About the Symposium

The Student Symposium will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Iowa Theater in the Iowa Memorial Union at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. It will also be streamed live on this website.

Student News Net proudly announces its first annual Student Symposium. Dr. Douglas Brinkley is tentatively scheduled to be our Keynote Speaker. The Symposium’s topic is: Actions and Accomplishments of African American Women of the 1940s and 1950s. Its goal is to bring high school students together to research and share knowledge about the actions and accomplishments of African American women in the 1940s and 1950s. The Student Symposium will be streamed live and have an online presence. All high schools are invited to participate.

Dr. Douglas Brinkley, award winning author and historian, will deliver the Keynote Address discussing his book, Rosa Parks: A Life (2000). Students will read Dr. Brinkley’s book before the April Symposium. Students and teachers are invited to submit presentations about the book and related topics including research on Edna Griffin, often called the Rosa Parks of Iowa; African American Rosie the Riveters during WWII; and NASA’s African American women mathematicians, known as human computers. Their amazing story has recently been told by Margot Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures (2016).

A Study Guide, learning activities, vocabulary lists, and multimedia can be found in the “Core Content” section. Teachers and students can interact and collaborate through the website on an ongoing basis through the comments features on all articles.

Bulk book purchases

Student News Net has arranged a bulk educational discount on Dr. Brinkley’s book – Rosa Parks: A Life – through the book’s publisher, Penguin Books. A bulk discount has also been arranged on Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly though the book’s publisher – Harper Collins. If interested in purchasing one or both books in bulk, email Judy at jmiller@studentnewsnet.com.