If I were there I would be saying that the word "symposium" comes from the Greek
word "symposion" which, in turn, derives from the Greek verb "sympeninein" which
means to drink together. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines symposium as "a
convivial party with music and conversation" or "a social gathering at which there
is free interchange of ideas." While the music may be in short supply, I trust that
all of you – and especially those of you for whom this is your first time at a meeting
like this – find this symposium both intellectually stimulating and socially rewarding.
Each spring, the Department of Marketing at Nebraska hosts the Mittelstaedt & Gentry Doctoral Symposium.
Modeled after the Haring Symposium held annually at Indiana
University, participant schools send representatives to Lincoln for a two-day Symposium
emphasizing dissertation research.
Participant schools include the University of Arkansas, the University of Illinois-Urbana
Champaign, University of Cincinnati, the University of Iowa,
Iowa State University, the University of Kansas,
Kansas State University, the University of Michigan,
the University of Missouri, the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University,
The Ohio State University, the University of Oregon, the University of Utah,
the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, University of Wyoming, Washington State
University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The Symposium starts with a welcome reception at the
Van Brunt Visitors Center. All day Friday and Saturday morning, presentations
of dissertation research are made by doctoral students, followed by comments from
doctoral discussants and then by discussion from the audience as a whole. Friday
evening there is a banquet, and the Symposium ends with lunch on Saturday. Participant
schools are asked to pay for transportation to and from Lincoln and for lodging
at the Courtyard by Marriott. The Department of Marketing covers the cost of the meals
and the Symposium proceedings. There is no registration fee.
April 2-4, 2020
April 1 – 3, 2021
March 31 – April 2, 2022
March 30 – April 1, 2023