Director's Letter

Dr.Javier Duran

Dear Friends,

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Robert C. Robbins as our 22nd president. His enthusiastic view of collaboration as a fundamental value for research, teaching and service highly resonates with our mission. We look forward to exciting opportunities under his leadership.

Speaking of collaboration, we are proud to announce two new Innovation Farm working groups with projects focusing on interdisciplinary border issues. From the study of contemplative and Buddhist traditions to mapping human rights and supporting documentary studies, the Innovation Farm program has successfully convened key faculty and other stakeholders to stimulate projects that address society’s grand challenges. Moreover, the program has provided a steady framework for the groups to create sustainable ways to grow and continue advancing their research and creative agendas.

We are also welcoming a new cohort of nine Graduate Fellows who are combining creativity with academic rigor in their wide-ranging research activities. Projects span from tribal water rights and language preservation to environmental issues and transgender studies. Some of the projects examine questions regarding social disparities. We are proud to support such a great assortment of student research projects. Many thanks to the colleagues who assisted in the selection process. 

After undergoing a comprehensive program review, we are currently working on our strategic plan for the next academic year. Stay tuned for more information in the weeks to come.

We hope you have a good and productive summer. As always, I encourage you to explore ways to join our efforts as a donor, researcher or friend of the Confluencenter. Many thanks for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Javier Duran, Ph.D.