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Intern in Washington and earn BSU credit!

Contributed by: Barb Stedman
Published: Monday, 26 September 2016 6:00 PM

On Tuesday, Oct. 4, a representative from The Washington Center will give an hour-long presentation about opportunities to intern in Washington, DC, while earning Ball State credit. Internships are offered year-round in all majors.

The presentation will begin at 5 p.m. in TC 109.

Students who can't attend this session may schedule individual appointments with the representative by emailing hours of availability on Oct. 4 to

Learn more about The Washington Center at

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Seminar Presentation: Estimating Indirect Benefits: Fracking, Coal and Air Pollution

Contributed by: Delana Ulmer
Published: Monday, 26 September 2016 4:00 PM
Please join the Department of Economics and Professor Hendrik Wolff, Associate Professor of Economics at Simon Fraser University, as he presents his paper Estimating Indirect Benefits: Fracking, Coal and Air Pollution , on Friday, September 30 at 3:00 p.m. in WB 152.

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Cinesonika International Soundtrack Conference and Festival Keynote

Contributed by: Tim Pollard
Published: Sunday, 25 September 2016 8:00 AM

The international soundtrack conference and festival, Cinesonika, will conclude Saturday, October 1, at Sursa Hall starting at 7:30pm. World-renowned film scholar, Rick Altman, will be the keynote speaker. The title of his keynote speech is “Cinema/Performance/Event: New Ways to Think About Film Sound.” This event is free to the public.

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Visiting Writers Series: Matt Hart, Co-Founder of Forklift Ohio

Contributed by: Eva Snider
Published: Friday, 23 September 2016 1:00 PM
Join us next week for a reading by Matt Hart, co-founder and editor of Forklift Ohio.

When: Wednesday, 9/28, 7:30 P.M.
Where: AJ 225
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PARADE opens the University Theatre Season

Contributed by: Renee Busha
Published: Thursday, 22 September 2016 3:00 PM
PARADE tackles justice, morality and love while shedding light on a sobering bit of U.S. history.
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Mortar Board Chapter Honored Again

Contributed by: Judy Wolf
Published: Wednesday, 21 September 2016 9:00 AM

Mortar Board Chapter Honored Again

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Scholarship for summer language study abroad

Contributed by: Barb Stedman
Published: Tuesday, 20 September 2016 9:00 AM

The Critical Language Scholarship could fund your study of one of these languages during the summer of 2017:

Arabic - Azerbaijani - Bangla - Chinese - Hindi – Indonesian - Japanese
Korean - Persian - Punjabi - Russian – Swahili – Turkish - Urdu

To learn more, attend an information session on Monday, Sept. 26, from 5-6 p.m., OR Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 6-7 p.m., in room 200 of the Ball Honors House.

Visit for details about the scholarship.

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Intellectual Freedom, the Right to Free Inquiry, and Digital Privacy | Research Colloquium

Contributed by: Jennifer Keever
Published: Monday, 19 September 2016 11:30 AM


Intellectual Freedom, the Right to Free Inquiry, and Digital Privacy

12:00 - 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Whitinger Building room 145, Hall of Fame Conference Room

RSVP before September 26 to

Presented by Shaheen Borna
Professor of Marketing

Intellectual Freedom, the Right to Free Inquiry, and Digital Privacy

Consider the following hypothetical scenarios: A faculty member wants to collect data related to the “deceptive nature of pornographic advertisements.” The other faculty member is interested in collecting data related to “the effectiveness of ISIS propaganda”. The third faculty member needs data for his/her study related to “Promotion in the Heroin Markets”. These faculty members have at least one common area of concern, i.e., by using the university computer services and thereby search engines, their identity may be revealed to the public. Since there is a substantial gap between data collection and publication of the research findings, the revelation of faculty identity would create the perception that university computer services are used for “undesirable” if not illegal activities. The “child pornography” case and ensuing publicity created by the publication of the name of a retired faculty member at BSU heightened the concern that BSU has assumed the role of “Big Brother” and hence is monitoring the computer activities of its constituents. If indeed, the university were filtering faculty, students, and employees’ computer activities, it would raise fundamental questions related to the intellectual freedom, the right to free inquiry, and digital privacy. In this presentation, we explore the degree of BSU involvement in monitoring its constituents’ computer activities and the feasibility of using software such as Tor at BSU libraries in order to hide the identity (i.e., IP addresses) of computer users.

About Shaheen Borna

Shaheen Borna, professor of marketing, completed his MBA and DBA at Florida State University (1979). He joined the Ball State faculty in 1983. His research interests include business ethics, retail location, promotion, and new product management. His teaching interests include marketing management, consumer behavior, business ethics, international marketing, and retailing. He has published numerous articles in The Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Services Marketing, Mid-American Journal of Business, Journal of Global Business, International Journal of Advertising, Higher Education Management, Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives, Akron Business and Economic Review, The Journal of Health Care Marketing, British Journal of Criminology, Journal of Accountancy, Journal of Health and Social Policy, Journal of Teaching Business Ethics, and Higher Education Management. He has also published and presented numerous conference papers. Professor Borna is a member of the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Marketing for Higher Education, and Mid-American Journal of Business.

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Indiana Academy Preview Days

Contributed by: Julie Tuttle Davis
Published: Tuesday, 13 September 2016 3:00 PM
Check out what the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities has to offer by attending one of our upcoming Preview Days. Learn more.

Provost Immersive Learning Grant - Call for Proposals

Contributed by: Robbie Mehling
Published: Tuesday, 06 September 2016 9:30 AM
Provost Immersive Learning Grant - Call for Proposals
Deadline: Monday, October 3, 2016, 5:00 pm
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Shouldn't you be writing?

Contributed by: Jackie Grutsch McKinney
Published: Wednesday, 31 August 2016 4:30 AM
The Faculty Breakfast Club will start up again on September 9th--a devoted time and quiet space for faculty to get writing done each week. The Breakfast Club is just for writing--no sharing, no discussing, no reviewing. Think of it as an appointment with yourself to make writing a priority in the new academic year. Learn more.

Webinars with Distinguished Music & Arts Scholars

Contributed by: Patrick Stauffer
Published: Tuesday, 30 August 2016 7:30 AM
Students, faculty, and staff of Ball State University are invited to attend webinars with distinguished music and arts scholars from around the world. Each lecture will last approximately one hour, and audience members will have opportunities to ask questions of the speakers. For more information, contact Dr. Michael Palmer in the School of Music, at
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2016 Diversity Research Symposium is Leslie Aguilar, Founder of Diversity Inclusion Center

Contributed by: Dr. Ruby Cain
Published: Thursday, 28 July 2016 6:00 PM
The 2016 Diversity Research Symposium, hosted October 22, 2016 at Indiana University Southeast, is pleased to announce that it will feature Leslie Aguilar as the keynote presenter and also as a facilitator of the pre-Symposium workshop open to the community. Learn more.