Marian University to host pre-symposium event, Nov. 12

October 31, 2014

FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Marian University will be hosting a pre-academic symposium event, “Is there an American Dream?” presentation on Wednesday, November 12 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Stayer Center Auditorium.

The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Rick Whaley. As the most well-known author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson characterized the “American Dream” as happiness made possible by a new American republic. Dr. Whaley will explore Jefferson’s vision over time, as well as the meaning of “pursuit of happiness.”

Whaley has taught American history at Marian for more than 21 years. He was raised in Minnesota where he taught history, English and government in the Delano public schools for 13 years before moving on to graduate work at the University of North Dakota. While teaching in Minnesota he served as the Chairperson of the Independent Minnesota Political Action Committee (IMPACE-MEA), the political arm of the Minnesota Education Association for four years. At Marian, in addition to his classroom duties, he has held a variety of administrative and service positions, and is currently serving as the director of Marian’s new public history program. 

Participants will learn, discuss, debate, understand and reflect upon “The pursuit of happiness: Is it possible in our violent world?” at Marian University’s 12th Academic Symposium. This pre-symposium event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sr. Donna Innes by email at or by phone at 920-923-7633.