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The Institute for Culture and Society of the College of Liberal Arts at Bloomsburg University was created in 2001 to promote scholarly research, creative activity, and educational excellence in the liberal arts. Hsien-Tung Liu, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, worked collaboratively with department chairs to found the Institute. Start-up funding for the Institute was contributed by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, by the fourteen departments that make up the College, and by the Special Initiatives Fund of the College. Since then, the Institute and its programs have been supported through the College of Liberal Arts.
In pursuit of its mission of fostering and publicizing scholarship and creative work in the liberal arts, the ICS has established a long-standing Faculty Lecture Series and hosts annual symposia on special topics called the “Bloomsburg Explores” series. It also organizes special programs and events, honors outstanding faculty through the ICS Awards, and facilitates special grants for faculty who attend the Vermont Studio Center. Since 2013, the ICS has been leading the Digital Humanities initiative, an incubator for digital projects in the liberal arts.
The ICS membership is made up of representatives from all departments in the College of Liberal Arts. It is administered by an Executive Director. The following faculty members have served as Executive Director:
o Michael C. Hickey, 2013-2015
o Sue O’Donnell and Christina Francis (co-Directors), Spring 2013
o Pamela Donovan, 2010-2012
o Marion Mason, 2008-2010
o Gary Hardcastle, 2005-2007
o James Douthit, 2003-2005
o William Hudon, 2001-2003