Thursday, February 12, 2015
MSU History has rebranded one of its three Nodes of Excellence. What had been known as IS/IS will now become EPIC.
True, world events had made the old acronym troubling. But the real genesis for the rebranding came from the recognition that IS/IS no longer adequately reflected all of what we did. EPIC-Empire, Power, Identity, and Conflict—acknowledges an expansion of faculty and student endeavors. International Security and Internal Safety and all what they connote remain at the heart of EPIC but the reconfiguration permits us to embrace additional possibilities. Identity allows us to enrich our analyses and to bring scrutiny into newer, potentially more fruitful arenas. MSU History has emerged from the transformation bigger and better.