The Examined Life: An Undergraduate Conference in the Liberal Arts

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Call for Papers
March 26, 2022
United States
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Teaching and Learning, Humanities, Fine Arts, Philosophy, Composition & Rhetoric

The Examined Life
An Undergraduate Conference in the Liberal Arts
Saturday, March 26, 2022
Saint Francis University (Loretto, PA)

We cordially invite undergraduate students to submit original work for the 2022 edition of The Examined Life: An Undergraduate Conference in the Liberal Arts. Types of submissions may include:

  • Academic essays or creative work (short fiction, poetry, etc.) tailored for a 15-20 minute oral presentation;
  • Poster presentation or similar visual representations of research;
  • Visual artwork such as painting, sculpture, film, photography, etc.

Individuals may contribute to more than one of these categories. We also welcome group projects.

In place of a specific conference theme, we seek instead proposals that advance our conference’s principal goal of celebrating the liberal arts. Traditionally, the liberal arts refer to disciplines in the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and natural sciences—all areas that encourage critical thinking, effective communication, creative problem solving, and meaningful engagement with ideas. Successful proposals, therefore, will have some grounding in the liberal arts—broadly defined—while also reflecting the presenter’s passion for learning and for living a truly examined life.

The featured speaker for this year’s event will be retired Army colonel, author, educator, and community advocate Fred Johnson. Fred will be discussing how storytelling can serve as a means to wellness, drawing on his own experiences of struggling with combat-related PTSD as he explained at a Louisville Moth StorySlam. Fred will also discuss “Shakespeare with Veterans,” a project that he co-founded in Louisville that invites veterans to engage with Shakespearean text in order to share their stories.

The conference will run from approximately 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST. We will have a light breakfast available to participants during registration, which will begin at 8:00 AM. The featured address will be at 1:00 PM after lunch, which will be provided to all conference participants. The conference will conclude with an awards ceremony where we will recognize top student performers with cash prizes.

How to Submit: Email all proposals to by March 4, 2022. Please include your name, contact information, institutional affiliation, and the name and contact information of an advisor familiar with the project. Proposals should be between 250-500 words. Final essays (8-10 pages) must be submitted by March 18, 2022. Those presenting posters, artwork, etc. are asked to email an image or narrative description of their work.

This conference is open to the public and free for presenters and non-presenters. Faculty, mentors, advisors, and family members are welcome to attend. For more information, please visit our website ( or contact Dr. Arthur Remillard (

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