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          You need not be a member of the University Club to attend.

 

Spring Semester 2024

The University Club meetings and speaker presentations are being held in-person in the Faculty/Staff Commons located on the second floor in the Bone Student Center.  Our meetings start with a social hour, beginning at 3:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks, followed at 4:30 p.m. by a short presentation by our speaker.  Support for University Club programming is provided by the Offices of the President and Provost.

 

Friday January 26, 2024

"Open Discussion"

We are meeting in the Faculty/Staff Commons from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  All our members and guests are cordially invited to attend.  At 4:30 p.m. an update on the programs and activities planned for this semester will be presented by the University Club Officers.

The University Club is the only University-wide social group available for all ISU faculty, staff, administrative professionals, civil service staff and annuitants. We meet on alternate Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Commons on the second floor of the Bone Student Center. Our meetings start with a social hour, beginning at 3:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks. 

 

Friday February 9, 2024

“Climate Anxiety, Climate Control, and the Creation of Philadelphia’s Waterworks”

Dr. Keith Pluymers, Assistant Professor in the Department of History, will give a talk entitled, "Climate Anxiety, Climate Control, and the Creation of Philadelphia’s Waterworks” at the University Club at 4:30 p.m. Friday February 9 in the Faculty/Staff Commons in the Bone Student Center.  In 1799, Benjamin Henry Latrobe proposed a plan to supply the city of Philadelphia with “wholesome water” but also to cleanse the streets and cool the air. Histories of the waterworks have, however, downplayed these stated ambitions for atmospheric control. This talk explores why and how these ambitions made sense at the end of the eighteenth century.  Dr. Pluymers is an Environmental Historian and has just returned from a residential fellowship last semester at Princeton University.

The University Club is the only University-wide social group available for all ISU faculty, staff, administrative professionals, civil service staff and annuitants. We meet on alternate Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Commons on the second floor of the Bone Student Center. Our meetings start with a social hour, beginning at 3:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks. 

 

Friday February 23, 2024

"ISU Planning, Design and Construction Projects"

David M. A. Gill, AIA, MRAIC, the Director of Facilities Planning, Design and Construction at Illinois State University will give a talk entitled, "ISU Planning, Design and Construction Projects", at the University Club at 4:30 p.m. Friday February 23 in the Faculty/Staff Commons in the Bone Student Center. This presentation will provide a process overview and present a representative sample of projects in the planning, design, construction and recently completed phases. As noted in an ISU Report story by John Twork on November 15, 2023, this is probably the highest dollar value and the most projects this university has ever had going at one time, and a very exciting time to be a Redbird.

Facilities Planning, Design and Construction, on behalf of the University,  is responsible for planning, designing, and constructing new and/or renovating existing facilities in support of the Illinois State University Strategic Plan  (the current plan,  Educate Connect Elevate: Illinois State 2018-2023 ) and the Master Plan (Master Plan 2010-2030: Looking to the Future).  The planning, design, and construction group provides support, buildings, space, solutions, technical expertise and infrastructure for people and equipment through new construction and renovation. Projects proceed from inception through an intake process. Once formalized as a project, it will proceed through the planning, design, and construction phases. Once completed, the project is turned over to the University for use.

The University Club is the only University-wide social group available for all ISU faculty, staff, administrative professionals, civil service staff and annuitants. We meet on alternate Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Commons on the second floor of the Bone Student Center. Our meetings start with a social hour, beginning at 3:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks. 

 

Friday March 29, 2024

"In the Spotlight… Antoinette Concello"

Maureen Brunsdale, Associate Professor and Head of Special Collections in Milner Library will give a talk entitled, “In the Spotlight… Antoinette Concello”, at the University Club at 4:30 p.m. Friday March 29 in the Faculty/Staff Commons in the Bone Student Center.  In the Shadow of the Big Top: The Life of Ringling’s Unlikely Circus Savior is the title of Maureen Brunsdale’s latest book which draws heavily on sources found in Milner Library’s Circus and Allied Arts Collection in Special Collections. While the focus for the book is Bloomington’s truant-turned-acrobat-turned-circus executive, Art Concello, Maureen will be sharing stories about his wife and partner, Antoinette. Her life – both her struggles and triumphs - highlight her determination to remain relevant in the male-dominated world of twentieth century entertainment.

