2017 Presidential Symposium on Diversity

The Diversity of the Universe

High-Res PittsFinal2013FI Portraits-20Dr. Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer and director of the Fels Planetarium at The Franklin Institute will share his vast knowledge about the complexities and diversity of the universe.

Come and join the conversation on Wednesday, November 8, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in MCCC’s Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell with a live simulcast to South Hall Community Room, West Campus, 101 College Drive, Pottstown.

The symposium is free and open to the community—everyone is welcome!

Our annual Presidential Symposium is a capstone event that advances and facilitates ongoing dialogue on diversity and inclusiveness among students, faculty, employees and the community.

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College-wide Contest: What does the universe mean to you?

In conjunction with our Presidential Symposium on the “Diversity of the Universe,” we invite students and employees to share their perspectives of the universe through any creative endeavor of their choice.

Participants may:

  • Write a poem or essay
  • Create a piece of artwork
  • Compose a piece of music
  • Create a video
  • Invent new ways to travel and explore space through the use of a model or computer design
  • Develop a space food menu
  • Investigate the health impacts of living in zero gravity

Otherwise express in the medium of their choice what the universe means to them. Contest starts October 1 and submissions are due by October 31.

All completed projects must be submitted to Assistant Professor of Physics Kelli Spangler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or delivered to room 203 in the Science Center by 5 p.m. on October 31.

Projects will be on display during the Presidential Symposium on November 8. To enter, please download and complete the application form and submit it with your project.

Application Form »

Participants will be eligible for a drawing for a one-year family membership to The Franklin Institute (one drawing for students and one for employees). The drawing will be held during the Presidential Symposium.

Additionally, deans from each division (Arts & Humanities, Business and Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Health Sciences, STEM and Social Sciences) will select projects in each area. The creators will discuss their projects during the luncheon with Dr. Pitts prior to the start of the Symposium.