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March 6, 2013

Keyano College’s University Studies Organizes First Arts & Humanities Conference

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University Studies at Keyano College is hosting their inaugural Art & Humanities Conference on Saturday, March 9, 2013 in the Clearwater Campus. The day-long, free event is a tremendous opportunity to partake and discuss intriguing topics. It will feature an interesting showcase of Arts and Humanities disciplines at Keyano, such as English, Sociology, Psychology and History to name a few - via panels and workshops.

A keynote from Sara Dorrow, University of Alberta sociologist who has studied Fort McMurray for years is also on the agenda.  She will be speaking about “Mapping the Shifting Social Landscapes of Fort McMurray.”

Buffy Close, a first-year Education student at Keyano College is involved with the creative writing panel. "The conference is not just for academics and scholars. This is a gathering that will highlight some of the most promising minds currently attending Keyano College. Fort McMurray is a city full of talent and innovation and this is the general public’s chance to come out and see what is being cultivated here academically. The Arts and Humanities cover such a vast amount of cultural points. Our music, movies, religions and belief systems are all explored by this sector,” shares Close.

Allan Rowe, History Instructor, Keyano College, seconds that definition.  He says the conference is an opportunity to not only see the quality of student work at the College, but to also showcase the advantages of coming to a small institution like Keyano.

“Not many first-year students get the chance to be conference presenters during their first year. Keyano students have that edge. This is work that goes on their C.V,” he explained.

“We want to thank the Keyano College Foundation for providing us with special events funding, and University Studies for helping us organize this,” Rowe added.

Panels and workshops will include topics like poetry, creative writing, music, project awareness, population, and feminism to name a few.

Registration begins at 9:15 a.m. in the Doug Schmit Lecture Theatre on the second floor of the Clearwater Campus. A free lunch will be served. Door prizes will also be given out.

You can also register on the KeyanoArts Facebook page.

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