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Eby '15 Named 2014 Lincoln Laureate
Hannah Eby '15 has been named a Student Laureate by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois, recognized for her outstanding academic commitment and extracurricular activities.
Fall IWU Magazine Celebrates Lives Transformed
Support for the Transforming Lives Campaign from alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students is celebrated in the cover story of the latest Illinois Wesleyan University Magazine.
Student Programming Board Receives Award
Illinois Wesleyan's Office of Student Activities and Leadership Programs has been named best Programming Organization of the Year by the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) Mid America region.
Law Student White Price '06 Honored by Minnesota Justice Foundation
Law student Martha White Price '06 has received an Outstanding Service Award for demonstrating her commitment to the community through public interest and justice work.
Students Learn Importance of Social Media in Job Searches
To increase awareness of the importance of social media in the job search, students working for the Hart Career Center sponsored an "IWU Career Dream" Instagram contest.
• The Illinois Wesleyan women's soccer team, in its deepest advancement ever in the NCAA Division III postseason tournament, will play the University of Chicago in the third round at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Chicago's Stagg Field.
> Find highlights at www.iwusports.com.
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In recent posts, Sung Jin Hong '97 is artistic director and conductor of One World Symphony, which will perform its first reality TV-inspired Operasode: Bachelor! The performance – which is the annual holiday benefit concert for Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, New York City's largest soup kitchen – will be Monday, Dec. 22 at Holy Apostles Church in Manhattan.
Monday, Nov. 17
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• 12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: "E-portfolios" – Presented by Associate Professor of Educational Studies Leah Nillas.
• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Latin American Studies Colloquium: Against the Bad Education – Presented by Dr. Arturo Márquez Gómez, assistant professor in the Romance Languages Department of Kalamazoo College.
• 7 p.m., C101, CNS – Stand Up Against Cancer Tryouts – Students, do you think you're funny? If so, try out for Stand Up Against Cancer! Stand Up is a charity event where your peers do comedic routines in order to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Sponsored by Colleges Against Cancer. (Also on Tuesday, same time and place.)
Tuesday, Nov. 18
• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Health Education about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders (HEALE) – Beyond Competence! Celebrate the rich, reliable and resilient LGBTQIA community as we explore the history and contributions made to the cultural fabric of the U.S. and the world in areas related to the arts, sports, food, politics, equality and world peace. HEALE trainers Cecilia Hardacker, Kristin Keglovitz-Baker and Hector Salgado from Howard Brown Health Center, Chicago, will be on campus to present information about their health education curriculum in a series of LGBT cultural competency sessions, hosted by Assistant Professor of Nursing Amanda Hopkins and Byron S. Tucci Professor of Hispanic Studies Carolyn Nadeau as part of their series through the Mellon Foundation Re-Centering the Humanities grant at IWU.
• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – German Film Series: Das Leben der Anderen/The Lives of Others (2006) – An agent in the East German secret police becomes involved in the lives of the artists he is spying on.
• 8 p.m., McPherson Theatre – Musical: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown – Performances continue nightly through Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23.
Wednesday, Nov. 19
• 12-2 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle, near the DugOut – Student Market – The IWU Peace Garden will sell fresh produce.
• 4 p.m., 022, State Farm Hall – English Colloquium – Professor of English Daniel Terkla will explain how the medieval English cathedral is a metaphor designed to bring the City of God to earth. Within that context, he focuses on tabulae, painted and inscribed panels positioned throughout the building to re-present the Church's version of human history. He'll then present the Hereford Mappa Mundi (world map) as a monumental tabula and argue that understanding its use requires us to re-conceptualize it as a portal through which pilgrims accessed the Middle Ages' most powerful intercessor, the Virgin Mary.
Michael Wettengel '15 will then examine the portrayal of Henry V in Kenneth Branagh's film version of William Shakespeare's history play. He argues that Henry V is seen in a sympathetic light, and not as a Machiavellian ruler as he is depicted in Shakespeare's work.
Sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, the English honors society.
• 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – IWU Next – (Rescheduled from Nov. 12) IWU Next is modeled on the idea of TED Talks, giving speakers seven minutes to share something they are passionate about. This could be interesting research, community work, or a compelling idea that the campus should know about. Past speakers have talked about the myth behind "the power of one" in movement building, the importance of interfaith work, and entrepreneurial endeavors original to our campus.
• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Vanishing of the Bees – The Sierra Student Coalition will host a screening of the documentary, which is narrated by Ellen Page. Come learn about pollinators, colony collapse disorder, and what can be done to save the bees.
Thursday, Nov. 20
• 12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Asian Studies Colloquium: China and Hong Kong: Occupy Central/Umbrella Student Movement – Join the Asian Studies Team of International Studies for a presentation by Mark Sheldon '70 of the Hong Kong-America Center at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, joined by students from Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China. Bring your lunch if you wish.
• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Michael Theune: "Hazlitt's 'Natural Capacity': A Source for Keats's 'Negative Capability,'" – The mysterious and seductive term "Negative Capability" has been thought to be a completely original creation of Keats's genius. However, this presentation will argue that Keats derived the term "Negative Capability" from his thinking about literary critic William Hazlitt's use of "natural capacity," a term borrowed from the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes. Theune also will argue that the resultant narrowing of Negative Capability's range of reference can and should serve as an important corrective to recent troubling uses of the term.
Research for this presentation was supported by a Mellon Humanities Fellowship provided by Illinois Wesleyan's "Re-centering the Humanities" initiative. Sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, the English honors society.
• 6 p.m., Underground (lower level of the DugOut), Memorial Center – Lyrical Graffiti Open Mic Night – All forms of spoken word are welcome, be it poetry, music, or rap.
• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series – Joyeux Noel (2005, France/Germany/UK), the story of the spontaneous ceasefire during Christmas Eve on the front lines of World War I. Presented by Visiting Assistant Professor of German Adam Woodis.
• 7 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Trans* Day of Remembrance – IWU traditionally hosts the Bloomington/Normal community's annual service of remembrance of trans* people lost to violence and intolerance. Sponsored by IWU Pride Alliance; a Walls and Bridges theme event.
• 7 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Through the Looking Glass: The Art of Science...Or the Science of Art – Christopher Rose of the Rhode Island School of Design will speak on how he has used science to inform his designs, in areas from furniture design to meteorology and data representation. Rose's convocation is the third in a series of three speakers this fall, all discussing how their lives have existed at the boundary of science and the humanities, sponsored by the Re-centering the Humanities Grant.
• 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Jazz Lab Band & Symphonic Winds Concert
Friday, Nov. 21
• 12:30 p.m., Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts – Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra & Opera: "Hansel and Gretel" – Also at 7:30 p.m.
• 4 p.m., C101, CNS – Natural Science Colloquium – Jiri Moravec, National Museum Prague, will present "Common but overlooked: widespread lizard challenges knowledge about diversity of European reptiles," hosted by Assistant Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr.
• 4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – Carolyn Nadeau on Women's Health in 16th Century Spain – Byron S. Tucci Professor of Hispanic Studies Carolyn Nadeau will present her research on women's health issues in 16th-century Spain, and how academic men and household women approached the subject. This event is sponsored by the IWU Women's Caucus.
Saturday, Nov. 22
• 10 a.m., Fort Natatorium – Swimming and Diving - Illinois Wesleyan Invitational – Live video at www.iwu.edu/livesports
• 10 a.m., Joslin Atrium, IWU Memorial Center – Harvesting Help: An IWU Interfaith Service Day – A day of service, learning and fun. The day begins with a food re-packaging event in Joslin, followed by three opportunities to volunteer in the community by gleaning at the Thanksgiving Farmer's Market, delivering food for the Promise Packs program at Cedar Ridge School, working with Clare House's Annual Thanksgiving Drive at Schnuck's, or working at the IWU Peace Garden. We then come back for a (free!) lunch at Joslin and panel and group discussion about various religious and non-religious understandings of food justice featuring community and campus leaders. Come, learn, serve!
• 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Opera: "Hansel and Gretel"
Sunday, Nov. 23
• 3 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Cantus Novus Concert – A free will offering will be accepted at this holiday choral music concert.
• 6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Student Senate Meeting
Monday, Nov. 24
• 12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: "The Physical Senses in Early Modern Galenism Debates and Prescriptive Domestic Literature" – Presented by Byron S. Tucci Professor of Hispanic Studies Carolyn Nadeau.
> Find more on the Events Calendar
Nov. 17, 2014
Titans in the News
The Austin Chronicle
Karen LaShelle '98 leads Creative Action, annually teaching the arts to 20,000 children while boosting confidence in their ability to make positive change.
The (Ottawa, Ill.) Times
Alexis Ferracuti '11, a graduate of New England Law, has joined her father's law firm in Ottawa.
