News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 20, 2013

Community Semester events highlight bats, Mark Twain

News Release

TERRE HAUTE — Upcoming Indiana State University community semester events include a lecture about bats and a presentation on Tom Sawyer.

On Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts, University Art Gallery and Recital Hall, Joy O’Keefe, director of the Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation at ISU, will give a lecture titled “Bats in Trouble: The Truth about Indiana Bats.” She will talk about myths and truths about bats, and about the real troubles faced by bats in Indiana.

“Attendees will learn about bats of Indiana, but also about the threats that bats face in the 21st century,” O’Keefe said.

On Feb. 28, Michael Shelden, ISU professor and the author of five biographies, will present “Tom Sawyer: Mark Twain’s Problem Child,” in the Cunningham Memorial Library, Events area. The presentation is from 5 to 6: 30 p.m. This is in partnership with The Year of the River Celebration and is sponsored by WFIU.

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

A complete list and description of the Community Semester's activities may be found at