Past Faculty Study Groups
- Constitutions, Democracy, and Culture in Global Perspective (2009-2011) A bi-weekly Faculty Study Group hosted by the Center for Constitutional Democracy during the 2010-11 academic year. The speakers in the series – both from IU and other institutions – will address issues in constitutionalism and democracy promotion, with particular attention to the aspects of culture that function as resources or challenges or both in the effort to build constitutional democracy. Countries around the world have been writing and rewriting constitutions at an increasing rate in recent decades. And democracy has become the almost universally claimed goal of governments and international organizations. But there is still remarkably little understanding of the rule played by culture in the process of building constitutional democracy. The academic and political controversy over whether human rights are subject to cultural variation is one example of the difficult issues raised by the interaction of culture with the goals of constitutional democracy. The rise of “Asian constitutionalism” is another. The speakers in our Faculty Study Group next year will address the relationships among constitutions, democracy and culture from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and within a range of global contexts. Please contact Susan Williams for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Middle East Conflict and Reform (2007-2011) Ongoing seminar and lecture series, organized by faculty members from seven IU departments, to enhance the study and discussion of conflict and reform in the Middle East; exceptional scholars and practitioners are invited to give public lectures and seminars on campus and a faculty study group meets regularly to discuss papers by IU scholars and invited guests; contact Abdulkader H. Sinno
- Global Learning Faculty Community (2007-2009) Enhancing a level of intentionality that encourages schools, departments, and faculty to develop courses, construct syllabi, and design content and assignments that lend themselves more readily to the expectation and outcome of global competencies; the Global Learning Faculty Community, comprised of faculty representing twelve disciplines and five schools, considers global learning outcomes the first step in internationalization of the curricula of Indiana University; contact Hilary E. Kahn
- Global Aging Bringing together gerontologists, other health professionals, and academics (from more than a dozen countries) to explore implications of aging well from a global perspective
- Global Warming Simulation Creating a classroom project to prepare students about assuming different roles and identities as a way to show the complexity of arriving at a workable solution to a global problem