IU East welcomes new faculty to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences

October 7th, 2015

Indiana University East is pleased to welcome new faculty members to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Brian Brodeur, assistant professor of English, Creative Writing/Poetry, received his Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Cincinnati. He received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from George Mason University and his B.A. in English and a Minor in History from Salem State University.

Previously, Brodeur was an instructor at the University of Cincinnati and an associate editor for Cincinnati Review. Formerly, he was a library specialist for George Mason University Libraries in Fairfax, Va. He also taught for the Art Institute of Washington.

Brodeur has published poetry most recently in American Poetry Review and The Missouri Review. In February 2015, he published Local Fauna and was a co-winner of the 2013 Wick Poetry Center Chapbook Competition at Kent State University. He has also published poems in anthologies, articles, interviews and reviews. He has presented at several conferences including the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature (SSML).

Kris Rees, assistant professor of political science, is an alumnus of Indiana University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science and Central Eurasian Studies and his M.A. in Central Eurasian Studies from IU Bloomington. Rees earned his B.A. in Psychology from Whitman College, located in Walla Walla, Wash.

Rees’ research interests include identity politics; interethnic relations, nationalism; language policy and implementation; protests and political movements; multiculturalism and citizenship; and qualitative methods.

Previously, Rees was the Future Faculty Teaching Fellowship in Political Science at IU Bloomington and IU East and adjunct instructor at IUPUI. He was formerly an associate instructor at IU KrisRees-hqBloomington.

Rees has frequently presented at the annual conventions of the Association of Study of Nationalities.

As an undergraduate, Rees received the Norman Klockman Memorial Award for Scholarship and Service in May 2001. He was also the treasurer for the Political Science Graduate Student Association and vice president/conference coordinator and secretary for the Association of Central Eurasian Students.

Rees is a member of the American Political Science Association, Association for the Study of Nationalities and the Central Eurasian Studies Society.

IU East’s Political Science program listed as a 20 Best Online Bachelor in Political Science Degree Program

September 15th, 2015

Indiana University East has been named to the 20 Best Online Bachelor in Political Science Degree Program by TheBestSchools.org.

TheBestSchools.org selected colleges and universities for the top 20 list based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strengths, and reputation, including reputation for online degree programs.

The list is available online here.

The IU East School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. Students who complete the political science program are prepared for careers in politics, law, comparative politics, American cultures, social issues, and policy making. The program serves undergraduates in other majors, including social work, criminal justice, education, and history. The program provides knowledge and skills that are transferable across disciplines and careers that are essential for developing citizens prepared to make a difference.

TheBestSchools.org is a leading resource for prospective students seeking a college or university degree. Many schools in the United States reference our rankings including Auburn University, Boston University, Texas A&M University, Fordham University, and many more.

For more information about IU East’s political science program, contact the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at (765) 973-8643 or visit iue.edu/hss/polisci/.

IU East’s Community Engagement Series begins with lecture on Mummies and Vikings

September 11th, 2015

IU East’s Community Engagement Series begins with lecture on Mummies and Vikings


Indiana University East School of Humanities and Social Sciences will begin a new Community Engagement Series this fall. The series begins this September and will feature a wide variety of topics presented by faculty.

Gene Cruz-Uribe

Presentations will be held in various locations throughout the community. All presentations begin with a reception at 5:15 p.m. followed by the lecture at 6 p.m. The presentations are free and open to the public.

The Community Engagement Series kicks off on Wednesday, September 23, at the Wayne County Historical Museum, 1150 N. A St., Richmond, Ind.

Daron Olson, assistant professor of history, and Gene Cruz-Uribe, professor of history, will present “Mummies and Vikings: A Journey through World History.” Cruz-Uribe will discuss his research focusing on Egypt, specifically Demotic graffiti found at the temple of Isis. Olson will discuss several topics related to Norwegian and Norwegian-American history.

Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Ross Alexander said, “HSS is proud to launch this community engagement series as a way to engage a wider, non-academic audience through the important, innovative, and intriguing research performed by our talented faculty members. Hopefully, community members will choose to attend all six presentations throughout the 2015-16 academic year, which will occur on campus and across several venues in Richmond/Wayne County, co-sponsored by various community partners.”

Cruz-Uribe received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Egyptology from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. He is the author of six books, over 60 articles and 40 book reviews dealing with all periods of Egyptian history and culture with an emphasis on the Demotic stage of the ancient Egyptian language and the history and religion of the Late Period in Egypt. He has conducted a number of field research projects in Egypt, working mainly in Kharga Oasis in the western desert, but throughout the Nile Valley including a long term project to record graffiti in the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. His most recent field work project is the recording of unpublished Demotic graffiti found at the temple of Isis at Philae Island (Aswan).

Daron Olson

For the last 15 years he has been recording and translating ancient Egyptian graffiti for what they reveal about personal piety, late period religious practices and pilgrimage. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship in 2007 to continue his studies in Egypt. In July 2008, he became the editor of the Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, the principal journal for Egyptology research in the U.S.

Olson obtained an M.A. in History from the University of North Dakota and graduated with his Ph.D. in Historical Studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Olson’s research interests include Modern Norway and Norwegian emigration to the U.S. His theoretical focus includes transnationalism, nationalism, and identity. His book, Vikings across the Atlantic: Emigration and the Building of a Greater Norway, 1860-1945, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2013. He has traveled to Norway the past two years researching his next book on Norway’s nationalism while in exile during World War II.

