2015 Community Semester
               "Past, present, future"




Nature, Archaeology, Architecture, and Sustainable Solutions in Europe and Australia
Jim Speer (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences)

February 4, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Westminster Village, 1120 Davis Dr.

During Dr. Speer’s Sabbatical in 2014, he traveled through 12 countries giving talks on tree-ring research and sustainability at Universities throughout Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. He studied tree rings to reconstruct environmental variables. His wife is an archaeologist, so during these travels they visited many archaeological sites and he thought about what they were seeing in the context of the lifetime of the trees. This talk will be a pictorial tour viewing many archaeological sites, architecture from some of the major European cities, and nature. He will end with some sustainable solutions that are being promoted in the different countries.   

Health Scares in the Media:  Everything Can Kill You So Tune
In At 11
Catherine Steding (Department of Biology)

February 4, 5:30 p.m.
Cunningham Memorial Library Events Area

In the age of Twitter, Facebook, and Social Media all vying for your attention, the news has become even more sensationalized and focused on catching your eye.  Learning to tell the difference between fact and perception is essential to understanding "risks" and maintaining health.  This interactive talk is designed to help you navigate these difficult topics and find useful information to be more informed about your health and safety.

Writing the History of the Vigo County Home:  The Process and Initial Results
Lisa Philips (Department of History)

February 18, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Westminster Village, 1120 Davis Dr.

The Vigo County Home, or Poor Farm as it was called throughout most of its history, conjures up all sorts of memories.  It is the stuff of local legend.  Lisa Phillips, Associate Professor of History, and Indiana State History Majors will talk about the history of the home and about the process by which they recovered information.  The presentation will compare the Vigo County Home’s History to that of institutions state and nationwide.   Please come and join them, bring your memories of the Home, and help them tell the story as accurately as possible. 

Anniversary of Civil Rights Act 1964:  Black History Month Gala Concert

February 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Indiana Theater, 683 Ohio St.

The School of Music annual spring concert will be led by Roby George, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands. This year's theme is Civil Rights, marking the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965. Several pieces honoring Civil Rights leaders include "Daybreak of Freedom," by Joseph Schwantner, which is dedicated to Martin Luther King and includes excerpts of his most powerful speeches. Co-sponsored by the Department of History.


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