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, 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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Chair of National Stuttering Association to Speak at ISU

Kenneth Koroll

Ken Koroll

Ken Koroll, the Chairman of the National Stuttering Association’s (NSA) Board of Directors, will discuss the impact of support groups and acceptance for people who stutter at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 20 in Room 101, Stevenson Hall. His talk, sponsored by the Illinois State chapter of the NSA and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is free and open to the public.

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Students Recognized at Model UN

MUN_2015_2For the second consecutive year, the ISU Model United Nations team was recognized as a “Distinguished Delegation” at the end of the week-long annual National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference. A group of twelve Politics and Government students led by faculty advisor Noha Shawki participated in the NMUN conference in New York City March 29th – April 2nd, 2015. The students who participated in the Model UN program this year are: Keith Caquelin, Frank Cassata, Ben Femminella, Evelyn Gordon, Collin Heffernan, Andrew Luckey, Brayan Marin, Mikyla Moya, Joshua Rotkvich, Aminat Saliu, Miles Spann, and Danielle Woods.

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Women’s and Gender Studies Symposium to Feature Vest

Jennifer Lisa Vest

Jennifer Lisa Vest

The 20th Annual Women’s and Gender Studies Symposium will feature Jennifer Lisa Vest as its keynote speaker on Friday, April 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Old Main Room in the Bone Student Center. Her address, Black Lives Matter: [Trans] Gendered Violence, Disability, and Women in the “Post-Racial,” “Post-Sexist” Present, is free and open to the public. The deaf community is encouraged to attend this lecture, where interpreters will be provided.

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Events and Deadlines

April 13 – Department of Sociology and Anthropology Ethnographic Film Series, “The Other,” Room 138, Schroeder Hall, 6 – 8 p.m.

April 13 – CAS Main Street College Event, Professor Shawn Hitchcock, Department of Chemistry, “Public Health Concerns in Drugs, Foods, and Vaccines: Where are we now?” ISU Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main Street, Normal, 7 p.m. Reception immediately following; free and open to the public.

April 13 - Department of English, Staged Reading of “Beebo Brinker Comes to Town,” Room 151, Center for Visual Arts, 7:30 p.m.

April 14 - School of Biological Sciences Seminar, “Motor pattern selection by molduatory projection neurons in the stomatogastric nervous systems of the Jonah crab Cancer borealis,” Chris Goldsmith, Room 121, Science Laboratory Building, 12 p.m.

April 14 - Department of Physics Colloquium, “The secrets of superconductivity,” Professor Daniel Agterberg, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Room 214, Moulton Hall, 4 p.m.

April 15 - School of Biological Sciences Seminar, “rNTP Bypass of G4 in DNA: A short cut through the roadblock” and “Branched-chain fatty acid biosynthesis through a bypass pathway in Listeria monocytogenes,” Alexandra Berroyer and Laura Kuczek, Larson and Wilkinson Labs, Room 121, Science Laboratory Building, 12 p.m.

April 15 - Department of English Seminar, Spring Faculty Series presents Dr. Susan Kim, Room 401A, Stevenson Hall, 12 p.m.

April 15 – Women’s and Gender Studies, “Philopoetics: Why Philosophy Needs Poetry,” Dr. Jennifer Lisa Vest will lead this open class on her concept of PhiloPoetics. Room 214, Schroeder Hall, 3 to 4:30 p.m.  Contact WGS Program at 309-438-2947 or 

April 15 - Department of Philosophy, ISU Philosophical Society Meeting, Room 401A, Stevenson Hall, 5:30 p.m.

April 15 - Department of Mathematics Actuarial Program, SOA and CAS: Differences in the examinations tracks, Mr. Michael Paradiso, Room 401, Stevenson Hall, 6:30 p.m.

April 16 - School of Biological Sciences Seminar, “Life history and immune function: understanding the causes and consequences of variation in defenses against parasites,” Dr. Loren Merrill, Illinois Natural History Survey, Room 210, Moulton Hall, 3:30 p.m. Pizza and soft drinks provided; all students are welcome

April 16 – European Studies Symposium Keynote Presentation, Professor John McCormick, Indiana University, “Why European Studies Matter,” Room 130, Schroeder Hall, 4 p.m.

April 16 - Department of Chemistry Seminar, “Role of Metals in Phosphate Ester Reaction Mechanism and Inhibition,” Fulbright Visiting Scholar Irma Sanchez Lombardo, Room 225, Julian Hall, 4:30 p.m.

April 16 – Department of English, Spoon River Poetry Review Presents the Lucia Getsi Reading Series, Ewing Manor, Bloomington, 7 p.m.  Reception immediately following; free and open to the public.

April 16 – Women’s and Gender Studies, Poetry Reading with Dr. Jennifer Lisa Vest, University Galleries, 11 Uptown Circle, Normal, 7 to 8:30 p.m.  Dr. Vest will join Sister Circles and the Bloomington-Normal community for poetry readings followed by discussion.

April 17 - Department of Physics Seminar, “The solar car team in UAE,” Mr. Cole Berglind, Room 309, Moulton Hall, 12 Noon.

April 17 - European Studies Symposium Sessions, Caterpillar Auditorium, State Farm Hall of Business, 9:15 – Noon and 1:15 – 4 p.m.  For more information about specific topics, presenters, and times visit

April 17 – Department of Chemistry Seminar, “Learning the Principles of Organic Chemistry Using the Historical Development of This Science,” Dr. Mark Green, NYU-Polytechnic School of Engineering, Room 225, Julian Hall at 3 p.m.

April 17 – College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Cocktail Reception, Room 116, ISU Alumni Center, Main Street, Normal, 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.

April 18 – College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Breakfast and Induction Ceremony, Old Main Room, Bone Student Center, 8:30 a.m.  Reservations required. Contact Deb Fox at 309-438-2021 for additional information.

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