Looking Forward to Humanities Day

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Hannah Ni'Shuilleabhain

Hannah Ni'Shuilleabhain

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On March 28, Ursuline students will experience the excitement of Humanities Day. This Humanities Day promises on its sign-up website that students will “celebrate human connection and interaction through the various disciplines that constitute ‘The Humanities’ as ‘The Original Social Network.'”

Jennifer Scripts, the keynote speaker, is an alum and the Director of Humanities for Dallas.

“We wanted to get her to come as the keynote speaker so to show students that the Humanities is real thing. So we contacted her and were able to get her,” said Ms. Nugent, one of the coordinators of the day.

Students will be attending two large group morning sessions of their choice with their UA Families, and then are free to attend three of the over 30 small group afternoon sessions offered by the organizers.

“I’m really excited about Encaustic Painting, because its painting with hot wax,” said Ashley Liu ’17. “I can’t do that during a regular school day!”

“We wanted to make sure we cover all of the disciplines included in Humanities, so we first reached out to faculty and asked if any of them were interested in talking or doing a session,” said Ms. Nugent. Official speakers include familiar teachers such as Mr. Bauroth and Dr. Baxter, as well as accomplished guests with connections to the staff. “It was really about sending feelers out to all the teachers and having them call in favors,” said Ms. Nugent. Alum Becky Wade ’07 is coming back to give a talk on her experience of running a total 3,500 miles in 22 countries, and is available to sign copies of her book Run The World afterward. Kate Patrick ’17, who read Wade’s debut book, is impressed with how “she shows she uses her talent for something other than the sport.”

“I’m especially looking forward to hearing from the two University of Oklahoma journalism professors, Mike Boettcher and Debbie Yount, who will be presenting,” said Mrs. Smith. “Mike is an award-winning American journalist and war correspondent and Debbie teaches advertising campaigns and is a faculty adviser for the student-run advertising and public relations agency at OU,” she said.

Soon to celebrate her 100th birthday, Irma Freudenreich, the oldest Holocaust survivor in Dallas, will tell her tale of life in Nazi Germany. This large group morning session filled up fast and has 100 attendees booked to listen to Ms. Freudenreich in the multi-purpose room.

Leaders of these sessions are not restricted to adults though, as a few sessions will be led by student panels. Girls who attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) will have a panel on civil and human rights and members of NEHS will hold a session on how to read poetry.

“We’re all really excited to share what we learned at Student Diversity Leadership Conference because we were in groups of people with different backgrounds,” said Zoey Prendergast ’17. “We realized Ursuline has a lot of those different backgrounds we met, so we need to learn about those different backgrounds and communities around us.”

A day full of diverse events such as those offered is sure to inspire an appreciation for the humanities and its application in all Ursuline students.

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