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  • The Midterm U.S. Senate elections are next week...who will win? What difference does it make?

    Prof. Jay Goodman, Pol. Sc., explains factors that will determine the outcome of next week’s elections at the next Faculty Lunch Talk. Thurs., Oct. 30th, 12:30-1:30 pm in PDR. All are welcome to attend.

    Professor Goodman explains the factors that will determine the outcome and talk about some of the ten states which are in play. Most experts think the Republicans will win the plus six they need to capture control.

    Professor Jay Goodman, Professor of Political Science presents the next Faculty Lunch Talk. The talk is scheduled for Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room. All are welcome to attend.

     

     

     

  • Bangladesh a year and a half after the Rana Plaza disaster: joint liability and reforming the global garment industry

    “But just how much change has taken place since Rana Plaza?” Prof. John Miller, Econ., discusses safety conditions following the tragic factory building collapse that killed 1139 Bangladeshi garment workers in 2013. Wed., Oct. 22 at 12:30 pm in PDR.

    johnmiller-122x122On April 24, 2013 the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed killing 1139 Bangladeshi garment workers. After Rana Plaza, Bangladesh and the international garment industry had reached a crossroad. The policies that had led to the stunning growth of the Bangladeshi garment industry had so tarnished the "Made In Bangladesh" label that they were no longer sustainable.

    But just how much change has taken place since Rana Plaza? That is the focus of my talk. I pay special attention to the accord on fire and building safety in Bangladesh initiated and signed by major European retailers which makes these brands jointly responsible (along with their subcontractors) for the safety conditions in the factories that make the clothing, and "jointly liable" when safety conditions are violated.

    The Faculty Lunch talk is presented by John Miller, Professor of Economics. The talk is scheduled for Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room. All are welcome to attend.

  • All together now: implementing and evaluating the Writer's Workshop

    Chera LaForge, Asst. Prof. Indiana Univ. East and Adam Irish, Mellon Post-Doc Teaching Fellow presents “…lessons learned from teaching experiments on adapting the Writer’s Workshop to teach non-fiction, scientific prose across a range of social science courses.” Thurs., Oct. 9, 2014, 12:30 (PDR). Read more…

    Writing is among the most valuable, most transferable, and most difficult skills students learn in college. Yet, too often teaching and talking about writing are relegated to first year rhetoric courses. Borrowing from the field of education, and the habits of professional writers, Dr. LaForge and Dr. Irish present their research into an alternative method of writing instructions: the Writer's Workshop. The Writer's Workshop is a student-focused, cooperative method of writing instruction. Preliminary findings suggest that the Writer's Workshop can help professors teach and students meaningfully talk about writing, even in large classes. This faculty lunch talk will present the lessons learned fro the two years of teaching experiments on adapting the Writer's Workshop to teach non-fiction, scientific prose across a range of social science courses.

    Presented by Chera LaForge, Assistant Professor, Indiana University East and Professor Adam Irish, Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Political Science and International Relations. All are welcome.

    Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm in President's Dining Room.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Context-specific approaches for image caption generation

    Rebecca Mason, Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellow in Math and Computer Science, presents the first Faculty Lunch Talk of Fall 2014 on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 12:30 pm in PDR. All are welcome.

    Automatic image captioning is a challenging Artificial Intelligence task. Given an image file, the objective is to automatically generate a natural language description of its salient visual content. This talk describes professor mason's research modeling correlations between image and text features, which are learned from examples of captioned images found on the Internet. She will present results from applications in social media and online shopping websites.

    Please join Professor Mason on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 for the first Faculty Lunch Talk of the Fall semester.  12:30 pm in PDR

     

  • I'm just as German as Kafka: Contemporary authors and issues of inclusion in German literature

    Please join Laura Bohn, Visiting Prof. of German as she presents the final Faculty Lunch Talk for Spring on Wed., April 30th at 12:30 pm (PDR). Read more…

    In 2005, the popular magazine Literaturen published a round-table discussion with Terézia Mora and several other authors described as “not quite German.” Unsurprisingly, these authors rejected the interviewer’s unfortunate description of their work as a “boutique of difference,” and instead demanded full inclusion in German literature. Mora - born in Hungary, but living in Berlin and writing in German since the early 90s, has won not only the Chamisso Prize (given to authors writing in German as a second language), but also all the major German literary prizes, including the German Book Prize in 2013. This lunch talk will examine the reception of Mora’s work, along with the themes of language and identity in her novels, to explore the complicated position of German authors coming from other first languages. As Germany redefines itself as a land of immigration, how has the reception and expectation around this literature changed in the last decade? What must still be done for the unqualified inclusion of this work in “German literature?”

    Laura Bohn, Visiting Professor of German presents the final Faculty Lunch Talk of the semester on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 12:30 pm in President's Dining Room. All are welcome.

     

  • Is this the end of the political world as we know it? Will the Republicans capture the U.S. Senate in the off-year elections?

