ISI Concludes Year with Roundtable on ‘Dimensions of Emancipation’

The Interdisciplinary Studies Institute (ISI) is presenting a roundtable discussion on “Dimensions of Emancipation” featuring fellows of the 2013-14 ISI faculty seminar on Emancipation on Thursday, April 24 at 4 p.m. in 316 Bartlett Hall.

The ISI seminar was inspired by the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and during the year the fellows addressed the general topic from a wide range of approaches across the disciplines. The aim now is to return some of their insights and interactions to a wider audience, as well as encourage the audience to participate as the year closes.

Seven members of the seminar will give brief presentations on their projects and their own discoveries and questions during the year. This will be followed by discussion among all the fellows and audience. Topics under review will include political and legal institutions; pedagogy; cultural activism; culture and representation; creativity and emancipation, and emancipation and its constraints.

The ISI fellows are Mari Castaneda, communication, Darrell Earnest, education, Tanisha Ford, women, gender, sexuality studies, John Higginson, history, Barbara Krauthamer, history, Shona Macdonald, art, architecture and art history, David Mednicoff, public policy/Middle Eastern studies, Rachel Mordecai, English, Jen Sandler, anthropology, and James Smethurst, Afro-American studies.

The ISI fellows for 2014-15 will also be introduced at the roundtable.

The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Funding for the ISI comes from the provost, the dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.