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  1. 1. TOMORROW’S IDEAS, NOWJerry Varsava, Founding Director, KIASGillian Edwards, Executive Manager, KIAS
  2. 2. KIAS: VISION To foster an innovative intellectual environment for the interdisciplinary study of major modern and historical, political, social, economic, and cultural issues and, therein, advance society and global polity in a manner consistent with the high humanitarian ideals of the founding benefactors, Drs. Peter and Doris Kule.
  3. 3. KIAS THEMES Fall 2010, KIAS engaged in an extensive consultation of undergraduates and graduate students, faculty, and research administrators, in an effort to identify topics of major local, national, and global consequence that, consistent with the Institute’s mandate, could be explored from a socially-engaged, interdisciplinary standpoint by researchers and creative artists in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Fine Arts.
  4. 4. STEWARDSHIP OF THE PLANET Ethically informed stewardship of the planet can be pursued from a number of points of view and in a variety of contexts, but there is an urgency to examine the issue now, and to propose tenable responses to this challenge. Phenomena like global population growth, climate change, and heightened environmental risk call out for the attention of socially-engaged researchers today.
  5. 5. PLACE, BELONGING, AND OTHERNESS There is a foundational human concern to understand one’s place in, not only the physical world, but also in the social spaces in which we move, and to which we may feel affinity or distance. The theme of Place, Belonging, and Otherness encourages an examination of a broad range of relationships in order to better understand the human social condition, whether in the early twenty-first century or at antecedent historical points.
  6. 6. CULTURE, MEDIA, TECHNOLOGY In an age saturated with new technologies and a proliferation of representational media, there is a need to reconsider both traditional forms of cultural expression and new ones enabled by technological advancement. This topic encourages an engagement of the imaginative, material, and social conditions of arts’ production and reception.
  8. 8. TOMORROW’S IDEAS, NOW 2011 40 students attended first conference 100% take-up of registration Abstracts ranged in different fields and topics Arts, Education, Physic al Education & Recreation among the faculties in attendance
  9. 9. TOMORROW’S IDEAS, NOW 2011 Students from the 2011 Tomorrow’s Ideas, Now Conference at the Closing BBQ August 19, 2011 Alumni House
  10. 10. INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION Students from 4 continents, 8 countries, 23 cities attended 2011 Tomorrow’s Ideas, Now  Canada  United States  United Kingdom  Germany  Mexico  China  Japan  Australia Opportunities for U of A students to meet peers and study abroad after the conference Kei Narita, 2011 Student Keynote
  11. 11. Students discussTOMORROW’S IDEAS, NOW 2011 the papers presented during a panel session. August 19, 2011 Humanities Centre
  12. 12. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Research conferences give students an opportunity to develop their professional and personal skills Employers are looking for motivated and highly- skilled individuals to hire Gives opportunity to advance public speaking, collaboration, and presentation skills Excellent for graduate school applications Excellent for scholarship applications
  13. 13. Panel presenters listen toTOMORROW’S IDEAS, NOW 2011 audience questions, with Dr. Stuart Landon (Economics). August 18, 2011 Humanities Centre Petros Kusmu, U of A Katre Leino, U of York Danielle Maggio, Columbia College Chicago
  14. 14. LEADERSHIP KIAS themes focus on issues that will affect young people for years to come Chance to share your ideas with a new audience Opportunity to promote change Become a leader early in your life
  15. 15. Kaz Tsujii ,U ofTOMORROW’S IDEAS, NOW 2011 Bristol, presenting during his panel. August 19, 2011 Humanities Centre
  16. 16. TOMORROW’S IDEAS, NOW 2012
  17. 17. THE CONFERENCE August 16-18, 2012 $100 Registration: covers all food and event costs  If outside Edmonton Metro Area, accommodation and travel awards available competitively External students stay at Lister Centre Social functions in the evening  Fringe Festival on Whyte  Welcome Reception  Closing BBQ and Party Learning Opportunities  CAPS: Information session on resume writing for students  Go Abroad: Information for exchanges for U of A students to partner institutions Swag bags
  18. 18. APPLICATION PROCESS Application Deadline: March 19 @ Noon Abstract  300 words Application Form  Online Google Form  Submit only when all materials are complete Confirmation of enrolment  Letter confirming that you are an undergraduate student in good standing at time of application  Template is online  DO NOT LEAVE UNTIL LAST MINUTE
  19. 19. ABSTRACTS: WHAT ARE THEY? An abstract is a brief summary of your presentation. You might think about writing two paragraphs, one in which you outline the subject of your paper— WHAT you will be discussing—and a paragraph on your specific approach to the subject—HOW you will be approaching the WHAT. Remember, by definition, an abstract is succinct; do not exceed three-hundred words. Ask your professor to take a look at your abstract – it will help to have a set of experienced eyes!
  20. 20. ADJUDICATION CRITERIA Alignment with one or another of KIAS’s three themes Clarity and organization of abstracts Completeness of application at time of submission  N.B. All abstracts and application forms should be carefully proofread and edited for accuracy.
  21. 21. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION? March 8, 2012: KIAS & Undergraduate Research Initiative Masterclass  Put Your Research To Work  Register on: www.kias.ualberta.ca Email: kiasconference@gmail.com Check our website FAQs: www.kias.ualberta.ca