by Emily Goodell
Student Symposium is a five-part student lecture series in its second year of existence. Over the past two years, they have had nine lectures, covering topics such as philosophy, science, public policy and other diverse subjects.
Senior philosophy major and Symposium president Sam Director said that his favorite part of Symposium club is seeing the impact it has on students.
“Symposium is a group of students and faculty dedicated to improving and enhancing the quality of intellectual conversation at Whitworth,” Director said.
No subject is off-limits, but presenters are chosen based on how well they fulfill the club’s mission of furthering intellectual conversations. There are approximately 40 to 50 attendees per lecture.
“The best thing is that it’s student-run, student-presented and done predominantly for students. We want to help students see that education is something that leaves the classroom,” Director said.
The club is currently getting ready for its next lecture and prepping for next year.
“The students on the symposium board exemplify the behaviors that we’re trying to instill in students. They start conversations that matter,” Director said.
They will be opening up applications to be symposium board members soon.
“What we’re doing has caused people to reexamine their beliefs. This is vital to us as students, as Christians and as human beings,” Director said.