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Each IJASconference (i) introduces professors and other delegates to geographical locations that would be ideal for study abroad programs, and (ii) hosts academicresearch presentations in the following tracks: Social Sciences and Humanities,Business and Economics,Teaching and Education, andTechnology and Science.Delegates may take complimentary tours during the conference in a rigorously planned educational and cultural program. Click here for more information.The minimum registration fee for each conference is US$295."I'm now pretty bored with single discipline conferencesbecause chances are you only learn about things you know already."- Stefan SagmeisterAround the turn of the century, in Rhode Island, a group of Bryant College professors from different departments would frequently meet for lunch, sharing ideas over a Sodexo meal. The members of this group included Pat Keeley, Pedro Beade and Glen Camp. Pat, known for his Irish wit, would frequently remark sarcastically that a new international journal,a multidisciplinary one, was needed to record the group s thoughts. Nobody would think anything of Pat s tongue in cheek comment but the eccentric and affable Glen Camp, a multilinguist who had spent the early years of his career as a policy director for the U.S. State Department in Europe, would each time raise his glass and reply Superbe! Magnifique! At first it was thought that Camp was acting theatrically in jest but it soon became apparent that he was obsessed by the remark that Keeley would generously repeat over time, if for nothing else, to elicit the predictable reply. A Harvard alumnus and Fulbright scholar, Camp was the founder of the Rhode Island branch of Amnesty International, and he saw in open and multidisciplinary communications a catalyst for international education and harmony across geographical boundaries. Heenvisioned how a journal of this nature could promotestudy abroad programs. Sitting at the same table would be Dean Earl Briden whose pet project at Bryant was to get the faculty to think outside the box.Bryant students had for decades participated in study abroad programs and Dean Briden was actively involved in the extensive documentation of the programs. One may imagine the Dean s generous words of encouragement to Camp. This led Camp toprod Pedro Beade for advice about securing funding for the journal and academic conferences. As a board member of the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities, Beade was an expert in grant writing and had the right connections. Camp was the favorite professor of the international students at Bryant, and Beade who had been raised in Cuba believed in Camp s vision.This was an exciting time at Bryant. The college was on the verge of becoming a university and a major campus expansion would soon be undertaken. As so often happens in such situations involving change, other concepts took a backseat and the idea of a multidisciplinary journal that couldn't fit readily in any one department could at first elicit only a very narrow support. Yet from a small seed a tree would grow.The International Journal of Arts Sciences (IJAS) was officially registered as a double-blind refereed journal in 2005. The first issue was published one year later in hard-copy format thanks to the creative writings of Rocio Dresser (San Diego State University), Jerry Galloway (Georgia Southern), Kristin Reddington-Bennett (Wake Forest University), and Sylvia Nassar-McMillan (North Carolina State University), among others. Each issue was driven by a call for papers. By 2008, some of the initial Bryant faculty had assumed new responsibilities orjoined other universities. A few others had passed away or retired. Among those who were now teaching elsewhere was Joseph Bonnici, a professoractive in study abroad programs.In 2008, Bonnici was asked tofacilitate major changes at IJASand to extendthe organization'soutreach beyondAmerican academia. Sticking closely to Camp's philosophical blueprint, IJAS formally becamean organizer of conferences promoting study abroad programs.The multidisciplinary content of the research remained the same but the format changed from a traditional American" to an "international study abroad format. IJAS alsostarted disseminating its articles in electronic format, thereby increasing its articles access across the world. Over fifteen professors in the Connecticut State University (CSU) system including Henry Greene, Khoon Koh, Carlos F. Liard-Muriente, and Bonnici himself have been instrumental in coordinating IJAS' conferences. Without the university's support for its research faculty, IJAS's global drive would not have lasted for so long. On the other side of the Atlantic, two persons have stood out in IJAS success in Europe. One was Volker Kieber whojettisoned IJAS beyond its American base to link up with Eucor, the Upper Rhine University with campuses in three European countries. As a result of this university partnership, IJAS went on a