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Center for Citizenship & Social Justice

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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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Spring 2016 Research Working Groups

The Bosnia Project

Building on the Fall 2015 "International Year of Bosnia-Herzegovina" project, the Kentucky Folklife Program seeks to collect oral history interviews from the Bosnian community indefinitely to be stored in the Folklife Archives permanently both to better integrate the Bosnian community with Bowling Green at large, as well as to serve as a resource to future researchers.

This group showcased their work in the Kentucky Museum's featured gallery space, with the oral histories being shared alongside sevdah singing, dancing, foodways, and other traditions such as crocheting.

Regional Disabilities Studies Working Group

This workgroup aims to bring an interdisciplinary group of scholars together from across the state of Kentucky with scholars from Vanderbilt, where disability studies has been more thoroughly integrated across the disciplines.  During their first semester, they will read and discuss recent disability studies scholarship on disability in higher education as well as new work on disability and citizenship.  Their aim is to build a regional disability studies academic community and begin conversations about planning a more formal network, perhaps a regular conference, and curricular development.

Western Kentucky Reading Council of the Kentucky Reading Association

Photo of the WKRC Workgroup.  From Left to Right: Dr. Jeanine Huss, Roxanne Spencer, Sara Jennings, Laura Crafton, Monica Edwards.  Not pictured: Dr. Kandy Smith.

This group examined and discussed the peer-reviewed research concerning summer reading loss.  The goal of the reading and discussions will be to produce a series of brief working papers that can be distributed to local educators through printed handouts, the council's web page, and/or shared as a part of a workshop at a local education conference.

Inside-Out Prison Exchange Working Group

This working group is based on the work of the international Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, founded in 1997.  This program is based on the priciple that incarcerated people and college students might mutually benefit from studying crime, justice, and related social issues as peers.  This group has:
-Streamlined the process for faculty to teach Inside-Out classes at Lois M. DeBerry Correctional Facility in Nashville, TN, and expand learning opportunities at other facilities.
-Researched ways to create credit-bearing opportunities for incarcerated men and women through these WKU Inside-Out classes upon release from prison.
-Develop partnerships with the continuing education programs and local colleges and universities.
-Collectively published works relating to re-entry and pedagogy.


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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