The Jefferson Scholars’ Foundation and the Jefferson Graduate Fellows at the University of Virginia present the third biannual Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue (FID), Sept. 28-29, 2012. The FID is an interdisciplinary conference for students, faculty, and community members from around the globe. The theme for 2012 is “Fact, Fiction, and Supposition,” and we are pleased to have UVA alumnus and author of the “Bad Astronomy” blog, Phil Plait giving the keynote address.

The Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue

A core component of the mission of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation is the promotion of interdisciplinary dialogue across the University of Virginia. In particular, the Jefferson Graduate Fellows are encouraged as part of their graduate school process to develop interdisciplinary faculty connections and to host speakers as a means of professional development and promoting their presence across Grounds. The Jefferson Interdisciplinary Forum is proposed as a fusion of these goals, in which scholars from across the Academy will come together to discuss core issues that cut across fields in academia. Additionally, this will provide an opportunity to advance the scholarly work of the Jefferson Fellows through collaborative publication based upon the proceedings of the Forum.

The Third Forum: Fact, Fiction, and Supposition

After the success of the second Forum, the third Forum is planned for September 2012 with the theme “Fact, Fiction, and Supposition.” The keynote address will be given by Phil Plait.

The Second Forum: Icons & Iconoclasm

The second Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue expanded beyond Jefferson’s Academic Village to bring scholars from across the world to Charlottesville. The conference them was “Icons & Iconoclasm” with a keynote address given by W.J.T. Mitchell of the University of Chicago.

The First Forum: The Art of Science, the Science of Art.

Held in 2008, the theme for first biannual Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue was “The Art of Science; The Science of Art.” The conference featured a number of distinguished faculty from the University of Virginia, who each discussed their point of view of the theme.