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Student Symposium draws media attention

The Chicago Tribune covered the success of Lake Forest College’s 20th Student Symposium.

Lake Forest College holds 20th Student Symposium

By Gina Grillo

On April 11, Lake Forest College canceled all classes to devote a full day to its 20th Student Symposium, a public event dedicated to celebrating student achievement throughout the academic year.

The annual event included 50 presentations, both scholarly and creative, representing the multidisciplinary works of LFC students.

“The Symposium promotes those students who are committed to critical thinking and who represent the values of our liberal arts institution,” said Davis Schneiderman, associate dean of the faculty and chair of the Symposium committee. “It provides an opportunity for them to share their work with their peers and faculty and is a distinction and an honor.”

This year’s event included presentations on everything from archaeological explorations of the Ogilvie Transportation Center to a study of the implications of the election rhetoric between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to the market potential for solar energy on the LFC campus.

Jack Hirsch, a junior from Riverwoods, presented his research on the contemporary archaeology of LFC’s dormitories.

“This gives us the opportunity to research the issues that we are most passionate about, those issues first inspired through our course readings,” he said.

This year’s symposium included an inaugural “The World in 2050” contest, where students produced responses to the question: what will the world of the future hold at the half-century mark?

— Chicago Tribune, April 12, 2017