The Evolving Urban Landscape: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Metro East Jeff Manuel and Andrew Theising This proposed Colloquium panel explores the changing urban and suburban landscape of the Metro East region through a series of events that emphasize experiential learning, student involvement, and interdisciplinary connections focused on SIUE and the Metro East region. The specific events will include: Bus tours of East Saint Louis led by SIUE faculty and local history experts Andrew Theising (Political Science) and Eugene Redmond (English). Presentations of current student research by advanced undergraduate students in several political science, history, and English courses. An informal roundtable on “SIUE and the Metro East: Past, Present, and Future.” Faculty will lead discussion during this open forum where SIUE faculty, staff, students, and community members will be invited to discuss the Metro East region and SIUE’s relationship to our local community. Faculty participants will include Jeff Manuel, Buddy Paulett, and Anthony Cheeseboro from the Department of Historical Studies, and Andy Theising from the Political Science Department.