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Indiana University Bloomington

Fall 2013  Connectedness: Networks in a Complex World

For Information, please contact the Themester Coordinator.

Tracy Bee
Director of Initiatives
College of Arts and Sciences
Indiana University Bloomington
Owen Hall
790 E. Kirkwood Ave
Bloomington, IN 47406 USA
(812) 855-1647

The College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University seeks to foster the vigorous exchange of ideas across the full spectrum of thought and expression consistent with its mission of providing a liberal education and the principle of academic freedom.  Thus, in organizing each year’s Themester, the College invites speakers who possess significant scholarly or creative credentials, as manifested through performances, publications, or productions and independent of their political ideology.  The majority of invited speakers holds or has held academic appointments.   The bulk of time planning Themester and the allocation of resources are dedicated to undergraduate education, and in its totality of events Themester provides a wide range of points of view offered in a variety of forms: classes, workshops, lectures, exhibits, performances, and much more.

The College Themester is an initiative to engage the collective knowledge and creativity of the faculty and to involve undergraduate students in the exploration of ideas across the disciplines. Our Themester topic for the Fall 2013 semester is Connectedness: Networks in a Complex World.

Themester 2013 advisory committee:

Bernice Pescosolido, Sociology (Chair)
Lynn Beavin, undergraduate
Dana Anderson, English
Amber Hendricks, undergraduate
Armando Razo, Political Science
Olaf Sporns, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Elizabeth Stirrat, Fine Arts
Perry Metz, Radio and Television Services

Grounded in our undergraduate curriculum, Themesters are imagined as extended opportunities to engage with students, colleagues, and the wider community in conversation on challenging issues. We hope that Themesters will be a catalyst for students and faculty alike to move our curriculum and research forward in exciting directions. Themesters should also push boundaries by encouraging us to reconsider old truths and investigate new perspectives. We want to use Themester to promote cross-departmental collaboration and thus to experiment with bridging disciplines and approaches.

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