IWU May Term "With Malice Toward None..." to Begin May 3
April 19, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Illinois Wesleyan University's May Term 2006 is titled "With Malice
Toward None..." based on former president Abraham Lincoln's speech, "With malice toward
none; with charity for all; let us strive on to finish the work we are in... to do
all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with
May Term, which this year will take place from May 3-25, is a month-long program that
gives IWU students an opportunity to study a single subject intensively on campus,
take a travel course or have an internship. This optional term is designed to completely
immerse the student in learning with the ultimate goal of erasing the barrier between
in-class and out-of-class learning.
IWU students will be offered a variety of courses such as Chemistry in the Kitchen,
a course that examines the constitution of raw foodstuffs and the effect on the molecular
level of foods as they are combined, cooked and metabolized. Another offered course
will be From Mecca to Malcolm, an intensive study of Islam through its core religious
doctrines, texts, practices and leaders with a focus on the central issues of Islamic
development in the U.S. as shaped by Malcolm X and the immigrant communities. Other
examples of May Terms courses are: Human Heredity and Forensic Science; Sex, Values
and Human Nature; Sports Economic; Water Quality and Music Theatre Repertoire.
May Term also gives students a chance to study abroad during the month. Having a
very hands-on approach to learning, each course allows students to take a class at
an international or domestic location while being given the opportunity to experience
another culture. This year, some of the offered courses are: Tropical Ecology in
Costa Rica, Emperors and Revolutionaries: Chinese History through Travel and Transcultural
Nursing and Healthcare in Hawaii.
In addition to coursework, May Term offers students a number of extracurricular activities
which include a variety of artistic visitors and programs for students to enjoy.
One of the scheduled events is a performance by the Zephyr Dance Company at 8:30 p.m.
on May 17 in the Hansen Student Center (300 Beecher St., Bloomington). The all-female,
Chicago-based dance company, which has held residencies during IWU's May Term in the
past, is described by the Chicago Reader as "strong women aware of themselves, their bodies and the power they have to use
In addition, the Steely Pan Orchestra of Normal, Ill., will perform on May 9 at 7:30
p.m. in Presser Hall (1210 N. Park St., Bloomington). The authentic steel drum band
will bring a unique island sound to campus as it combines the acoustic sounds of steel
drums with sequenced bass and drum tracks to achieve a full steel band sound.
Also scheduled from May 3-21 are two exhibits in the Merwin & Wakeley galleries (6
Ames Plaza West, Bloomington). Twenty Dirty Hands: Recent work by a cooperative of ceramic artists who live in and
around Galena, Illinois and Place as Transition will be shown in Merwin & Wakeley galleries, respectively. Twenty Dirty Hands features functional pottery and sculptural pieces, while Place as Transition is a collection of large photographs and small paintings. Exhibits are free and open
to the public, and gallery hours are as follows: Monday through Friday, 12-4 p.m.,
Tuesday evening, 7-9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. On Sunday, May 21, a
gallery talk with the artists will take place in the galleries from 2-3 p.m., with
a closing reception to follow from 3-4 p.m.
May Term also offers several day trips designed specifically for IWU students including
a canoe trip, a Great America Trip, a paintball trip and a rock climbing trip among
Founded in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan enrolls over 2,100 undergraduates. The University
comprises the College of Liberal Arts, with 17 academic departments, and the Schools
of Art, Theatre Arts, Music, and Nursing.
For additional information concerning May Term, contact the Andrew W. Mellon Center
at (309) 556-3751.
Contact: Taylar Kuzniar, (309) 556-3181