Conferences and Colloquia

Douglass Institutes across the System have a number of programs designed to support rich intellectual inquiry and exchange in their communities. From book talks and brown bag lunches to discussion/speaker series and symposia, the colloquia create safe spaces for multidisciplinary, multicultural, intergenerational learning and discussion on a broad array of topics related to diversity, inclusivity, and social justice.


Douglass Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference

The Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence at Bloomsburg University
Annual Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Research Conference April 16-17, 2015 Kehr Union Building

The annual undergraduate research conference invites students from across the State System of Higher Education to present papers and panel discussions on various topics related to the theme Business as (Un)UsualThis theme reflects upon the notion that American society is in the midst of social, educational, cultural, governmental, legal, and corporate transition. From social campaigns like “We are the 99%” to #blacklivesmatter to the pendulum swing regarding LGBT marriage rights, we have a unique opportunity to critically think about the past, present, and future of our country.
The keynote speaker for the conference is Dr. Chad Syverson, the J. Baum Harris professor of Economics at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.  His lecture topic is “Why are some companies efficient while others aren’t?” 
In addition to the student presentations, the conference will host the inaugural tournament of the Douglass Debate Society, a competitive speech league sponsored by the FDI Collaborative of the State System of Higher Education.


        The Annual Frederick Douglass Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference takes place at Bloomsburg University.                          To see the proceedings from previous conferences, please click below:

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