For more information on the Community Engagement Series, contact the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at (765) 973-8484 or visit iue.edu/facultypresents.

Community Engagement Series Event Calendar
Receptions at 5:15 p.m.
Presentations at 6 p.m.

Mummies and Vikings: A Journey through World History
Wednesday, September 23
Wayne County Historical Museum, 1150 N. A St., Richmond
Presented by Professor of History Eugene Cruz-Uribe and Assistant Professor of History Daron Olson

Making Sense of Madness: Campaigns & Elections in the Modern Era
Thursday, October 8
IU East, Whitewater Hall Community Room
Presented by School of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Ross Alexander and Assistant Professor of Political Science Chera LaForge

English & American Literature: Connecting Important Authors and Their Works
Thursday, November 19
Morrisson-Reeves Library, Bard Room, 80 N. 6th St, Richmond
Presented by Professor of English Alisa Clapp-Itnyre and Assistant Professor of English Steven Petersheim

A Brave Conversation: Addressing End-of-Life Issues
Thursday, February 4
Reid Health, Lingle Auditorium, 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond
Presented by Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Rosalie Aldrich and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Humanities and Religious Studies Ange Cooksey

Contemporary Gangs: Culture, Crime, and Community
Thursday, March 24
Wayne County Council Chambers, 50 N. 5th St., Richmond
Presented by Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Mengie Parker and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Stephanie Whitehead

International Service and Student Engagement
Thursday, April 14
IU East’s Room 912, 912 E. Main St., Richmond
Presented by Assistant Professor of World Languages and Cultures Dianne Moneypenny and Assistant Professor of Political Science Kristopher Rees

Elizabeth Berg to visit IU East for Regional Writers Series September 22

September 9th, 2015

The Indiana University East School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) will present the Regional Writers Series: An Evening with Elizabeth Berg, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22, in Vivian Auditorium, located in Whitewater Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

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Jean Harper, creative writing coordinator at IU East, said, “Elizabeth Berg will be speaking about her newest book, The Dream Lover, during the evening presentation. She’ll also be available for questions and answers about this book, and her other works, including the very popular Talk Before Sleep, a book treasured by many women who have endured breast cancer.” DreamLover-hq

The Dream Lover and other books by Berg are available for purchase in the Campus Bookstore. A reception and book-signing will follow the evening lecture.

Berg based The Dream Lover on the life of French writer George Sand. On her website, Berg said she was inspired to write about Aurore Dudevant (George Sand is her pen name) after reading about her in The Writer’s Almanac and being intrigued by her. Finding that a novel had not been written about Dudevant, she decided to share the story “about this most extraordinary woman, who was a study in contradiction.”

Author of more than 20 works of fiction and nonfiction, Berg has won numerous awards, including the American Library Association’s Best Books of the Year for Durable Goods and Joy School and an Oprah’s Book Club Selection for Open House. She is the founder of Writing Matters, a reading series designed to serve author, audience, and community. Berg lives part-time in Chicago and San Francisco.

While at IU East, Berg will also work directly with students during a one-hour workshop.

Margaret Evans, chair of the English Department, said, “To have Elizabeth Berg, a New York Times bestselling author, come to campus is very exciting. Our creative writing students will have the opportunity to engage with a very successful writer, find out more about her work, and her writing process.”

Tanya Perkins, faculty advisor for the student literary magazine Tributaries, said the Regional Writers Series highlights the remarkable diversity of writers in the Midwest: from rural bards to Affrilachian poets, Rust Belt essayists to post-apocalyptic novelists, slam poets to short story writers, and more. This series will shine a light on the wealth of excellent writing and writers in the Midwest, she added.

HSS will host one author a semester as part of the Regional Writers Series. In the spring, Amy Pickworth, award-winning poet and artist, will visit the campus April 6-7, 2016. David Baker, award-winning poet, recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and poetry editor of the Kenyon Review, is scheduled for fall 2016. Katy Didden, poet, and assistant professor of English at Ball State, will visit in spring 2017.

Ross Alexander, dean of HSS, said the school is proud to host the Regional Writers Series.

“This series will provide IU East students and the surrounding community with accessible opportunities to meet, work with, and learn from established and published writers active in this region,” Alexander said.

IU East’s Criminal Justice Program Named to Best Value Criminal Justice Degree for 2015

September 3rd, 2015

Indiana University East’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program has been listed in the top five of the Best Value Criminal Justice Degree for 2015 by Best Value Schools.

To determine the top 50 Best Value Criminal Justice Degree programs, Best Value Schools used College Navigator, a data website and subset of the National Center for Education Statistics. Schools in the top 50 offer degrees in criminal justice or law enforcement administration. The enrollment for the schools is selective, admitting 60 percent or fewer of applicants to their degree programs in criminal justice. The list takes into account the net price for the degree, including costs and available scholarships, loans, tuition payments and fees.

The criminal justice program at IU East is distinctive in that it teaches students management skills which prepares them to be more competitive in the job market and enhances their prospects for advancement. The degree program prepares students for professional careers in law, policing, criminal investigation, juvenile justice, public affairs, crisis management, risk analysis, or graduate school.

Also, IU East’s criminal justice program is one of 11 online degree completion programs available to students. Students who have taken the first two years of a criminal justice program at another college or university can finish the online program within two years to receive a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. For more information about IU East’s online degree programs, visit iue.edu/online.

For more information about IU East’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, contact the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at (765) 973-8484.