Programs

Programs

Legislature in Action

Legislature in Action

On April 4, IU East is hosting two retired members of the U.S. House for the Congress to Campus event. David Minge, (D) Minnesota (1993-2001) and Steven T. Kuykendall, (R) California (1999-2001), will visit classrooms and talk with students interested in the democratic process. There will also be a reception from 5-6 pm in the Whitewater Hall lobby, and a Town Hall meeting directly following in the Community Room entitled “Election 2016: The Changing Nature of Political Campaigns.” Both the reception and Town Hall are open to the public. This is a great opportunity to hear inside perspectives on electioneering, what working in Congress is like, and the importance of the political system. With 2016 being an election year, there … Continued
Foreigners in their Own Land (1565-1880)

Foreigners in their Own Land (1565-1880)

Join campus and community members for the first film in the “Latino Americans: 500 years of history” series, on Tues., September 8 at 5:30 pm at the Morrisson-Reeves Library. IU East scholar Dr. Christine Nemcik will lead a discussion about the early history of Latinos in America. Refreshments will be provided by community member Pam Zelaya. There will also be an opportunity for participants to have “cultural conversations” with IU East students, as we strive to document the stories of local members of the Latino American community on our region. The streaming version of the film, available in English and in Spanish, is available here as well as a lecture by Dr. Nemcik. Below is a summary of this episode. … Continued
Poetry Reading

Poetry Reading

Do you like poetry? IU East has a great upcoming opportunity for you. Bianca Lynne Spriggs, an award-winning poet (2013 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry, several Artist Enrichment and Arts Meets Activism grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and a nominee for the Pushcart Prize) will be coming to campus to read her work on Tuesday, March 24th. The event will be in the Whitewater Hall art gallery from 7-8 p.m., and is open to the public if you want to bring friends or family. She will also lead a workshop for students earlier in the day, from 2-3 p.m. in Whitewater Hall 202. Spriggs is an Affrilachian Poet and Cave Canem Fellow, and was named as … Continued
Poverty and Hunger

Poverty and Hunger

Society has solved or improved a lot of problems.  Communication, transportation, and production have all seen meteoric improvement in the last century, which itself saw immense improvements over the century before.  Laws and changing social attitudes have reduced discrimination to a noteworthy injustice rather than simply the commonly accepted way of thinking.  We live in a world where, in most parts of it, people have relative security compared to what people experienced even a hundred years ago.  But one problem remains largely unchanged – poverty. To be sure, there are less people in extreme poverty today.  Only about twenty percent of the world’s population is currently in extreme poverty, when it was twice that thirty years ago.  But for those … Continued
We Remember Four Little Girls

We Remember Four Little Girls

In 1963, on September 15th, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed by members of the Klu Klux Klan. Five young girls were preparing for church services in the basement when the bomb went off, killing four of them, and injuring many others of the congregation. During the 1960’s Birmingham, Alabama was one of the nation’s most segregated cities and had one the strongest and most violent KKK chapters. Racial tension was extreme and because of this, several civil right leaders made Birmingham the focus of many efforts to desegregate the South. Unfortunately, these efforts made Birmingham a dangerous place, earning the nickname “Bomingham” for as many as 80 bombs had been set off within the city … Continued