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IS Symposium

2018 Symposium Call for Proposals

History of Integrative Studies Symposium

The Integrative Studies Symposium began in 1982. From the start, this event was designed “to enhance … Integrative Studies course experience through shared activities around a common short-term theme.” There have been numerous speakers, film discussions, student panels, simulations, and other events to explore these topics. The event itself has changed over the years. Early on, it was the IS Festival which featured Woodrow Wilson scholars and lasted a full week. It has also been aligned with the Otterbein Common book program.  In 2004, the Festival was renamed as the IS Symposium and re-focused as a daylong event. However, the primary commitment has not changed. The Symposium remains as an opportunity for the campus to gather around a common topic to discuss, reflect, and debate issues that are central to today’s world. By examining these topics from multiple disciplines, the Otterbein community gets a greater understanding not only of the topics themselves, but what it means to approach an issue from an integrative perspective.

Integrative Studies Festival

Spring 1982: “Explo 20” (The Explosion of the Twentieth Century)
From our several varied disciplines in the Integrative Studies program we draw together this week a composite, retrospective view of that explosive past that gave us “our” century. The framework of our presentation is shaped from spring term upper division Integrative Studies courses, but we invite the whole campus to share in this “Explosion of the Twentieth Century.”
Spring 1983: “Hard Times: The Thirties from Crash to Conflict”
Spring 1984: “Augers and Bits: The Human as Predictor”
Spring 1985: “It’s Greek to Me: Our Classical Heritage” (Dr. J. Rufus Fears, featured guest lecturer)
Spring 1986: “The Third World: Inside and Out” (with Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Curtis C. Cutter)
Spring 1987: “This Constitution” (with Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Floyd K. Haskell)
Spring 1988: “The Mass Media” (with Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Robert F. Levy)
Spring 1989: “From Camelot to Kent State” [the 1960s] (with Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Nora Sayre)
Spring 1990: “The Renaissance Revisited” (with Humanities Fellow, James M. Kittelson)
Spring 1991: “Freedom” (with Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Tanya Melich)
Spring 1992:  “Dimensions of African-American Culture: Voice, Visions, Song” (with Humanities Fellow, Trudier Harris)
Fall 1992:  “The American Dream: A Closer Look” (with Woodrow Wilson Fellows, Goldie and Malcom Rivkin)
Fall 1993: “The American Dream: A Closer Look”
Fall 1994: “The American Dream: The Individual and the Community”
Fall 1995: “Culture, Conflict, and Community”
Spring 1998: “Concepts and Courage: Personal Landscapes”
Spring 1999: “Legacies”
Spring 2000: “Building Walls, Creating Doors; What can we do?”
Spring 2001: “Selves and Stories: Disguise and Disclosure”
Spring 2002: “Making Contact”
Spring 2003: “Change. Not so easy”

Integrative Studies Symposium

Spring 2004: ”Exploring Ethnic & Religious Diversity: Local and Global Perspectives”
Spring 2005: “9/11 Reflections on the Past and Projections on the Future”
Fall 2006: “Healthcare in America”
Spring 2009: “Many Kinds of Open: Thinking Gender and Sexuality”
Spring 2010: “The Culture and Politics of Food”
Spring 2011: “Over Exposed: Media, Reality, & Identity”
Spring 2012: “99: Inequality in America”
Spring 2013: “Good Sports: Playing for Social Change”
Spring 2014: “Complicating Normal: A Campus Conversation on Dis/Ability”
Spring 2015: “Love. Sex. Intimacy.”
Spring 2016:  "Race, Power, and Privilege"
Spring 2017:  "Roots: Where I'm From"
Spring 2018:  "Kindness Matters"

/Integrative Studies Program

Joby DeCoster, Interim Director
Towers Hall 211
p/ 614.823.1564 
e/ jdecoster@otterbein.edu 

Andrew Mills, Director
Towers Hall 322
p/ 614.823.1368
e/ INSTDirector@otterbein.edu

Rachel Martin
Graduate Assistant
Towers Hall 223a
p/ 614.823.1124
e/ isassistant@otterbein.edu