College of Arts and Sciences
Come Discuss Israeli Elections
George Gordon

George Gordon

The Department of Politics and Government will hold a panel discussion on the recent elections in Israel and the regional and global implications of its results. The panel will be held in the Prairie North Room of the Bone Student Center on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at noon. The panelists are Professors Lane Crothers of the Department of Politics and Government, Issam Nassar of the Department of History, and Emeritus Professor of Politics and Government George Gordon. Professor Ali Riaz will serve as moderator. The event is free and open to public. If you need special accommodations, please contact Disability Concerns Office, 438-5583 (voice), or 438-8620 (TDD).

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McLaughlin to Deliver Spring Lecture
Robert L. McLaughlin

Robert L. McLaughlin

Dr. Robert L. McLaughlin, Professor of English, will deliver the College of Arts and Sciences Spring Lecture on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Old Main Room in the Bone Student Center. The lecture, titled  “So Many Possibilities: Stephen Sondheim and the American Musical Theater,” will draw on his soon to be published book of the same title, which combines his research with his lifelong love of the musical theater. This event is free and open to the public.

“All of us are aware of Dr. McLaughlin’s reputation as an excellent teacher and researcher,” said Dean Simpson. “However, he is also an accomplished singer and actor.  I look forward to what I feel sure will be an informative and entertaining evening.”


Peace Corps Alumni Return
Ashley Conrad

Ashley Conrad

Illinois State University’s Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development will participate in the spring International Studies Seminar Series “Global Learning & What It Could Mean at ISU” on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Coordinated by Associate Professor of sociology Dr. Maria Schmeeckle, the series is sponsored by the Office of International Studies and Programs. This Wednesday, a panel of Stevenson Center students and alumni who recently served with Peace Corps will address the themes of leadership, social responsibility, and global engagement. (more…)

Noted Historian to Speak on Thursday
Jay Winter

Jay Winter

Jay Winter will be the keynote speaker in the University’s 2015 Spring Speaker Series on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Prairie Room at the Bone Student Center. The address, titled “The Great War 100 Years After: A Transnational Approach” will emphasize the global impact of World War I on the 20th Century. The event is free and open to the public and will be sponsored by the Department of History, the Office of the President, the Harold K. Sage Foundation and the ISU Foundation Fund. (more…)

Philosophy to Host Undergraduate Conference
Dr. Jessica Wilson

Dr. Jessica Wilson

The Department of Philosophy will host its 2nd Annual Undergraduate Conference on March 27 and 28 in the State Farm Hall of Business. Keynote Speaker Dr. Jessica Wilson of the University of Toronto, Canada will present “Casual Composition” from 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday. Earlier in the day, there will be undergraduate student paper presentations from 1 to 3 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 3 p.m.

Anyone wishing to obtain more information may contact the Department of Philosophy by phone at 309.438.7665 or by email at




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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

March 24 - School of Biological Sciences Seminar, Presenter Jason Hanser, Room 121, Science Laboratory Building at 12:00 p.m.

March 24 - Department of Politics & Government, Panel on Israel Election, Panelists: Professor lane Crothers, Issam Nassar, and Emertius Professor George Gordon, Moderator: Professor Ali Riaz, Prairie Room North, Bone Student Center at 12:00 p.m.

March 24 - Department of Physics Colloquium, “Space science and engineering, Professor Philip Valek, Southwest Research Institute, Space Science and Engineering Division, Principal Scientist, Room 214, Moulton Hall at 4:00 p.m.

March 25 – School of Biological Sciences Seminar, “Incorporation of the CRISPR system in N. crassa“, Amy Boyd, Room 121, Science Laboratory Building at 12:00 p.m.

March 25 - Department of Geography-Geology Colloquium, Dr. Rebecca Saunders, Illinois State University, “Mobilizing Memory: Geographies of (De)memorialization in the Films of Patricio Guzman”, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 238 Schroeder Hall, 3:00 p.m.

March 25 - Department of Philosophy, ISU Philosophical Society Meeting, Ro0om 401, Stevenson Hall at 5:30 p.m.

March 26 – School of Biological Sciences Seminar, “Why four? The role of Drosophila melanogaster dot chromosome in female meiosis I”, Dr. William D. Gilliland, DePaul University, Room 210, Moulton Hall at 4:00 p.m.

March 27 - Department of Social Work Event, “Social Work Day 2015 – Poverty: A Private Trouble or Public Issue?”, (Robert Reich’s documentary Inequality for All, as well), Keynote Speaker Ralph Martire, free to attend, Alumni Center at 8:30 a.m., 1101 North Main Street (registration required:

March 27 - Department of Physics Seminar, “Post-medieval German dissent”, Professor Andrew Weeks, Room 309, Moulton Hall at 12:00 p.m.

March 27 - Department of Mathematics Discrete Mathematics Seminar, “The complexity of some old and some new results on decompositions of graphs into small paths”, Shailesh Tipnis, Room 325, Stevenson Hall at 2:00 p.m.

March 27 – Department of Chemistry Seminar, Dr. Bruce Littlefield, Eisai, Room 225, Julian Hall at 3:00 p.m.