The University of Central Arkansas will host the 2012 Humanities Fair from 10-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center, according to a news release.

The Humanities Fair is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The fair is meant to enable students to experience a typical day attending university humanities courses. High school students and their teachers are eligible to attend.

Students will have their choice of attending sessions conducted by UCA professors in philosophy, religious studies, history, English, anthropology, African and African American studies, Asian studies and gender studies. UCA faculty will make presentations exploring the chosen theme of "Patriotism: Civility, Civil Disobedience, and Consequences."

Conrad Shumaker will trace the origin of patriotism back to early Christianity when it was generally seen as a "pagan" value. He will discuss the origins, implications and consequences of identifying love of America with the love of God. Raymond Frontain will approach the subject of "Shakespeare, Spenser, and the Creation of National Self-Consciousness." Wendy Castro will discuss the book George Washington transcribed as a boy on Rules of Civility. She will use the book as a lens to look into social rules in the early 1700s, what it was like to be the first President and how aware Washington was that he was establishing protocol for the nation.

Other discussions include: Jay Ruud, who will discuss Joan of Arc; James Deitrick, who will discuss Asian religions in American Pop Culture; Michael Yoder, who will discuss bringing back urban centers more conducive to enhancing civility; Lori Leavell, who will discuss African American print culture and citizenship; and Chad Terrell, who will discuss films on patriotism and civility.

Although it is not required, students are encouraged to submit original humanities projects to the fair’s competition. Awards will be presented to highlight excellence and creativity in the areas of poetry, short story, essay, or multimedia presentation. Student projects based on the theme are welcome, as are projects on other topics.

Visit the Humanities Fair website at for more information on registration, student project entry forms and submitting student works. For more information, contact Alison Hall at or 450-5498.