[Springboard] ICA Living Archives
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Wed Nov 4 08:18:02 CST 2009
Twenty people associated with ICA -- their names are listed below --
spent three days in Oklahoma, 6-8 October 2009, meeting with several
faculty members of Oklahoma City University (OCU). This was in follow-
up to a series of activities that have recently taken place between
ICA and OCU and was at the invitation of Mark Davies, Dean of the
Petree College of Arts and Sciences.
"Oikos" is an honors program at OCU and other universities that aims
to prepare students for the challenges of the Twenty-first Century –-
especially in regard to sustainability, peace, and economic justice.
Dean Davies sees that the rich history of the Ecumenical Institute /
Institute of Cultural Affairs has positioned it to make a unique
contribution to this effort. The purpose of the meeting in October was
to think through possible ways that Oikos and ICA might work together
to prepare people to respond to the moral responsibilities and
spiritual implications of today's world. Proposals from the meeting
have set in motion plans for Oikos and ICA to co-sponsor a program to
be held on the OCU campus during the summer of 2010. This will be an
open public event with students, faculty, and ICA associates exploring
research and engagement questions.
The meeting in October was preceded by a visit to Chicago in July by
Christina Wolf, senior archivist at OCU. She spent three days
rummaging around the 170+ filing cabinets containing ICA's archival
material stored in the basement of 4750 N. Sheridan. She then produced
a formal report with recommendations for the proper care,
organization, and phasing of work to prepare them for public use. This
will be an invaluable resource in writing grant proposals. It has also
set the stage for discussions about the ICA archives eventually being
housed on the OCU campus.
While this is only a very brief report about the emerging relationship
between OCU/Oikos and ICA, more detailed information will soon be
posted on both the Oiko and ICA-USA websites. Please keep a lookout
for more to come.
Photos of the meeting can be viewed athttp://www1.snapfish.com/share/p=20251256529022937/l=3425571017/g=8476099/otsc=SYE/otsi=SALB
Those in attendance at Oklahoma City were Terry Bergdall, Anne Clement
(Oklahoma associate), Mark Davies (OCU Dean of Liberal Arts), Jack and
Judy Gillis, Mirja Hanson, Dann May (OCU faculty), Diann McCabe, Rita
Newton (OCU faculty), Elise Packard, Bill Parker, Marge Philbrook, Jan
Sanders, David and Margaret Scott, Karen Sims, Jim Taylor (Oklahoma
associated and retired OCU faculty), Jim Troxel, George Walters, Pat
Webb, Jim and Jo Wheeler (Oklahoma associates), Jim Wiegel, and Randy
Williams. Note that current and former EI/ICA staff members have not
been given any other identification.
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