Talk by Guest Speaker, Dr. Bill Newell: “The Value of Integration in Interdisciplinary Research”

William H. Newell is Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and long-time Executive Director of the Association for Integrative Studies (the U.S.-based international professional organization devoted to interdisciplinarity). He received his A.B. in philosophy from Amherst College and a doctorate in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been teaching interdisciplinary courses since 1969-70. Most of his teaching has been in lower-division interdisciplinary social science courses, though for the last eighteen years he has directed a workshop for seniors researching and writing year-long interdisciplinary capstone projects. He has published forty articles and chapters, and edited six books and journals, on every major aspect of interdisciplinary higher education. He has also published a number of articles on complex systems theory and public administration. He has served well over a hundred times as consultant, external reviewer, or keynoter on college and university campuses in the United States, Canada, and New Zealand.

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