College of Arts and Sciences
Mid Year Message from the Dean
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Dean Gregory B. Simpson

As the second semester of the academic year gets underway, I want to thank everyone–students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends of the College–for making the fall semester a successful one. As you will see in this issue of CASNews, the College of Arts and Sciences continues provide opportunities to explore a range of educational experiences. Later in the spring, the College will sponsor another Main Street College event, this one featuring Dr. Shawn Hitchcock, Professor of Chemistry. CASNews will provide details about this event, which will be specially designed for audiences outside the academy. Meanwhile, my door is always open–please feel free to contact me regarding any questions or concerns you might have. I look forward to seeing you throughout the spring semester.

News from the College

Antiques, Vintage Sale Begins Jan. 30

Antiques and vintage saleIllinois State University’s 9th annual Top of Class Antiques and Vintage Show is scheduled for Jan. 30, 31 and Feb. 1, in the Bone Student Center. Show hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 and is valid for all three days.


History to Host Symposium

Department of History LogoThe McLean County Museum of History, in partnership with the Department of History at Illinois State University, will be hosting an annual history symposium on Friday, January 30th in Milner Library and in Schroeder Hall. Welcome and registration begins at 8 a.m. in The Prairie Room at The Bone Student Center before the festivities begin at  9 a.m.

The symposium, titled “Teaching History & The Social Sciences: The Time is Now,” will revolve around the 100th anniversary of World War I. Local historians, teachers, and professors will strive to instruct teaching practices that allow the opportunity to rethink, revisit, reconnect and ultimately remember our nation’s history. (more…)

Reactions: Into the Woods’ Fractured Fairy Tales Right on Track

'Into the Woods'The new Disney movie Into the Woods will hit theaters over the holiday season, and is already gaining award nominations. With music by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, who created the original Broadway production, the movie turns traditional fairy tales on their ears. And that is just the way it should be, says Professor of English Jan Susina, who teaches children’s literature and fairy tales.


“Jaguar” part of Ethnographic Film Series

JaguarThe Ethnographic film series kicked off this month. All films will be shown on Mondays at 6 p.m. in Schroeder Hall, room 138. Each film will be preceded by an introduction and a discussion will follow its showing.

All films are free and open to the public. The film series is sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

The next film will be Jaguar on Monday, Jan. 26. This film is an example of cinema verité that depicts the dreams and desires of three young men from Niger who travel to Ghana to make their fortunes.

Find more information on the series at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology website, or contact Liv Stone

More News from the College

Greetings from the Dean!

Dean Gregory SimpsonWelcome to the College of Arts and Sciences at Illinois State University. I invite you to explore on this site the many programs, majors, and minors that we have to offer you.

New way of recognizing faculty accomplishments!

The College recognizes that the receipt of individual fellowships and awards is an honor and we would like to be able to acknowledge the accomplishment of those faculty who receive this type of external funding.

Please help us recognize these accomplishments by completing the short form found here. (DOC)

Events and Deadlines

Jan. 29 – Department of Economics, Spring Research Seminar, Dr. Bhavneet Walia, Western Illinois University, Room 232, Stevenson Hall from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Jan. 29 - Department of History, Summer 2015 Study Abroad $$$$, Room 301, Schroeder Hall

Jan. 30 - Department of Chemistry Seminar, “Synthesis of Dihydronavirine and Atisine Skeleton,” Arwa Almejbel, Room 225, Julian Hall at 3:00 p.m.

Jan. 30 - Department of History Symposium, “Teaching History & the Social Sciences: The Time is Now, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.