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TALH symposium scheduled Feb. 19-20

The Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities presents the twelfth annual symposium “Shared Ideas, Coexisting Cultures, and the Promotion of the Humanities” on Feb. 19 - 20.  The symposium begins at 5:30 p.m. on the eighth floor of Lamar’s Mary and John Gray Library.  The public is invited to hear guest speakers on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. 

The symposium features Academy students who will offer eight thematic presentations focusing on coexisting cultural communities of Christian, Islamic, and Jewish faiths.   These communities flourished in Spain between 711–1492 providing a variety of rich cultural ideas. 

Catalina Castillon, associate professor of Spanish, from the Department of English and Modern Languages and Kevin Dodson, professor and director of the honors program at Lamar will be guest speakers.  Castillon will provide insight to the culture of Spain focusing on modern language while Dodson enlightens the audience with an inquiry into Islamic, Jewish, and Christian relations then and now. 

Castillon and Dodson will entertain questions after their presentation.  At the conclusion of their presentations, a panel of Academy students will discuss future implications on leadership and ways to work to resolve cultural differences and inspire others to be visionaries in tolerance, understanding, and peaceful existence. 

For more information contact Ted Stuberfield, Academy director at (409) 839-2995.