College of Arts and Sciences
GEO to Host Distinguished Geographer Lecture
Dr. Gavin Bridge

Gavin Bridge

On Monday, April 27 the Department of Geography-Geology will host Dr. Gavin Bridge, Professor of Economic Geography at Durham University, for its Distinguished Geographer Lecture. His talk, “Oil’s Unconventional Future,” will be free and open to the public. It will begin at 3 p.m. in the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center. A reception will follow the lecture. The Distinguished Geographer Lecture Series is sponsored by the ISU Department of Geography-Geology with generous support from Dr. E. Joan Miller.

Although oil shows no sign of running out any time soon, the nature of oil is changing. Technology, higher prices, and government policy have opened up new ‘unconventional’ oil reserves and spurred oil production in unconventional places. In his talk, Bridge will explore the scale and significance of oil’s fast-arriving unconventional future. He will demonstrate some of the emergent geographies of supply and demand associated with this future and consider what they mean for established geographies of production, consumption, and regulation. Unconventional oil may reduce the prospect of physical scarcity, he concludes, but–paradoxically–that is why everyone should be concerned.

For additional information, visit the Department of Geography-Geology’s website at or the following link to Dr. Bridge’s website:


News from the College

Reda to Appear on TLC Episode
John Reda And Melissa Etheridge

John Reda and Melissa Etheridge

Assistant Professor of History John Reda will appear on an upcoming episode of the television program “Who Do You Think You Are?” on The Learning Channel (TLC). In light of his research on colonial Illinois, Reda was an expert consultant for an episode featuring singer Melissa Etheridge and will appear in a scene with her explaining documents relating to her 5x great-grandfather. The scene was shot in January, 2015 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Kaskaskia, Illinois. It will air on Sunday, April 26 at 9 p.m. Central Time on TLC.


Class Takes an Interdisciplinary Approach
Chris Mays and J. Scott Jordan

J. Scott Jordan and Chris Mays

“Sustainability” is an idea that seems to be everywhere, from corporate mission statements to everyday conversations. Now the idea is the subject of an Illinois State Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) course taught this spring semester by Dr. Chris Mays, an alumnus of ISU and now a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English. The course examines ways the concept of sustainability is used in various public, private, and academic locations, and aims to help students become more aware of how the term itself can be a powerful force in shaping their behavior and beliefs about the environment.


New Book Explores Political Ideologies

Divisive DiscourseProfessor Joseph Zompetti, School of Communication, recently published Divisive Discourse: The Extreme Rhetoric of Contemporary American Politics (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2015). The book challenges assumptions about contemporary American political ideologies by exposing rhetorical fallacies and providing a framework for readers to identify and interpret inflated language. In addition, Zompetti considers how the fallout of such extreme discourse leads to societal fragmentation and the fostering of apathy, confusion, animosity and ignorance.


New Book Analyzes Political Violence

riazProfessor Ali Riaz has published a new book on political violence in Bangladesh. The book, written in Bengali, is titled Bhoyer Sangaskriti (The Culture of Fear: Political Economy of Terror and Violence in Bangladesh). The book examines the causes of and conditions for the widespread political violence in Bangladesh in the past decades. Ali Riaz argues that a culture of fear has emerged due to the impunity enjoyed by perpetrators of human rights violation.


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Events and Deadlines

April 20 - Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Mr. Ken Korroll, National Stuttering Association, Room 101, Stevenson Hall, 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

April 21 - School of Biological Sciences Seminar, Tess Piening Mulrey, Room 121, Science Laboratory Building, Noon.

April 21 - Department of Economics Seminar, “Political Competition in Legislative Elections,” Dr. Mattias K. Polborn, University of Illinois, Room 126, Stevenson Hall, 2 p.m.

April 22 - School of Biological Sciences Seminar, “Meiotic silencing by unpaired DNA (MSUD),” Dilini Ralalage, Room 121, Science Laboratory Building, Noon.

April 22 - Department of Philosophy, ISU Philosophical Society Meeting, Room 401A, Stevenson Hall, 5:30 p.m.

April 23 - Department of Chemistry Seminar, “C-H Functionalization in Organic Synthesis,” Catherine Hattan, Room 225, Julian Hall, 3 p.m.

April 23 - School of Biological Sciences Seminar, “Amphetamine and its multiple targets: an in vino and in vitro study,” Dr. Lucia Carvelli, University of North Dakota, Room 133, Felmley Hall, 4 p.m. (Pre-seminar coffee at 3:30 p.m.)

April 23 - 2015 Robert G. Bone Lecture, Dr. Eduwardo Bonilla-Silva, Duke University, “The Sweet Enchantment of Post-Racial Racism in America,” Old Main Room, Bone Student Center, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

April 24 - Department of Physics Seminar, “Microtubule cytoskeleton in plants”, Viktor Kirik, Room 309, Moulton Hall, Noon.

April 24 - Department of Psychology Colloquium, “Perception Beyond Object Perception – a Case for Expanding our Standard Account of Perception in Bodily Awareness,” Dr. Lana Kuhle, Room 48, DeGarmo Hall, 2 p.m.

April 25 – Prelaw Awards Banquet, Circus Room, Bone Student Center, 6 p.m. Reservations required. For additional information, contact Deb Fox at or 309-438-2021.