"Connections: Information Transfer Between People"

Cameron University has selected “Connections: Information Transfer Between People” as the theme for its 11th 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 interactions, workplace and medicine.

“With the proliferation of social media, blogs, and virtual meetings, clear and concise communication is at risk to become a lost art,” says Cameron University President John McArthur. “The breakdown between individuals – whether they are private citizens, politicians, members of the media, corporate executives or public figures – can be detrimental to society as a whole. During Academic Festival XI, we will examine effective ways of communication that will strength the interactions between individuals and organizations.”

Nationally acclaimed experts will headline Academic Festival XI. Mental health advocate Frank Warren, generational expert Lynne Lancaster, and STEM/STEAM advocate Talithia Williams will share their expertise and perspectives in a series of individual speaking engagements.

The McCasland Foundation of Duncan is the primary sponsor of “”Connections: Information Transfer Between People.” Over the years, financial support for the 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.

“Connections: Information Transfer Between People” continues Cameron’s popular series of Academic Festivals. Cameron’s first Academic Festival, “Year of the Renaissance,” took place in 1991-92. Themes of previous Academic Festivals included cultural diversity; science and technology; bridging the millennium; globalization and the human experience; health and wellness; the country of Afghanistan, an in-depth study of the challenges and opportunities presented by sustainability, and, most recently, a look at American identities in the 21st century.