The University Club is the only University-wide social group available for all ISU faculty, staff, administrative professionals, civil service staff and annuitants. We meet on alternate Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Commons on the second floor of the Bone Student Center. Our meetings start with a social hour, beginning at 3:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks. 

 

Friday April 12, 2024

"Title Pending"

The University Club is the only University-wide social group available for all ISU faculty, staff, administrative professionals, civil service staff and annuitants. We meet on alternate Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Commons on the second floor of the Bone Student Center. Our meetings start with a social hour, beginning at 3:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks. 

 

Friday April 26, 2024

"University Club Scholarship Awards Ceremony" will be held at 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Commons.

Ten $600 scholarships were awarded at the "University Club Scholarship Awards Ceremony" which began at 3:30 p.m. Awardees, their families, guests, University Club Members and ISU faculty and staff attended. We are very pleased that we are able to honor some exceptionally talented ISU students that have been involved in serving the University and local community.  

 

All are welcome. You need not be a University Club member to attend. 

 

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--  See below for our programs from Fall Semester 2023 and earlier programs --

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Fall Semester 2023

The University Club meetings and speaker presentations are being held in-person in the Faculty/Staff Commons located on the second floor in the Bone Student Center.  Our meetings start with a social hour, beginning at 3:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks, followed at 4:30 p.m. by a short presentation by our speaker.  Support for University Club programming is provided by the Offices of the President and Provost.

Friday September 15, 2023

"Open Discussion"

We are meeting in the Faculty/Staff Commons from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  All our members and guests are cordially invited to attend.  At 4:30 p.m. an update on the programs and activities planned for this semester will be presented by the University Club Officers.

The University Club is the only University-wide social group available for all ISU faculty, staff, administrative professionals, civil service staff and annuitants. We meet on alternate Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Commons on the second floor of the Bone Student Center. Our meetings start with a social hour, beginning at 3:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks. 

Friday September 29, 2023

“A Dialogue with Three Recent University Club Scholars” 

Three recent University Club Scholars return to describe how their academic lives and careers have progressed.  These superb students are pursuing careers in English, Criminal Justice Sciences and Mathematics Education.  University Club Scholars are selected on the bases of personal intellectual growth, leadership, stewardship, and global citizenship.  These three scholarship recipients will discuss their experiences in an informal panel discussion on Friday September 29 at 4:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Commons in the Bone Student Center. 

The University Club is the only University-wide social group available for all ISU faculty, staff, administrative professionals, civil service staff and annuitants. We meet on alternate Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Commons on the second floor of the Bone Student Center. Our meetings start with a social hour, beginning at 3:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks. 

Friday October 13, 2023

"ISU is at Home in Normal Township"

Jess Ray, Normal Township Supervisor and Chair of the Normal Township Board, will give a talk entitled, “ISU is at Home in Normal Township” at the University Club at 4:30 p.m.  During this Homecoming Week we celebrate ISU and its excellent students and teachers.  ISU has been part of Normal Township since its founding.  Do you know what Township's do?   If your answer is No or even Yes, this will be an opportunity to learn more about the services provided by Normal Township and a chance to ask questions to the Normal Township Supervisor.  One of the services that will be discussed is Normal Township's Activity and Recreation Center which serves adults 55 and over and has a membership of 3,369.

The University Club is the only University-wide social group available for all ISU faculty, staff, administrative professionals, civil service staff and annuitants. We meet on alternate Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Commons in the Bone Student Center.   Our meetings start with a social hour, beginning at 3:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks.

Friday October 27, 2023

"The Power Maps: GIS for the Sciences and Society"

Dr. John Kostelnick, Professor of Geography and Director of GEOMAP, will give a talk entitled, " The Power Maps: GIS for the Sciences and Society ", at the University Club at 4:30 p.m. Friday October 27 in the Faculty/Staff Commons in the Bone Student Center.  Maps and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provide an important means for geographic inquiry, spatial analysis, and visualization for complex topics. From decision-making to understanding complex processes, maps and GIS help us better understand our world through a geographic approach. This presentation will provide an overview of GIS and examples of how GIS is used for topics in the social sciences, natural sciences, and society.  