tearsolidifying its European program. The other highly productive relationship happened shortly thereafter with the University of Malta. With a campus in the center of the Mediterranean and historical ties to the Knights of Malta at the Anglo-American University in the Czech Republic, this resulted in a continuation ofconferences in various European countries. The University of Malta s Joseph Azzopardi, a Department Chair fluent in German, further nurtured IJAS close relationship with German and Austrian universities which sponsor a number of IJAS conferences.In line with the above developments, IJAS'editorial board actively solicited international research. Today, IJAS' articles are indexed or accessed in (i) WorldCat, (ii) Ulrich's serials directory, (iii) Cabell's directories of Educational Curriculum Methods and Educational Psychology and Administration, (iv) ProQuest, (v) Pol-On, the Polish scholarly bibliography operated by the University of Warsaw, (vi) Genamics, (vii) EBSCO, and (viii) Google Scholar - click here. Over the last few years, widespread cuts in university budgets have led to the demise of many excellent research programs and projects on American campuses. When the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) started closing down entire departments and projects due to lack of funding, IJAS ended up acquiring a number of refereed publications on condition that it would offer them for free to the general public for a set number of years. Tryingto explainthe IJAS experience over all these years to those whohave spenta lifetimeattending traditional, single-discipline conferences confinedwithin four wallsislike trying to explain the laptop to a 1960's typist chugging at her typewriter in her cubicle. IJAS owes its success instead toaburgeoning generation of professors who are internationally mobile and eager to explore beyond the confines of theirdiscipline and geographical base.The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its original size. Taken to its fullest, the IJAS experience is fatal to silo mentalities. At IJAS', there is always something new to do and learn. To those who prefer a traditional, single-discipline conference, they could still experience this at IJAS by narrowing the type of papers theyattend to and skipping the cultural programs. Like a study abroad program,an IJAS conference is what one makes it. There are students who take their study abroad program seriously,actively trying to comprehend and close the cultural divide. And there are those who can't wait for theopportunity toget drunk. As one University of Cincinnati professor put it upon attendingthe IJAS conference in Prague,if a delegatepresents a paper and leaves, the experience isno different than if one did the same thing at a bigger conference such as the American Psychological Association's.She then describedwhat it was like to listento a wide variety of presentationsat theIJAS conference:The American presenters [were]highly energetic and data drivenabout helping low income NYC students... The Polish presenter had highly multicolored slides about how the sounds of poetry make us happy. The German presenter and the Romanian presenter [spoke] about theology. The grad student in English studies read a paper full of whimsical self disclosure about reading Mrs. Dalloway in the tub. An Israeli Buddhist gave a moving account of his moment of enlightenment in the Judean desert. Having such variety in culture, kinds of questions being asked, and styles of presentations is an experience of widening the world that would not occur in discipline specific situations. This pulls you out of your silo if you let it. The universities of Freiburg, Basel, Strasbourg, Karlsruhe and Mulhouse-Colmar formed an association in December 1989 to create the European Confederation of Upper Rhine Universities, also known as Eucor. Every December, IJAS hosts a conference in Freiburg to commemorate this event. The avowed intent of the Eucor network and its signatories, including every IJAS conference, is to create international cooperative initiatives in the realms of education, research and culture.FLORENCE CONFERENCE (June 2018). The tower may be leaning in the background but no worries as the smiling delegates pose in front of the marvels of Italian architecture.MALTA CONFERENCE (February 2018). The bus stopped and some delegates stepped down to capture the three islands in one photo. The delegates are standing on the island of Gozo. In the extreme background is the island of Malta, the largest of the Maltese islands. Midway one can see the tiny island of Comino. It was an exceptionally windy day but the cheerful spirit kept everyone warm and happy. [Photo: Ratna Lindawati Lubis] VIENNA CONFERENCE (June 2017). Our conference delegates at Melk Abbey, on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube river. The Abbey contains the remains of several members of the House of Babenberg, Austria's first ruling dynasty. [Photo: Kikko]

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