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March 5: 2014-15 Schick Lecture series concludes with Ralph Hanna

Posted by isulib on February 27, 2015

March 5: Ralph Hanna, University of Oxford. Hanna is the author of “London Literature, 1300-1380,” “Pursuing History: Middle English Manuscripts and Their Texts,” “William Langland” and other works.Twenty-six years after emeritus professor Joseph S. Schick endowed the Department of English at Indiana State University with the most generous gift from a former faculty member, the Schick Lectures series is as strong as ever and has an enlightening program planned this year.

In accordance with the endowment, the Schick series invites scholars from the United States and United Kingdom to lecture on literature and language topics before 1900. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 3:30 p.m. in Root Hall A264:

The English department buys a copy of the in-print books written or edited by each author, who autographs them during his or her visit. The collection, now up to 1,200 books, is kept in the Schick Library for use by students and faculty.


Contact: Robert Perrin, professor and department chair of English, 812-237-3160 or

Writer: Libby Roerig, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or

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Posted by isulib on February 24, 2015

Reception 3pm; program 3:30-end, Library Events Area


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Posted by isulib on February 24, 2015

Darwin with David Wooten

Darwin with David Wooten

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ISU author Michael Shelden joins Drue Heinz Lecture Series

Posted by isulib on February 23, 2015

Acclaimed author and Indiana State University professor Michael Shelden joins heady company this spring as part of the Drue Heinz Lecture Series.

Shelden, who is on sabbatical from teaching English this semester, has agreed to talk about his research and book, “Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill,” at locations in five major cities, including Chicago’s Newberry Library and New York City’s Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium and Philadelphia’s Union League in April. “At this stage in my career, a lot of stuff happens because … people react to what I’ve done,” Shelden said. “I’ve given a lot of talks in the past year, and they’ve attracted some attention.”

The series is organized by the Royal Oak Foundation, in alliance with the National Trust of England, and is sponsored by the Drue Heinz Trust as a way to promote British culture in America. Heinz, an American patron of the arts and third wife of the ketchup mogul, is publisher of the literary magazine The Paris Review. Other speakers include Tracy Borman, chief curator for the charity that manages the Tower of London, Kensington Palace and others, and Lord Robert Sackville, a British publisher, author and guardian of the great former Tudor palace Knole.

“Obviously, they want good speakers, and they find out who have been giving talks lately. I guess I qualify,” said Shelden, who was a Pulitzer finalist in 1991 and was the National Author Winner for the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award last year.

Although many of the speakers are British, Shelden easily qualifies as an honorary Brit for his body of work and many trips across the pond. “British culture is not something I go out seeking. It’d be preaching to the choir,” said Shelden, who has visited England 55 times, staying as long as two months at a time.

For 15 years, Shelden worked as a writer at London’s equivalent of the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, which at the time had a circulation of one million. All of his articles were written in British English, oftentimes under deadline pressure. “I was really proud of that fact. For many years, I was the only American who wrote for the Telegraph,” he said. “And all of this from Terre Haute, Ind.”

Fittingly — and perhaps a bit of foreshadowing — one of Shelden’s editors was the granddaughter of Churchill. His first book was actually first printed in England, not the United States. Of all the locations Shelden will visit this spring, he’s most excited about the Newberry Library — a sacred place for people who love books and literature. In addition to rare documents and early books such as a Gutenberg Bible and first edition Shakespeare folio, Newberry has the largest collection of Herman Melville works, including a first edition of “Moby Dick,” when it was then known as “The Whale.”

Shelden’s latest project, due out next year, is on Melville during the writing of “Moby Dick.” Appropriately, Shelden’s publisher was also Melville’s. “Way back 150 years ago, Harper and Brothers published ‘Moby Dick,’ and now called HarperCollins, they’re publishing my book,” Shelden said.

Before embarking on the Heinz lectureship, Shelden will be traveling to Barcelona for an appearance about George Orwell and his book, “Orwell: The Authorized Biography.”  “It’s a really important thing. Orwell was nearly killed there — he was shot during the Spanish Civil War. Many of the ideas he had about ‘big brother’ … originated in Spain,” he said.

Just counting Shelden’s biographies, many of which have been translated into different languages and recorded as audiobooks, he’s written 2,500 printed pages. “That’s a lot — you’re starting to get into encyclopedia territory. It’s kind of like long-distance running. You don’t set out to write that much,” he said.

For more information about the Heinz lecture series, go to



Contact: Michael Shelden, professor of English, Indiana State University, 812-237-3261 or

Writer: Libby Roerig, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or

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Feb. 18 & 19: Use Open Educational Resources

Posted by isulib on February 18, 2015

Learn. Adapt. Create. OER. Interested in earning some extra money, AND help your students succeed?

Open Educational Resources (OER) may be what you are looking for. Attend one of our workshops, and learn how you can transform your course using freely available OERs. Workshops are open for all teaching faculty – instructors and lecturers included. Light refreshments will be served. Emerging Technology Librarian, Heather Rayl, continues to promote the use of open educational resources (OER). Two sessions this week in HMSU 407:

February 18 or February 19, 2015

3:00 pm4:30 pm

HMSU 407

Contact: OER Workshops – 812-2372150 –


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February 24: Darwin: Books, Beetles, and Blasphemy [Darwin Day]

Posted by isulib on February 18, 2015

We’ve all heard the phrase: “You are what you eat;” however, biology Professor David Wooten has his own spin: “You are what you read.”

