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Diversity This Week Unity Week 2020

Contributed by: Lisa Love
Published: Wednesday, 22 January 2020 9:00 AM

Diversity this Week

A message from the Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence

Doing the work of creating an inclusive culture here at Ball State University

Importance of Diversity Quote: “Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.”-Jacqueline Woodson

This Week in Diversity Now…

Unity Week here at Ball State. To find out about all of the events happening please visit here.

Wednesday, January 22

Reel Inclusion Film Series-A Lot Like You, AJ 175, 5:30 p.m.
As part of Unity Week 2020, the Office of Inclusive Excellence, Ball State University Libraries, Friends of Bracken Library, the Multicultural Center, and the Office of the Provost invite you to attend a screening of the film A Lot Like You as part of Reel Inclusion: A Film Series. This Unity Week program takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22 at 5:30 p.m. in AJ 175.

Queer Monologues, Pruis Hall, 7:00 p.m.
Spectrum presents a free, theatrical performance of coming out stories. Stories will address humorous, challenging, heartbreaking, and real experiences many folx in the Queer Community face. All Welcome!

Thursday, January 23

Unifying Through Understanding: DOMA as Gateway to the World of Art, The David Owsley Museum of Art, 4:30-6pm

For Ball State Faculty and Staff, the Office of Inclusive Excellence, in Partnership with The David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA), invites you to explore the campus’ engaging art collection through a lens of diversity and inclusion. Make new friends or re-connect with others in this inspiring setting. Take a docent led tour that shares the rich diversity of cultures, perspectives, and ideas. Watch for ways that you can help choose the tour topics. Leave with ideas on new ways to connect the museum to your work, your classes, and your life. Come and learn about these affinity groups and others that are in the process of being formed. Co-hosts include the newly formed LGBTQIA+ and Allies Affinity Group and the Black Faculty and Staff Association. Light refreshments provided.

Thursday, January 23

Tunnel of Oppression, Student Center Third Floor, 6:00 p.m.
Tunnel of Oppression is an opportunity for individuals to experience a snapshot of the kind of oppression that people with historically marginalized identities may experience on a daily basis. Though this is a guided tour, students, faculty, and staff members will have the opportunity to explore a variety of unique and interactive booths designed to help people observe a simulation of oppression. Those who complete the simulation will have the opportunity to debrief about their experience. This is designed to help people explore empathy and understanding as it pertains to all forms of oppression.

Friday, January 24
Latinxpalooza, Student Center, Cardinal Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Join the fun in this long-standing and annual non-competitive talent showcase hosted by the Latinx Student Union. Come for the variety of talents—dancing, singing, and more. Stay for the cultural and community appreciation!

Friday, January 24
Friday Night Film Works, Pruis Hall, 9:00 p.m.
University Program Board’s Friday Night Filmworks presents: Harriet. This film is a dramatization of the true story of Harriet Tubman, the American abolitionist known for her antislavery activism through the Underground Railroad. This film tells her story from how she escaped slavery and transformed into an American hero, who freed hundreds of slaves.

Saturday, January 25
March on Late Nite, Student Center, 9:00 p.m.
Late Nite @ Ball State offers a series of free high-energy events which provide quality entertainment for Ball State University students every Saturday night. Late Nite events are hosted by students, for students and always include great food, awesome activities, and tons of fun!

Sunday, January 26
Unity Pageant, Pruis Hall, 7:00 p.m.
The Unity Scholarship Pageant originated in 1968. Completely student run, this event is presented by the Black Student Association. The pageant strives to promote unity and hosts over 400 people annually as the Mr/Miss/Mx Unity are crowned.

Expand your horizons…

Live-Beneficence…I see the Beneficence in you
Beneficence challenge: o help create a more inclusive campus make sure you use a persons correct pronouns. Learn more here.

Share examples of the Beneficence you see in others – email your nominations to Please include your name, the person's name and the way in which they embodied the Beneficence Pledge.

…& looking back.

