Symposia

Is the Future of Science Communication Online?

Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 9 - 10:30 a.m.

As readership and viewership move from print and TV to online media, will science stories follow? Three panelists representing online academic science, popularized science and science journalism will lead and illustrate with their own work a discussion of where science news and information will be found by the public. The discussion will help scientists decide how much, if any, time and resources to devote to online communication, and help journalists position themselves to cover science in the future.

Is ‘Liberal’ Education Out of Style?
A conversation with Interim Deputy Provost Pat Okker and UM System President Emeritus Mel George

Stotler Lounge, Memorial Union
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 3-4 p.m.

The word “liberal” has a nomenclature problem – it carries baggage for some people because of its political connotations. There are many threats and challenges to liberal education today, including financial pressures and vocationalism. In this conversation, two highly regarded MU educators lay out compelling reasons suggesting that a liberal education is even more important today than in the past and its continued vitality and central role in American higher education must be ensured. Reception of light refreshments immediately following.

Actualizing One Health:
The Role of the Public-Private Academic Partnerships

Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

This lecture will be presented as part of the Niemeyer Lecture Series.

The USDA has a long history of partnering with public and private organizations. Dr. Tracey Lynn will discuss how USDA and the One Health Collaboration Center are building upon that framework to develop innovative partnerships with academia to address grand challenges using a One Health approach.

MU Values in a Global Context:
New Perspectives on Diversity, Inclusion and Innovation

Wrench Auditorium, Memorial Union
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

In celebration of the University of Missouri’s 175th anniversary, the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative and International Center invite the public to a symposium exploring the university’s core values in a globally diverse environment. How does being part of an internationally engaged campus challenge and expand our understanding of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence? What does diversity mean and how does it play out in an increasingly multicultural, interconnected world? How can our campus community create a culture of inclusion and global understanding that fuels innovation? Panelists from a wide range of disciplines will share their insights and experience in the context of prevailing world conditions and contemporary trends. An extended group dialogue will identify challenges and opportunities that the University of Missouri will face during the next 175 years. Reception immediately following.

Completing the Constitution

Tate Hall, Room 215
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Professor Michael Zuckert from the University of Notre Dame will give a Constitution Day lecture titled “Completing the Constitution,” which will explore historical and theoretical issues surrounding the ratification of the 14th Amendment in 1868.

The 14th Amendment defines national citizenship and guarantees minimum levels of legal due process and equal protection to everyone within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Some scholars argue that the purpose of the amendment was to revolutionize the Constitution by replacing the traditional federal system with a national system of government. The truth, Zuckert argues, is the drafters of the 14th Amendment set out to “complete the Constitution,” neither to reform it radically nor to reaffirm it simply. In doing so, they unwittingly followed in the tracks of the original “father of the Constitution,” James Madison, who believed the original Constitution was defective in important ways.

Extension: Taking the Long View

Fred W. Smith Forum, Reynolds Journalism Institute
Thursday, September 18, 10:00-10:50 a.m.

Panelists: Ronald J. Turner, UM Executive Vice President Emeritus
Michael L. Cook, MU Professor and Robert D. Partridge Chair In Cooperative Leadership
Robert L. Kallenbach, MU Professor and State Extension Specialist

Moderator: Dr. Michael D. Ouart, Vice Provost and Director of Cooperative Extension

Brief presentations and a panel discussion by three recipients of the C. Brice Ratchford Memorial Fellowship Award. The panel will explore how extension might evolve over the next 25 years. In doing so, the participants will examine the value of higher education to the citizens of Missouri, extension’s land-grant role as a provider of relevant content for citizens and how future content will evolve to meet societies changing needs.

The Future of the Land-Grant Institution and the Innovation Deficit

Stotler Lounge, Memorial Union
Thursday, September 18, 11:00-11:50 a.m.

On the occasion of its 175th Anniversary, the University of Missouri welcomes the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) President, Dr. Peter McPherson and the American Council on Education (ACE) Presidential Advisor for Leadership, Dr. Kevin Reilly to campus for a panel discussion. Dr. Hank Foley, MU Senior Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Research and Economic Development with UM System moderates this discussion on what lies ahead for land-grant institutions and how the innovation deficit affects higher education and research.

Engineers Turned Entrepreneurs

Fred W. Smith Forum, Reynolds Journalism Institute
Friday, September 19, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Unlike the personal rewards and professional satisfaction experienced by those who successfully achieve their entrepreneurial goals, the path to self-employment — rarely straight and never smooth — is different for all who strike out on it. Come hear entrepreneurial navigation stories, techniques and advice from members of the MU College of Engineering faculty and alumni in different stages of CEO aspiration and learn more about their interesting endeavors and the potential economic impact these Missouri companies have on our state.