The pursuit of knowledge through an interdisciplinary approach will be the subject of the first of three forums on Sept. 26 at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus.

“Interdisciplinary Conversations 2009 @ Fordham Lincoln Center” will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Lowenstein Center’s South Lounge.

O. Hugo Benavides, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology and director of Fordham’s humanities and sciences program, will moderate the panel discussion, which will address the following questions:

• Can interdisciplinarity be studied systematically?
• How do we do interdisciplinarity?
• How does interdisciplinarity function?
• What is the relationship between disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity?
• What is interdisciplinarity?
• How might we constitute a canon for interdisciplinarity?

The panel will feature an array of scholars from around the metropolitan area, including: Robert Dimit, Ph.D., associate director of the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought at New York University, and Stathis Gourgouris, Ph.D., professor of comparative literature at the Institute of Comparative Literature and Society and the Department of Classics at Columbia University.

Also confirmed are: Frances R. Levin, director of enrollment management at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, and Jonathan E. Rose, Ph.D., William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of History at Drew University in Madison, N.J.

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Patrick Verel is a news producer for Fordham Now. He can be reached at [email protected] or (212) 636-7790.