Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities

Seminars and Workshops

The Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities (CEAH) sponsors faculty seminars and workshops on focused topics. The events offer Iowa State University arts and humanities faculty the opportunity to learn about funding opportunities and grantsmanship, to present their research in an interdisciplinary setting or to discuss topics related to the CEAH's focus on faculty research. The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic development (VPRED) offers a full range of workshops for faculty focusing on the development of competitive grant proposals each year: Faculty Orientation and Faculty Development Programs.

Fall Semester

Interdisciplinary Roundtables

The Performative Element: The Arts in the Public Sphere
Thursday, December 6, 2012
4:10 - 5:30 pm
Gold Room, Memorial Union

Performance in its multi-variegated manifestation is a highly creative, public act. It can have a resonance for a small or very large audience, be politicized or somewhat neutral, and carry multi-dimensional connotations. The interdisciplinary panel will dissect performance as a process from its conception to its entrance into the public sphere.

Debra Marquart (English)
Jane Cox (Theatre)
Gregory Oakes (Music)
Teresa Paschke (Integrated Studio Arts)

Spring Semester

Fulbright Brown Bag Lunch Series

The concept of this new series of events is to provide an informal setting for ISU faculty and students to learn more about the Fulbright Scholar Program. The talks will be given by Fulbright alumni (Americans who previously had Fulbright fellowships overseas) and current grantees from foreign countries whose ISU experience is sponsored by a Fulbright Program. The talks will last 20-30 minutes, thus allowing 20-30 minutes for discussion and socializing. Because the audience members will come from a wide range of disciplines, the talks will be aimed for a general audience, rather than a specialized discipline.

The plan is for three Brown Bags per semester. Within the academic year, we hope to showcase the range of experiences that Fulbrighters have, both academically and culturally, the variety of Fulbright Programs and how they differ in structure, and how the Fulbright experience might differ depending on the country, culture, and historical context. Thus, the aim is to schedule talks from Fulbrighters from a range of disciplines, countries, programs and eras. Altogether, the series will have a mix of old and new contexts, science and humanities, in all types of geographical and political contexts.

"A Mountain-top Year in Japan: Studying the Education of Japanese 'Returnee' Children"
Dr. Alexandra Johnston: Studied Education in Japan from 1994 to 1995
Thursday, January 31
12:00 pm
2030 Morrill Hall

My Student Fulbright to Malaysia
Dr. James Raich: Studied Forestry in Malaysia from 1994 to 1995
Tuesday, February 26
12:00 pm
2030 Morrill Hall

"Stories from the People's Republic of Poland"
Dr. Roberta Vann: Studied English/Applied Linguistics in Poland from 1974 to 1976
Ms. Joan Chamberlin: Studied English/Applied Linguistics in Poland from 1985 to 1987
Wednesday, April 3
12:00 pm
2030 Morrill Hall

Sponsored by: Senior Vice President and Provost

2013 Symposium

Ethical Issues in Science Communication: A Theory-Based Approach
Submission deadline: January 31, 2013
May 30 - June 1, 2013
Ames, Iowa

As science continues to become implicated in personal and collective decision-making, the stakes for communicating science to non-expert audiences intensify. In such an environment, a clear articulation of ethical issues arising from science communication is essential. Unfortunately, such an articulation does not yet exist. The purpose of this symposium is to bring together scholars from across disciplines whose research can contribute toward a theoretical articulation of the ethical issues surrounding the communication of science to non-expert audiences.

For this symposium, we invite work from relevant disciplines including communication, rhetoric, philosophy, science and technology studies, and the sciences themselves, on topics such as:

  • The underlying goals of science communication
  • Ethical issues within science communication, such as hype, spin, appropriate advocacy
  • Ethical standards for the use of non-rational appeals such as narrative, framing, & metaphor
  • Normative roles of scientists, citizens, science journalists, science bloggers and other stakeholders within the science communication process
  • Ethical challenges in communicating subjects such as risk and uncertainty
  • Normative issues in the design of public participation processes
  • Empirical work on the perceptions of ethical issues from the perspectives of various stakeholders
  • Approaches to teaching science communication ethics

  • This list is illustrative but not intended to be exhaustive. Work at all stages of development is invitedfrom early overviews to completed studies. We expect to be able to support travel costs for at least some participants. Contact Michael Dahlstrom, email below, for more information.

    Proceedings of the workshop will be published in print-on-demand and electronic formats. In addition, this event will serve as the first of a two-part symposium series aimed at the creation of an edited volume introducing the best available work on issues in science communication ethics to our scholarly communities and helping to define the area for future study.

    For consideration, submit application to and include:
  • 250-500 word abstract with an additional 5-10 item bibliography
  • A separate cover page with complete contact information
  • An indication of the status of the work (from early overview to completed study)
  • An indication of whether you are seeking funding

  • Organizing committee: Michael Dahlstrom, Jean Goodwin, and Susanna Priest
    For more information: Science Communication at ISU

    CEAH Past Seminars, Workshops and Symposia