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Interdisciplinary Public Problems, the Global Community, and Diversity

October 15-19, 2014
Michigan State University

Michigan State University is proud to host the 2014 annual meeting of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies. Presentations and workshops will be held at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, which is on the campus of Michigan State University. Given MSU’s proud history as the nation’s pioneer Land Grant University and its commitment to research and education that engages scholars from the humanities, natural sciences, arts, social sciences and professions, the 2014 AIS conference will invite participants to explore the ways in which interdisciplinary studies engage today’s problems and opportunities.

The theme of the 2014 AIS conference, “Interdisciplinary Public Problems, the Global Community, and Diversity,” emerged from a growing consensus that public problems—problems affecting multiple groups and populations across cultures in a diverse, global community—require insights and tools from a variety of disciplines, perspectives, and practices. As scholars and teachers, we are members of both local and global communities with a mandate to explore the roots and potential solutions to public problems and to educate a generation that is capable of addressing them. To do this, we must interrogate, integrate, and expand existing knowledge by creating collaborative relationships among disciplines in the arts, humanities, and sciences and by adopting integrative modes of research, education, and learning, communication, and policy-making.