Disciplines in Dialogues: Pivotal Moment(s)

2021 Disciplines in Dialogue series call for presenters
Theme: Pivotal moments: “You should have been there!”

What recent or historical event or series of connected events would you claim has been crucially important and in what way? What moment or series of moments was world changing in ways well-known or overlooked? If you had a time machine and could travel anywhere in time, what moments would you not want to miss?

The UCR faculty are invited to submit their “pivotal” ideas for participation in the annual Disciplines in Dialogue Series, sponsored by the Center for Ideas and Society and co-hosted by UCR Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and UCR Palm Desert Center. Examples include historical actions, inventions, book publications, works of art and so on.

The popular Disciplines in Dialogue program pairs UCR faculty from different academic disciplines for a conversation on topics of interest to a public audience, primarily comprising Osher members and attendees at UCR Palm Desert Center events. The series reaches approximately 500 community members each year. The 2020-21 series will be hosted via Zoom webinar on Thursdays at 6 pm. Presenters will be paired according to topic, timeframe or other aspects of their proposal. Each will receive a modest gift card as our thanks.

To apply, send the following information via email by September 25, 2020 to CIS@ucr.edu with “Pivotal Moments” in the subject line:

  • Your name and department
  • A short abstract that outlines the significance of the pivotal moment(s) you selected.
  • Optional: A proposal for a presentation partner who might take an opposing view or approach the “moment” from a different academic perspective. The partner need not be from UCR.
  • Optional: Links to video, archival materials, books, or other resources that could help “bring the moment to life” for the attendees.