The University Club is the only University-wide social group available for all ISU faculty, staff, administrative professionals, civil service staff and annuitants. We meet on alternate Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Commons in the Bone Student Center.   Our meetings start with a social hour, beginning at 3:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks, followed at 4:30 p.m. by a short presentation by our speaker.

Friday November 10, 2023

"Reimagining Learning: Navigating Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education"

Dr. Roy Magnuson, Associate Professor of Creative Technologies and Provost Fellow, will give a talk entitled, “Reimagining Learning: Navigating Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education”, at the University Club at 4:30 p.m.  The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) by businesses, government and education has dramatically increased in the last few years. Public attention is increasingly focused on the potential problems caused by the use of AI as well as its potential benefits. Dr. Magnuson will present a discussion of the current generative AI technologies, how we got to where we are, where we are (possibly) going, and how we can prepare ourselves as teachers, researchers, and creative scholars.

The University Club is the only University-wide social group available for all ISU faculty, staff, administrative professionals, civil service staff and annuitants. We meet on alternate Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Commons in the Bone Student Center.   Our meetings start with a social hour, beginning at 3:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks, followed at 4:30 p.m. followed by a short presentation by our speaker.

Friday December 1, 2023

"Serving America Abroad: Insights from My Career as a Diplomat" 

United States Ambassador (retired) Geeta Pasi, the inaugural Donald F. McHenry Visiting Professor in Diplomacy and International Affairs at Illinois State University, will give a talk entitled, “Serving America Abroad: Insights from my Career as a Diplomat” at the University Club at 4:30 p.m. Friday December 1 in the Faculty/Staff Commons in the Bone Student Center.  

A three-time Chief of Mission with the rank of Career Minister, Former Ambassador Geeta Pasi most recently served as the U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia until 2022. She earlier served as U.S. Ambassador to Chad (2016-2018) and Djibouti (2011-2014) as well as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs, leading a team that developed and advanced U.S. policy in Africa. Previous overseas postings included Cameroon, Romania, Germany, Bangladesh, Ghana, and India, where she focused on human rights, democracy and humanitarian assistance as well as advocated for U.S. business. She earned numerous awards and accolades for her work, including the Presidential Rank Award for exceptional performance. (Quoted in part from the ISU News, May 8, 2023).

The University Club is the only University-wide social group available for all ISU faculty, staff, administrative professionals, civil service staff and annuitants. We meet on alternate Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Commons in the Bone Student Center.   Our meetings start with a social hour, beginning at 3:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks, followed at 4:30 p.m. followed by a short presentation by our speaker.

 

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--  See below for our programs from last semester and the 2022 Academic Year  --

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Spring Semester 2023

The University Club meetings and speaker presentations are being held in-person in the Faculty/Staff Commons located on the second floor in the Bone Student Center.  Our meetings start with a social hour, beginning at 3:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks available for purchase, followed at 4:30 p.m. by a short presentation by our speaker.  Support for University Club programming is provided by the Office's of the President and Provost.

  • Friday January 27, 2023

    "Open Discussion"

    Meeting in the Faculty/Staff Commons from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  All our members and guests are cordially invited to attend.  An update on the programs and activities planned for this semester will be presented by the University Club Officers.
  • Friday February 10, 2023

    "University Update" by ISU Provost Tarhule.

    ISU Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Provost Aondover Tarhule will give a talk, “University Update”, at 4:30 p.m. on Friday February 10 at the University club in the Faculty/Staff Commons located on the second floor of the Bone Student Center.  Illinois State University has done very well in spite of the stresses imposed by the pandemic. ISU has been forward looking and continues to progress.  Provost Tarhule will provide the administration's perspectives on the future directions of the University.    