Wooten will share insights from the books that Charles Darwin read, during his lecture, “Darwin: Books, Beetles, and Blasphemy,” as Indiana State University’s Darwin Day Speaker at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in the events area of Cunningham Memorial Library (cookies at 6:30).

“For me, to truly understand Darwin and his theory, you need to understand the roots of its formation and this led to me to these various books,” said Wooten, a professor of biology at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Mich. “Darwin was not the first person to contemplate a theory of evolution. Individuals from Aristotle to Lamarck postulated on how species can change over time, but Darwin was the one that figured out the mechanism to explain such a process.”

Wooten started collecting antique books — at first, mostly biology tomes with beautiful illustrations — after graduate school. His first love, as expected, was science and Darwin’s contributions.

“Undoubtedly (‘The Origin of Species’) was his major achievement, but far from his only contribution to science. Darwin wrote seminal works on geology, marine biology, zoology, ecology and numerous works in the field of botany,” Wooten said. “If you take away evolution and ‘Origin of Species,’ Charles Darwin is still one of the greatest and most ingenious scientists in history.”

Darwin made these contributions in the face of much personal sacrifice — hence, use of the word “blasphemy” in Wooten’s alliterative lecture title.

“He had witnessed others before him who published works claiming species were mutable and were subsequently, both socially and professionally, ostracized,” Wooten said. “He greatly feared the consequences of his theory for both his family and himself.”

The religious debate continues today in some places. Controversy aside, evolution remains a topic scientists and non-scientists alike are fascinated by more than 150 years later.

“Evolution answers one of the greatest questions of all time: Why is our world so diverse? It addresses who we are and where we come from as humans. These questions strike at the core of how we perceive ourselves and how we fit into the complex dynamic of our planet,” Wooten said.

With advances in genomics and the continued exploration of the mechanisms of gene expression, epigenetics and mutation, science is ever evolving, too.

“In my opinion, it is a fascinating and important time to be a biologist and address these issues,” Wooten said. “Historically, this time period is critical for us and our works/actions will most definitely be critiqued and studied by future generations.”

During his lecture, Wooten says he aims to engage a diverse audience of science-lovers, history-lovers and book-lovers for an inspiring evening.

“I designed this talk to capture the interest of folks interested in evolution, in history and in antique literature. It is not a talk directly about evolution, and it’s not a talk only about Darwin,” Wooten said. “It’s a bibliographic history about the books that inspired an unsuspecting English naturalist to sail the world and come back with an idea that grew into the greatest unifying theory in all of biology. I want attendees to walk away with an appreciation of the journey, the genius, the humility, the tribulation and the ultimate success of Charles Darwin.”

Part of the Darwin Keynote Speaker Series, Darwin Day was founded to celebrate science as an international language, much like music, and is sponsored by Indiana State’s University Honors Program and Center for Community Engagement.

Contact: Rusty Gonser, associate professor of biology and director of The Center for Genomic Advocacy at Indiana State University, 812-237-2395 or

Writer: Libby Roerig, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or


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February 11: Pizza & Politics: The Cost of Privilege

Posted by isulib on February 11, 2015

pizza-privilegeCo-sponsored by the African American Cultural Center
Wednesday, February 11, 7:00 PM
Library Events Area

The event will include activities and discussion related to privilege and how it impacts everyone’s daily lives. Pizza and refreshments will be available at the event.

Some reading before the event? Discussion can go in many directions. Here are a couple of links provided by the Library:

What We Aren’t Talking About When We Talk About ‘White Privilege’

Study Guide for documentary: Tim Wise on White Privilege: Racism, White Denial & the Costs of Inequality – film not available but some good questions to get you thinking:

or transcript:

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February 11: Friend Me! International Perspectives from Research and Personal Experience

Posted by isulib on February 9, 2015

Friend Me:  International perspectives from research and personal experience (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm) Events Area

Panel discussion as part of the College of Arts & Sciences Community Semester: Virgil Sheets (Psychology); Christine Strong (Study Abroad); Zachariah Mathew (Center for Global Engagement)

Everyone has struggled with the challenges of making friends in a new setting. Add a difference of cultures and languages to the mix, and the challenge becomes even more complicated. This panel discussion will explore some solution:

  • What can psychology teach us about the meaning of friendship, and ways to overcome some of the predictable obstacles to making friends?
  • What tips can experienced travelers and border-crossers share about how to break the ice and make opportunities for yourself?
  • How do definitions of friendship, and the expectations of a friend, differ across cultures?

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February 11 & 12 = BAKE SALE

Posted by isulib on February 9, 2015

2/11/2015 and 2/12/2015 – Linking Language Learners Bake Sale (12:30 pm – 3:30 pm) Lobby

Proceeds apply toward the LLL activities

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Librarian and horse rescuer to present

Posted by isulib on February 9, 2015

Elizabeth Lorenzen (Reference/Instruction; Public Services) will be making a presentation at the Living with Animals Conference, being held at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY from March 19-21.  The title of the presentation is: “Let’s Strike While the Iron is Hot!  Using the Cause of Equine Welfare as a Vehicle for Teaching Information Literacy at Peacefield Equine Sanctuary.” 

The new interdisciplinary conference, which is hosted by the Psychology Department at EKU, draws international participants from many different disciplines.  EKU has a new Animal Studies program which is completely interdisciplinary and explores the connections between animals and humans.

Peacefield Equine Sanctuary

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