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Contributed by: Jennifer Haley
Published: Tuesday, 25 April 2017 3:00 PM
Read the latest issue of "Tutor Talk," our Learning Center newsletter. Learn more.

Gangs and Governance in American Prisons: Dr. David Skarbek

Contributed by: Delana Ulmer
Published: Monday, 24 April 2017 3:00 PM
Join the Economics Club and the Department of Economics in welcoming Dr. David Skarbek, Senior Lecturer in Political Economy, King's College London, on Wednesday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m. in AJ 175 as he presents Gangs and Governance in American Prisons.

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Book Release Reading: Emily Jo Scalzo and Rebecca Manery

Contributed by: Eva Snider
Published: Monday, 24 April 2017 11:00 AM
To celebrate the release of their books, English Department faculty members Emily Jo Scalzo and Rebecca Manery will read from their work. Stop by this Wednesday, 4/26 at 8 P.M. in AJ 225 to hear them read. Learn more.

Recording of Canvas pilot test info session; Sign up by May 31

Contributed by: Nancy Prater
Published: Monday, 24 April 2017 10:00 AM
Watch a recording of an April 20 information session about Canvas, a possible replacement of Blackboard, and sign up for the pilot test. Learn more.

Graduate Student event cancellation

Contributed by: Amy Blackford
Published: Monday, 24 April 2017 9:30 AM
Please note that the Graduate Student end of the semester event on 4/27 has been cancelled. Please contact Amy Blackford (adblackford@bsu.edu) for any questions regarding this event. Learn more.

May 1: Center for EMDD Student Showcase & Open House

Contributed by: Faith Kellermeyer
Published: Monday, 24 April 2017 9:00 AM
The Center for Emerging Media Design & Development invites you to attend a showcase and open house featuring the work of our first graduating cohort on May 1, 2017 from 10 am - 6 pm in AJ 390. Come and go as you please. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Learn more.

Ball State Doumentary Premeire "Tales Told Out of School"

Contributed by: Sandi Garcia
Published: Friday, 21 April 2017 9:30 AM
The Ball State University African American Alumni Oral History Project (Phase II) team members would like to cordially invite the Ball State community to our showcase and film premiere on Friday, April 28th, 2017 from 3:00-5:00 P.M. at the L.A. Pittenger Student Center on Ball State’s campus in Room 301-302. Refreshments will be provided. Learn more.

Piano Instruction Offered for All Ages

Contributed by: Patrick Stauffer
Published: Friday, 21 April 2017 9:00 AM
The School of Music will offer piano instruction for all ages during the fall 2017 semester through the Piano Pedagogy Program. All lessons and classes are in the Hargreaves Music Building.

Individuals interested in participating in the program will need to schedule a short interview. Children will need to have at least one parent present for the interview. For more information, please contact Lori Rhoden, professor of music performance and coordinator of piano pedagogy, at 765-285-5449 or lrhoden@bsu.edu.
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Computer Science Colloquium Series - CS499 and CS699 Presentations

Contributed by: Kim Bechdolt
Published: Thursday, 20 April 2017 3:00 PM

Department of Computer Science - Ball State University
Colloquium Series 2016-17

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 3:00 PM, RB 104

CS499 Presentation

Songbook: A New Tagging Standard

Ryan Magley

Abstract

This presentation discusses the development of Songbook, a new tagging standard to potentially replace ID3v2, Vorbis comments and other media tagging standards with new and enhanced features. Primarily focused on mp3 files and ID3v2 tags, this discussion compares the ID3v2 standard to the proposed Songbook standard and highlights Songbook features that appeal primarily to music collectors, scholars and enthusiasts in a data-driven world. Includes proof-of-concept showing early version of a Songbook-compatible player in action.

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Celebratory Reception for Dr. Carolyn Kapinus

Contributed by: Angie Zahner
Published: Thursday, 20 April 2017 10:30 AM
Please join us in thanking Dr. Carolyn Kapinus, Interim Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, for her years of service to the university.  Learn more.

Celebratory Reception for Dr. Kenneth Holland

Contributed by: Angie Zahner
Published: Wednesday, 19 April 2017 3:00 PM
Please join us in celebration of Dr. Kenneth Holland, Executive Director of the Center for International Development, for his years of service to the university.

