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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.

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

View the Upcoming Academic Year Press Release to read about the upcoming seminars. Interested in more information about one of the upcoming Seminars? Contact Adam Kuban & Lee Florea (plus download the Water Quality Indiana Flyer), or Rai Peterson & Sarojini Johnson!

Download an application (PDF) to 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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The Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry
Kitselman Center, Ball State University
3401 West University
Muncie, IN 47304

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: 765-287-0117
Fax: 765-287-0228
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