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For Immediate Release
March 15, 2012

Annual Midwest Graduate Liberal Studies Conference at IPFW

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  • 2nd Annual Midwest Graduate Liberal Studies Conference
  • “Taking it to the Streets: Scholarship and the Public Audience”
  • Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Science Building, Room 168
  • Keynote by Prof. Larry Kuznar
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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—“Taking it to the Streets: Scholarship and the Public Audience” is the theme of the Second Annual Midwest Graduate Liberal Studies Conference, which will be held at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), Saturday, March 31. Michael Kaufmann, director of IPFW’s Liberal Studies program, said, “Last year, the directors of the Liberal Studies programs at IPFW, IU-South Bend, IU-Kokomo, IU-Southeast, and IU-Northwest decided to create a forum for Liberal Studies graduate students in Indiana and adjacent states to share their interdisciplinary work with each other and the public.” This year, all five IU programs plus Northern Kentucky and Kent State universities will participate in the conference.

“One important goal shared by graduate liberal studies programs is that of helping students to comprehend knowledge from various academic fields and translate it for dissemination to a wider public audience. This conference focuses on ways in which our own scholarship, no matter how specialized or technical, can be reframed in order to speak directly to public concerns,” said Kaufmann. Presentations will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by lunch and the keynote presentation by IPFW Professor of Anthropology Larry Kuznar, “The Nexus of the Academy, Industry, and National Security.” “America’s brain trust largely resides in its academic institutions. Industry is poised to generate products and services, and government is charged with preserving national security. This lecture focuses on examples of how the academy, industry, and government have, together, advanced the social sciences, supported industry, and enhanced national security,” said Kuznar. Afternoon session will follow the keynote address.

Topics for the sessions are:

  • Platforms for Influencing the Public
  • Connecting with an Audience
  • Tradition as a Source of Power Today?
  • Arguments for the Future
  • New People, New Stories
  • Literary Challenges to the Modern Self

The conference sessions and the keynote are free and open to the public. All sessions take place in the Science Building,

Room 168. For more information, contact Kaufmann at 260-481-6760 or