The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies strives to provide Center majors with multiple types of informal forums for interdisciplinary discussion.
The weekly Center Coffees provide a venue for two student talks on a current research problem or point of interest. These casual but engaged talks provide an opportunity for intellectual exchange in a familiar setting. Center Coffees are for all CIS majors, their advisors, members of the CIS Faculty Advisory Board, CIS faculty, and invited guests.
In April all seniors present their work to the public in a series of presentations. The question and answer period is followed by refreshments.
At the spring banquet, the Center honors graduating seniors. The Frontis W. Johnston Thesis Award is presented to the senior with the best thesis. The Banquet is a quite festive and formal occasion for seniors and their advisors only.
To further awareness of interdisciplinary issues, CIS co-sponsors several speakers a year to the Davidson College campus.
Majors have after hours access to the Carolina Inn, which has traditionally been a quiet spot for evening and weekend study. The parlor is a good place for reading and thinking, students can use the public networked computer, and there is good wireless access.
For a detailed description of the Center experience some students, listen to the Pod'Cats interviews.
Kimberly Larkin '11 (History, Literature, and the Law) and Katie Richeson '11 (Computational Biology)
The Senior Perspective, part 1
The Senior Perspective, part 2
Blake Candler '13 (Einvironmental Ethics), Caitlin Klein '13 (Gender Studies and Human Rights), and Laura Price '13 (Postcolonial Studies)
The Sophomore Perspective, part 1
The Sophomore Perspective, part 2