January 13, 1968: Muriel Siebert becomes the first woman to sit on the US Stock Exchange. Needing a sponsor to buy the seat Muriel asked 10 men to sponsor her but the first 9 refused until December 1967 when the 10th one agreed. Learn more about all the things this powerful female did here.

January 13, 1990: Douglas Wilder takes office to serve as the first African American elected governor of a US state. A Korean War veteran and lawyer. Learn more about this politician here.


Visit the Inclusive Excellence Facebook Page to learn about inclusive efforts, events and information around and on the Ball State University Campus. To stay informed please go here.

Self-Care Taking care of yourself can lead to a better mental state. Learn about 20 different ways here.

Keeping Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a forethought…not an afterthought

Meyer’s Diversity Equity Inclusion Spectrum Tool can be found here.

Contact the Office of Inclusive Excellence Phone 765-285-5316 Email Applied Technologies AT101

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DLR wants your ghost stories!

Contributed by: Kathryn S Gardiner
Published: Tuesday, 21 January 2020 10:00 AM
The journal of undergraduate research is seeking scholarly papers on any aspect of ghosts or cultural hauntings in literature, film, or popular culture. Learn more.

This Week at the David Owsley Museum of Art

Contributed by: Rachel Buckmaster
Published: Tuesday, 21 January 2020 10:00 AM
The Spring 2020 ARTwords newsletter is now available!

Stop by the David Owsley Museum of Art and pick up a copy of the latest ARTwords to learn about the museum’s spring exhibitions, events, programs, and more. A pdf is also available for download online.

Meditation in the Museum this Friday
January 24, 3:00 p.m.

The David Owsley Museum of Art hosts guided meditation almost every Friday. This week’s session is led by the Ball State Counseling Center and is guided meditation for relieving stress. All are welcome to attend this free session in the Owsley Ethnographic Gallery at DOMA. Participants are welcome to bring a towel or mat if they wish. Seats provided.

First Docent's Choice Tour of the semester this Saturday
January 25, 2:30 p.m.

Global Tour – General Introduction to the Art of the Americas, Africa, Asia, Mediterranean, and Pacific

Join docent Micaela Knox for a guided tour giving a general introduction to the global art in DOMA’s collection. Docent’s Choice Tours are available most Saturdays during the academic year at 2:30 pm. A docent is a volunteer who can lead guided tours at the museum. A museum host and docent will also be available for the hour beforehand to welcome visitors and answer questions.

Meet in Sculpture Court to join the tour. This event is free and open to the public.

About the David Owsley Museum of Art
2021 W. Riverside Avenue in the Fine Arts Building
Muncie's Gateway to the World of Art

The David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University houses a world art collection with more than 11,000 works from Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Europe, and the Americas. DOMA cultivates lifelong learning and recreation in the visual arts through exciting interdisciplinary art exhibitions with engaging displays of the permanent collection in an educational environment that serves both the university and the East Central Indiana region.

Admission to the David Owsley Museum of Art is free and open to the public year-round. Free tours are also available for groups. Parking is available at the McKinley Parking Garage and MITS bus stops are nearby.

Visitor hours are:
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

DOMA is located in the Fine Arts Building on the northern side of Ball State University's Quad. For more information, call the museum at 765-285-5242 or email For updates and events, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @domaatbsu. Visit our website to download the latest ARTwords newsletter (or view previous issues). To learn more about ways to get involved with DOMA —including Art Alliance luncheons and Friend of the Museum memberships—visit
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Engaging Students Without Using Technology

Contributed by: Cathy Cunningham
Published: Tuesday, 21 January 2020 10:00 AM
The "Engaging Students Without Using Technology" workshop on Wednesday, January 29th has been moved to Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:00 - 12:00 in Teachers College Room 411.
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Upcoming School of Music events

Contributed by: Patrick Stauffer
Published: Tuesday, 21 January 2020 8:30 AM
Here are some of the events coming up in the School of Music. More details and up-to-date information on all School of Music offerings can be found on our online Calendar of Events.
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Engaging Students With Technology and Without

Contributed by: Cathy Cunningham
Published: Friday, 17 January 2020 3:30 PM
Various easy ways to engage students.
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Spring 2020 Commencement: College Ceremonies

Contributed by: Melissa Kraman
Published: Friday, 17 January 2020 10:00 AM
Spring 2020 Commencement will be Saturday, May 2. The day begins with a main ceremony at 10 a.m. to celebrate all graduates. Individual college ceremonies will follow. Learn more.

