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April 21: 8th Annual Earth Day: “The Honorable Harvest: Indigenous knowledge and conservation”

Posted by isulib on April 16, 2015


Creating a partnership between traditional cultures and scientific innovation is possible and beneficial to the planet, says an environmental biologist who will speak at Indiana State University in observance of Earth Day.

Robin Kimmerer, professor of environmental biology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, is the founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, which aims to create programs drawing on the wisdom of both indigenous populations and scientific knowledge for shared goals of sustainability.

 “I believe that environmental science and traditional knowledge can be symbiotic in nature, where the strengths and limitations of each knowledge system are balanced by the other,” Kimmerer said. “For example, the scientific method necessarily separates the observer and the observed, attempts to be strictly objective, rational and reductionist. Science engages the human powers of intellect, but explicitly excludes the other ways that humans have of understanding the world.

“Many of the questions of sustainability that we face involve the intersection between human culture and values and the natural world,” she added. “So relying on a single knowledge system, which excludes human values, is inadequate to address the challenges we face. Traditional knowledge is more holistic and includes values, ethics and responsibilities … so makes a good partner to balance scientific ways of knowing.”

Source: Tribune-Star – read entire article

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April 16: Scholarly son of ISU Librarian presents at next Landini Lecture

Posted by isulib on April 16, 2015

The next Richard Landini Lecturer will be Walton Muyumba (son of Librarian, Valentine Muyumba) of Indiana University-Bloomington, who will speak on “‘I Was A Lover Before This War': Black Artistry in the Age of Terrorism,” this Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Root Hall A-264.

Walton Muyumba is the author of The Shadow and the Act: Black Intellectual Practice, Jazz Improvisation, and Philosophical Pragmatism (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2009). Muyumba is an associate professor of African American and American literature in the Department of English at Indiana University-Bloomington. He has published criticism and scholarship in many venues, including The Cambridge History of American Poetry, The Chicago Tribune, The Crisis, The Dallas Morning News, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Oxford American, The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisational Studies, and Trained Capacities: John Dewey, Rhetoric, and Democratic Practice.

The Landini Series is in memory of Richard Landini, former president of the Indiana State University and long-time member of the English Department.

The Shadow and the Act is available in the ISU Library as both an e-book in multiple formats (link to one format) and print [PS153.N5 M89 2009]

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April in Library Events – Multiple events coming up – Mark Your Calendars

Posted by isulib on April 15, 2015

  • 4/21/2015 – Earth Day Speaker (7:00 – 9:00 pm) in the Library Events Area
  • 4/22/2015 – Fresh Pro-Dos Market (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) Events Area
  • 4/22/2015 – NAMI program (5:30 pm – 7:00 pm) Events Area
  • 4/29/2015 – Art Show, Gender Studies 200 and 301 (time TBA) – Art display by students from Gender Studies 200 and 301 classes -Events Area
  • 4/30/2015 – University Honors Program Thesis Conference (8 – 5pm) Events

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Library Student Assistant Awards and Scholarships 2015

Posted by isulib on April 15, 2015

The Student Assistant Recognition review committee has completed its deliberations and the recipients of this year’s Student Assistant Recognition Awards (S.A.R.A.), the Swearingen Family Award, and the Myrl O. Wilkinson Scholarship have been selected. The 2015 honorees will soon be recognized and presented with their honors at a brief ceremony. (Time and date for the student appreciation reception and award ceremony will be finalized shortly.)

 Congratulations to all these exceptional student assistants and their supervisors, and many thanks to the committee for their fine work.

 2015 Student Assistant Recognition Award recipients

  • Ariel McQuade, Public Services (Paula Huey, supervisor)
  • Brittany Irwin, Technical Services (Vickie Magill, supervisor)

 2015 Swearingen Family Award recipients

  • Mason Bolton, Public Services (Paula Huey, supervisor)
  • Jenny Pitts, Public Services (Paula Huey, supervisor)

 2015 Myrl O. Wilkinson Scholarship recipients

  • Kayleigh Decker, Technical Services (Deb Taylor, supervisor)
  • Cheyanne Jenkins, Technical Services (Vickie Magill, supervisor)

 Not only will this year’s honorees be recognized and receive awards from the Dean, all our student assistants who will be degree recipients in 2015 will be recognized individually by the Dean and presented with a certificate of appreciation and a nice gift as well.

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April 15 event: Know Your IX: Title IX Panel and Discussion (sexual assault)

Posted by isulib on April 15, 2015

7:00-8:30pm in the Library Events Area

Put your Title IX knowledge to the test! This interactive event will feature a panel of university staff members who deal directly with Title IX sexual assault cases on campus. The panel members will share their part in the reporting process and answer questions throughout the event. This event is sponsored by the Dean of Students Office and the Cunningham Memorial Library, and there will be cookies and punch provided.

Info?  (812) 237-3832

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April 14: Lobby Bake Sale 12:15-3

Posted by isulib on April 14, 2015

Feminist Majority is holding their wage equality bake sale in the library on April 14th from 11-3. Proceeds go to the Women of ISU Scholarship for non-traditional women students. Please stop in the library and support their efforts.

 Pay Equity Day:

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April 13: “An Economist’s View of Taxation”

Posted by isulib on April 13, 2015


Debra Israel (Department of Economics) will discuss TAXES! – 1 p.m. April 13 at Cunningham Memorial Library’s 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.

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April 13-17: Library CELEBRATES National Library Week with an AWESOME QUILT

Posted by isulib on April 13, 2015

ISU Library Celebrates National Library Week

ISU Library Celebrates National Library Week

Come in and take a closer look!

Come in and take a closer look!

The ISU Library is celebrating National Library Week, April 12-18. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. The national theme is “Unlimited possibilities @ your library®.” The Awesome Quilt project continues its second week; if you haven’t stopped by yet to add your awesome comment, be sure to do so. Also, be sure to look for the Library Consortium of Vigo County’s billboard as you head south on 3rd street, just south of Hulman Street. Additional information about National Library Week can be found at


Visit the table next to the big blue wall.

Visit the table next to the big blue wall.

Drop your "The Library is Awesome Because" quilt block into the box

Drop your “The Library is Awesome Because” quilt block into the box

Events Coordinator, Dara Middleton, assembles the quilt blocks the Library received last week.

Events Coordinator, Dara Middleton, assembles the quilt blocks the Library received last week.


A great start to an AWESOME National Library Week Quilt

A great start to an AWESOME National Library Week Quilt

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April 13: European Literature Night

Posted by isulib on April 8, 2015


Language students from French, German, and Spanish will be reading excerpts from key European texts from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century. Readings will be in the original language, and each reading will feature an introduction to the author, work, and the time period in English, and will include a translation in English of the text read.

Information: Contact Professor Keri Yousif

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Help Build an AWESOME Quilt for National Library Week

Posted by isulib on April 6, 2015

The ISU Library invites you to join in National Library Week activities, beginning this week with: the Library is Awesome Quilt!

Please stop by the Library this week or next. Just inside the security gates look for the table in front of the blue wall. There you will find paper squares, pens and a box. Write a word or two – or even a whole sentence –  on WHY the ISU Library is AWESOME- on a paper square. Drop it in the box.

As the squares begin to accumulate, library staff will string them together  to create a paper Quilt of Awesomeness! The more squares, the more awesomeness can be displayed. The quilt will hang in a suitable location on the Library’s 1st floor.

National Library Week runs April 12-18.

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