Festival of Ideas

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



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DATE: Thursday, October 4, 2018 

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


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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



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






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.  


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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.


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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.”

2017 Spring Festival of Ideas: "Borders, Boundaries, and Barriers"



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The Festival of Ideas Global Institute presented Borders, Boundaries, and Barriers: Expansive Thinking and Global Solutions on February 3, 2017. This day-long thought-provoking event was a forum for scholars and students alike to examine the impact immigration has on people, ideas, and actions in the US.

The dynamic line-up of speakers generated lively discussion and expanded the audience’s perspectives about the ripple effects of immigration.


This forum was part of the 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 utalibarts@uta.edu






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Borders Panel
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Troupers: A Vaudeville Musical
Troupers: A Vaudeville Musical
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Media

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To find out more about Borders, Boundaries and Barriers, read the press release.

Follow the conversation with #UTABBB on Twitter.

Watch UTA News en Espanol coverage of Borders, Boundaries and Barriers:

 

Videos

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The entire program was recorded live and can be viewed by segment.

Controlling Immigration: Current Debates in Historical Perspective

Moderator: Kenyon Zimmer (UTA)

Panelists:

  • Avi Chomsky (Salem State University)
  • Wayne Cornelius (UCSD)

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From Reform to Abolition: Activist Perspectives on Immigration Control

Moderator: Joshua Hatton (Texas State Employees Union - CWA Local 6186)

Panelists:

  • Roberto Corona (Human Rights Advocate and Educator, Pueblo Sin Fronteras)
  • Brianna Brown (Deputy Director of Texas Organizing Project)

Troupers: A Vaudeville Musical

UTA Theatre Arts


Digital Photo Exhibit - The Modern Frontier

Dominic Bracco (National Geographic Photographer)

 

Forensic Identification of Deceased International Migrants at the US/Mexico Border

Lori Baker (Baylor University)

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This forum was part of the 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 utalibarts@uta.edu