December 2012 — Present
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The Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry enables faculty and students to: explore the connections among the arts, humanities, science and technology, create a product to illustrate their collaborative research and interdisciplinary study, present their product to the community in a public forum.
Each year, four Ball State University faculty members are chosen to teach interdisciplinary seminars to fifteen students. The students are chosen by application or audition. Working together with a community sponsor, each group of faculty and students creates a product [e.g. an exhibit, performance or publication] to engage the community in public dialogue. The Center provides a summer stipend for faculty to prepare their seminar. The Center also
provides a semester's “leave” for the four fellows—two in the Fall and two in the Spring—to teach their seminars. And to help facilitate the work of the seminars, the Center provides each
group with financial support.