The 2018-19 Liberal Arts Talks Series

THE 2018-19 LIBERAL ARTS TALKS SERIES

Professors in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI will discuss their sabbatical projects throughout the 2018-19 school year. Topics include the politics of spirituality, public art and monuments in civic life, and environmentalism and climate change. The Liberal Arts Talks series allows for students, faculty and staff, and the Indianapolis community to not only learn what projects are being undertaken in the School of Liberal Arts and to learn from a professor’s research experience, but also to see how far reaching the liberal arts are as a tool that can used to solve social issues, work alongside technology, answer historical questions, and understand the world and communities we live in.

The series is free and open to the public. The lectures will take place from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. (unless noted otherwise) in the Campus Center.

Visitor parking is available for a fee in the Vermont Street Garage.

For more information email libarsvp@iupui.edu

Democracy without Sovereignty in Somaliland
Scott Pegg, Political Science
Oct 3, 2018
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
CE 305

Like Abkhazia and Northern Cyprus, Somaliland demonstrates that democracy is possible without recognized sovereignty. Yet, Somaliland’s democracy juxtaposes striking successes with recurrent and persistent problems. This presentation evaluates the state of democracy in Somaliland and highlights key challenges Somaliland faces as it seeks to further consolidate its democracy without sovereignty.

Dialogue and Civility: Have We Forgotten How to Talk With Each Other?
Elizabeth Goering, Communication Studies
Oct 10, 2018
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
CE 307

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The ability to communicate effectively across ideological, religious, and cultural divides is arguably more important in our world today than ever before.  This study explores the communication that promotes and/or hinders effective intercultural communication by analyzing naturally-occurring dialogue among Intercultural Theology and Euroculture MA students at Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany.

Are Public Universities Corrupt?
Peter Rangazas, Economics
Oct 25, 2018
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
CE 307

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Three major economic problems surfaced in the United States during the last quarter of the 20th century and will continue to worsen during this century: unsustainable fiscal policies, slowing economic growth, and widening wage inequality. All three problems are closely intertwined with education policy.  The behavior of public higher education institutions, in particular, is doing the nation more harm than good.

From Secret Technophobe to ??? - A Rookie’s Reflections on Online Teaching
Audrey Gertz, World Languages and Culture,
Nov 30, 2018
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
CE 405

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This past spring semester I offered the course Spanish for Business online.  During that time, I learned a lot about online teaching and made the typical rookie mistakes. My own attitude toward technology is ambivalent.  I will review that experience, along with what I have learned since then, and explore what factors influence how we feel about technology, how we use it, and how it impacts our teaching.

Women Athletes, Violence, and Abuse: Individual and Organizational Responses and Their Impact
Pam Laucella, Journalism and Public Relations
Dec 5, 2018
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
CE 309

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Peace, Love, Yoga: The Politics of Global Spirituality
Andrea Jain, Religious Studies
Dec 6, 2018
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
CE 405

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Given the global rise of the “spiritual but not religious,” how should we think about spirituality’s relationship to larger social, economic, and political forces? Although often imagined as countercultural or “alternative,” the subversive gestures of spiritual commodities, from yoga pants to health foods, function as superficial points of resistance to the reigning order of late capitalism.

A Language Support Needs Analysis of International Law Students
Catherine Beck, English
Jan 31, 2109
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
CE 307

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This project took a fresh look at the language support needs of international students enrolled in several programs at the IU McKinney School of Law to determine whether the current Legal English courses are meeting all the stakeholders’ needs. The project was timed to inform a reevaluation of the current Memorandum of Agreement between the law school and the School of Liberal Arts.

American Spirituality Today
Brian Steensland, Sociology
Feb 6, 2019
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
CE 305

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The Green Challenge Deepens: Environmentalism in the Age of Climate Change
John McCormick, Political Science
Feb 27, 2019
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
CE 305

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John McCormick revisits his 1995 book The Global Environmental Movement to examine the ways in which environmentalism has evolved in the era of climate change, globalization, the internet, nationalism, and the rise of China. He asks how these five developments have altered the definition of environmental problems, how they have shaped the international response to those problems, and how the relationship between science, economics, trade and technology has exacerbated or addressed environmental change. 

Public Art, Monuments, and Civic Life
Modupe Labode, History
Feb 28, 2019
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
CE 307

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In 2011, a nonprofit agency responded to protest and cancelled artist Fred Wilson’s project to create a work of public art for the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. The proposed work, E Pluribus Unum, referenced the figure of an African American man on the Indiana Soldiers and Soldiers Monument. This case is a point of departure to consider the role of public art, monuments, race, and history in civic life.

Digging Deeper into 19th Century Central Indiana: A Bioarchaeological Analysis of the Bethel Cemetery
Jeremy Wilson, Anthropology
Mar 21, 2019
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
CE 307

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In 2018, the IUPUI Department of Anthropology partnered with industry leaders to undertake one of the largest applied anthropological research projects ever in Indiana. This work, involving the detection, exhumation and analysis of over 500 individuals from the Bethel Cemetery, provided a unique opportunity to identify and reconstruct the lives and lifeways of early Hoosier pioneers, as well as later inhabitants that experienced industrialization, urbanization, and key moments in the state and nation's history.

Gendered Uprising: Oil Politics and Environmental Justice in the Niger Delta of Nigeria
Obioma Nnaemeka, World Languages and Cultures
Mar 27, 2019
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
CE 305

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The study investigates female collective action for environmental justice and socio-economic change in the oil-rich Delta region of southern Nigeria. Women’s grievances against transnational oil companies—ranging from ecological degradation and environmental pollution to unemployment and lack of corporate responsibility—are explored. The study also focuses on the specific strategies used for protest and their effectiveness.

 

About the Liberal Arts Talks series

This series was established to provide a venue for sharing research completed by Liberal Arts faculty while on sabbatical leaves. It is a sampling of the diverse work and excellence of our faculty and an opportunity to come together for an hour of intellectual exploration with students, alumni, faculty, staff, retirees, and friends from the community.