Theatre and Dance 2019-2020 Spring Season TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Contributed by: Kayla Cassem
Published: Wednesday, 15 January 2020 4:00 PM

Spring Access Passes and single tickets are on sale for the Department of Theatre and Dance 2019-2020 Spring Season! Purchase your tickets Online, at the University Theatre Box Office (Monday-Friday 12 noon-5 p.m.), via phone at 765-285-8749, and 1 hour before each performance.

The 2019-2020 Spring Season includes:

University Theatre Series

Twelfth Night

Crazy for You


Strother Theatre Series

This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing

The House of Bernarda Alba

Korsgaard Dance Studio Series

Spring Choreography Projects

A Modern Dance

Cave Theatre Series


Tenants, or When the Hornet Arrives

Sister: The New Play Project 2020

For more information about each show, please visit us online at

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Fourth Monday: Informal Conversations about Important Ideas

Contributed by: Kathleen Jacobi
Published: Tuesday, 14 January 2020 9:00 AM

Sponsored by LEAP Indiana, Fourth Monday: Informal Conversations about Important Ideas is an opportunity to meet virtually with colleagues from across the state to address innovative ideas and practices.

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New Year, New Entertainment

Contributed by: Kristi Chambers
Published: Thursday, 02 January 2020 9:00 AM

Happy New Year, Ball State! We are bringing you some awesome shows on this cold month to satisfy your entertainment needs!

The Wonder Bread Years
Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Pruis Hall

A fresh and funny salute to Americana, The Wonder Bread Years Starring Pat Hazel (former Seinfeld writer) is a fast-paced, hilarious production that gracefully walks the line between standup and theater. Audiences across the country are enjoying a show that not only restores a much-needed sense of wonder, but leaves audiences laughing and savoring the past like never before. From sitting at the kids table to riding in the way back of the Country Squire Wagon, The Wonder Bread Years is a comic bullseye for Baby Boomers everywhere.

Ball State Faculty/Staff: BOGO free
Students: $5
Adults: $19.50 in advance

Criss Angel Raw- The Mindfreak Unplugged
Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Emens Auditorium

Criss Angel RAW - The Mindfreak Unplugged is a theatrical experience unlike any seen before; bringing Angel’s famous sleight of hand street magic, mentalism, and even some of his most iconic illusions to life - all performed in an intimate, raw setting. This extraordinary evening of magic unplugged features Criss and some of his amazing friends with a stripped-down purity that’s in-your-face and guaranteed to blow your mind. Experience Criss Angel like never before!

Adults: $45.50-$99.50
Students: $40.50-$60.50

Shanghai Ballet: The Butterfly Lovers
Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Emens Auditorium

Organized in 1979, the Shanghai Ballet is one of the world’s predominant ballet companies, bringing the unique glamour of Chinese dance to the international stage. The Shanghai Ballet is active in cooperation and artistic exchange with artists and companies both at home and abroad. In the words of a critic, “The Shanghai Ballet is as elegant as the delicate porcelain imported from China.”

Ball State Faculty/Staff: BOGO free
Students: $5
Adults: $30

Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Emens Auditorium

It’s 1945. As America’s soldiers come home to ticker-tape parades and overjoyed families, Private First Class Donny Novitski, singer and songwriter, struggles to rebuild the life he left behind. BANDSTAND is “both a peppy celebration of can-do spirit and a more somber exploration of what American servicemen experienced when they marched home from World War II. It’s a great argument for why theater can sometimes tell a story more boldly and more viscerally” (The New York Times). “The show defies you not to be moved” (Time Out New York).

Adults: $32-$52
Youth: $16-$21
Students: Free (in advance) / $10 (at the door)

Discounts cannot be combined and must be redeemed at the Emens box office with a valid Ball State ID.
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