Marian’s Academic Symposium keynote address to focus on “Is America Dreaming?”

March 26, 2014

th Annual Academic Symposium on Tuesday, April 8  held from  6:30-8:15 p.m. in the Stayer Center Auditorium. Myles Rademan, Fulbright Scholar, Kellogg National Leadership Fellow and nationally-known consultant to fortune 500 companies, will serve as the keynote speaker as the symposium addresses the topic, What is the Next “American Dream”?

“The American Dream is a convenient mantra intoning a universe of hopes and aspirations. It certainly is subject to many differing interpretations,” said Myles Rademan. “The question confronting us today is whether we as Americans are trapped in a mass delusional fairy tale: is America dreaming and might we rudely awake to discover our beautiful dreams do not comport with the harsh realities engulfing us?” 

“Unlike the cynical, I don’t believe we are either dreaming or delusional, but do believe we might dream more constructively in light of the ever changing world we inhabit,” added Rademan. “It has been said that if your dreams don’t outweigh your memories, you have nothing to look forward to. Americans, in my opinion, have much to look forward to in the 21st century if we but cast our gaze in the right directions. Let’s search together.”

Myles Rademan holds graduate degrees in law and urban planning from New York University. He was awarded the prestigious 2002 Preceptor Award by the International Community Leadership Association and has appeared on network television, most recently in the PBS documentary “Subdivide & Conquer: A Modern Western.” He served as Director of Information for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Park City, Utah and was honored to be an Olympic torch bearer. His speaking career spans more than 35 years and is well known for his multimedia presentations.

The Academic Symposium’s purpose is to learn, discuss, debate, understand and reflect on a topic.  Focusing on this year’s topic, “What is the Next American Dream,” more than thirty sessions will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 at the Stayer Auditorium at Marian University.  Topics addressing the American Dream include: Catholic perspectives, generational, cultural and environmental perspectives, music, art and literature perspectives, inequality and its impact on quality of life and a book discussion of Tom Shadyac’s or 920-923-8133.