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3rd annual WC Interdisciplinary Academic Conference

Theme: Freedom

Friday, April 23 • 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.



Our society prides itself on the concept of freedom, however, we oftentimes struggle with what that means.  What is academic freedom?  Where do we draw the line between freedom of expression and political correctness?  Why is Mark Twain such a controversial figure?  What about Galileo?  Dinosaurs had feathers?  Where is the balance between individual liberties versus the common good? As you can see this broad theme of freedom opens up enormous possibilities for our wonderful faculty, staff, and students to explore. 







Session I:

9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
  • The Bowie Knife
  • Freedom To and Freedom From An Appeal to Female Subservience in “A Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Testaments”
  • Horses, dogs (and some others) at War
  • The South China Sea: Should We Take Notice?
  • Best Online Practices to Emerge from the Pandemic
  • Are We Free: A Survey of Philosophical Definitions 
    of Freedom

Session II:

10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

  • The Sailor’s Outcry: The Negro Seamen Acts and Their Impact on Free Black Sailors
  • Let Them Have Memes!: Visual Assignments and Student Engagement
  • “Take Me to Your Leader” - or Who’s in Charge Here?
  • Is “Cancel Culture” the new censorship?
  • Why Not Socialism?
  • Digging Deeper. Being an Honors student at Weatherford College

Session III: 

11 a.m - 11:50 a.m.

  • The Relational Dynamics between the Individual and the Collective
  • Dialectical Materialism: Another View of Freedom
  • What is Academic Freedom?  
  • Being More or Less Democratic: Measuring Democratic Tendencies
  • Shared Spaces in Jazz Music and Democratic Governance
  • Using Student Self-Reflection to Support Student Success

Keynote Speaker 

Noon - 12:50 p.m.

Freedom to Pursue Your Career Aspirations and Dreams

Curatorial Associate, Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology

Session IV

1 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

  • Why did Brexit happen and is it the First step in the Demise of the European Dream of Integration?
  • Communism, Socialism, Fascism, Kleptocracy, and Thugs
  • Why an Honor’s Program?
  • Explore the World: What to Expect, How to Prepare, and How to Enjoy College Tours
  • Applying Freedom of Speech to Social Media Communication

Session V

2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

  • Freedom of the Mind
  • “The Hour Has Now Come”:  Runaway Slaves and Bids for Freedom
  • Climate Change
  • Resources Open Opportunities to Students
  • The Implicit Meanings Are Explicitly Wrong: Religious Anti-LGBTQ+ Dogma