University of Southern Indiana

Interdisciplinary Colloquium

The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of USI’s College of Liberal Arts presents its 11th Interdisciplinary Colloquium


Friday, October 6, 2017, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Carter Hall, University Center West

 “I found myself in a tower, whose foundations were sunk so deep into the earth and whose top was so lofty, reaching up like a spire into the sky, that my whole existence already seemed bound to be consumed up and down it.”  (Gérard de Nerval, Aurélia)

Session I: 9 a.m.-10 a.m.

Introductions, Dr. James Beeby, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and

Dr. David Hitchcock, Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

University of Southern Indiana Chamber Choir, under the direction of Mr. Daniel Craig, Associate Professor of Music 

Dr. Constance Swenty, Associate Professor of Nursing, Assistant Dean of Nursing,

“Healthcare Teams Connect Communication Towers”

Session II: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Ms. Jennifer Horn, Instructor of English, “Climbing the Fairy-Tale Tower to ‘Happily Ever After’ in Contemporary Times

Dr. Srikanth Dandotkar, Assistant Professor of Psychology, “Towers, Signals, and Information Processing: Humans as Informavores (like herbivores and carnivores), and Human Minds as Cellphones

Dr. Abigail Alexander, Assistant Professor of French, “Same Towers, Different Gods: Saving Notre-Dame de Paris”

Session III: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Dr. Jill Oeding, Professor of Business, “Be a Tower of Integrity: Stand Out from Your Peers in a Good Way”

Dr. Sakina Hughes, Associate Professor of History, “Women of Color in the Ivory Tower

Dr. Steven Williams, Associate Professor of Sociology, “The Fall of Tower Records and the Death of the Artifact”

Session IV: 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Roundtable: “Doors into Disciplines” (UC 2217-2218)

Dr. James Beeby, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts (Moderator)

Dr. Glenna Bower, Professor of Kinesiology and Sport

Dr. Gabriela Mustata Wilson, Associate Professor of Health Informatics

Dr. Todd Schroer, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Dr. Sarah Stevens, Interim Director of University Honors Program

Session V: 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Dr. Matthew Hanka, Associate Professor of Political Science, “The Towering Ego of the Trump Presidency: Will it Fall?”

Dr. Cacee Hoyer, Assistant Professor of History, “The Unbalanced Minaret: the Juma Masjid Mosque, Durban’s divided Indian Community, and Challenges to Early Anti-apartheid Resistance

Session VI: 2 p.m.-3 p.m.

Original Poetry by Mr. John Gibson and Dr. Matthew Graham, Professor of English

Music of the Sephardic Jews of North Africa and the Middle East, performed by Dr. Norma Rosas-Mayen, Associate Professor of Spanish

Reception: 3 p.m.-4 p.m.

Original artwork will be on display throughout the Colloquium featuring works by: Michael Aakhus, Brittney Byrd, Tylar Dean, Joan DeJong, Sarah Feagan, Danielle Lents, Gabe Mayer, Steven Miller, Levi Schulz, Brian Simpson. Logan Tharp, Glen Tyler, Rob Millard Mendez, Kathryn Waters, and Katy Whitehouse.

Presented by the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and the College of Liberal Arts

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