Transforming for impact: CU Denver’s future is interdisciplinary and engaged

September 4, 2019

Albert Einstein once wrote, “All religions, arts and sciences are branches from the same tree.”

This metaphor served as inspiration for campus and community leaders gathered at the Community Town Hall on Publicly Engaged Scholarship, which was hosted in RiNO by the College of Arts & Media Aug.14.

Faculty from the inaugural cohort of TIAA Chancellor’s Urban Engaged Scholars took the stage, with their deans, to share their journeys in publicly engaged scholarship.

The event also explored opportunities for CU Denver to embrace interdisciplinary curricula in order to better prepare students for careers that don’t yet exist.

Integrated skills never expire

“Increased specialization in higher education has caused individual academic disciplines to become fragmented and siloed, obscuring the connections between different forms of human exploration,” said keynote speaker Ashley Bear, PhD, senior program officer with the Board on Higher Education and Workforce at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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