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Welcome to the CCK

A university, we have always believed, is a place where ideas and expertise are shared across all colleges, and between generations. In our age of specialization and vastly expanded access to global knowledge, we too often forget to sit down and really talk to our colleagues and students, to remind ourselves of the exceptional opportunities for inspiration and collaboration that exist right outside our office doors. The LSU Center for Collaborative Knowledge (CCK) seeks to reanimate the interdisciplinary curiosity and innovative power of our campus by generating and funding collaborative research projects and classroom experiences that cross colleges and involve faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates. Like the ‘cabinet of curiosities’ that forms the wallpaper for this page, we at the CCK hope to create wonder and wisdom, and to give all of its participants the opportunities, incentives, and aspirations to ‘think big.’

We hope you will read on, and discover the lectures, workshops, and courses we are currently sponsoring or planning, and examine closely the list of grant opportunities, in the hopes that one of these will inspire you to join our endeavors. We welcome everyone in the LSU community, from all colleges, schools, and departments, including faculty, students, staff, alumni, and Baton Rouge community members, to participate in any and all ways in our programs. We cannot, and do not want, to do this without you!

Suzanne Marchand

LSU Systems Boyd Professor of History

College of Humanities and Social Sciences