A celebratory reception will be held on Wednesday, May 31st from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Student Center Terrace Lounge and Patio area.
Learn more.

One week from today: the DLR Gala on Monsters!

Contributed by: Eva Snider
Published: Wednesday, 19 April 2017 1:00 PM
The Digital Literature Review Gala!
When: Wednesday, April 26th, 4:30p-6:30pm
Where: Student Center 301 and 302
What: The fourth issue about Monsters
Why: To showcase the hard work done by DLR staff

The Digital Literature Review staff would like to formally invite you to their Gala on April 26th.
Learn more.

Spring Semester Online Evaluations Now Available

Contributed by: Gail L Werner
Published: Wednesday, 19 April 2017 7:55 AM
Online course evaluations for the spring semester are now available. We strongly urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to provide feedback on your classes before the evaluations close at midnight Friday, May 5. Learn more.

Moving With Muncie: A Conversation to Create Change

Contributed by: Ruby Cain
Published: Monday, 17 April 2017 4:30 PM

You are cordially invited to a free community event, Moving With Muncie: A Conversation to Create Change , Saturday, 4/29, 10-1 pm, Muncie Unity Center, 515 E. 9th Street, Muncie, Indiana. Light refreshments will be provided. This event will feature community members/partners, BSU graduate students from EDAC 698, and Facing Racism storytellers.



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FCFA 481 Fashion Show

Contributed by: Angel Tuttle
Published: Monday, 17 April 2017 4:00 PM

Ball State's Fashion Promotions Class, FCFA 481, would like to invite you to our Fashion Show on Sunday, April 30th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Alumni Center.

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Celebratory Reception for Dr. Charlene Alexander

Contributed by: Angie Zahner
Published: Monday, 17 April 2017 2:00 PM
Please join us in celebration of Dr. Charlene Alexander, Associate Provost for Diversity and Interim Associate Vice President for Community Engagement for her years of service to the university.  Learn more.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tyehimba Jess coming to Ball State!

Contributed by: Eva Snider
Published: Wednesday, 12 April 2017 1:00 PM
Renowned poet Tyehimba Jess recently won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his book, Olio, which explores the history of American blues, worksongs, and church hymns. Next week, Jess will be visiting campus as part of the English Department's Marilyn K. Cory Speaker Series. Everyone is invited to see Jess read from his work on Tuesday, April 18th at 7pm in AJ 175.

A Detroit native, Jess and his first book of poetry, leadbelly, won the National Poetry Series in 2004. His Pulitzer Prize-winning book Olio weaves performance art with poetry to challenge contemporary ideas of race and identity in the lives of largely unrecognized African American performers from before the Civil War up to World War I.

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity and the Multicultural Center.
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The Digital Literature Review Gala will rise again!

Contributed by: Eva Snider
Published: Wednesday, 12 April 2017 11:00 AM
When: Wednesday April 26th, 4:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.
Where: Student Center 301 and 302
What: The fourth issue about Monsters
Why: To showcase the hard work done by DLR staff

The Digital Literature Review staff would like to formally invite you to their Gala on April 26th.
Learn more.

Graduate Student End of Year Celebration

Contributed by: Amy Blackford
Published: Monday, 10 April 2017 9:00 AM
Take a break from studying for finals, have some free fun, and do something good! Learn more.

Retirement Reception for Dr. Frank Felsenstein

Contributed by: Coralee Young
Published: Monday, 10 April 2017 8:30 AM

Friday, April 28, Ball Honors House, 2-4PM.

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ARCH 407: Fourth World Theory On-line Couse Description

Contributed by: Olon Dotson
Published: Tuesday, 28 March 2017 9:00 AM
ARCH 407: Fourth World Theory - On-Line Offering (Summer Semester 2017)
For Undergraduate Students Interested in topics of Social and Environmental Justice
CRN# 800 36540

We have documented and reinforced evidence of America’s position as the wealthiest and most powerful country on earth, but have limited knowledge of the scale and magnitude of our nation’s poverty and degradation. The extent of the distress and abandonment in the cores of our cities resulting from de-industrialization, historic segregation and discrimination patterns, suburban sprawl, erosion of a viable tax base, racism, inability to embrace the concept desegregation and civil rights legislation, fear, despair, crumbling infrastructure systems, disinvestment in our urban school systems, and environment justice issues defines our “Fourth World” status. Sustainability is currently at the forefront of our discourse as part of a larger global imperative; however, the value of ‘green’ is inconsequential when continued sprawling development practices are dictated by historic discrimination and segregation patterns and societal ills.

