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Symposium on American Values

This archive commemorates the 15th Annual University Symposium on American Values. It consists of the collected papers of the guest lecturers who participated in the University Symposium. Each of them a leader in their respective field, these distinguished professional scholars, artists and practitioners have left a legacy that the University Symposium program can build and thrive upon for many years to come, and it is fitting to first acknowledge their contributions to the intellectual community at Angelo State University. The archive collection also includes the essays and media products of ASU students who have been recognized for their creative contributions to the Symposium.

A program like the University Symposium on American Values is unique -- so distinct, in fact, that featured guests in the past, many of whom work in the nation's most prestigious universities, have uniformly expressed both genuine gratitude for the opportunity to take part, and envy over the opportunities the program provides for the advancement of learning at Angelo State University. Over the years, many thousands of people have participated in various events and functions of the Symposium, and a large number of people have shouldered the responsibilities associated with planning and organizing this excellent program. Certain individuals, however, deserve special recognition for their crucial leadership and support. Foremost among these are E. James Holland, Dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts at Angelo State University, and his Administrative Secretary, Joan McCarthy. The University Symposium was invented in the imaginative vision of Jim Holland who served as Chair of the planning and organization process from the beginning in 1984 through 1996. Without him there would be no University Symposium, and every measure of quality that now esteems the program is a reflection of his fine and steadfast leadership. Similar acknowledgment is due to Joan McCarthy. Everyone associated with the University Symposium knows that Joan has held the keys to unlock the doors to answer the hundreds of detailed practical questions involved in carrying out the program. She still holds the keys, and she opens the doors ever so smoothly.

There are a number of people to whom I am especially indebted for their exceptional contributions to the production of this commemorative volume. Among these, again, are Jim Holland and Joan McCarthy, who helped me locate the papers, fish them from old files, and also provided the essential information needed to reestablish contact with the distinguished guest speakers from years past. Charles A. Endress, Professor and Head of the Department of History, is a special colleague, a longtime member of the University Symposium Committee, and the very best person to have read over the entire collection of papers to summarize their meaning in his Epilogue to the volume, ""What Have We Learned?"" Marsha Halfmann in the University Office of News and Information is an extremely talented person who helped me proofread the papers and produced an elegant typesetting format for presenting the papers in print. Frank Rudnicki, University Director of News and Information, skillfully made the right decisions for the publishing production process, and Albert Freeman did a masterful job in designing this site.

Kenneth L. Stewart, Chair
University Symposium Committee