This annual event features presentations by scholars, professionals and students representing a variety of disciplines and fields on multiple aspects of life in the Ozarks and relationships between this region and others. The symposium offers a discourse on the question: "How can we understand who we are unless we understand where we come from which makes us distinct among Americans?"
The theme of this year's symposium is "Marginal Voices of the Ozarks." The keynote speaker is Susan Young of the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, Springdale, Arkansas. Susan is a fifth-generation Ozarker. Before settling in the hills of Northwest Arkansas, her kinfolks hailed from the southern Appalachians in Kentucky and Tennessee. Susan's hillbilly heritage is something she is quite proud of and passionate about. Her areas of interest include religion, cemeteries and traditional folkways of the Upland South. Susan currently serves on the boards of the Arkansas Historical Association, Ozark Folk Cultural Center Commission, Arkansas Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association and Heritage Trail Partners. For more information, visit http://ozarksymposium.wp.missouristate.edu/.