Center for the Study of Institutions and Innovation

CSII's mission and staff support programs on campus, in the community and across the region.
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CSII logoThe Center for the Study of Institutions and Innovation (CSII) mission is to promote the study and discussion of civil liberties and related institutions (governmental, civic, business, social, scientific, religious, etc.) and innovations through scholarly inquiry, educational activities and community outreach. 

CSII is housed in the College of Arts, Communication, Humanities and Social Science, and subject to UW-System, UW-Stout, and Stout Foundation policies and procedures. 

A Board of Advisors composed of UW-Stout shared governance representatives, participating institutions representatives, and others provide guidance to the CSII Director.

Second Annual UW-Stout Civil Liberties Symposium 

As part of its mission to elevate civil liberties, the Center for the Study of Institutions and Innovation is sponsoring the Second Annual UW-Stout Civil Liberties Symposium on March 18-19, 2019.  We are pleased to announce nine sessions and one keynote presentation as part of this years symposium. 

Session 1: The Spatial Dimensions of Church and State

Session 2: Black Voting Rights in the US since the Civil War: Two Reconstructions and Four                         Mississippi Plans

Session 3: CSII Research Stipend Project Updates

Keynote Presentation: Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech                                Keith E. Whittington, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University

Session 4: Facilitating Difficult Discussions: Politics and Free Speech in the Classroom

Session 5: Frances Beal and the Use of Enemyship to Reveal the Lack of Civil Rights

Session 6: The Biopolitics of Food Not Bombs

Session 7: Money, Morals, and the Common Good: Does Civil Society Need More Than                                 Capitalism to Function?

Session 8: LGBTQ Politics and the First Amendment

Session 9: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights through Indigenous Storytelling and Virtual Reality

See full schedule including time, place, and presenters here.

 

Student Workshop Opportunities

Controversial Art on Campus
Facilitator: Dr. Cynthia Bland, Professor of Art and Art History

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
277 Harvey Hall

Students can apply to attend the workshop by emailing a brief statement of interest in controversial art on campus (no more than 250 words) to Dr. Tim Shiell, CSII Director at shiellt@uwstout.edu.

Students accepted to the workshop will receive several short readings to prepare for the workshop. Pizza and pop will be provided halfway through the workshop.

Only 16 students will be accepted to the workshop. Students who complete the workshop will receive a $100 stipend. Deadline to apply is April 3.

 

Student Free Speech Workshop
Facilitators: Dr. James Szymalak, UWL Professor of Public Administration                                                          Marieke Tuthill Beck-Coon, Director of Litigation, FIRE

Saturday, April 13, 2019
9:45AM - 3:30PM
UW-La Crosse Campus 

Apply now by sending an email to Dr. Tim Shiell, CSII Director at shiellt@uwstout.edu,with a request to participate in the workshop and a Word document attachment providing your academic year, academic program, and interest in the workshop (250 words or less). Please use the email subject  heading "CSII UWL workshop".

Students accepted to the workshop will receive several short readings and case studies to prepare for the workshop. Lunch will be provided.

Only 16 students will be accepted to the workshop. Students who complete the workshop will receive a $250 stipend. Deadline to apply is March 15.

CSII Programs & Participating Institutions

CSII's mission and staff support the following programs on campus, in the community and across the region.

Student Research

CSII provides $1000 awards (up to $2500 for exceptional proposals) to students to support research and scholarship on civil liberties and their relationship to institutions and innovation. Only students, undergraduate or graduate, enrolled full time at institutions participating in the CSII campus network are eligible. Applicants are encouraged to contact the CSII Director about potential proposals. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Student Research Application

Faculty Research

CSII will award four $5,000 faculty research stipends during the 2018-2019 academic year to promote civil liberties and related institutions and innovations. Only tenured or tenure track faculty employed full time at institutions participating in the CSII campus network are eligible. Applicants are encouraged to contact the CSII Director about potential proposals. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Faculty Research Application

Speaker Grants

CSII provides grants to support public discussion of civil liberties or the relationship of civil liberties to relevant institutions or innovation. Proposals may be submitted by individuals or organizations. Organizational proposals must identify one individual as the lead proposer. Applicants are encouraged to contact the CSII Director about potential proposals. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. Preference is given to proposals that involve presentation of multiple points of view, for example, a speaker with a responding panel, a dialogue / debate between two or more speakers, or a speaker series. Preference also is given to proposals that are co-sponsored by additional campus or community organizations. CSII funded events should be open to the public and provide opportunity for audience involvement. 

Participating Institutions

To support its mission, CSII provides funds to other public and private universities and colleges in Wisconsin to promote the study and discussion of civil liberties and their relationships to institutions and innovation. In 2017-2018, there are twenty-one participating institutions: UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Whitewater, Alverno College, Beloit College, Concordia University, Lawrence University, Marian University, Marquette University, Ripon College, St. Norbert College, Viterbo University, and Wisconsin Lutheran College. 

Participating institutions receive funds to conduct programming supporting CSII mission and designate a campus coordinator to organize the programming. Programming can include speakers, debates or panels; book groups; faculty-supervised student research; workshops; and more. All programming is expected to include multiple points of view. 

Faculty and students at participating institutions are eligible to apply for the Faculty and Student Research Awards and Speaker Grants.

CSII Funding

CSII is funded by a four-year $1.7 million award from the Charles Koch Foundation.  The agreement protects the academic freedom of the center and its staff, provides transparency to the public, and gives control of the center to the university.  A copy of the agreement between the university and Charles Koch Foundation is available from the Stout University Foundation. 

 UW-Stout and the Charles Koch Foundation both recognized a significant need for increased education and discussion—guided by civil and rational debate reflecting a diversity of perspectives—regarding civil liberties and their relationship to institutions and innovations. 


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