Event Summary: The Ins and Outs of Interdisciplinary Research

| October 4, 2010

On Wednesday, September 22nd the Arts & Humanities Department kicked off a series of events aiming to explore and deepen the links between programs in our department (the largest and in many respects most diverse at Teachers College).  Under the theme of “The Ins and Outs of Interdisciplinary Research,” William Gaudelli (Associate Professor of Social Studies and Education) and Megan Laverty (Associate Professor of Philosophy and Education) led a wide ranging discussion about the excitement, tensions, and occasions for personal and professional growth that has occurred over the course of collaborating on a research project studying the reception of media in high schools.  Noting the elements of “serendipity” and a mixture of patience (to let the ideas develop, to become comfortable working with each other) and impatience (to continually push each other’s thinking) that allows any interdisciplinary project to unfold, Professors Guadelli and Laverty encouraged students in the department and across the college to challenge the strict disciplinary paradigms that often arise in the course of academic work.  With more than half of the audience coming from outside the Philosophy and Social Studies programs, the event was the first in what we hope will be a series of occasions to put this advice into practice.  If you are interested in participation in the organization of future events, please email Michael Schapira (mis2126@columbia.edu), Scott Wylie (ssw2126@columbia.edu), or Aviv Cohen (aac2144@columbia.edu).