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Welcome to Syracuse Symposium, our annual public events series exploring the humanities through lectures, workshops, performances, exhibits, films, readings, and more. This year's programming engages the meaning and impact of “Stories” from diverse perspectives and genres across a range of locations, locally and globally. 

Look for the Circled S with waves following the lines. symbol next to Symposium offerings in our Events or Calendar listings, updated as details develop.

"STORIES" line-up - FALL 2018


20 - Voces en Exilio (Voices in Exile), choir performance of an original work inspired by Hurricane María (La Casita)
23 - A Contemplative View of Human Resilience, encore performance of "Voces en Exilio" during Dean’s Convocation  (Hendricks Chapel)
27-29 - 16th Annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival (Newhouse, Arts & Sciences)


4 - CREATE: Art, Act, Eat, presentation by artist-activist Seitu Jones  (Falk, VPA)
6Finding the Meaning of Food: Crafting Stories Into Art on the Community Farm (former title: "Recipe as Story") workshop with Seitu Jones  (Falk, VPA)
11 - Look Now: Facing Breast Cancer, an opening reception for exhibit (Newhouse)
12 - Sacred Landscape, Secular Law: Storying Spirituality on American Public Lands, lecture by environmental studies scholar Nicolas Howe (Geography)
21 - Stories in the Blood: Slave Narratives and Identity in Contemporary American Theatre, panel discussion following matinee performance of Possessing Harriet (Syracuse Stage)
25 - An Evening With Margaret Atwood, a University Lectures partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Humanities Center, brings the iconic Canadian writer back to campus


1 - Mama's Clothes: Visual Storytelling in the Photographs of Keisha Scarville, gallery talk and reception (Light Work)
2 - Keisha Scarville Portfolio Workshop, one-on-one portfolio reviews (Light Work)
2 - The Odyssey: Stories of the Boat People, Vietnamese composer Vân-Ánh Vanessa VÕ performs with Society for New Music all-stars (SNM)
8 - Returning from Conflict: A Nonfiction Reading by the Syracuse Veterans’ Writing Group, local veterans bear witness to 50 years of military experiences (WSRC)
13 - Witkin & Witkin: Twin Stories of a Photographer and a Painter, a screening of Trisha Ziff’s double-portrait of brothers Jerome and Joel Witkin  (English, Newhouse)

"STORIES" line-up - SPRING 2019


19 - Lou Reed, Joni Mitchell, and the Rock Biography, conversation with Anthony DeCurtis and David Yaffe
21 - TENDER R/AGE :: RABIA TIERNA, Adela C. Licona presents this year's Syracuse Symposium keynote
22 - RELATE: A Workshop on Engaged Scholarship, Adela C. Licona engages participants in "borderlands activism"
26 - Stories We are Told, Stories We Tell: Explorations in Ethnographic Methods, a talk in Anthropology


5Undoing Bad Press: Rethinking Haudenosaunee Historical Events Erroneously Portrayed in the Jesuit Relations, with Susan Hill
6Indigenous Haudenosaunee Stories of the 17th Century Encounter with the Jesuits, a panel discussion and workshop with Susan Hill
21 - Designing Stories of Abolition and Coalition: Illuminating History in Central New York VPA-hosted talk


6 - From Gods to Social Justice: Indian Folk Artists Challenging Traditions ArtRage exhibit, opening reception
11 -  And Then They Came for Us, History / Middle Eastern Studies screens the film, with discussion
12 - Challenging Authoritarianism: Stories and Strategies of Resistance, roundtable talks between SU scholars and US State Dept. historians
18 - Undead Archive: the Speculative Histories of Adam and Zack Khalil, Urban Video Project hosts screening and Q&A with the filmmakers
23 - Now More Than Ever: The Political Urgency of Community Archives, discussion with library archivists
24 - How To Tell Your Community's Story, a workshop about archiving 
25 - Rooms Remembered: A Reading by Poet Laure-Anne Bosselaar [RESCHEDULED], hosted by Downtown Writers Center
25 - Writing Your Times: Poetry, Narrative, and Witness [RESCHEDULED], Laure-Anne Bosselaar conducts a writers' workshop

The story behind Syracuse Symposium
Each year, the Humanities Center presents Syracuse Symposium, a public humanities events series focused around an annual theme. Syracuse Symposium engages wider publics with innovative, interdisciplinary work in the humanities by renowned scholars, artists, authors, and performers.

A call for Symposium proposals is typically issued in the fall to support events occurring in the next academic year. See our Forms page for additional details.  Annual themes and programming selection are reviewed and recommended by members of the Center’s Advisory Board.