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The Institute for Visual studies hosts three colloquia during the Fall semester, and three colloquia during the Spring semester.

COLLOQUIUM III: How to Think Outside the Box: Mapping Divergent Thinking

SPEAKER:David Peterson, Management
DATE: April 17
TIME: NOON
LOCATION:
Roop 208

How can we think outside the box? How do we find truly original ideas? Dr. David Peterson (Management) will present his work on divergent thinking, the process by which we generate ideas that are different from our own and others’ previous ideas. Most creativity research has emphasized the production of dissimilar ideas. Dr. Peterson will discuss the importance of focusing on how our ideas are similar to existing ones.

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COLLOQUIUM II: Envisioning Futures Across Disciplines

SPEAKER: Emily York and Shannon Conley (ISAT)
DATE:  March 20
TIME:  NOON
LOCATION:  IVS, Roop 208

Envisioning Futures Across Disciplines

Emily York and Shannon Conley (ISAT) will discuss their work engaging diverse experts in collaboratively imagining plausible future scenarios related to the expert’s field of study. This work deploys design fiction—a blend of science, science, fiction, and design prototyping—as a form of serious play that can build bridges across disciplinary siloes and facilitate critical interrogation of socio-technical change.

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COLLOQUIUM I: Albert R. Lee, “A Man of Substance, One of Illinois’ Finest Traditions”

 

SPEAKER: Vanessa Rouillon (WRTC)
DATE:  February 20
TIME:  NOON
LOCATION: IVS, Roop 208

Albert R. Lee, “A Man of Substance, One of Illinois’ Finest Traditions”

Drawing from her manuscript and documentary, Dr. Rouillon examines the life and racial contributions of Albert R. Lee (1874-1948), an early African-American Civil Rights advocate in Champaign, IL, who created safe and supportive locations for Black students in the early 1900s. He crossed racial boundaries and performed racial dignity in an overwhelmingly white location.

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