News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 13, 2012

ISU to celebrate ‘Our Town’ with community activities

Jennifer Sicking
Indiana State University—Media Relations

TERRE HAUTE — The College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana State University has planned a semester-long series of lectures, performances and activities centered on the theme of “Our Town” to share with the Wabash Valley beginning in January.

“This is a way for the college to showcase what it does best and encourage both faculty and students to share what they are learning with the community,” A&S Dean John Murray said.

During the Community Semester students will engage with “Our Town” in the classroom, but also outside it by inviting the community to participate.

“We are encouraging hands-on events, off-campus locations and partnerships with community organizations whenever possible,” Murray said. “That might take the form of a special volunteer project in a neighborhood, a panel discussion held in a downtown coffeehouse or an open-air concert.”

The college has scheduled events through April. They include a sing-along, a bat watch, a play production, films and more.

The Community Semester kicks off with a reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Clabber Girl Museum.

The Community School of the Arts will host a Mardi Gras mask-making workshop in the Booker T. Washington Community Center from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 21.

Then on Jan. 23, Shawn Phillips, an associate professor of anthropology, will give a 1:30 p.m. presentation in Westminster Village on “The Vigo County Home: Digging into the Past.” He will give an overview of the discovery and excavation of the 19th century graves and the ongoing investigation of life at that time.

Carly Schmitt and Katie Butwin from the political science department will lead a discussion on “The Global Community and Terre Haute” at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 in Indiana State’s Cunningham Memorial Library Events Area.

A panel with representatives from racial and ethnic groups in Terre Haute and international corporations that provide jobs in the Wabash Valley will participate in the discussion.

Indiana State’s School of Music will stage a Faculty Gala Concert with music exploring the theme of “Our Town” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in the University Hall Theater.

February will see events ranging from discussions on sustainable food on Feb. 2; to the Groundhog Day Economic Forecast on Feb. 5; a discussion on Paris and Berlin on Feb. 5; a conversation with Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett on Feb. 6; an art exhibit by undergraduate students on the theme of “Our Town”; a lecture on bats on Feb. 26; and a discussion of “Tom Sawyer: Mark Twain’s Problem Child” on Feb. 28.

Other events will include a walking tour of downtown Terre Haute, a sing-along of classic labor songs and the painting of a mural. A complete list and description of the Community Semester’s activities may be found at www.indstate.edu/cas/communitysemester/