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Oct. 9, 2017
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It's almost here! This year's theme celebrates alumni living and working abroad, international studies majors, study abroad experiences, and Titans' impact internationally.

artworkSchool of Art to Host Faculty Biennial Reception
The Faculty Biennial Exhibit, showcasing the work of Illinois Wesleyan art faculty, opens today (Oct. 9) in the Merwin and Wakeley Galleries. An Alumni Reception is planned this Saturday, Oct. 14 during Homecoming festivities.

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  • The Titan women's golf team won their third straight College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship in a weekend tournament shortened by rain.
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As various groups jockey for leadership roles in the emerging world of college gaming, Illinois Wesleyan is among a small but growing number of colleges to establish varsity Esports programs.
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Callum Fletcher is Illinois Wesleyan's first coach in the sport of competitive video games, which are growing in nationwide popularity. Also reported by WJBC Radio.
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Illinois Wesleyan student athletes, most of them men, strapped on high heels as part of the "Walk A Mile in Her Shoes" campaign against sexual violence.
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Biologist and author David Haskell, who studies the ways trees communicate, spoke at Illinois Wesleyan.
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The Rev. Patty Johansen '79, who is the first woman to serve as lead pastor at Vermont Street United Methodist Church in Quincy, says she was guided into her calling in part by her academic advisor at IWU.
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University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger debated the role of pastors in speaking to their congregations about President Donald Trump.
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  • Isaac Funk Professor of Russian Studies Marina Balina spent spring semester of 2017 as a DAAD Visiting Professor at the Institute for Slavic Studies at the University of Hamburg, Germany. She taught seminars on fairy tales in contemporary culture, Soviet children’s literature, and Jewish literature and culture in Soviet Russia.

    From Aug. 1 through Sept. 1, she was a visiting researcher at The Hans Christian Andersen Center of the University of Southern Denmark. Together with her Danish co-editor, Mads Sohl Jessen, she worked on the new edited volume on Hans Christian Andersen and Russia.

    During her stay in Europe, Balina participated at several international conferences and presented the following papers:
    • “Writing Hers/his Story, Writing Trauma: Revisions of Stalinist Past” at the international symposium on Cultural Representations of Transnational Childhoods: European-Australian-American Perspectives, University of Wroclaw, Poland.
    • “On Eatable and Uneatable in Russian Children’s Literature of the 1920s-1930s” at the international conference on Food and Social Change Around the World, University of Strasbourg, France.
    • “Crossing the Boundaries of Permissible: Hans Christian Andersen and his Soviet Legacy” at the 2017 Annual Convention of the American Comparative Literature Association, Utrecht, Netherlands.

  • Balina was an invited speaker at the Leibniz Institute for History and Culture of Eastern Europe and the Institute for Slavic Studies, University of Leipzig, Germany, where she gave a talk on contemporary Russian childhood recollections.

    In addition, she has two forthcoming publications:
    • “Visualizing Revolution in Soviet Era Picture Books for Children” in Spectacle de la Révolution, ed. by Emilia Kustova, Lausanne: Antipodes, 2017.  
    • “Re-Imagining the Past for the Future Generations: History as Fiction in Soviet Children’s Literature” in The Brill Companion to Soviet Children’s Literature and Film, ed. by Olga Voronina. Leiden: Brill Publishing, 2017.
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