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.

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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.

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“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

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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.

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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. Continue reading

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Speaker to Define ‘Global Learning’

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Kevin Hovland

Kevin Hovland from St. Cloud State University will explore global learning and assessment for the first installment of the Spring 2015 International Seminar Series. His talk, Global Learning and Assessment, will be at noon Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center.

Hovland is the senior director for academic programs for the National Association of Foreign Student Administrators (NAFSA). He is director of global initiatives and curricular change at the Association for American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), working in the office of Diversity, Equity, and Global Initiatives. He is responsible for the Shared Futures initiative, with current projects funded by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. Hovland is the author of Shared Futures: Global Learning and Liberal Education.

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Events and Deadlines

Jan. 19 – Department of Sociology and Anthropology Ethnographic Film Series, “Nanook of the North,” Room 138, Schroeder Hall, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 23 – Department of Psychology Colloquium, David W. Vinson, University of California, Merced, “Language Use Under Social and Cognitive Constraints,” Room 48, DeGarmo Hall, 2 p.m.

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Film Series Kicks off

cas emblemThe Department of Sociology and Anthropology is sponsoring an ethnographic film series this semester. A different feature will be shown each week on Mondays at 6 p.m. in Room 138 in Schroeder Hall. There will be a short introduction to each film as well as a discussion afterward. Films on the list include To Be and to Have, Forest of Bliss, Nollywood Babylon, Tango With Me, as well as others. Please click here to view the complete schedule.

Anyone having questions should contact Professor Liv Stone at or, for more information, visit

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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.

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Psychology Alum to Deliver Talk

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David Vinson

The Department of Psychology and the CBS (cognitive and behavioral sciences) Colloquium Series will present a talk, titled “Language Use Under Social and Cognitive Constraints,” by Illinois State alumnus David W. Vinson ’10, M.S. ’12, Friday, January 23, at 2 p.m. in Room 48, DeGarmo Hall.

Vinson is a Ph.D. student in cognitive and information sciences at the University of California, Merced. He holds a master’s degree in cognitive psychology and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and philosophy. His focus lies at the intersection of cognition and computational social science with an emphasis on using natural data sets to develop tools for natural language processing and network theory. Continue reading

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