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IS Symposium

INST Symposium 2016: Race, Power and Privilege

INST Symposium Call for Proposals

We are looking for different disciplinary approaches to the subjects of race, power, and privilege.  What does science have to tell us?  What can the social sciences offer us?  What do the humanities discover?  What do the arts reveal?   

Integrative Studies invites you to participate and present in one of two campus conversations on Wednesday, March 16, held between 9:25 a.m. and 12 p.m.  

We are looking for a variety of presentation formats:

  • 15-minute "TED-type" talk
  • Pecha Kucha style: short talk with visual imagery (e.g. slide presentation)
  • Original videos
  • Spoken word pieces
  • Musical performances
  • Monologues, acted scenes, or skits
  • Other ideas... tell us about it!

The presentations can be five, ten, or fifteen minutes. No longer.
Presentations are open to faculty, staff, and students. You choose your topic or organizing question.

Some topics worth considering:

  • Race climate and experiences on campus (especially at predominantly white institutions)
  • The #Blacklivesmatter movement
  • Police brutality and state-sanctioned violence against persons of color
  • White fragility
  • Whiteness as race and/or privilege
  • Is race real?
  • Talking about race in the classroom
  • Talking about race with friends and family
  • Race and politics
  • Racism in the 2016 Presidential election
  • Affirmative Action
  • Passing
  • Race and legacy(e.g. Woodrow Wilson, H.P. Lovecraft (World Fantasy Award), etc)
  • Race and democracy/politics/voting
  • Interrupting racism
  • Racial microaggressions
  • Race and the body
  • Race and hair
  • Colorism
  • Race and masculinity/femininity
  • Superhumanization bias
  • Race and Representation (visual culture, images)
  • Race and Health/Health Care
  • Race and Religion
  • Race and other social identities (gender, sexuality, class) 

Proposal submission guidelines: Send us a 200-word explanation of your topic with your chosen format and desired presentation length of time (5, 10, or 15 minutes).

Submit proposals to: Andrew Mills, amills@otterbein.edu and the Integrative Studies Assistant: isassistant@otterbein.edu by January 30, 2016.

Questions: Send to Andrew Mills, amills@otterbein.edu

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.”

/Integrative Studies Program

Andrew Mills, Chair
Towers Hall 322
p/ 614.823.1368
Nellie McHugh
Graduate Assistant
p/ 614.823.1124
e/ isassistant@otterbein.edu