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Dr. Obioma Nnaemeka, Chancellor’s Professor of French, Women’s/Gender Studies and Africana Studies, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Social Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa in May 2023. She will be recognized for her outstanding contribution to research in the areas of development, women/gender studies, human rights, and African Diaspora studies. This will be her second honorary doctorate recognition in two years.

Professor and sociologist Andrew Whitehead, Department of Sociology, recently published a fascinating analysis in Time magazine of why the recent midterm election losses of prominent politicians who embrace Christian nationalism aren’t likely to change the minds of Americans who embrace Christian nationalism. Whitehead and colleague Sam Perry, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma, cite data that show even though the numbers of Americans who embrace Christian nationalism.

Communications Studies senior and singer-songwriter, Myra Kivett, was featured in the Campus Citizen highlighting how she is using her talent and love for music to provide emotional connections for others. Kivett discusses how the power of music can create positive experiences for dementia patients, both in terms of emotion and behavior, and how she was able to form an unforgettable bond with her grandfather.

Professor Katharine Head, Ph.D. in Communication Studies was recently interviewed by Masters in Communications as part of a series highlighting the impact and importance of scholarship in the field of communication. She discusses her current and past research interests, including HPV and Covid-19 vaccinations, cervical cancer screenings, the importance of translating research for mass audiences, and much more.

Dr. Elizabeth Thill, Professor and Program Director for IU School of Liberal Arts Classical Studies Program, was interviewed for a story in USA Today about a newly discovered Hercules statue, dating back to around the 2nd century CE, at the site of Philippi in Greece. Thill discusses the significance of the discovery, what type of hero Hercules represented in the past, and why archaeological context for such statues is unusual and interesting to society today.

The Indiana University Alumni Association (IUAA) gathered last evening for their annual IUPUI Alumni Leaders Dinner to show appreciation for alumni and volunteer leaders for their contributions in support of the IUPUI campus and its alumni programs. At the event, the IU School of Liberal Arts also recognized three alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and exhibited extraordinary service to the School, IUPUI, and IU.

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