LSU Launches Center for Collaborative Knowledge

Vital to campus strategic plan; To host conference on sustainable cities April 12-13

BATON ROUGE – Executive Vice President & Provost Rick Koubek has announced the launch of LSU’s Center for Collaborative Knowledge, an incubator for interdisciplinary research and teaching, a major part of the University’s Strategic Plan 2025. The Louisiana Board of Regents officially recognized the center at its Jan. 8 meeting.

The Center for Collaborative Knowledge will cultivate major collaborative projects that cut across the colleges and schools at LSU, foster interdisciplinary classes aimed at integrating knowledge from multiple areas of scholarship and seek grant funding for interdisciplinary research.

“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,” Koubek said.

As part of its launch this spring, the Center for Collaborative Knowledge will host its inaugural conference, “Sustainable Cities and Communities,” April 12-13. The conference features keynote talks 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. On Friday, April 13, the conference moves to The French House, home of LSU’s Ogden Honors College on the corner of Highland Road and South Campus Drive The conference is open to the public.

“This conference embodies the CCK’s aspirations to deepen and widen the university’s core mission as the place where ideas and expertise are shared across disciplines and across generations. The topic is not only a timely one – for Baton Rouge and other Gulf Coast cities and communities – but also one that shows just how much we all can profit by learning from one another,” said LSU Boyd Professor Suzanne Marchand, who has led a distinguished group of LSU professors charged with planning the center.

The Center for Collaborative Knowledge Faculty Advisory Board includes:

  • Prosanta Chakrabarty, associate professor and curator of fishes, Museum of Natural Science
  • Craig E. Colten, Carl O. Sauer Professor of Geography;
  • Jonathan H. Earle, Roger Hadfield Ogden Dean, Ogden Honors College;
  • Fernando Galvez, associate professor of Biological Sciences;
  • Marwan Ghandour, director of the School of Architecture;
  • Martin Johnson, Kevin P. Reilly Sr. Chair in Political Communication;
  • Suzanne Marchand, LSU Boyd Professor of History
  • Michael T. Pasquier, Jaak Seynaeve Professor of Christian Studies;
  • John A. Pojman, professor of macromolecular science, Department of Chemistry;
  • Darius A. Spieth, professor of art history;
  • James R. Stoner, Jr., director, The Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies;
  • R. Eugene Turner, LSU Boyd Professor of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences;
  • Richard D. White, Jr., dean, E. J. Ourso College of Business;
  • Clinton S. Willson, Mike N. Dooley PE Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering; and
  • Michelle Zerba, Maggie B. Martin Professor of Rhetoric and Classical Studies

The Center for Collaborative Knowledge positions LSU to strengthen its commitment to serve as “an institution of learning, in the broadest and highest sense,” first articulated in its 1877 charter.  Accordingly, the center sees to widen, deepen and intensify interdisciplinary research and teaching to better prepare LSU students and faculty to take on leadership roles in competitive marketplaces and to act as globally-engaged citizens in an increasingly complex world.


Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations