Fall 2019 IRIS Senior Showcase (8 Photos)
Each semester students from LIB 495 Senior Seminar (Capstone) have the opportunity to share their thesis statement with family, friends and faculty at the Senior Showcase event. Students in the Integrative Studies program have been working on their integrative statements for 2-4 years developing and researching and area of interest that explores and defines their goals.
The variety of topics and students is a beautiful example of what interdisciplinarity in education looks like and the tremendously important impact it has on the lives of our students and the world in which they are ready to impact!
Fall 2019 LIB 100 Showcase (5 Photos)
Professor Maureen Wolverton's LIB 100.03 Showcase event!
LIB 100 is a course that examines the nature of liberal education, and the ways in which education can help students become empowered members of society. Students presented their culminating work from the Fall semester!
REL 310 and 340 Field Trips (4 Photos)
REL 310: The Sukkah is on the lawn behind KC, next to the pond. It was set up by the Jewish Hillel student group. The festival of Sukkot (also called feast of booths/huts) lasts from Oct 13-20 and was originally an agricultural festival celebrating the harvest, but the more symbolic meaning commemorates the Exodus of the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt. Just as the people lived in temporary shelters in the Sinai desert, today Jews build temporary structures as a ritual to relive the desert journey experience. Families have meals in the sukkah and some even sleep under it for 7 days of the holiday.
REL 340: Religion and Pop Culture in the United States - students traveled to downtown Grand Rapids to look at the murals remaining from Art Prize years. They were asked to consider how they are interpreted through the lense of Religious Studies.
Dynamic Learning (25 Photos)
Students enrolled in classes across IRIS are regularly engaged in hands-on, interactive learning experiences. These photos feature some recent examples from classes in 2018-2019, including courses taught by Dr. Brent Smith (assistant department chair and associate professor, IRIS) and Dr. Santos Ramos (assistant professor, IRIS).
The Fall 2018 2nd Annual "Get Sex(Ed) Fair" was a huge success with 100% of event evaluation respondents reporting feeling more knowledgeable about safer sexual practices after the fair, and over 70% felt their knowledge about consent increased. More than 100 students visited during the event held in KC 2263 between 6-8pm on Monday, Nov. 26th. Big thanks to sponsors, class participants and students! The Fair is organized annually by Dr. Marilyn Preston (associate professor, IRIS) with the collaboration of students in LIB/WGS 326 (Sexuality, Justice, and Advocacy).