The Indiana Wesleyan University John Wesley Honors College is sponsoring its 15th annual Celebration of Scholarship conference on April 6.
The IWU COS promotes and supports research and creative projects as critical avenues for fostering Christ-centered character, scholarship and leadership among faculty and the student body.
Nearly 200 IWU students will share oral and poster presentations on research projects they’ve pursued or have contributed on behalf of the residential university community.
The Celebration of Scholarship also features the scholarship of the annual recipient of the Aldersgate Prize, who delivers a keynote address at the COS Luncheon.
The 2016 Aldersgate Prize recipient was artist and author Makoto Fujimura for his book Silence and Beauty. Fujimura is the keynote speaker for this year’s COS luncheon.
The JWHC is hosting a Public Conversation with Fujimura about the significance and influence of Shūsaku Endō’s novel Silence at 7 p.m. in the Globe Theatre. Two screenings of the movie “Silence” will also be offered at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Globe Theatre.
JWHC Executive Director Associate Professor of Humanities Dr. David Riggs believes the COS conference features the best work going on at IWU.
“Undergraduate research is a high impact practice in higher education that helps students to become stakeholders in their learning in really powerful and important ways,” Riggs said. “Hopefully, attendance at this event will inspire other students to get involved with research projects, affirm the rigorous intellectual work that student researchers have done, and provide numerous opportunities to learn more about how the various academic disciplines represented on the IWU residential campus can help us to make compelling sense of God’s world.”
Oral presentations will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the Bedford and Leedy Banquet Rooms. Research posters will be on display throughout the day in the Barnes Student Center Commons.