Celebration of Humanities and Sciences offers students a chance to find their passions | ULM Forum 11-4-11
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The College of Arts and Sciences hosts high school students and teachers at its annual Celebration of the Humanities and Sciences. The event extolls the acquisition of knowledge through a celebration of the humanities and sciences and pomotes the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, in the belief that such a pursuit is valuable in and of itself.
Dr. Eric Pani, interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, will deliver a short keynote address. Teams of students will compete against each other loosely following the format of the television show “Jeopardy.”
Dr. Ruth Smith, head of the Department of Foreign Languages at ULM, serves on the faculty committee that presents the celebration. Smith says that the event offers students an opportunity to engage with a subject they are passionate about.
The annual celebration began in 2005 to bring several departments in the college together with high school teachers and students enthusiastic about the study of biology, chemistry, communications, English, foreign languages, history, geosciences, math, physics, sociology, political science and social work.
Every year, ULM faculty members in these departments create interactive displays based on their disciplines, and as participants browse from one display to another, they gather information for a team competition. Students have the opportunity to discuss the displays with faculty members and to learn more about the study of the core of humanities and sciences.