“Unraveling Inequality” Theme for 2014 May Term

April 25, 2014               

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— May Term offers students the opportunity to participate in a single intensive month-long class that covers a semester’s worth of material. The theme for this year’s May Term is “Unraveling Inequality,” from the 2013-2014 liberal arts course cluster.

Many of the classes provided during May Term fulfill general education requirements, while others allow students the chance to take a class that is not usually offered during the school year, including travel courses. Some of the classes offered this May Term include: “Game Theory Goes to the Movies,” “From Homer to Hip-Hop,” “The Gourmet Listener” and travel courses in Russia, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Bulgaria and Barcelona.

Below is a list of events available for students to participate in during May Term:

  • May Term Photo Contest: Students may submit up to four photos that best encompass their May Term experience. The categories for the contest include: “The Natural World,” “People and Events,” “Travel” and “Unraveling Inequality.” A panel of judges will select a winner from each category, and prizes will be announced in early Fall 2014.

  • Event Series: “An Evening of Indian Dances” Friday, May 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Hansen Student Center

  • Music Series: “Learn to Play Balinese Gamelan Music” Wednesday, May 7 from 12 to 1 p.m. on the Quad

  • Speaker Series:
    • Chief Duane Hollow Horn Bear from Sinte Gleska University in Rosebud, S.D. will discuss, “Reflections on Lakota Environmental Ethics” on Thursday, May 15 at 4 p.m. in State Farm Hall, Room 102.
    • Michael Wiant, director of Dickson Mounds Museum will deliver a lecture titled “Museums and Cultural Heritage-who decides what to preserve?” on Thursday, May 22 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in State Farm Hall, Room 103.

  • Film Series: All films will be shown in Beckman Auditorium, Ames Library at 7 p.m.
    • Repentance – Thursday, May 8
    • To Play and To Fight – Tuesday, May 13
    • Living for 32 – Wednesday, May 14
    • Girl Rising – Thursday, May 15
    • Up Heartbreak Hill – Tuesday, May 20
    • District 9 – Thursday, May 22
    • Regret to Inform – Tuesday, May 27

  • Recreational Series:
    • Movie Night: Neighbors – Friday, May 9 at Starplex Theater
    • PhGuFest: BBQ and Games – Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Community Series:
    • IWU Peace Garden Volunteering – May 9, 14, 20, 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. each day. Contact Amanda King at aking@iwu.edu or Katarina Waszak at kwaszak@iwu.edu for information about volunteering.
    • Morning at the Farmer’s Market – Saturday, May 10. Participants will learn about local food justice efforts in downtown Bloomington. Contact Elyse Nelson Winger, university chaplain, at (309) 556-3005 for more information.
    • Lunch Prep and Serve at Safe Harbor – Friday, May 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Contact Winger for more information about volunteering.
    • Lunch Prep and Serve at Home Sweet Home – Sunday, May 18 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Contact Winger for more information about volunteering.

  • Student Exhibit: “Library Archives and Anthropological Collections” Wednesday, May 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Ames Library and the third floor of the Center for Liberal Arts. Contact Linda Giles, adjunct faculty, for more information.

  • May Term 2014 Closing Reception: Wednesday, May 28 from 4 to 6 p.m.

May Term begins Wednesday, May 7 and ends Friday, May 30. For additional information and events, contact the May Term Office at (309) 556-3760 or visit the website www.iwu.edu/mellon-center/mayterm/.

Contact: Danielle Kamp '15 (309) 556-3181, univcomm@iwu.edu