Liberty and responsibility is focus of Ashland University symposium

Liberty and responsibility is focus of Ashland University symposium

The fall events include a film screening of "Paris to Pittsburgh," a 2018 documentary film about climate change directed by National Geographic filmmaker Sidney Beaumont and documentarian Michael Bonfiglio.


The 10th biennial College of Arts and Sciences Symposium Against Indifference will kick off its events on Sept. 18, focusing on the theme of “Liberty & Responsibility.” The fall schedule of events is available online at

The fall events include a discussion on alcohol, complete with mocktails, two film screenings ("Paris to Pittsburgh" and "Dawnland"), a live theater production of "An Enemy of the People" with a follow-up panel discussion, poetry readings, and presentations on inequality and violence against women.

Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guarantees and protects women’s right to vote, along with the ratification and appeal of the 18th Amendment, which prohibited liquor, the 2019-20 theme of “Liberty & Responsibility” seeks to understand and find productive responses to the constant and unavoidable tension between liberty and responsibility.

The College of Arts and Sciences at Ashland University inaugurated the Symposium Against Indifference in 2001 as a biennial series of events and lectures dedicated to overcoming apathy in the face of human concerns by raising awareness and promoting compassionate engagement.

The symposium seeks to challenge the university committee, as well as the wider Ashland community, toward a deeper understanding of difficult affairs and toward creative personal and corporate responses. Symposium themes from previous years include the Holocaust, human nature, terrorism, the promises and perils of technology, inquiry into what makes a hero, globalization, Latin America, and building bridges through dialogue.

For more information visit or call Tricia Applegate, the coordinator of CAS communication, at 419-289-5950 or email her at

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