The Midwest Faculty Seminar invites faculty from the University of Chicago with twenty-four Midwest liberal arts colleges into an on-going conversation on interdisciplinary scholarly debates. Each year, the University of Chicago hosts four Midwest Faculty Seminars, consisting of three days of formal presentations, interspersed with small groups discussions. These programs, attended by 15-25 faculty, are intended to excite intense intellectual consideration of new scholarship by both University faculty presenters and liberal arts college faculty participants. The topics are intended to encourage cross-disciplinary discussion and inspire new avenues for research, teaching, and collaboration. One of the four topics each year will be dedicated to the examination of a particular text that has influenced thinking and teaching in a variety of fields. Previous topics have included Climate Change Across the Disciplines, The Future of Higher Education, Islam and/in the West, and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.