McMaster Symposium 2006

On the Border of Discovery: the Fact of Global Citizenship
April 19-20, 2006

The Symposium opened on April 19th with presentations by the 2005-2006 McMaster Fellows and Scholars who traveled to Belize and Cambodia. The agenda on Wednesday afternoon featured 1-hour long panel discussions that focused on the issues of: Access to Housing, Access to Healthcare, and Access to Higher Education.

The keynote speaker, essayist, Richard Rodriguez addressed the symposium audience in Schomburg Auditorium on April 19th. Rodriguez is known for his critically-acclaimed books, the autobiographical Hunger of Memory, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father and his most recent book Brown: The Last Discovery of America. He writes about the ever-present concepts of race and diversity in American culture and what they mean in an ever-changing global context. A reception was held following the Richard Rodriguez presentation.

On April 20th presentations were given by the McMaster Fellows and Scholars who traveled to Thailand and Guatemala as well as by faculty and students who received program development grants during the 2005-2006 academic year. The symposium concluded with a presentation by the Bonner Leaders about their research and service in Jamaica.

The Carolyn M. Small Honors Symposium followed the McMaster Symposium on Friday, April 21st. This event featured a full day of presentations by Defiance College students on a variety of topics and research and featured a lunch presentation by the Honors students.