Community Engagement Series

World History – Mummies and Vikings

 Wayne County Historical Museum Wednesday, Sept 23

Reception – 5:15 to 6 p.m.
Presentation – 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Eugene Cruz-Uribe, professor of history, will discuss his research focusing on Egypt, specifically Demotic graffiti found at the temple of Isis. Daron Olson, associate professor of history, will discuss several topics related to Norwegian and Norwegian-American history.

Presented by

Dr. Eugene Cruz-Uribe

Eugene Cruz-Uribe received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Egyptology from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. His dissertation was a study of Demotic legal contracts from the Saite and Persian periods in Egypt. Currently he is professor of history at Indiana University East. He is the author of six books, over 60 articles and 40 book reviews dealing with all periods of Egyptian history and culture with an emphasis on the Demotic stage of the ancient Egyptian language and the history and religion of the Late Period in Egypt. He has conducted a number of field research projects in Egypt, working mainly in Kharga Oasis in the western desert, but throughout the Nile Valley including a long term project to record graffiti in the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. His most recent field work project is the recording of unpublished Demotic graffiti found at the temple of Isis at Philae Island (Aswan).

For the last 15 years he has been recording and translating ancient Egyptian graffiti for what they reveal about personal piety, late period religious practices and pilgrimage. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship in 2007 to continue his studies in Egypt. In July 2008 he became the editor of the Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, the principal journal for Egyptology research in the US.

Dr. Daron Olson

Daron Olson obtained an M.A. in History from the University of North Dakota and graduated with his Ph.D. in Historical Studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Daron’s research interests include Modern Norway and Norwegian emigration to the United States. His theoretical focus includes transnationalism, nationalism, and identity. His book, Vikings across the Atlantic: Emigration and the Building of a Greater Norway, 1860-1945, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2013. He has traveled to Norway the past two years researching his next book project on Norway’s nationalism while in exile during World War II.

Currently associate professor of european and world history at Indiana University East, Daron teaches a wide variety of courses, including courses on Scandinavia, The Viking Age, Modern Britain, European Nationalism, World War II, and world history surveys.

Making Sense of Madness: Campaigns & Elections in the Modern Era

 IUE, Community Room Thursday, October 8

Reception – 5:15 to 6 p.m
Presentation – 6 to 7:30 p.m.

This presentation will address several relevant and salient topics pertaining to the 2016 campaign cycle at the federal, state, and local levels, including candidates, elections, issues, and predictions. School of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Ross Alexander and Assistant Professor of Political Science Chera LaForge will frame the presentation using historical and contemporary trends and data that influence elections and campaigns today.

Presented by

Dr. Ross Alexander

Ross Alexander serves as dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and professor of political science. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University and an M.P.A. from Arizona State University. He has published numerous book chapters and academic journal articles in the areas of American politics, state and local government, public budgeting and finance, gambling policy, public personnel administration, online teaching and learning, and information literacy in higher education.

Dr. Chera LaForge

Chera LaForge is an assistant professor of political science. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her main research interests lie in Congress and legislative behavior. Specifically, she looks at how progressive ambition, or the desire for legislators to move on to more prestigious political offices, impacts the quality of representation and campaign behavior.

English & American Literature: Connecting Important Authors and Their Works

 Morrisson-Reeves Library, Bard Room Thursday, November 19

Reception – 5:15 to 6 p.m.
Presentation – 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Alisa Clapp-Itnyre, professor of English, will be speaking about the culture of children’s hymn-singing in nineteenth-century England, and the many hymns which we still sing today. Though hymns are discussed in the context of adult-singing, rarely has anyone acknowledged the many contexts of children’s hymn-singing… and that they were often being challenged to sing adult hymns themselves. This presentation will feature recordings of children singing many favorite hymns of then and now.

Presented by

Dr. Alisa Clapp-Itnyre

Alisa Clapp-Itnyre is professor of English and director of the Honors Program. She teaches Children’s Literature, Young-Adult Literature, and Victorian literature, etc. She is the author of Angelic Airs, Subversive Songs: Music as Social Discourse in the Victorian Novel (Ohio UP, 2002). A third book about to be published, for Ashgate’s Studies in Childhood Series: 1700-Present series, is titled British Hymn Books for Children, 1800-1900: Re-Tuning the History of Childhood. Along with Assistant Professor of Music Jessica Raposo, she has formed the Church Choristers to learn, sing, and record nineteenth-century hymns for children around the community.

Dr. Steve Petersheim

Steve Petersheim, assistant professor of English, teaches American literature and writing. His research focuses on nineteenth-century writers such as Nathaniel Hawthorne as well as environmental and ethnic literature, and he has authored a number of publications in these areas. Steven sees literature as a way to enter other people's minds and experience the world anew, and he studies nature writing as one way we can think about the human connection to the environment.

A Brave Conversation: Addressing End-of-Life Issues

 Reid Hospital, Lingle Auditorium Thursday, February 4, 2016
This date has been cancelled. A new one will be scheduled, please check back.

Reception – 5:15 to 6 p.m.
Presentation – 6 to 7:30 p.m.

“Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.” Join us for a discussion on why the end of life conversation is so important and how to start it. Whether it is to health care professionals or family members, this difficult and sensitive talk can be tough. We’ll share strategies about how to begin both. We’ll also discuss the wide range of end of life decisions and options for end of life care. Information about local and national resources will be provided, as well as information on effective social support.

Presented by

Dr. Rosalie Aldrich

Rosalie Aldrich is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Her expertise is in health communication with a specific research focus in suicide prevention and intervention. She is also the creator and producer of the annual spring series, "Let’s Talk", which airs on WCTV. The goal of "Let’s Talk" is to provide an interactive forum to discuss current health topics and concerns. The "Let’s Talk" planning committee allows her to work closely with community leaders from Reid Hospital, United Way, and Area 9.

Ms. Ange Cooksey

Ange Cooksey is an ethicist and end of life specialist who holds master's degrees in both English and Philosophy. She has been teaching at the college level since 1980, and currently holds the rank of senior lecturer at Indiana University East. She regularly teaches courses in biomedical ethics and conducts research in collaboration with several Reid physicians and nurses. She is also a certified yoga instructor specializing in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, with an emphasis on yoga cancer therapy.

Contemporary Gangs: Culture, Crime and Community

 Wayne County Council Chambers Thursday, March 24, 2016

Reception – 5:15 to 6 p.m.
Presentation – 6 to 7:30 p.m.

This presentation examines salient issues surrounding the contemporary gang culture in the United States. Special attention is paid to emerging criminal networks and intervention methods designed to limit the impact of gangs in society. The presentation contains artifacts recovered from actual gang members. Due to the nature of some presentation material, participant discretion is advised.

Presented by

Dr. Mengie Parker

M. Michaux Parker holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and serves as chair of the criminal justice and political science department at Indiana University East. His research areas include gangs, transnational crime, Anosognosic Management and Bureaupathology.

Dr. Stephanie Whitehead

Stephanie Whitehead holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Indiana University and serves as assistant professor of criminal justice where she teaches courses including: Police in Contemporary Society, Criminal Justice Data, Methods, and Resources, and Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice. Whitehead's research interests include policing, race and gender issues in criminal justice, and ethnographic methods.

International Service and Student Engagement

 Room 912 Thursday, April 14, 2016
This date has been cancelled. A new one will be scheduled, please check back.

Reception – 5:15 to 6 p.m.
Presentation – 6 to 7:30 p.m.

INternational Service / INdiana Classroom, Diane Moneypenny

This presentation will discuss international service as it pertains to students at Indiana University East. In particular, a 2014 service learning trip to the Dominican Republic will be outlined including an overview of the course expectations and layout, the functionality of the trip, course outcomes, and participant testimonies.

Career Development through Long Term International Service, Kristopher Rees

What is international service? What lessons can we take from international service that can be applied to our local communities? This presentation offers some answers to these questions based on years of experience living and working in the developing world, in particular focusing on my two years of service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kyrgyz Republic.

International service learning is often an integral part of the undergraduate experience, but there are also opportunities for international service learning that exist for recent graduates. One well-established opportunity is serving as a volunteer in the United States Peace Corps. Volunteers live and work in underserved communities in many developing countries around the world, providing essential services such as English language instruction, small business development, IT support, and others. In addition to contributing their technical expertise, Peace Corps Volunteers engage in cultural exchange, offering an inside view of American culture to host country nationals, and, after the close of service, sharing their experiences with other Americans.

In addition to offering a portrait of what Peace Corps service is like, this presentation also examines the career implications of longer-term international service learning opportunities. The knowledge and skills acquired during Peace Corps service are broadly transferable to a wide variety of careers. Indeed, as the world becomes more and more globally interconnected, intercultural experience is no longer optional, but essential. In addition to the general intercultural skills acquired as a result of the long-term international service, Peace Corps service in particular also offers invaluable preparation for careers in the Foreign Service (or elsewhere in the State Department), public management and public administration, and graduate school in a variety of disciplines.

Presented by

Dr. Dianne Moneypenny

Dianne Moneypenny earned her PhD of Hispanic Studies in 2011 from the University of Kentucky. She teaches Spanish at IUE and has traveled with student groups to Spain, Argentina, and the Dominican Republic. Moneypenny incorporates service into her Spanish classrooms at both the local and international level as a way to increase students' cultural understanding and linguistic proficiency.

Dr. Kristopher Rees

Kristopher Rees is an assistant professor of political science at Indiana University East. Prior to his academic career, Rees served as a Volunteer with the US Peace Corps in the Kyrgyz Republic from 2002-2004. As a volunteer, he taught English to high school students in a rural village and worked on a number of community-initiated development projects. Rees’ Peace Corps experience was central to shaping his career trajectory: his service as a volunteer inspired his enduring commitment to education, and gave him invaluable first-hand experience in grass-roots community development. As a professor of political science, Rees’ research interests continue to revolve around the politics of the developing world; many of his courses at IU East highlight the relevance of these lesser-known parts of the world for understanding ourselves as global citizens.