Through Critical Geography, Fourth World Theory synthesizes these issues collectively with the social construction of race at its core. In critical geography discourse, Bobby Wilson discusses DuBois positions on the danger of application of class politics without “modification of thought” (Bauder and Engel-Di Mauro 287) to the unique American circumstance. “We must situate race, not only in a historical context, but also in a historical geographical context. We must expose the skeletons of places and plant the flesh of black experiences on those bones as well. Social practices are not only historically specific but geographically or place-specific, even in the age of globalization.” In the United States, a general reluctance to confront the social construction of race undermines productive dialogue on the matter.

Fourth World Theory argues that the social construction of race is at the core of the above-mentioned physical, political, socio-economic and institutional abandonment. This elective will demonstrate how this social construction has, and continues to, systemically undermine each and every aspect of the overall quality of life in the American city.
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Diversity Research Symposium Networking Sessions and Call for Proposals

Contributed by: Linh Littleford
Published: Monday, 13 March 2017 10:00 AM
Register now to attend networking sessions at the 9th Annual Diversity Research Symposium (DRS, September 22nd and September 23rd, 2017 at Ball State University) to explore collaborative research and other opportunities. Available networking sessions:
• Community organizers and researchers
• Community organizers and students
• Researchers and students
• Graduate programs and students

Registration for the networking sessions is free. Due to limited seating, registration is required.

You are also invited to submit a proposal to present your diversity-related project at the. Proposals can be submitted between April 1 and June 1, 2017. We are seeking proposals that focus on creating brave spaces for inclusion, equity, and justice. Angela Davis (feminist & writer) will present the keynote address: "Institutional racism in the penal and criminal justice system." At the last DRS hosted by Ball State University, participants represented 81 academic sub-disciplines, 21 institutions & organizations, and 13 states.

For more information, to submit proposals, and/or to register for the networking sessions, visit http://www.diversitysymposium.org

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Virginia Ball Center for Creative Inquiry Announces 2017-2018 Fellows

Contributed by: Laura Huffman
Published: Friday, 10 March 2017 12:00 PM
VIRGINIA BALL CENTER FOR CREATIVE INQUIRY ANNOUNCES NEW FELLOWS

The Virginia Ball Center for Creative Inquiry is pleased to announce the four fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year:

Fall 2017: "American Women in Film Sound" - Vanessa Ament, Telecommunications
Fall 2017: "Fine Focus: Catalyzing STEM Opportunities for Minority Undergraduates" - John Mckillip, Biology

Spring 2018: "Muslims in Muncie" - Elizabeth Agnew, Philosophy and Religious Studies
Spring 2018: "Beneficence Records: Records for a Reason" - Daniel Porter, School of Music
Learn more.

Enrichment Program for Middle School Students

Contributed by: Julie Tuttle Davis
Published: Tuesday, 07 March 2017 4:00 PM
In this FREE hands-on writing workshop aimed at middle school students, Indiana Academy instructor Dr. Margaret Smith will have students write their own poems of praise after learning about the anonymous praise poets of 8th century England and modern South American poet Pablo Neruda. Learn more.

Summer Academy for high school students to be held July 9 - 21

Contributed by: Lori Pence
Published: Friday, 24 February 2017 11:30 AM
DesignWorks Summer Academy, for high school sophomores and juniors, has been called an "immersive, intensive, team-driven, college level experience," and we'd agree.

Students will experience life as a college student while staying in the residence halls and attending college courses taught by faculty from the College of Architecture and Planning.

Field trips, participating in competitive projects, learning from profession speakers, are included in the fee. For admission requirements, dates, and to apply go to bsu.edu/cap/designworks. Questions? Contact Lori Pence at (765) 285-5879.
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Jewish Studies Course Development Summer Workshop

Contributed by: Deborah Lyon
Published: Tuesday, 07 February 2017 9:00 AM
Christian Judaism/Islamic Judaism: Medieval Jewish Culture in Two Civilizations
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