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From Curiosity to Exploration: Linking Knowing and Doing. Celebrating A Decade of Inquiry March 30 and 31, 2012.
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Ideas for Proposals

The 2012 Celebration of Inquiry (COI) offers an opportunity for all of us to share our sense of wonder. Proposals may range from conventional panel discussions and poster sessions to more involved activities such as "behind the scenes" tours of campus facilities or tours that invite attendees to accompany the presenter to off-campus locations to explore topics first-hand, including some that may be introduced earlier in the conference.

The COI College Liaisons Committee members have made up sample proposals below to help spark your creativity and to show how much freedom you have to highlight the linkage between knowing and doing.

Still need more to ignite your imagination? We've also provided questions from various disciplinary perspectives at the bottom of the page.

Submit your proposal by February 20, 2012 - then join us all for the Celebration in March.

"I See Dead People - Really: Forensic Archaeology & Anthropology at CCU"

Students and the general public have an ongoing love affair with forensics and 'who-done-it' stories these days - it is a theme that dominates prime time TV, and rightly or wrongly, has spawned a public that looks to science, crime scene investigation methods, and murder as the ultimate reality show. This proposal is to provide an exhibit that illustrates a new course at CCU, "Introduction to Forensic Archaeology & Anthropology," that is half classroom experience: lectures, bone identification, and learning about how forensic archaeologists and anthropologists interact with the medico-legal community, and half field experience: hands-on application of methods in forensic archaeology by doing line searches and locating surface "scattered" bodies, excavating mock crime scene body burials, and documenting each scenario scientifically and appropriately for courtroom evidence.

"How History Is Made in Children's Literature"

Since the nineteenth century, books have been specifically produced for children, and among the popular topics addressed were national histories. In a poster session, a collection of these children's history books from Europe and the United States will be displayed and analyzed for the lessons from the past being impressed upon young citizens.


"Keeping The Lights On: How should we change our energy production?"
windill and light

In this session students will explore the benefits and challenges of different forms of energy. Participants will learn about our changing supply and demand for energy and different alternative energy (such as solar and wind energies) to crude oil and coal, the two most widely used sources of energy today. They will then, together with the session's leader, try to develop the optimal energy profile for the United States.

"Understanding Protest Movements in U.S. History"

This panel discussion places "Occupy Wall Street" in the history of U.S. protest movements from Great Depression riots to the 1960s student movement. We will investigate the practices of and responses to protests in the past as well as their successes and failures in order to better understand our current climate.


"Why can't we say 'God' in public schools? The case for 'faith talk' in our classrooms."

Twenty-first century teaching practices intended to build on students' natural curiosity often emphasize discussion and deliberation; these practices encounter a stumbling block when it comes to public discussion of students' private lives—particularly in the area of religion. This presentation will argue for measured, thoughtful classroom discussions involving "faith talk."

"Behind the Scenes in the Black Box Theatre"
Are you curious about the way scenes are constructed, costumes designed, or choreography planned? Would you like to take a look backstage to see the finer points of stage and lighting design? Come to this session to explore the drama behind the curtain.

  • Will artificial intelligence surpass human intelligence? 
  • What is the real cost of technological progress? 
  • What would cyberwar look like?
  • How does information get from Chicago to Tokyo in a split second?
  • If you're not on Facebook, do you really exist?
  • Just how smart is the smartest computer?
  • How does language change?
  • Who decides which new words are added to the dictionary?
  • Why are so many contemporary novels about people who are exploring the past?
  • How do writers get their work published?
  • How do biological, chemical, geological and physical processes impact the costal marine environment naturally?
  • How do human activities impact the development of coastal zones?
  • How do we keep sustainable development of the coastal zone while maximizing the usage of marine resources (e.g., fish, oil, wind energy)?
  • How do you see history working in your life today?
  • How can history illuminate such contemporary issues on campus as the nature of college sports, the increase in student debt, the role of social media, and the debate on personal freedom?
  • How can you change what history gets written and who gets included in histories?
  • What benefits come from experiential learning?
  • How does creativity intersect with entrepreneurial activities?
  • Do you have to be curious to explore?
  • What links knowing with doing - or - doing with knowing?
  • What do we know about social and economic inequalities in the world today?
  • How is social science research used to promote social justice and change?
  • What does criminal deviance reveal about cultural patterns and norms?
  • What is the state of health care in this country?
  • How is psychology being used to improve people's daily lives?
  • How can your own psychology research be applied?
  • What areas of psychology are you interested in doing research in?

Don't let anyone limit your world and tell you curiosity is a bad thing...

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