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.


September 27, 2017 | 4:30-6:00PM | BTSU 206

September 27, 2017 | 4:30-6:00PM | BTSU 206

Baz Dreisinger talks about the mass incarceration crisis and alternative approaches around the world. She is associate professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and the founder and academic director of John Jay’s Prison-to-College Pipeline program, which offers college courses and reentry planning to men who are incarcerated at Otisville Correctional Facility, and broadly works to increase access to higher education for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. Dr. Dreisinger is the author of Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World and Near Black: White-to-Black Passing in American Culture. Read More