Liberal Arts Talks faculty lecture series announces fall schedule

Paul Mullins, Daniela Schuvaks Katz, Estela Ene, Jeanette  Dickerson-PutmanPaul Mullins, Daniela Schuvaks Katz, Estela Ene, Jeanette Dickerson-Putman

Professors in the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis will discuss their sabbatical projects throughout the fall semester. Topics include Indianapolis life in the 19th and 20th century; online language courses for Spanish heritage speakers; providing feedback to students; and orphans, adolescents, and intergenerational dynamics in Kenya.

The series is free and open to the public. The lectures will take place from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus Center (420 University Boulevard, Indianapolis).

Thursday, Oct. 12 (CE 305): Paul Mullins, Anthropology,  "Invisible Indianapolis: Heritage and Memory in the Circle City." Travel through an “invisible” Indianapolis and learn how the histories of immigrant communities, red light districts, incarceration, and urban displacement illuminate life in the cities’ contemporary and historical memory.

Thursday, Oct. 19 (CE 305): Daniela Schuvaks Katz,  World Languages and Cultures, "It’s all in the cloud now: Lessons Learned in Creating an Online Writing Course for Spanish Heritage Speakers." Learn what technologies IUPUI’s first online language course used to help develop the writing skills of this linguistically unique student population of Spanish Heritage speakers.

Thursday, Nov. 16 (CE 305): Estela Ene, English,  "Let’s Chat: Best Practices in Teacher Electronic Feedback." Feedback on written assignments is crucial. Teachers feel obligated to offer it and students expect it. See the results of research and best practices for providing students feedback in face-to-face and online courses.pu

Friday, Dec. 1 (CE 305): Jeanette Dickerson-Putman, Anthropology, "One Anthropologist’s Journey in Western Kenya." Hear about lessons learned concerning orphan care-giving,  adolescent stigma, and intergenerational dynamics in Western Kenya acquired through a ten-year partnership with Moi University. Professor Dickerson-Putman will share her ethnographic research and her personal journey.

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

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