McMaster School annual symposium to be virtual April 14

April 9, 2021

DEFIANCE, Ohio - Defiance College's McMaster School for Advancing Humanity will hold its sixteenth annual McMaster Symposium and Academic Colloquium April 14. The theme will be "The Question of Individual Liberties as Critical to Improving the Human Condition." This year, the event will be held in a 100% online format, and the public is invited to attend presentations virtually - from anywhere.

The event kicks off Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. with opening remarks from Defiance College President Dr. Richanne Mankey. After this, President Mankey will join fellow speaker Robert E. Mills for the keynote dialogue.

Morning sessions from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. include the McMaster Belize and Panama Learning Community presentations, along with additional sessions entitled: "Evaluation and Measure in Basketball," "Collecting Digital Information: A Guide for Victim Advocates," "How Fake Imagery on Social Media Alters our Reality," "First-Year Inquiry Research Paper Competition," "The Different Kinds of Crimes Throughout the United States," and "Markov Chains and Stochastic Matrices: Retention Analysis of Defiance College Student-Athletes."

At noon, "Race Awareness in 2021: Exploring Whiteness and Blackness" will promote understanding and provocative challenges about perceptions of race.

Afternoon sessions from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. include the McMaster Local/Independence Education Center Learning Community, Service Leaders, and a McMaster Scholar panel discussion seeking to answer questions about the application process and Scholar experience. Additional sessions include a first year orator competition and the following presentations: "Design Makes a Difference," "The Value of an Internship," "An Analysis of Passive Blood Spatters from an Injury to the Human Body's Torso," "The Effects of Human Drugs on the Insect Immune System," "Acceptance and Inclusion: Are You a Barrier?," "Amritsar Massacre of 1919," "Authorship Abuse and Academic Spam Email: An Investigation into the Complexity of Co-Authorship," "How Does Head Trauma Affect Mice?," "African Americans During the Vietnam Era," and "McMaster Model GAP Year Community-Based Research Course Experience."

For more information about the symposium and the schedule, go to the symposium page. Presentations may be attended individually through links on the website. Session links will also be shared as they go live on the Defiance College Facebook and Twitter pages. Save the date for next year's event: April 21, 2022.

Chartered in 1850, Defiance College is an independent, liberal arts-based institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate programs of study as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of service and engagement. The College is guided by the four pillars of its mission: To Know, To Understand, To Lead, and To Serve. The College website is