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Thursday, November 12 • 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Round 2: What Does Textile and Apparel Interdisciplinary Research and Education Look Like in the 21st Century?

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A key action item that surfaced from last year’s special topic session on the future of our field was interdisciplinary research and education. At this year’s session we will focus discussion on how to facilitate and encourage interdisciplinary research and education.  We will discuss the types of interdisciplinary work to which textile and apparel scholars could contribute on a national and/or global level, and brainstorm how textiles and apparel could remain important within the interdisciplinary collaborations. Specifically, following the Art of Participatory Leadership technique, we will focus on: (a) SWOT analysis of the discipline (or program); (b) grand challenges that we could address providing solutions (and potential funding sources, such as NIH, USDA, or NSF that require interdisciplinary research teams); (c) niche areas that require our unique expertise; (d) areas to improve; and (e) ways to initiate/implement interdisciplinary research and education.


Participants: We welcome all ITAA members.


Thursday November 12, 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm MST
Anasazi South

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