Library materials to support the 2016 Critical Issues Symposium

The Fall 2016 CIS, “Economic Inequality in a Democratic Society,” is just around the corner and in keeping tradition with previous years the library has put together an online guide to select books/ebooks, videos, and articles to income inequalityaccompany the two day event.

If you’re looking for a nice overview of this year’s “critical issue,” check out this 2014 article from CQ Researcher entitled, “Wealth and Inequality: Does the Gap Between Rich and Poor Threaten Democracy?”  Or, explore the topic from different perspectives in the “Opposing Viewpoints” databases.  From the “Contemporary World Issues” series, the library also has online access to Rich and Poor in America: A Reference Handbook, which deals with economic inequality both in the U.S. and globally.

And there is so much more!
The guide is available now, so please explore at your leisure and get in the know about this very important and complex issue.
–Todd Wiebe, Head of Reference and Instruction

Critical Issues Symposium 2014 – Technology and the Future of Being Human

Critical Issues Symposium 2014 poster
Critical Issues Symposium 2014

The annual Criticial Issues Symposium (CIS) takes place on September 23 and 24 at Hope College. This year’s topic is Technology and the Future of Being Human. The first speaker, Douglas Rushkoff, will kick off events on Tuesday, September 23 at 7pm in Dimnent Chapel with his keynote address entitled Who is on Team Human? Programming the Future, with People in Mind. The following morning keynote will be delivered by Gloria Mark. Her speech, Coming of Age (Digitally): Stress and Multitasking in Everyday College Life, will be delivered in Dimnent Chapel at 9am. Learn more about both speakers by visiting the Critical Issues Symposium website.

Several events will follow both keynotes, including a session entitled “Digital Short Stories”, consisting of short, individual presentations given by Hope faculty and others. CIS will close with concurrent department sponsored sessions. View the full schedule for more information.

The Critical Issues Symposium began in 1980 and continues to be a modern tradition designed to stimulate the Holland community, students, faculty, and staff by exploring current issues and engaging in discussion with experts. All CIS events are free and open to the public. A resource guide has been developed by the staff at Van Wylen Library for those who wish to further explore the topic of Technology and the Future of Being Human.

The library will be closed until 10am on Wednesday, September 24 for the Critical Issues Symposium.