“Nation(s) Divided?” Selected as Intellectual Theme
Sept. 3, 2015
BLOOMINGTON, Ill . — The potential for unity between nations, as well as the disparities
that separate them, will be discussed throughout the 2015-2016 academic year through
the lens of Illinois Wesleyan University’s intellectual theme “Nation(s) Divided?”
In an email to the campus community, Provost and Dean of the Faculty Jonathan Green
and Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall noted
that 2015 marks the sesquicentennial of the conclusion of the Civil War, a period
that divided the nation and led to a loss of life unrivaled in our nation’s history.
The conclusion of this conflict saw a period of Reconstruction and reunification,
but historians have and continue to question the degree to which the United States
has ever been truly united from its founding as an independent republic. In our changing
world, subjects such as immigration, freedom of expression, economic and political
instability and the human impact on the environment have the potential to unite or
divide us as nations and as individuals.
“We have the opportunity, however, to achieve mutual and holistic understanding through
nuanced, thoughtful exploration in the best tradition of the liberal arts,” the administrators
A complete schedule of this fall’s “Nation(s) Divided?” events is available online.