A Distributed National Symposium
In keeping with our Symposium's topic and vision, we seek to thoughtfully reconsider the event's structure itself, in a way that provides space for participants of varying circumstances and backgrounds to interact, converse, and learn from each other on an accessible and equal basis.
Key to our vision is the ability for participants to participate either in-person or online, with sessions and session types explicitly designed to bring together the strengths and social knowledge processes of each of these two environments.
In advancing this vision we aim to move beyond the traditional notions of entirely place-based, entirely online, or awkwardly structured ‘hybrid’ conference, by creating a dedicated setting that extends the in-person conference experience to online space, while ensuring that both in-person and online participants are afforded compelling and comparable experiences within the meeting setting.
Beyond the event itself, our model offers symposium participants a long-lived resource that spans the period before, during, and after the day-of meeting. Visit the Symposium’s online location before the meeting to meet your fellow participants, raise questions and topics for discussion, or record a short video expressing your interests, staking out a position, or proposing a topic for informal discussion. After the symposium, return to the online event site to continue your conversations, review the sessions, discussions, and outputs of the symposium, and stay connected with your fellow participants long after the conference ends.