April 21-22

7 P.M. Tuesday, April 21, Keynote Speaker Angela Kelley, Stayer Center Auditorium

9 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.  Wednesday, April 22 – Campus & Community panels and more than 30 presentations all day (free and open to the public)

Schedule of Events

Change: Constant and Contentious

Change is constant – the notion that the only thing that is constant is change is an axiom that has persevered for generations. Change is forever happening, both in the subtle and the monumental. Be it Moore’s law in computer science (i.e., processing power of computers will double every year), the changing demographics of the US, or new discoveries that force scientists and practitioners to wrestle with the realization that their beliefs and practices are erroneous. Change crosses all fields and disciplines.

Change is contentious – resistance to change is almost as predictable as the fact that change is inevitable. Even when presented with hard evidence, many individuals insist that change is not needed. Farmers continue their methods despite evidence that the climate is changing in ways that will soon make their farms inoperable. Teachers continue to use methods that are proven to be ineffectual. Social scientists apply theories based on studies that are now known as flawed. Similarly, writers, musicians, and artists who push boundaries or challenge established methods are frequently ostracized only to be later lauded as revolutionaries. As fundamental as change is to progress, so is the reaction to stymie movement away from norms and perceived comfort.

This symposium will broadly focus on change. The impacts of change, coming changes, and how to best promote successful change within and across disciplines represent just a handful of potential topics. The aim of the symposium is to broaden attendees’ perceptions of change and how it impacts their learning and their lives.

Keynote Speaker: Angela Kelley – Immigration Expert and Former White House Advisor

Angela Marie Kelly

Angela Maria Kelley currently serves as senior strategic advisor for immigration at the Open Society Foundations and Open Society Policy Center. Her work focuses on the policies and politics of immigration and integration at the state and federal level. The daughter of South American immigrants, from 2015-2017 she served as executive director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund and senior vice president at the Center for American Progress (CAP), and from 2009-2014 as vice president for immigration policy. Under her leadership, CAP published numerous impactful reports and analysis on topics such as the economic impact of state anti-immigrant laws, the economic value of immigration reform, and the integration trends of America’s newcomers. In 2014 she served as White House advisor on immigration executive actions. Early in her career, she served as a legal services attorney, representing refugees and immigrants. She is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School and was a Georgetown University Law School Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow.


Additional Details

For more information about Academic Symposium 202, email Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Ciara Kidder or Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science Dr. Sean Fitzpatrick.