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The Helen Benning Regnier iSchool Graduate Seminars

The Helen Benning Regnier iSchool Graduate Seminars are on-campus events that allows on-campus and online students, iSchool alumni, and area practitioners to gather at the iSchool to take a deep dive into a subject area and learn from the iSchool's best teachers and professors. 

If you're an iSchool@Syracuse online student, attending one seminar fulfills your immersion requirement. 


About the Seminars

During a seminar, you will engage with the iSchool community of other graduate students, researchers, faculty, and information professionals/alumni, ranging from librarians, industry consultants, analysts, and teachers to CIO’s, archivists, Ph.D. students, and systems architects.  

Each seminar is designed to invite discussion and critical thinking about the overall topic. Each of you is part of the information economy, as creators, developers, consumers, and service providers. Your voice, regardless of what program you are in, is important to contribute to information science, now and in the future, and your collaboration together is vital. At each seminar, you will be asked to apply the skills and attitudes of visioning to an important information science topic, acting as entrepreneurs, designers, advocates, planners, and managers.

Lightning Talks

These short talks are shared by alumni, faculty, information professionals and researchers on a topic related to the theme of the seminar; they describe their passion, curiosity, research, experiences and insights on the topic, and share current and future contexts.

Afternoon Discussion Roundtables

Discussion roundtables give you the opportunity to engage more directly with lightning talk presenters and iSchool faculty/alumni. Each table features a different topic and discussion facilitator.

Each discussion will be 20 minutes, and we generally do 2 rounds of discussion, each at the table of your choice.

Design Breakouts

You will be assigned with 1-2 other students to a design breakout group on a topic you all expressed interest in, ex: Design for social media, public libraries, data analytics

  • Part 1: Collaborate effectively across areas of study, experiences and backgrounds. Identify patterns and alternatives to implement a solution to a given problem for an organization or community. Design an information service, technology, policy, or plan of action to implement that solution.
  • Part 2: Evaluate the ethical, social, demographic and economic dimensions of the solution/systems involved
  • Part 3: Demonstrate communication skills through a poster/diagram to effectively share your solution, and constructively evaluate other teams’ solutions

All Instructors Panel

Any iSchool faculty, alumni, and practitioners present will gather at the end of the day to share their ideas about the future of the seminar topic, answer any lingering questions from students, describe potential changes in their respective fields, and give advice for students seeking certain vocations, etc.

Registration and payment links for 2020 seminars will be distributed through program managers and 2U student success advisors at least 3 months prior to each seminar. For additional questions, contact Rebecca Shaffer Mannion at rshaffer@syr.edu,


Code of Conduct

These seminars are laptop-free events. Notebooks will be provided for note-taking.

Please be courteous and respectful toward your fellow attendees. This event is intended to provide a harassment-free conference experience for all, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical appearance, religion (or lack thereof) or different ability. We will not tolerate harassment of conference participants, speakers or facilitators in any form.

Please be aware of a 2-strike policy for violating the conduct policies above:

  • Strike 1: you will be handed a warning card by an event facilitator describing the policy you have violated.
  • Strike 2: after two violations of conduct policy, you will be asked to leave the event and will not receive credit for attending the event.

Full attendance of non-optional scheduled events is required for milestone credit towards graduation from the IM, LIS, and EDS academic programs.

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