News From Terre Haute, Indiana


February 6, 2014

From culture to creativity at ISU Community Semester

Indiana State University’s 2014 Community Semester series includes discussions on drug policy, creativity and wellness, and Terre Haute’s place in the Underground Railroad, along with the debut of a video art exhibition.

The series, which focuses on the theme “Crossroads,” is a way for the College of Arts and Sciences to showcase what it does best and to encourage faculty and students to share with the community what they are learning. It is also a way to bring innovative ideas in the science, humanities, and liberal and creative arts to the area.

• From 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, the department of criminology will host the discussion “The Meth Epidemic: Drug Policy at the Crossroads” in the events area of Cunningham Memorial Library.

• The Center for Student Research and Creativity will host an event from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday at Clabber Girl that will feature a panel of creative thinkers from the community. Pete Ciancone of The WILL Center will lead a discussion about creativity — what it is, where it comes from, how it can be nurtured. Featured panelists will also include Dennis Evers of Everstech Consulting, on waste treatment and resource recovery technologies; Morgan Lidster of Inland Aquatics; Mike Sacopolous from Medical Risk Institute; and artist Michael Tingley.

• The ISU department of languages, literature and linguistics will explore international perspectives on recreation and wellness, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. on Feb. 13 in the events area of Cunningham Memorial Library. This interactive event, coordinated by professor Lisa Calvin, will showcase cultures from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Topics will cover stress reduction via treatment at a hammam (bathhouse), sports, motivational African proverbs, Zumba and more. Presenters will include Laura Olbrich, Abdoul Diop, Aroua Smati, Kareema Maddox, Meghan Salinas, Patty Saylor, Kate Zimmer and Dr. Solange Lopes-Murphy.

• Allen Chapel’s role in the Underground Railroad will be highlighted during a program from 5 to 6 p.m. on Feb. 13. Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, at 218 Crawford St., has occupied two buildings in Terre Haute, both of which have played a vital role, not only in local African-American life, but also in the nation’s evolving dialogue on race, freedom and equality. The program will take place at the present church, built in 1913, and explain how this congregation may have served as an important link in the “Underground Railroad” that aided so many escaped slaves on their journey to freedom.

Other chapters in the chapel’s history will also be highlighted by presenters Marlene Lu, Friends of Historic Allen Chapel, and professor Chris Olsen of the department of history. The abolitionist Frederick Douglas helped raise money for the church. Before serving as the first black U.S. senator, Hiram Revels founded one of the country’s earliest schools for African-American children at Allen Chapel. This event is co-sponsored by WFIU and the department of history.

• “Rewritten by Machine and New Technology: Video Art in the 20th and 21st Centuries” will open Feb. 17 in the University Art Gallery, in the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts. Curated by University Curator Barbara Racker and digital art professor Sala Wong present this exhibition as an introduction to the history of video art and its contemporary tendencies. It includes seminal works dating from 1973 to 2011 by internationally acclaimed artists including Stephanie Barber, David Hall, Gary Hill, Joan Jonas, Takeshi Murata, Nam June Paik, Semiconductor, Bill Viola and Hiraki Sawa. The exhibit will run through March 21.

All events are free. Visit for a complete list and descriptions of Community Semester activities.

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