Festival X American Identities in the 21st Century

Cameron University has selected “American Identities in the 21st Century” as the theme for its 10th academic festival, a dynamic, privately funded, year-long symposium that explores a topic worthy of in-depth study. Through a series of presentations by nationally recognized speakers, Cameron will consider three distinct aspects of the festival theme: “Social Justice and the American Dream,” “Migration, Immigration and Emigration” and “America’s Place in the World: Power, Diplomacy and Commerce.”

“Cameron’s triennial academic festival has established a reputation for bringing thought-provoking, informative and entertaining speakers to southwest Oklahoma,” said Cameron President John McArthur. “Academic Festival X is no exception. We look forward to welcoming community members from throughout the region to these presentations as well as to other festival-related activities.”

Three nationally acclaimed experts will headline Academic Festival X: author/journalist Charles Mann, media correspondent and activist Michele Norris, and retired Army General Jack Keane will share their expertise and perspectives in a series of individual speaking engagements.

Festival X Sponsor: McCasland Foundation

The McCasland Foundation of Duncan is the primary sponsor of “American Identities in the 21st Century.” Over the years, financial support for Cameron’s academic festivals has come from the McCasland/Amquest Bank Endowed Chair, established by the McCasland Foundation in 1989. Additional funding for this year’s festival is provided by the Cameron University Foundation and through Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Series.

“American Identities in the 21st Century” continues Cameron’s popular series of academic festivals. The first, “Year of the Renaissance,” took place in 1991-92. Themes of previous academic festivals included cultural diversity; science and technology; predictions for the new millennium; the effect of globalization on the human experience; health and wellness; Afghanistan and, most recently, an in-depth study of the challenges and opportunities presented by sustainability.