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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 for 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)

SPRING 2019 


19 - Lou Reed, Joni Mitchell, and the Rock Biography, conversation with Anthony DeCurtis and David Yaffe

21 - TENDER R/AGE::RABIA TIERNA, a keynote presentation by Adela Licona

22 - RELATE: A Workshop on Engaged Scholarship, Adela Licona conducts a focused activity

26 - Stories We are Told, Stories We Tell: Explorations in Ethnographic Methods, a talk in Anthropology

27 - Graduate Student Workshop: Explorations in Ethnographic Methods


5 - Indigenous Haudenosaunee Stories of the 17th Century Encounter with the Jesuitswith Susan Hill

6 - Workshop with Susan Hill

21 - Designing Stories of Abolition and Coalition: Illuminating History in Central New York VPA-hosted talk


4 - Rooms Remembered: A Reading by Poet Laure-Anne Bosselaar, hosted by Downtown Writers Center

5 - Writing Your Times: Poetry, Narrative, and Witness, Laure-Anne Bosselaar conducts a workshop

12 - Challenging Authoritarianism: Stories and Strategies of Resistance, History hosts a day of talks and a keynote address

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, an archivists' 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 Faculty Advisory Board.