    The University Club is the only University-wide social group available for all ISU faculty, staff, administrative professionals, civil service staff and annuitants.  We meet on alternate Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Commons in the Bone Student Center.   Our meetings start with a social hour, beginning at 3:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks available for purchase, followed at 4:30 p.m. by a short presentation by our speaker. 

      
  • Friday February 24, 2023

    “Picas and Points of Pride on the Printed Page: Readings Across Fifteen Years at the Publications Unit and Beyond”

    ISU Publications Unit Director Steve Halle will give a talk entitled, “Picas and Points of Pride on the Printed Page: Readings Across Fifteen Years at the Publications Unit and Beyond” at the University Club on Friday February 24 at 4:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Commons in the Bone Student Center.

    Dr. Halle has played a significant role in editing, publishing, and supporting hundreds of literary and scholarly books, journals, and newsletters over the years for publications like the award-winning journal Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review), and Mandorla: Nueva Escritura de las Américas / New Writing from the Americas and presses like FC2, PRESS 254, Downstate Legacies, and the award-winning co•im•press, among others. In addition to collaborating with authors and editors on these projects, Dr. Halle and his Publications Unit colleague Holms Troelstrup also create applied learning experiences where students from the Department of English's publishing studies and creative writing programs collaborate with staff and receive hands-on experience and mentoring that shapes their transition from students to emerging professionals in the field. For this presentation, Dr. Halle will share and discuss several of the literary publications that have affected him the most during his publishing career thus far.

    The University Club is the only University-wide social group available for all ISU faculty, staff, administrative professionals, civil service staff and annuitants. We meet on alternate Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Commons in the Bone Student Center.   Our meetings start with a social hour, beginning at 3:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks available for purchase, followed at 4:30 p.m. by a short presentation by our speaker.

  • UPDATE on March 31:  The University Club Meeting has been CANCELLED!  ISU is officially closing at 4:30 p.m. due to impending Severe Weather.  We look forward to rescheduling this program at a later date.
  • Friday March 31, 2023

    “A Dialogue with Five Recent University Club Scholars” 

    Five recent University Club Scholars return to describe how their academic lives and careers have progressed.  These superb students are pursuing careers in English, Criminal Justice Sciences, Nursing, Social Work and Mathematics Education.  University Club Scholars are selected on the bases of personal intellectual growth, leadership, stewardship, and global citizenship.  These five scholarship recipients will discuss their experiences in an informal panel discussion on Friday March 31 at 4:00 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Commons in the Bone Student Center. 

    The University Club is the only University-wide social group available for all ISU faculty, staff, administrative professionals, civil service staff and annuitants. We meet on alternate Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Commons on the second floor of the Bone Student Center. Our meetings start with a social hour, beginning at 3:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks available for purchase.  On Friday March 31 the panel discussion with our Scholars will begin at 4:00 p.m., a half hour earlier than usual.

    All are welcome. You need not be a University Club member to attend. 
  • Friday April 14, 2023

    "The Mennonite College of Nursing is Growing and Flourishing"

     

  • Dr. Judy Neubrander, Dean of the Mennonite College of Nursing will give a talk entitled, “The Mennonite College of Nursing is Growing and Flourishing” at the University Club on Friday April 14 at 4:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Commons in the Bone Student Center. Dean Neubrander will give an overview of the nursing landscape from a local, state and national perspective . She will share MCN's response to the nursing shortage, the successes we have achieved and the challenges we face in the future.
  • The University Club is the only University-wide social group available for all ISU faculty, staff, administrative professionals, civil service staff and annuitants. We meet on alternate Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Commons on the second floor of the Bone Student Center. Our meetings start with a social hour, beginning at 3:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks available for purchase.  Our speaker's presentation will begin at 4:30 p.m.
  • All are welcome. You need not be a University Club member to attend. 
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  • Friday April 28, 2023

    "University Club Scholarship Awards Ceremony" was held at 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Commons.

    Ten $500 scholarships were awarded at the "University Club Scholarship Awards Ceremony" which began at 3:30 p.m. Awardees, their families, guests, University Club Members and ISU faculty and staff attended. We are very pleased that we are able to honor some exceptionally talented ISU students that have been involved in serving the University and local community.  

