Language Experts for ‘Game of Thrones’ and Other Shows to Headline 18th Annual Hancock Symposium 


Make plans to attend the 18th Annual Hancock Symposium on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

WHO: Nearly 20 distinguished speakers who are experts in their fields ― including those who developed languages for films and TV such as HBO’s Game of Thrones and Netflix’s Shadow and Bone.

WHAT: The Hancock Symposium is Westminster College’s signature event, representing the finest aspects of a Westminster education. Classes are suspended during the Symposium so that students, faculty, staff, and the local community can attend the dynamic sessions. Individuals experience two engaging days of lectures, panel discussions, and presentations by noted experts on one particular subject of global interest.

Founded in 2006, the Hancock Symposium is funded in perpetuity by a generous gift from alumnus David Hancock, Class of 1967, of Kansas City, Missouri.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19, 2023; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept 20, 2023

WHERE: Various locations throughout the Westminster College campus, 501 Westminster Ave., Fulton, Missouri. Please refer to the complete schedule online for specific locations.

WHY: The dynamic sessions challenge individuals with innovative ideas and intensive learning, allowing the Westminster community to learn new concepts while witnessing how interconnected academic disciplines can be within a single topic.

ABOUT WESTMINSTER COLLEGE: Founded in 1851 and home of Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech, Westminster College is ranked prestigiously by The Princeton Review as one of the “Best 150 colleges in the Midwest” for 2024. The independent think tank Third Way recently singled out the small, private college as one of the nation’s best among colleges and universities in the United States in terms of economic mobility and return on investment. New graduates experience a more than 90% placement rate in jobs or graduate school within six months of graduation, while our alumni overall are in the top 16% nationwide for graduate earnings. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report places Westminster in a unique category by itself, listing it as the only National Liberal Arts college in Missouri. Westminster has long been recognized for its focus on educating and inspiring students to make an impact on the world around them. Find out more about Westminster College by visiting our website.

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Sarah Rummel Backer

Sarah Rummel Backer is the Director of Media Relations and Senior Writer at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. A proud Westminster graduate, Sarah has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and strategic communications in the areas of higher education, medicine, agriculture, and the private business sector.