distribution and Creative Development.”

Sonia Kania
“Data-driven Discovery and the Age of Exploration.”


Kenton Rambsy “The Black Anthology Data Project.”


David Arditi “MusicDetour: an Alternative Approach to Cultural Distribution.”