2022 Events

Fall Semester 2022

University Club Zoom meetings and speaker presentations:

  • Friday September 2, 2022

    "Open Discussion" via Zoom at 3 p.m. All our members and guests are cordially invited.

  • Friday September 23, 2022

    "The Illinois Symphony Orchestra partners with the ISU School of Music" via Zoom at 3 p.m.

    Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s Executive Director, Trevor Orthmann, Jean Miller, Dean of the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts and Dr. Adriana Ransom, Director of the School of Music, will discuss the new partnership of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra with ISU’s School of Music at the University Club on Friday September 23 at 3 p.m. via Zoom. Trevor Orthmann states, “The Illinois Symphony Orchestra is excited to begin a new partnership with ISU’s Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts and School of Music as we strive to provide a strong foundation for the continued growth of exceptional orchestral performances and music education programs. Our partnership with ISU strengthens our mission as we inspire our community through these transformative live music experiences.” (Excerpt from the ISU Report).

    The Zoom link for the presentation is: https://illinoisstate.zoom.us/j/95056247701

    Please mute your audio during this presentation.

  • Friday October 14, 2022

    “The Solar Car Experience” via Zoom at 3 p.m.

    As part of a new format for our Zoom meetings we will begin with a brief social/chat period (3:00 to 3:15 p.m.), with the program beginning at 3:15 p.m.

    Michael Smith and other student members of the Illinois State University Solar Car Team will give a presentation entitled, “The Solar Car Experience” at the meeting University Club on Friday October 14 at 3:15 p.m. via Zoom. For over a decade, the ISU Solar Car Teams have built, tested and raced against other solar car teams nationally and internationally, with impressive success. The team will give us an inside look at the process. Quoting Michael Smith, “Being a part of team solar car is a constantly rewarding experience, as well as being one of the coolest projects you can ever work on. There's always something that needs to be figured out and it’s up to us both to figure it out and implement the solution. Also being a part of a team of people who are just as interested as you makes making friends really easy. When you're around a group of really reliable, talented, and well-meaning individuals it just rubs off on you and makes you better.” The Solar Car team is mentored and supervised by James Dunham, Department of Physics.

    The Zoom link for the presentation is: https://illinoisstate.zoom.us/j/95764743475

    Please mute your audio during this presentation.

  • Friday November 4, 2022

    “Illinois Tutoring Initiative: An Illinois Approach to Learning Renewal in the Post-Pandemic Era” via Zoom at 3 p.m.

    As part of a new format for our Zoom meetings we will begin with a brief social/chat period (3:00 to 3:15 p.m.), with the program beginning at 3:15 p.m.

    Dr. Christy Borders, Director of the Illinois Tutoring Initiative, Illinois State University and Kim Champion, Institutional Partner Office Coordinator will give a presentation entitled, “Illinois Tutoring Initiative: An Illinois Approach to Learning Renewal in the Post-Pandemic Era” at the University Club on Friday November 4 at 3:15 p.m. via Zoom. The Illinois Tutoring Initiative (ITI) is one of four state pillars designed in conjunction with the Illinois P-20 Council’s development of a Learning Renewal Resource Guide to support the learning and social/emotional well-being of students in the wake of the pandemic. Illinois State University leads and coordinates the $25 million federally funded initiative delivered statewide via 7 institutions of higher education. The ITI screens, hires, trains, supports, and supervises tutors at schools most impacted by the pandemic.

    The Zoom link for the presentation is: https://illinoisstate.zoom.us/j/94815398068

    Please mute your audio during this presentation.

  • Friday December 2, 2022

    “Ecosystem Services From Trees: the EAC's Tree Corps as a public health and economic development strategy” via Zoom at 3 p.m.

    As part of a new format for our Zoom meetings we will begin with a brief social/chat period (3:00 to 3:15 p.m.), with the program beginning at 3:15 p.m.

