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A Call for proposals for the 2019-2020 investigative series

Deadline for proposals has been extended until Friday, March 29th

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies sponsors a series investigating a theme from an interdisciplinary perspective. The aim of the Investigations series is to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration, and to engage the public in interdisciplinary research and creative activities taking place at USM. 


2017-2018: Degrees of Inequality


Education lies at the center of the American Dream. Many Americans believe it provides the foundation for success. Research on education in the U.S., however, documents that mobility from education may be more elusive than many Americans believe. Not only do many Americans lack access to quality education, the institution may also serve to perpetuate inequalities. This series will explore the national and state level policies as well as interactions between students and teachers that have created a number of problems in our systems of education.

The team coordinating the series is led by Katie James in the Department of Sociology, and will include Kimberly Goodwin (Finance, Real Estate, & Business Law), Karen (Kari) Phelan Kozlowski (Sociology), Tom O'brien (Educational Research & Administration), Julie White (Dance).

All events will be open to the general public as well as the University community at large.



A. Lecture Series

What is the point of education?
Tuesday, September 19, R.C. Lounge, Student Union, 4:00p.m.-5:30p.m.

  • This session will be presented by Katie James, Kari Kozlowski, Tom O'brien, Kimberly Goodwin, and Julie White

How is education unequal?
Thursday, October 26, Liberal Arts Building, Gonzales Auditorium, 4:00p.m.-5:30p.m.

  • Presented by Katie James and Kari Kozlowski

For whom is education worth it?
Tuesday, November 28, Scianna Hall, McDonnell Auditorium at 4:00p.m.-5:30p.m.

  • Primary presenters: Katie James and Kimberly Goodwin

How does inequality at home affect education?
Tuesday, February 6, Luckyday Foundation Room at 4:00p.m.-5:30p.m.

  • Presented by Kari Kozlowski

How do government policies affect students' education?
Tuesday, March 20, Hattiesburg Cultural Arts Center at 4:00p.m.-5:30p.m.

  • Primary presenters: Tom O'Brien and Julie White

How do we improve students' education?
Wednesday, April 25, Hattiesburg Train Depot at 4:00p.m.-5:30p.m.

  • Keynote Speaker: Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker

For information about our 2016-2017 series, Fleshed Out: The Body Politic, please visit our Aquila archive.


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