International Symposium on Lasallian Research
Minneapolis Campus of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
This yearly symposium gathers creative minds to dialogue about the key characteristics or key areas that comprise the field of Lasallian research today; look beyond a study solely of the origins, tradition, and heritage in Lasallian research; break open the possibilities for Lasallian research in the 21st-Century; and propose avenues or topics for future needed Lasallian research. The goal is also to develop a community of scholars committed to supporting, conducting, and publishing Lasallian research.
More than 120 Lasallian educators and scholars from numerous countries gather to present and discuss current research.
While IALU promotes and fosters research collaboration among Lasallian researchers in strategic areas, these themes certainly must not preclude the pursuit of other lines of research according to the individual missions and visions of IALU member institutions. For the period 2013 to 2018, the following are the IALU strategic research themes.
- Food, Nutrition and Health (biochemistry of food products, science and engineering of potable water, cancer risks and cures from food, economic impact studies of nutrition programs in schools)
- Sustainability and the Environment (dealing with climate change, eco-design of houses and urban centers, industrial ecology, air and water quality monitoring in megacities)
- Education and Learning Innovations (access to education among the poor, impact of use of tablets for learning math and science, coping mechanisms among children with learning disabilities, predicting the academic emotions of young learners based on physiological signals)
The 2018 symposium featured three keynote presentations:
Brother Louis DeThomasis, FSC, Ph.D., President Emeritus, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota - “From Chaos to Ethical Clarity: The Quest for Lasallian Higher Education in Today’s Global Society”
Carmelita Quebengco, AFSC, Ph.D., Consultant to the President and Chancellor Emeritus, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines, “Conversations on Cross Institution Research”
Brother Cristhian Diaz, FSC, Ed.D., Principal, Gigante, Huila, Colombia, “Making Peace Possible: Grassroots Peacebuilding Leaders”