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Institute for Citizenship & Social Responsibility

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Purpose of ICSR Research Working Groups

ICSR's Research Working Groups provide a structure to support faculty, staff, and/or graduate students to sustain critical research on citizenship, social responsibility, community engagement, and social justice, broadly defined. Working groups strive to create productive intellectual exchange among members, facilitate deeper understanding of the identified research topic, and create innovative ideas related to the topic of research. 

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Fall 2015 Research Working Groups

Creative Identity Reframed - The Story Continues...

A follow-up to Spring 2015's Research Working Group "Creative Identity Reframed," which was based on the art of Ecuadorian painter, Oswaldo Guayasamin focusing on a five-panel mural painting in particular, which the artist intended to represent the inherent racial and cultural multiplicity of the Ecuadorian nation.

Last term, the group implemented a pilot study art instructions for ELS students as well as WKU Art and Elementary Education pre-service teachers. This semester's grant plans to expand on the work of the previous semester, as well as expand the project to the Cuban Crearte: Ilustra un Sueño (Create: Illustrate a Dream) in Pinar del Rio, Cuba.  This is a community-based arts program led by a group of local artists, musicians, and socio-cultural college students under the leadership of a college dean of University of Pinar del Rio.

International Year of Bosnia-Herzegovina

This working group seeks to begin planning events leading up to and during WKU's International Year of Bosnia-Herzegovina.  Bowling Green is home to over 6,000 Bosnians and, as a result, it is important that events sponsored by the Kentucky Folklife Program and the Kentucky Museum involve the Bosnian communirt of Bowling Green and represent those issues and aspects of their culture they feel are important to engage with the community.  It is their goal to feature several smaller programs and a small exhibit prior to the International Year of Bosnia-Herzegovina in an effort to build up awareness and research.  In the academic year of 2017-2018, their research will culminate in a large celebration that will incorporate selections from the exhibits and smaller programs that were held prior.

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