Higher Education Symposium

Provocations: Conversations Towards a Bold University in the 21st Century



We know higher education needs to change. The question is, how.

Join us to discuss some of today’s most pressing issues, including:

How can we best serve 21st-century American pluralism? What do real access and equity look like, and what do we need to do to achieve them? What sustainable and cost-effective models will most successfully allow us to achieve new goals? How do we build a university community that is vibrant, welcoming, and fair, and that fosters meaningful connections with the communities that surround us?

Together, we can begin to create solutions that will ensure higher education continues to thrive in the next century and beyond.

Envisioning the Perfect Public University

On behalf of the Indiana University Bicentennial Symposium Committee, the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at IU Bloomington invites proposals for programs that will expand upon the theme, “Provocations: Conversations Towards a Bold University in the 21st Century," explored during the September 27 Higher Education Symposium at IU Bloomington.

We particularly encourage events taking place between January 2020-June 2020 on each IU campus, although some support for programs during the second half of 2020 may be possible.

Our goal is to create opportunities to discuss multiple aspects of university life and to identify and propose principles, values, and strategies that may serve the university for decades to come. Organizers may determine the shape of these events, but preference will be given to programs that provoke active participation by attendees such as reading groups or roundtables.

Faculty, students, and staff at all IU campuses are eligible to submit proposals. The IAS welcomes events that encourage the participation of local communities where IU campuses are found.

Proposals should include:

  • The name, status, affiliation, and contact information of the organizer(s).
  • A brief description of the event being proposed (200 words maximum).
  • A list of IU faculty, students, staff, units, and community members involved.
  • A brief bio of any proposed guest scholar, speaker, or artist.
  • A preliminary budget. Maximum amount to be aswarded will be $5,000. Organizers are encouraged to seek additional funding from their campus.
  • A statement of the intended impact and/or outcomes of the program (200 words maximum).

Proposals are due by 12 noon on November 22, 2019. Awards will be announced by December 15, 2019.

For more information, please contact the IAS by email iasprogs@indiana.edu or phone (812) 855-1513.

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