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Southeastern Honors students make presentation at national conference

DURANT, Okla. – Three Honors Program students and their sponsor from Southeastern Oklahoma State University made a presentation last month at the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) conference in Chicago.

Participating were Rachel Childers, Jake Martin, and Samantha Faudree, along with Honors Program Director Lisa Coleman. Childers is a sophomore history major from Calera; Martin is also a sophomore history major from Broken Bow; and Faudee is a sophomore general business major from Coalgate.

More than 2,000 people from all over the world attended the NCHC. The theme of the conference. “Make no little plans,” comes from a longer quote from the words of Chicago architect, Daniel Burnham (1846-1912), part of which states:

“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency.”

In keeping with the conference theme, the title of the Southeastern’s group’s presentation was “’No Little Plans’: Making Diversity a Local and Global Happening in Native America.” It was one of three panels presented at the NCHC Diversity Forum.

The presentation arose out of two courses in the newly revised Honors Curriculum: Honors Orientation and Native America:What Does It Mean to Live, Learn, and Work Here? Each of these courses follows Place as Text and City as Text TM experiential methodologies that send students and professors alike out to map, observe, listen, and then reflect on what they have learned.

Key elements of this new curriculum are designed to apprise students of the long history and current circumstances of local Native American cultures as well as give students the tools to range out into the community to conduct primary research into local knowledge for an intellectual and hands-on grasp of how a space becomes a place. Global cultural context is supplied by the text Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers, by Kwame Anthony Appiah.

The papers presented by the students and their professor will be presented again this coming spring 2016 at BrainStorm on the Southeastern campus.

Their papers will also be published as part of a chapter titled “Occupying Native America” in the NCHC monograph, Occupy Honors Education, forthcoming in 2016. Dr. Coleman and two NCHC colleagues, Dr. Alan Oda of Azuza Pacific University in Los Angeles, California, and Dr. Jonathan Kotinek of Texas A &M University, are co-editing this volume.