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For Immediate Release
January 16, 2013

UC² Theme for 2013 Shifts Focus from The City to The Nation

Key Info

  • 2013 UC2 theme is “The Nation”
  • “Is There an American Nation? A Round Table Discussion
  • Tuesday, January 22, 7 p.m., Walb Student Union Ballroom
  • Free and open to the public
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Is There an American Nation?

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—During 2012, Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW’s) College of Art and Sciences’ University Community Conversation (UC2) focused its presentations on various aspects of “The City.” The 2013 season will shift its focus to “The Nation.”

The meaning and significance of the Nation are often taken for granted by most Americans, yet throughout history and around the world it is an idea fraught with controversy and conflict. In 2013, UC2 will explore the many interpretations of Nation, the history and evolution of the American nation, and the challenges of nationalism in an increasingly international world. Looking at themes such as immigration, education, and history, and featuring speakers from IPFW, Fort Wayne, and across the United States, UC2 programming this year will deepen our understanding of the past, present, and future of the Nation.

The first presentation, “Is There an American Nation? A Round Table Discussion,” is Tuesday, January 22, at 7 p.m. in the Walb Student Union Ballroom. The roundtable will be moderated by Stephen Buttes, associate professor in international language and culture studies, with a panel consisting of David Shuster, associate professor of history; Steve Carr, associate professor of communication; Sinikka Grant, visiting assistant professor of English and linguistics; and Jamie Toole, associate professor of political science. The group will discuss what a “nation” is and why it is so important to our politics and sense of collective identity as Americans.

For more information on this event, contact Buttes at 260-481-6630 or

For more information on the UC2 program itself, contact Carl Drummond, dean, College of Arts and Sciences, 260-481-5750 or