What is “CONFLUENCE”?
“Confluence” is the name of JU's new "themed semester" integrative learning initiative. Beginning with the pilot academic year 2017-18, each "themed" fall term will feature a variety of curricular and co-curricular components originating from a range of units across campus, each of which will directly connect to the designated "theme" for the semester.
The Confluence initiative was developed by a team of JU faculty members who attended the Association of American Colleges & Universities Summer 2016 Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments. The AAC&U defines integrative learning as “an understanding and a disposition that students build across the curriculum and co-curriculum, from making simple connections among ideas and experiences to synthesizing and transferring learning to new, complex situations within and beyond the campus."
War & Peace Fall 2017 Theme
The inaugural Confluence theme, "War and Peace," is designed to stimulate and encompass the consideration of a number of related questions and issues:
How have different disciplines contributed to our understanding of the many facets of war and peace, both as historical phenomena and as contemporary realities? What are the various political, economic, social, artistic, and technological forces that have shaped the nature of conflict and its resolution, and how have humanists and social scientists analyzed and conceptualized these aspects of human experience? How have the creative works of artists, writers, filmmakers, and composers reflected the experience of war, and how have they presented visions of peace? How have healthcare professionals served in the military during times of war and peace and cared for those who have served? How have developments in STEM fields contributed to the technologies utilized in war and in conflict resolution?
Regarding the art above: This acrylic painting was created on two 24x24 inch canvases to depict war and peace. The artist created the piece to further his abilities with acrylic paint. (U.S. Air Force art by Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter/Released)