Out to solve Louisiana’s problems, LSU launches Center for Collaborative Knowledge

LSU is launching a new center with the mission of encouraging professors and students to address societal issues through creativity and collaboration.

The Center for Collaborative Knowledge is one of 10 initiatives identified in the University’s Strategic Plan 2025, a news release says. The center, set to open this spring, will train students to break down academic silos and think holistically about the world around them.

“The Center for Collaborative Knowledge embodies the spirit of LSU’s latest strategic plan by helping to solve Louisiana’s most pressing challenges and developing future leaders for our state,” Rick Koubek, LSU’s executive vice president and provost, says in the release.

The center will cultivate collaborative projects that cut across the LSU colleges and schools, foster interdisciplinary classes and seek grant funding for interdisciplinary research.

As part of the center’s launch, the university is hosting a conference on sustainable cities and communities on April 12-13. The conference features keynote speeches from experts in computer science, religion, anthropology, ecology and creative writing to explore the challenges of life in modern cities and focus on opportunities for future growth and sustainability.

The Sustainable Cities and Communities conference will meet Thursday, April 12, in the Energy, Coast & Environment Building on South Quad Drive near Nicholson Drive. The conference moves to The French House at the corner of Highland Road and South Campus Drive on Friday, April 13. The conference is open to the public.

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