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UW College of Arts and Sciences to Host I.D.E.A.S. Symposium April 18

April 6, 2022

The University of Wyoming College of Arts and Sciences will host the I.D.E.A.S. (Imagining the Development and Evolution of Arts and Sciences) Symposium from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, April 18, in the Wyoming Union Ballroom.

The free public symposium, titled “What Arts and Sciences Can Become,” will highlight posters and papers based on UW College of Arts and Sciences faculty research and panel discussions from current UW faculty. Panel topics will include digital humanities; community and global engagement; transdisciplinary studies; and diversity, equity and inclusion. The event also will feature three keynote speakers from the University of Illinois, the University of Iowa and Yale University.

UW College of Arts and Sciences Dean Camellia Okpodu says the symposium will be an important step in fulfilling the mission of a land-grant university to provide students a diverse and practical education.

“The Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862 requires land-grant colleges to provide both a practical and a liberal education to its students,” Okpodu says. “As we move forward to establish a new college focused on the humanities, arts and social sciences, we must be mindful that we are building for the long-term success of UW and its true historic mission.”

The I.D.E.A.S. Symposium keynote speakers are:

-- Gordon Hutner is a University of Illinois English professor who also directs the Trowbridge Initiative in American Cultures. He received his undergraduate degree from Kenyon College and his postgraduate degrees from the University of Virginia. Hutner also has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Kentucky and has been a visiting professor at Cornell University and Sapienza University of Rome. He has lectured throughout Europe, Israel, Japan and in the U.S., focusing on topics in American literature.

-- Teresa Mangum is a professor in the departments of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies, and English, and she is the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies director at the University of Iowa. Mangum’s research interests include best practices in publicly engaged scholarship and collaboration and 19th century British literature. Most recently, she co-directed an Andrew W. Mellon-funded project to build infrastructure, hiring and curriculum in the digital humanities. She is currently leading a Mellon project to design an interdisciplinary applied graduate degree that prepares humanities students for diverse careers with an emphasis on social justice. She co-edits a book series, “Humanities and Public Life,” for the University of Iowa Press and serves on the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes Board.

-- Feisal Mohamed is a Yale University English professor and previously taught at Texas Tech University, the University of Illinois and the City University of New York Graduate Center. He has written six books, including “Sovereignty: Seventeenth-Century England and the Making of the Modern Political Imaginary”; and “A New Deal for the Humanities: Liberal Arts and the Future of Public Higher Education.” He also has co-edited books with Hutner. His writing has appeared in Dissent magazine, The New York Times, The American Scholar, The Yale Review, The Chronicle Review and also on The New Republic website.

To RSVP, go to the website here.

For more information about the I.D.E.A.S. Symposium, email Svetlana Sergojan, UW College of Arts and Sciences college affairs coordinator, at

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