2015 Community Semester
               "Past, present, future"




An Economist's View of Taxation
Debra Israel (Department of Economics)

Monday, April 13, 1:00 p.m.
Cunningham Memorial Library, Events Area

From marriage taxes to sin taxes to capital gains and property taxes...fun and fascinating facts to better understand how our local, state and federal governments are funded.

Earth Day 2015
Institute for Community Sustainability

Wednesday, April 15th
Indiana State University Quad

ISU's 7th annual celebration of Earth Day will be the biggest yet! For the first time, this year's event will include events from morning to evening, featuring a music fest in the afternoon.

11am-2pm:  Live music, games, a rock climbing wall, cornhole, and a picnic lunch available from Sodexo.  50+ informational booths feature sustainability efforts at ISU, in Terre Haute, and beyond the Wabash Valley. 

Opening ceremony and awards at 12pm
3pm-6pm:  Music Festival
8pm:  Movie on the Quad

Ukraine:  Past, Present, Future
Barbara Skinner (Department of History)

April 22, 1:30-3:00 pm
Westminster Village, 1120 Davis Ave.

One year ago, Ukraine blasted onto front pages of newspapers around the world with mass demonstrations that led to the ouster of pro-Russian President Yanukovich.  In March 2014, Russian President Putin's military forces laid claim to Crimea and began to stoke hostilities in the coal-mining region of the Donbass, leading to a civil war.  Dr. Barbara Skinner, a specialist in Russian and East European history, will outline the relevant history behind the crisis in Ukraine and assess the current situation in its political, economic, social, and cultural ramifications.  

Seen for Syria
Soulaf Abas, Department of Art and Design

April 23, 4:00-6:00 pm
St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 215 N. 7th St.

Seen for Syria is an art therapy and education initiative for the Syrian refugee children in Jordan. The goal is to help the children channel the trauma they have been through, using painting and drawing.

Soulaf Abas began the project in August 2013; she went to the refugee camps and worked with the children for two and a half months in summer 2014. During her stay, she worked with hundreds of children in the Zaatari camp, in makeshift camps, and in host communities for Syrian refugee families in Amman. She worked on daily basis with 75 children. With the children, she planted gardens in the shape of the Syrian map ("Blooming Syria"); they painted murals and did numerous art projects for groups and individuals.

 One of the results of the project was the book "Me and You" which is a letter and art exchange between Syrian refugee children and American children. The book raises awareness and bridges two cultures together. So far, sales of the book have raised $12,000 for Syrian children.

At the event, Ms. Abas will speak on the project and her experiences.  Her paintings and samples of the children's artwork will be on display.  Copies of her book will be on sale during the presentation. All of the proceeds from the book go to help the Syrian children who participated in creating it.


African Drumming and Fusion Theater
Caitlin Brez (Psychology Department) and
Petra Nyendick (Community School of the Arts)

April 28, 4:00 pm
Sarah Scot Middle School Auditorium, 1000 Grant Street

Through this collaboration between the Psychology Department, the Community School of the Arts, the Theater Department, the Center for Global Engagement, the School of Music and the Vigo County School Corporation, thirty-five children from Sarah Scott Middle School have received professional after-school theater and African drumming classes during the current academic year. The students are part of a study which measures the effects of music education on math skills. This recital will showcase their achievements.
Made possible by COMPETE and Wabash Valley Community Foundation grants

$$ denotes an admission fee  

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