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March 19, 2019

Reminder: 'Art of Democracy' symposium is March 21

Submitted by David Procter

If you want to take a fresh look this spring at what democracy means, plan to participate in a uniquely provocative event on Thursday, March 21.

The "Art of Democracy" symposium, sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Center for Engagement and Community Development, will take from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 21 in the K-State Student Union. The symposium will examine what we do, think, and feel about democracy though a creative lens. The agenda offers performance and participation in sessions that combine artists' with viewers' responses, and dialogue with reflection.

Do not assume that arts in this case exclude the sciences or humanities. The sessions answering the call for proposals by the Center for Engagement and Community Development include themes of communicating science, exercising empathy, responding to racism, preserving history and navigating cultures.

Events will start with welcoming comments from Provost Charles Taber and a keynote address by nationally awarded choreographer Lynnette Overby in the Flint Hills Room. The day will conclude with a talk by Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Willmott at 5:30 p.m. in the Bluemont Room at the Union. In between, those unable to attend events on the second floor can watch livestreamed interviews in the Union courtyard of what participants are saying about democracy or participate in an engagement game.

All events are free and open to the public, but due to limited space, preregistration is encouraged for four out of the 16 sessions. 

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