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Research and Writing Colloquium

Fredonia Scholars are Invited to Participate: 

How Ideas Influence the World: Multidisciplinary Research and Writing Colloquium

During the 2014-2015 academic year, scholars from across the university will meet regularly to share work centered around the topic of how ideas influence the world. The colloquium invites scholars to come together to discuss and share their research and writing on a wide range of issues related to our theme-- for example, the nature of ideas, ideas and intellectual property, ideology creation and exchange, the power of ideas to shape social, artistic, scientific and religious movements, etc. All disciplines are welcome!

Participants are invited to workshop project ideas and writing in-progress. The colloquium will be a place where the participants can make connections, recognizing common methods and differences across disciplines. Prior to each meeting, one of the participants will be asked to circulate a work-in-progress, as well as a short piece from their discipline that helps shape or illuminate their understanding of power of ideas and ideology to shape human events. At the meetings, the featured researcher will give a brief introduction to the works and then the group will discuss the pieces. Colloquium topics from previous years include: Place, Collective Memory and Education.

If you are interested in participating, please fill out the brief Application Form by Monday, October 13th at 4:00 pm . Feel free to apply even if the idea for your work is still in the formative stages of development. The group will meet during the Fall/Spring 2014-2015 semesters. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact

About the facilitator: Paul Benson holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His work focuses on ideological exchange in acts of giving and philanthropy, specifically at Chautauqua Institution.


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