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Last modified: Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Initiative for inclusive campus enters new phase at IU Bloomington

April 6, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Bloomington initiative ARC 2010! -- Attention, Reflection, Connection, Taking Steps Toward an Inclusive Campus -- enters its third phase this month with a lecture, panel discussion and workshops on the theme "Connection: Cooperatively Building for the Future."

Jack Tchen

Jack Tchen

Jack Tchen, founding director of the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute and co-founder of the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, will speak on "The Urgency of Knowing: Building a Cross-Cultural Learning Commons."

Reflecting on 30 years of work as a public and academic historian, a "curator of brainstorming" and a "re-organizer," Tchen will offer a vision of a cross-cultural learning commons and thoughts on how to build such places at U.S. research universities. The lecture will take place at 3 p.m. on April 15 in the Georgian Room of the Indiana Memorial Union.

Other events include:

  • A panel discussion, "Cooperatively Building for the Future: Rethinking Paradigms," at 12:30 p.m. Thursday (April 8) in the IMU Georgian Room. Panelists will include John Bodnar, Chancellor's Professor of History and director of the Institute for Advanced Study at IU; Lillian Casillas, director of La Casa/Latino Cultural Center; and Hilary Kahn, associate director of the Center for the Study of Global Change.
  • At least eight campus workshops on various aspects of the theme. See for details.
  • A symposium from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on April 22 at the IMU Georgian Room to bring people together to discuss issues that came to the surface in the series, and collectively to define a mission and build continuity into fall 2010 and beyond.

ARC 2010! employs panel discussions, lectures, workshops and conversations to address diversity as a subject and process of intellectual inquiry that is informed by practice and that informs future practice. "Connection" events address questions such as: Are existing paradigms adequate to the campus diversity mission? How should paradigms be rethought in response to the diversity mission? How do individuals and units collaborate to make the best use of their talents and resources?

In Part 1 of the initiative, "Attention: Working Together to Address Challenges," participants learned that collective action requires structure and rules of participation that must be developed from the ground up. Part 2, "Reflection: Mapping Practices and Setting Priorities," identified resources and practices on campus and mapped knowledge of institutional relations.

The ARC 2010! series is sponsored by: The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs (Multidisciplinary Ventures and Seminar Fund), the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, The School of Business' Office of Marketing and Communications, the School of Education, the School of Informatics, the School of Journalism, the School of Library and Information Science, the Maurer School of Law, IU Auxiliary Services, the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies and the programs in Asian American Studies, and Latino Studies.

Jack Tchen's talk is supported by the Horizons of Knowledge lecture series, the departments of African American and African Diaspora Studies, Comparative Literature, and History, and the programs in Asian American Studies and Latino Studies.

For more information, see