See a review of the Heartland Theatre production of Falling by Deanna Jent '84. Performances continue Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 20-23.
> More Titans in the News
• Professor of English Dan Terkla is on the editorial board for Maps, Spaces Cultures (Brill). This innovative series seeks monographs and essay collections that investigate how notions of space, geography, and mapping shaped medieval and early modern cultures.
• On Nov. 8, the IWU Department of Educational Studies and the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice hosted a professional development workshop for teachers devoted to the study of the Spanish Civil War.
Led by Professors Sebastiaan Faber of Oberlin College and Peter Carroll of Stanford University – who chair the board and serve as board chair emeritus of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives Organization, respectively – 25 teachers, student teachers, and faculty participated in the day-long event.
Carmela Ferradans, professor of Hispanic Studies, and Irv Epstein, professor and chair of Educational Studies and director of the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice, were also involved in workshop programming, as were Tracy Freeman of Normal Community West High School and Megan Novotny of Evans Junior High School.
As noted on its website, "The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives is an educational non-profit dedicated to promoting social activism and the defense of human rights, whose work is inspired by the brave American volunteers of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade who fought and died fighting fascism in the Spanish Civil War. "
• Physics Professor Emeritus Ray Wilson published the book Nuclear War: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and A Workable Moral Strategy for Achieving and Preserving World Peace. For more than 55 years, Wilson has taught about nuclear war, including in his May Term course, "Problems of Nuclear Disarmament."
With more than 150 photos and illustrations, Wilson's book summarizes his research on what happened to the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki who were caught in the world's first nuclear war, including information held as "secret" then "confidential" by the U.S. government for several decades.
"Despite the topic," Wilson said, "this book is a friendly, optimistic document offering a viable alternative to the manner by which world problems and conflicts are currently unsatisfactorily resolved."
The book includes two specialized chapters for teachers with suggestions for teaching about nuclear war and its elimination, which Wilson summarized at a recent meeting of the Illinois chapter of the American Association of Physics Teachers.
In addition to the available print version, a PDF version of the book can be downloaded for free. Wilson's email address is on the download page; he said he would very much like to hear opinions about this book.
• Colin Rathe '15, a history and secondary education double major who is currently completing his student teaching at Bloomington High School, participated in the 2014 Annual Conference for Teachers in Civics, Law and Government sponsored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation-Chicago.
Rathe and Professor Douglas Godfried of the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law presented a session devoted to the Fourth Amendment implications of the Riley vs. California Supreme Court decision, involving the conduct of a warrantless search for the purposes of retrieving information from a suspect's smartphone.
Rathe completed an internship sponsored by the IWU Center for Human Rights and Social Justice with the Constitutional Rights Foundation-Chicago during the summer of 2014.
• In the Nov. 4 elections:
- Tim Brown '78 (R-Crawfordsville) was unopposed and retained his seat in the Indiana House, representing District 41.
- Paul Finch '04 of Normal was elected to the McLean County Board representing District 6. Finch majored in political science at IWU.
• Demetria Kaladimos '81, news anchor and reporter at WSMV in Nashville, was among those honored by the Nashville Association of Talent Directors at its 2014 Gala. Those honored "lead, not only in their areas of expertise, but in their continuing support of education and scholarship."
> Find more scholarly activity at Digital Commons @ IWU.
Rockford Area Alumni Connection
Date: Dec. 4
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Join your fellow Rockford Titans with a beer tasting at Rockford Brewing Company in the Prairie Street Brewhouse. Rockford-area student Brexton Isaacs '15 and Chair and Professor of Political Science Greg Shaw will be our speakers.
Alumni Track and Field Meet
Date: Dec. 6
Time: 12 p.m.
Come and support the current team, see "old" friends and coaches, and feel free to dust off the old spikes and compete! At the conclusion of the meet (around 4:30 p.m.) we will have a pizza social in the Shirk Center classrooms followed by another social TBA off campus.
Atlanta Area Holiday Party
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Please join us for a holiday buffet and drinks at the home of Sandra (Futhey) '77 and Louis Rice.
Phoenix Connection 2015
Date: Jan. 25
Time: 12:30 p.m.
McCormick Ranch Golf Club. Registration will open in mid-December.
Get Your Titan Gear
Under Armour apparel featuring a new Illinois Wesleyan logo is among the Titan paraphernalia available at theiwubookstore.com.