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October 2014

October 24 ( 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ) - Islamic State, National Security, and Peace
Location: Rose Library, Third Floor Flex Space

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The self-described Islamic State has rapidly become a central focus of a multifaceted debate. Is the ongoing military response proportional to the threat? What is the role of social media in transforming single acts of violent extremism into a global concern? Is the group calling itself Islamic State in fact part of Islam? What should we even call the group: IS? ISIL? ISIS? This flashpoint brings faculty experts in terrorism, world religion, and national security together to discuss IS, foreign policy, and asymmetric conflicts in the age of asymmetric religious conflicts.


Frances Flannery, PhD, Associate Professor of Religion, Department of Religion and Philosophy; Director, Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Terrorism and Peace

Timothy Walton, PhD, Professor of Intelligence Analysis, Department of Integrated Science and Technology

Danielle Widmann Abraham, PhD, Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy

October 28 ( 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM ) - Artful Science: From STEM to STEAM
Location: Rose Library room 3311

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This roundtable will explore the shift from STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) to STEAM, wherein the arts are as intertwined with STEM disciplines as they have been since the origins of human history.  As noted by John Maeda in Scientific American, the arts and sciences are “two of the last places reserved for open-ended inquiry, for failure to be a welcome part of the process, for learning to occur by a continuous feedback loop between thinking and doing.”  What does it mean to add art and design to the STEM equation?  How might this movement create deep, cross-disciplinary learning experiences for our students and faculty?  

John R. Jungck, Ph. D., Department of Biological Sciences, University of Delaware

College of Science and Mathematics


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