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2021 Hancock Symposium (Student attendance required)
September 14 @ 8:00 AM - September 16 @ 5:00 PM CDT
Beyond 2020: Finding Opportunity in an Age of Disruption
If we needed reminders that life will serve up challenges none of us would have predicted, the year 2020 provided plenty. The great pandemic, heated protests over racial injustice, and a disputed election dominated the headlines. But other great disruptions troubled us at least as much: some as global as environmental disasters, others as personal as the loss of a job or a loved one in the midst of COVID-19. Disruption is often painful, but with it comes opportunity. When the familiar ways forward are blocked, we explore new ways, whether in science and technology, business and finance, politics and justice, or even in how we imagine community and relationships. Beyond 2020, we have the chance to break new ground, letting go of old paradigms and embracing new, innovative ways of working and living together. The 2021 Symposium invites Westminster students to actively and creatively examine the disruptions of 2020 in order to cast a vision for our collective future.