Inver Hills Annual Research Conference 2018

Our Moral Compass: Navigating to More Meaningful Success

Inver Hills Community College is hosting the Inver Hills Annual Research Conference 2018 Wednesday, April 18, and Thursday, April 19, 2018, on the college’s main campus in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. Conference hours are 8 a.m.–4 p.m. and 6 p.m.–7 p.m. both days. The theme for 2018 is Our Moral Compass: Navigating to More Meaningful Success.

Lisa Tracy
Lisa Tracy

Lisa Tracy, Inver Hills biology faculty and Annual Research Conference Committee chair, reported that the yearly conference gives Inver Hills students the opportunity to showcase their scholarly research via poster sessions and oral presentations in the Fine Arts building lobby.

“You can support our students by attending their sessions and presentations during the conference,” Lisa said. “You can also attend special panels and sessions as well as  talks by our keynote speakers, Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, MDiv, associate professor of justice and peace studies at the University of St. Thomas, and Elizabeth Buchanan, PhD, Center for Applied Ethics director at the University of Wisconsin–Stout. We are looking for conference volunteers as well as individuals who would like to host a panel or special session, or present their own work.”

Lisa added that presentations do not have to fit the 2018 theme. “While many faculty, staff and students will want to present within the theme, any scholarly work or research is welcome,” she said. “Research can be formal, semi-formal, creative or exploratory.”

WHAT:
Inver Hills Annual Research Conference 2018

Our Moral Compass: Navigating to More Meaningful Success

WHO:
Inver Hills Students, Staff and Faculty
Keynote Speakers:
Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, MDiv and Elizabeth Buchanan, PhD
(see below for details)

WHEN:
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
8 a.m.–4 p.m. and 6 p.m.–7 p.m.

Thursday April 19, 2018
8 a.m.–4 p.m. and 6 p.m.–7 p.m.

WHERE:
Fine Arts Building
Inver Hills Community College
2500 80th Street East
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

Inver Hills Annual Research Conference 2017 gallery

Ways to participate in the Annual Research Conference 2018

  • Attend conference events
    • Keynote speakers
    • Student poster sessions and oral presentations
    • Special panels and sessions
  • Present your own scholarly work
    • Faculty and staff research can fit within the 15-minute oral presentation, poster session, or have a longer oral presentation on request
    • Many faculty and staff have organized special events or panels
  • Volunteer
    • Moderators for oral presentation sessions
    • Registration desk help
    • Set up and tear down
    • Pizza servers

Annual Research Conference 2018 website

Students, staff and faculty will soon be able to submit a proposal via the Annual Research Conference 2018 website.
Proposal submission deadline is Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

(Note: The Annual Research Conference (ARC) Committee will announce when students, staff and faculty can begin submitting proposals.)

If you plan to include a large group or whole class, the Annual Research Committee can work with you directly to make sure the schedule fits. The website is undergoing updates for spring 2018, but several pages already have information about keynote speakers and more.

The website will eventually contain proposal submissions, the program, presenter guidelines and much more.

Keynote speakers

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Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, M.Div.

“Swimming in a Sea of Systemic Injustices: What’s a Moral Person to Do?”
Wednesday, April 18, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Description: We are all caught up in and influenced by systems. Some of these systems serve the common good. Others skew the playing field in favor of elite groups, marginalize important sectors of our society, concentrate wealth and aggravate poverty, contribute to racial disparities, and fuel unnecessary wars. As individuals trying to improve our lives, we know we are impacted by these systems but many of us are tempted to ignore them because they seem to be powerful and unchangeable. I want to explore “meaningful success” in the context of systemic injustices and what it might mean for each of us to embrace our responsibility for personal, vocational, civic, and political accountability.

More about Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, MDiv

Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer is an associate professor of justice and peace studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Jack is an activist academic whose life and work are focused on addressing the political, economic, faith and foreign policy dimensions of hunger and poverty. He is the author of 13 books, some of which have been used by progressive social change movements in the United States and throughout the world.

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Elizabeth Buchanan, PhD

“Will Social Media Hurt You?” (title subject to change)
Thursday, April 19, 2018 • 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Description: Elizabeth will be discussing the intersection of social media with personal and professional ethics.

More about Elizabeth Buchanan, PhD

Elizabeth Buchanan is the endowed chair in ethics as well as director of the Center for Applied Ethics at the University of Wisconsin–Stout. Elizabeth has published widely with a focus on the intersection of research regulations and internet research. In addition, she’s presented to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee to the Office for Human Research Protections on multiple occasions, and was a primary contributor to the SACHRP Recommendations on Internet Research.

She has also been a keynote speaker for a number of Office for Human Research Protections Community Research Forums. Elizabeth is active in Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research, serving on the faculty roster since 2008 and serving on the Conference Planning Committee since 2012. Also, Elizabeth has been a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility since 2012.

A Good Time for the Truth

Taiyon Coleman

Dr. Taiyon J. Coleman

Assistant Professor of English Literature
St. Catherine University

One Writer Shares Her Story

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Noon – 1 p.m.
Fine Arts Building • Room 165

gtfttTaiyon Coleman is a poet, essayist, and teacher. Taiyon’s critical essay, “Disparate Impacts: Moving to Minnesota to Live Just Enough for the City,” appears in the 2016 anthology, A Good Time for the Truth, edited by Sun Yung Shin.

Taiyon earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English Literature and Culture with a minor in African American and African Diaspora Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is assistant professor of English Literature at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Sponsored by the Inver Hills English Department
Photo courtesy of Renee Jones Schneider
Photo courtesy of Renee Jones Schneider

Annual Research Conference 2017 gallery

To learn more about the Inver Hills Annual Research Conference 2018, contact:

Lisa Tracy
Biology Faculty
ARC Committee Chair
651-450-3780

ARC Committee members:

For more 2017 event photos, visit Annual Research Conference 2017 on Flickr or click image below:

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For 2016 event photos, visit Annual Research Conference 2016 on Flickr or click image below:

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