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September 2019

Populism Abroad

Start:
Wednesday, September 11th
9:30 am
End:
Friday, September 20th
11:30 am

Variants of Populism: Political Polarization in the Age of Globalization - September 11 The recent rise of populism on a global scale has called into question the quality of contemporary democracy. This phenomenon entails the rise of both right-wing and left-wing variants. Drawing on comparative examples, this presentation will explain these variants in terms of the widespread imposition of austerity policies associated with financial globalization. William Munro, Endowed Professor of Political Science and Director of Environmental Studies Program, IWU    From Democracy…

Science, Technology, Engineering, (Arts), and Mathematics: Navigating STEM/STEAM

Start:
Tuesday, September 24th
1:30 pm
End:
Wednesday, October 2nd
3:30 pm

Integrated STEM: More than Just the Sum of its Parts - September 24 Learn why STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) is increasingly viewed as an integrated discipline, Darner will highlight funding agencies’ priorities for research and their alignment with national goals, STEM at ISU, educational research and under-representation by women and minority groups. Rebekka Darner, Director of the Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology, ISU Teaching STEM Ideas to Kids - September 25 What are best practices for learning STEM topics?…

Mornings With Professors

Start:
Friday, September 27th
9:30 am
End:
Friday, November 1st
11:30 am

THE EXTENDING EMPATHY PROJECT: ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT, REVISITED - September 27 To whom will we extend our empathy? We tend to answer this question through the interaction of unconscious assumptions and the social norms they foster. Because we generate these assumptions unconsciously, we are, in a sense, living in a dream. Moments of conscious reflection, then, are the means by which we wake up, as it were, and examine alternatives to our assumptions. J. Scott Jordan, Professor and Chair, Department…

October 2019

SPECIAL PROGRAM: Is America in a Constitutional Crisis?

Date:
Wednesday, October 16th
Time:
9:30 am - 11:30 pm

Recently, the U.S. Speaker and a powerful House committee chair claimed a constitutional crisis existed. Several political pundits and legal experts agreed. However, others argued while current politics is unusual a constitutional crisis is not present. Arguments for both sides will be assessed as well as the criteria for a constitutional crisis and past crises in this nation. *$15.00 payable only at the door. (No pre-registration) Wednesday, October 16  9:30-11:30 am Robert Bradley, Professor Emeritus, Politics & Government, ISU

Literature: Voices in Americana

Start:
Monday, October 28th
1:30 pm
End:
Wednesday, November 6th
3:30 pm

There’s No Place Like Home: The Wizard of Oz as Political Propaganda - October 28 Although children’s lit seems like an unlikely vehicle for political propaganda, scholars have proven otherwise. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1902) carries overtones of the Populist political party’s agenda at the early part of the 20th century. Victor Fleming’s film The Wizard of Oz (1939) was released to the public seven days prior to Germany’s bombing of Poland. Roberta Seelinger Trites, Distinguished Professor of English, ISU  …

November 2019

Misconceptions About the Middle Ages

Start:
Tuesday, November 12th
9:30 am
End:
Thursday, November 21st
11:30 am

Four different topics covering medieval history, art and literature will be explored. Each addresses the public perception of a controversial subject and seeks to challenge what we think we know about the medieval world. November 12: Common stereotypes of the Virgin Mary November 14: Travels and travelers in the medieval Mediterranean November 19: Taking the Middle Ages “global” November 21: The Black Death Kathryn Jasper, Associate Professor and Director of European Studies, Department of History, ISU

January 2020

Philosophy As a Way of Life

Start:
Tuesday, January 21st 2020
9:30 am
End:
Thursday, January 30th 2020
11:30 am

PHILOSOPHY AS A WAY OF LIFE *Walk-in for Philosophy As a Way of Life, $15.00 for individual session pay at the door. January 21, 23, 28, 30 (Tuesday/Thursday)  9:30-11:30 am One might think philosophy is interesting, even fun to learn, but too highfalutin to make much of a difference in one’s everyday life. How could life change if philosophy were to be taken seriously? January 21: What is Philosophy as a Way of Life? January 23: Epictetus on What’s in our Control…