Institute for the Study of Culture & Society

Established in 1996, the Institute for the Study of Culture & Society (ICS) is a public humanities hub at Bowling Green State University. Our aim is to encourage innovation in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, and to communicate the value and significance of that work to the wider public.

The Institute for the Study of Culture & Society supports faculty collaboration across traditional disciplinary boundaries, and serves as an incubator for innovative research and teaching. ICS supports the academic goals of BGSU by helping faculty to develop, communicate, and disseminate their scholarly and creative work to constituencies across campus and throughout the region. With our public events and outreach efforts, we bring issues of vital national and global importance to Northwest Ohio, and, in turn, bring community knowledge back into the university.


Photograph of Dr. Starr Keyes

Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. | Bowling Green Performing Arts Center

Race, Disability, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline
 Dr. Starr Keyes’s project, Disability, Race, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline, considers how implicit and explicit forms of racism, ableism, and gender stereotyping contribute to deep inequities in disciplinary practices and help perpetuate the school-to-prison pipeline. In this public talk, Dr. Keyes will share regional, state, and national disciplinary exclusion data and discuss a variety of strategies to combat this issue and improve student behavior and academic performance. Get more info

Interested in Reading Work by Black British Women Authors?

Nicole Jackson

Join Nicole Jackson’s Book Club for a casual discussion of contemporary Black British literature! Nicole will lead discussion of several texts and authors, including those she highlights during her talk! This event is free and open to the public. PDFs of the readings will be available via email! To sign up for the reading list and receive reading material or request accessible formats for the readings, please email us at

Where: Grounds for Thought meeting room
When: Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. - Beryl Gilroy, Black Teacher (Memoir)
Thursday, December 12 at 8:00 p.m. - Andrea Levy, Small Island (Novel)
Thursday, January 9 at 7:00 p.m. - Assorted Poems (Poetry)