The Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry provides distinctive, rigorous, and transformative immersive learning experiences for Ball State students. Each year, four faculty members are chosen to lead teams of 15 students in interdisciplinary, immersive seminars.

Congratulations to the new VBC Fellows for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year!

Fall Semester:
- Vanessa Ament, Telecommunications - "American Women in Film Sound"
- John Mckillip, Biology - Fine Focus: Catalyzing STEM Opportunities for Minority Undergraduates

Spring Semester:
- Elizabeth Agnew, Philosophy and Religious Studies - "Muslims in Muncie"
- Daniel Porter, School of Music - "Beneficence Records: Records for a Reason"

Read more about their upcoming seminars here: Press Release

Read about the 2016-2017 academic year projects...

Freedom Bus

See how our students worked with a community group to teach others about civil rights. Read more.

Read about our 2016-2017 seminars. Interested in more information about one of these current projects? Contact Adam Kuban & Lee Florea (Water Quality Indiana) or Rai Peterson & Sarojini Johnson (Book Arts Collaborative)!

Interested in doing a project? Click here to learn more and apply for a fellowship.

Our seminars have produced a wide range of creative projects and won distinguished awards and recognitions. For example:

  • Two documentary films, State of Assault, which focused on the medical, legal, and psychological problems faced by victims of sexual assault, and Increasing the Odds, which illuminated the strategies for starting a successful business, have each won an Emmy.
  • Traces and Trails , a museum exhibit that illustrates the geographical and historical connections between the Underground Railroad and the National Road, won a Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History.
  • Consuming a Nation , a radio series that documented the impact of globalization on tourism in Ireland, won two first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.
  • Navigating Nature , a computer game that revealed the problems of sustaining natural environments, earned an Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects.
  • A contemporary revision of the Elizabethan drama, Dr. Faustus The Human Faustus Project, which portrayed the complications of genetic engineering, was performed at the annual meeting of the Council on Undergraduate Research in Washington, D.C. 
  • The Other Side of Middletown , a book recording the history of Muncie’s African-American community, won the Margaret Mead Award for Outstanding Research given by the American Anthropology Association.

Learn more about the center, our benefactorour house, and the many seminars that have done incredible work within and beyond its walls.

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