    The Ecology Action Center’s (EAC) Executive Director Michael Brown will give a presentation entitled, “Ecosystem Services From Trees: the EAC's Tree Corps as a public health and economic development strategy” at the meeting of the University Club on Friday December 2 at 3:15 p.m. via Zoom. He will give an overview of the rapid growth of the Tree Corps, the EAC's effort to plant at least 10,000 trees annually for at least 10 years in a row. Trees are the most cost-effective means to improve local air quality and simultaneously help ensure continued economic growth in the Bloomington-Normal and McLean County community.

    The Zoom link for the presentation is: https://illinoisstate.zoom.us/j/93328623423  

    Please mute your audio during this presentation.

Spring Semester 2022

University Club Zoom meetings and speaker presentations:

  • Friday February 4, 2022

    "Open Discussion" via Zoom at 3 p.m. All our members and guests are cordially invited.

  • Friday February 25, 2022

    "Cyber Threats Targeting You (and Everyone You Know)" via Zoom at 3 p.m.

    Dan Taube, Interim Chief Information Security Officer, Illinois State University will give a presentation entitled " Cyber Threats Targeting You (and Everyone You Know)" at the University Club Friday February 25 at 3 p.m. via Zoom. In 2021, the total number of reported data breaches in the United States surpassed all of 2020 by the month of September. Social engineering where individuals are targeted and compromised were the leading cause of these data breaches. Join the Interim Chief Information Security Officer for the University, Dan Taube, to learn about the threats facing the ISU members and how everyone plays a part in defending against them.

    The Zoom link for the presentation is: https://illinoisstate.zoom.us/j/98105559872

    Please mute your audio during this presentation.

  • Friday March 18, 2022

    Interdisciplinary Inquiry with a Multispecies World: Human-Animal Studies & Contemporary Art" via Zoom at 3 p.m.

    What do the fields of human-animal studies and contemporary art have to do with one another? In this talk Ruth K. Burke, Assistant Professor of Video, will discuss how her creative research rooted in the interdisciplinary field of human-animal studies informs her pedagogical philosophy and teaching. Burke will discuss "Seeds" a 2021 student-produced documentary, her work with the ISU Horticulture Center and with Sunnyside Community Garden in West Bloomington, and the upcoming Fall 2022 Special Topics course "Taking the Bull by the Horns: Animals & Contemporary Art"

    The Zoom link for the presentation is: https://illinoisstate.zoom.us/j/99826240809

    Please mute your audio during this presentation.

  • Friday April 8, 2022

    “From Twins to Opposites: Exploring the Cultural History of Chocolate and Vanilla”

    Dr. Kathryn Sampeck, Associate Professor of Anthropology, will present a talk based in part on her recent Fulbright Award research "From Twins to Opposites: Exploring the Cultural History of Chocolate and Vanilla" at the University Club at 3 p.m. Friday April 8 at via Zoom.

    This talk will begin in pre-Columbian Latin America to show how cacao and vanilla were ecologically and semantically intertwined. Colonial dynamics in the sixteenth century not just separated these twins but pit them against each other as opposites of blackness versus whiteness. My recent research indicates that the separation of cacao from vanilla production parallels their transformation into metaphorical opposites and contrasting culinary uses, and all of these processes were rooted in the entrenchment and elaboration of racial ideologies. Latin American cuisine created worldwide connections through taste yet at the same time deepened global ruptures and reinforced inequalities through racialized practices in food production, commerce, and consumption.

    The Zoom link for the presentation is: https://illinoisstate.zoom.us/j/91297560265

    Please mute your audio during this presentation.

  • Friday April 29, 2022

    "University Club Scholarship Awards Ceremony" will be held at 3 p.m. via Zoom.

    Thirteen $500 scholarships will be awarded at the "University Club Scholarship Awards Ceremony" at 3 p.m. via Zoom. Awardees, their families, guests and University Club Members and ISU faculty and staff are invited to attend via Zoom. The competition was particularly strong this year and we are pleased that we are able to honor some exceptionallly talented ISU students that have been involved in serving the University and local community.

    The Zoom link for the presentation is: https://illinoisstate.zoom.us/j/94741418525

    Please mute your audio during this presentation.

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