Matt Dilworth

Matt Dilworth

Summer Research

Summer Research

The summer is a great time to catch up or experience an interesting course that can otherwise be hard to fit into your schedule. The compressed time frame allows you to make a lot of progress quickly, whether you’re in the full twelve week session, or one of the intensive six week sessions. But it’s no walk in the park! Summer courses are every bit as rigorous as their equivalents in the fall and spring, with just as much work to do. The first summer session ends on June 27th. So if you’re taking a Summer I class, this is like the last three whole weeks of classes for a normal semester. And what that means is, now is the … Continued
Open for learning!

Open for learning!

There are all types of databases – some for books, some for articles, some for newspapers, some for videos, and some for references. Some focus on controversies, and some specialize in a contiguous historical record. Many of these databases are expensive, costing many hundreds or thousands of dollars to license and use. That content does have a tremendous amount of value and authors need to be compensated for it. However, many authors are willing to forgo any type of compensation, because they believe everyone should have access to this type of intellectual inquiry. So, a lot of writers make their work available for free on the internet. These are generally posted with an open access license, such as Creative Commons. … Continued
The Next Step

The Next Step

Congratulations to the IU East class of 2016! 795 people graduated this year, earning bachelors and master’s degrees. It is a moment of celebration for IU East and you, but it is also a moment of transition for you – the chance to put your new skills and education to use in a job. The job market can be tough, so finding the right job that uses your knowledge and skills and rewards your dedication can be a challenge. IU East invested in your ongoing success, first as a student and then as an alumni throughout life. The IU East Office of Career Services can provide career counseling, job listings, internships, help with writing résumés, and tips for acing interviews, … Continued
Historical Perspectives

Historical Perspectives

It is said that ‘victors write the history books’ – that the dominant group shapes the historical narrative and record, flattering itself and distorting or excluding (intentionally or otherwise) the perspectives of any other groups. And often, this is true. An excellent example is World War II – not only are there no significant advocates of the Nazi or Imperial Japanese causes, but the contributions of the United States have been made to eclipse or replace those of our allies. Recent films such as U-571 and Monuments Men replace heroic British figures with Americans, and American battles like the D-Day invasion are remembered while pivotal Soviet engagements like the battle of Stalingrad are ignored or downplayed. And while sometimes this … Continued
Asian Pacific American Heritage

Asian Pacific American Heritage

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, jointly sponsored by the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, the National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institution, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to honor and showcase the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history. Lots of these institutions, and others, offer resources and activities online. The Library of Congress offers lesson plans and classroom activities, as well as an extensive video and multimedia collection. Websites like Asian Nation offer tools, statistics, infographics, and more. The IU East Campus Library offers a multitude of high-quality scholarly resources. Databases like the Asian Studies eBook Collection offer … Continued