The 2024 Faith, Reason, and World Affairs Symposium, “Flourishing Futures: Nurturing Children for Civic Engagement,” will be Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Childhood development and education face critical challenges, but solutions exist that can significantly impact children's lives. This symposium will explore child development with the larger context of civic engagement, aiming to provide participants with actionable insights. The event will highlight national research and expert perspectives, while emphasizing a strong regional focus. It will serve as a catalyst for engaging dialogues among key figures in K-12 education, nonprofit organizations, business, healthcare, and civic life.

Symposium Planning Committee Co-Chairs: Dr. Michael J. Chan, Vice President for Mission and Inclusion, and Dr. Darrell Stolle, Chair/Professor of Education

The 2024 Symposium Planning Committee is accepting proposals for Concurrent Sessions.

Session Criteria and Proposal Form

Check back in August for speaker and schedule updates.

Keynote Speaker: Anya Kamenetz

Journalist and author Anya Kamenetz is a futurist with a passion for the complexities of how we learn, work, and live in a rapidly changing world.

Kamenetz was a longtime, award-winning correspondent at NPR coordinating education coverage online and on-air. Previously she covered technology, innovation, sustainability, and social entrepreneurship as a staff writer for Fast Company magazine. Her reporting on technology, the cost of higher education, career development, the future of work, post-pandemic life, and many other topics has appeared in a wide range of publications.

Kamenetz's most recent book is "The Stolen Year: How COVID Changed Children's Lives, and Where We Go Now." She is a three-time winner of national awards from the Education Writers Association, and her digital education coverage at NPR won a 2017 Edward R. Murrow award for Innovation from the Radio Television Digital News Association. For a full biography and information on Kamenetz' four previous books, visit her website.