    Prof. Jay Goodman, Political Science, and Brian Jencunas, ’14 will present poll data and narrative to try to answer these questions at the next Faculty Lunch Talk. Thurs., April 24 at 12:30 pm in PDR.

    Is this the end of the political world as we know it?
    Will the Republicans capture the U.S. Senate in the off-year elections?

    Jay Goodman, Professor of Political Science and Brian Jencunas, Class of 2014 will present poll data and narrative to try to answer these questions at the next Faculty Lunch Talk. Please join Professor Goodman and Brian Jencunas on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room to hear about the polling data and what it suggests.

    Click here for the complete list of Faculty Lunch Talks scheduled for Spring 2014.

  • Incorporating the Elisabeth Amen Nursery School into Your Curriculum

    Looking for an engaging place for your students to conduct observation and research? Marge Werner, Director, Nursery School, presents the next Faculty Lunch Talk. Thurs., April 10th at 12:30 pm in PDR. All are welcome.

    Looking for a place where your students can do observation and research? This workshop will discuss the opportunities that are available for students to learn more about young children and how they think and learn. In the past, students from the music, art, science, education and psychology departments have visited the school. As well as students from Sustainable Education for Environmental Development (SEEDs) who helped the children plan and plant a garden behind the nursery school.

    The Faculty Lunch talk is presented by Marge Werner, Director of the Elisabeth Amen Nursery School. The talk is scheduled to be held on Thursday, April 10th at 12:30 pm in President's Dining Room.  Please join us on for the next Faculty Lunch Talk to learn more about how the nursery school can enhance your curriculum.

    Click here for the complete list of Faculty Lunch Talks scheduled for Spring 2014.

     

  • Rethinking Primary Charisma: Shamanisms, Jazz Improvisation, and Ava-Guarani Leadership in Eastern Paraguay

    Presented by Eric Michael Kelley, Visiting Instructor of Anthropology. All are welcome. Wed., April 2nd at 12:30 pm in PDR.

    Presented by Eric Michael Kelley, Visiting Instructor of Anthropology

    The shaman is the prototypical exemplar of Weber’s category of primary charisma, the “ideal type” that he characterized as the “original sacred experience.”  The extensive ethnographic literature on shamanisms, however, suggests that there has never been an empirical example corresponding to Weber’s conceptualization of the primary charismatic.  Ideal types are, admittedly, somewhat immune to such critiques.  Nevertheless, I argue that by building upon previous approaches to cultural performances associated with textual and performance theory, Weber’s model might be improved upon significantly through increased focus on the implicit improvisation inherent in his model of types of leadership. I suggest that a performance approach employing the metaphor of group improvisation associated with small jazz combos will hone our analyses of shamanisms, whether in contemporary eastern Paraguay or elsewhere in time and space.  In this talk I support my argument with evidence from over 20 months of field research living with Avá-Guaraní shamans in eastern Paraguay.  This is part of a larger ongoing research project and feedback is most welcome.

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014
    12:30 p.m.
    President's Dining Room

    Click here for the complete list of Spring 2014 Faculty Lunch Talks.

  • Obama, Foreign Policy, and the Discourse of Race: An Analysis of Dually Constructed Leadership

    Please join us on Thur., March 27th at 12:30 pm in PDR for the next Faculty Lunch Talk. Read more…

    The election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States brings race to the forefront of domestic and international politics.We build on our mutual interest in Barack Obama’s presidency to bridge the disciplinary gap between Africana Studies and Political Science in order to analyze the political obstacles and opportunities which leaders of minority status face.

    Adam Irish, Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow, Political Science and Mike Sawyer, Visiting Instructor of Political Science present the next Faculty Lunch Talk. This talk will present our current understanding of the political tensions surrounding President Obama as both an American and “Other” elected to represent the national interests of the US.We will also sketch out our plans to apply this conceptual unpacking to a set of case studies and other leaders.
    Comments, suggestions, and questions of this work in progress are welcome! Please join us for the discussion on Thursday, March 27th at 12:30 pm., President's Dining Room 1 & 2

    Click here for the complete list of Faculty Lunch Talks scheduled for Spring 2014.

  • Writing Research as Process: Designing Assignments to Enhance Exploration and Critical Thought

    Molly McGillicuddy, Visiting Instructor of English discusses “scaffolding” of assignments in a way that validates and emphasizes the process. Thurs., March 20th at 12:30 pm. in PDR

    Many of our classes culminate with a final essay or capstone project, but have we fully considered how students will achieve this goal? In this presentation, we'll discuss the scaffolding of assignments in a way that validates and emphasizes the process of writing and research, not simply the product. We'll look at samples of assignment sequences that guide the writing and research processes and call students to more fully engage in critical inquiry. Participants are encouraged but not required to bring assignments that they would like to scaffold with them to the presentation.

    The Faculty Lunch talk is presented by Molly McGillicuddy, Visiting Instructor of English. The talk is scheduled to be held on Thursday, March 20th at 12:30 pm in President's Dining Room. All are welcome to attend.

    Click here for the complete list of Faculty Lunch Talks scheduled for Spring 2014.