Roundtable Discussions

Title: Difficult Dialogues on Campus

Location: Humanities Hall, Room 262

Discussion Leader: Paula Garb, Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology, Associate Director of International Studies, School of Social Sciences

Conflict can be constructive or destructive. Conflict resolution theory and practice help us understand how conflicts arise and, ultimately, how they can be prevented, mediated, and even transformed to promote resolution and positive, sustainable change. Within the university environment, we frequently address sensitive topics that can trigger discord: politics, religion, race and culture. This discussion will focus on the best ways to engage students, faculty and staff in constructive dialogues on difficult subjects. Participants will share ideas about how UCI can best promote a campus environment where sensitive subjects can be discussed in the spirit of open scholarly inquiry, intellectual rigor, and with respect to different viewpoints.


Title: On Becoming a Transdisciplinary Scholar—Some Caveats

Discussion Leader: Dan Stokols, Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design, School of Social Ecology

Location: Humanities Hall, Room 254

The past decade has witnessed a surge of interest and investment in transdisciplinary research and training programs. Only recently, however, have efforts been made to evaluate the collaborative processes and outcomes of these endeavors. This discussion session will offer a conceptual framework for understanding and evaluating transdisciplinary research and training programs. The session also will identify certain situational factors that can either enhance or undermine the effectiveness of transdisciplinary scientific collaboration. Recent studies suggest that some research teams have a higher "readiness" for transdisciplinary collaboration than others. The session will highlight certain key factors that have been found to be associated with high levels of collaboration readiness among transdisciplinary research teams.


Title: Intellectual Property: Private Gain and Public Good

Location: Humanities Instructional Building, Room 110

Discussion Leaders: Stephen D. Franklin, Assistant Director, Network & Academic Computing Services, Lecturer, School of Information & Computer Science, University of California, Irvine; Julia Gelfand, Applied Sciences & Engineering Librarian, UCI Libraries

The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the power "to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries." With copyright and patents, Congress balances the public good against incentives for individuals. Recent legislation (passed and proposed) as well as court cases and press releases are part of the public discussion of this balance. While much-publicized copyright enforcement actions against file sharing (e.g., music and movies) are obvious examples of this phenomenon. It also appears with pharmaceuticals, agriculture, genetics, and even printer cartridges. Even within the traditional scope of copyright, art and entertainment are not the only areas of controversy. Technological, social and economic changes are forcing a re-evaluation of the roles played by libraries and publishers, including academic presses and scholarly societies. Options for more "open access" products also influence directions in this arena. Rather than present a panel of experts, this discussion will offer some specific examples of contention and invite group discussion of "what is right." Please come prepared to participate in a lively exchange.