Wednesday, March 28, 2018
9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Kick-off celebration at Lunder Arts Center
Tuesday, March 27
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2018
Community of Scholars Day
Community of Scholars Day (COS) is an all-day conference that exhibits the impressive work that is currently being done at Lesley University. All members of our community—staff, students, alumni, and faculty—are invited to participate as individual scholars or as teams. The conference highlights exemplary work from across the university and honors inquiry, research, creative activity, and scholarship. Whether your passion is in the arts and sciences, education, mental health, business, leadership, adult learning, or social justice and activism, we encourage your contributions.
Conference Theme: Identity and Leadership in the Context of Social Change
In the turbulence of the current sociopolitical climate, it is necessary to reexamine the constructs of leadership and identity. In this context, we see leadership as a process--formal and informal, emerging and established, and as both activism and ethical witnessing. The study and practice of leadership varies by discipline, and in times of social change may be broader in vision or more immediate in scope.
Moreover, enacting leadership often intersects with one’s own understanding of self and identity. We recognize that identity is a process of self-definition and simultaneously constructed by social forces, and therefore subject to dynamic changes over time and across contexts. For example, identity can be influenced by biological, psychological, social, cultural, historical, artistic, political, and economic factors, all of which are constantly shifting as social change is occurring.
We invite our community to engage in this important discussion. We encourage applicants to find connections between their work and the theme of the conference. Priority will be given to projects that connect to this theme, but all proposals will be carefully considered.