WELCOME TO THE IU SOUTHEAST COMMON EXPERIENCE
An annual program designed to cultivate a common intellectual conversation across campus, to strengthen the sense of community at Southeast and in the region, to encourage open discussion, civil discourse, and critical thinking, and to enhance the reputation of Southeast as a regional center of learning excellence.
All events are free and open to the public.
Empathy in Education: Designing Courses that Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners
Students reap tremendous benefits from an instructor who designs a course and assessment materials in such a way that they are maximally accessible to diverse learners. Explore the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and receive hands-on experience. Have a "light-bulb moment" when you experience a syllabus from the perspective of someone who is blind. Hear the research on how UDL leads to greater teaching effectiveness. It is sponsored by the IU Southeast Institute for Learning and Teaching Excellence and the IU Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching. Register Today »
Introduction to Autism
2 credit hours
Classes start the week of August 25, 2014.
Please contact Professor Gwen Shultz of the School of Education if you are interested in taking this class during the fall semester.
Do You Really Know Me?
Join us as we provide an open dialogue based on IU Southeast students’ experiences surrounding visible and non-visible disabilities. We hope the conversation provides insight into the individual experience and an understanding of how to engage, support, and advocate for all members of the campus community. Pizza will be provided. This event is co-sponsored by IU Southeast Office of Residence Life and Housing. Abbie Dupay, Manager of IU Southeast Housing Operations, and Jessica Lynch, IU Southeast New Student Programs and Leadership Development Coordinator, will facilitate this discussion.
Join us as Professors Meghan Kahn and Lucinda Woodward of the IU Southeast Department of Psychology and Professor Gwen Shultz of the IU Southeast School of Education provide an informative session on autism.
Common Experience Movie Night – Temple Grandin
Join us as we watch the 2010 Emmy Award Winning HBO film Temple Grandin. Born on August 29, 1947, in Boston, Massachusetts, Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a child and went on to pursue work in psychology and animal science. She has become a leading advocate for autistic communities and has also written books and provided consultation on the humane treatment of animals. Discussion will be led by Kimberly Pelle, Coordinator of Non-Traditional Student Programs, and Matt Springer, Coordinator of Disability Services.
Book Discussion of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon (2003)
Join us as the New Albany Floyd County Library hosts a discussion of the Common Experience book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon (2003).
A Humanitarian Welcome: Understanding Refugee Settlement in America
The Kentucky Refugee Ministries assists refugees who have been legally admitted to the United States as victims of warfare or other forms of persecution because of their religious or political beliefs. Join us for an informative evening as the members of Kentucky Refugee Ministries discuss their work in helping refugees overcome problems and adjust to life in the United States.
Empathy and Learning about Peoples of the World: A Discussion by IU Southeast Study Abroad Students
Bring your lunch as you are invited to hear IU Southeast students (current and alumni) talk about their experiences in learning about (empathizing with) other peoples of the world through IU Southeast study abroad programs.
Common Experience Movie Night – Freak the Mighty
Join us as we watch the movie Freak the Mighty. It tells the story of a strong friendship between a young boy with Morquio's syndrome and an older boy who has dyslexia and is always bullied because of his size. Adapted from the novel, Freak the Mighty, the film explores a building of trust and friendship between two unlikely young boys. Discussion will be led by Kimberly Pelle, Coordinator of Non-Traditional Student Programs, and Matt Springer, Coordinator of Disability Services.
Empathy for Animals: Reaching out for Animal Welfare
Join us for a discussion about power of empathy and direct action to change the lives of humans and our animal friends. Erin Huang, Indiana State Director for the Humane Society, Michelle Pruitt, Co-Founder of Uplands PEAK Animal Sanctuary, and Dr. Kelly A. Ryan, IU Southeast Professor of History, will discuss issues related animals rights, companion animals, vegetarianism, and veganism.
I Know How You Feel: Having Empathy for and Sharing the Right Words with Others
Join us as a panel of faculty members from the Department of Communication Studies share insight into cultivating empathy throughout our lives, learning our emotional intelligence, and sharing the right words with others as they experience challenging times. The following faculty members will speak: Michael Abernethy, Rebecca Carlton, Diane Reid, and Tammy Voigt.
Join us as we view and discuss “Autism is a World.” The documentary shifts preconceived notions about individuals on the autism spectrum.
Discussion of the Common Experience book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon (2003)
Join us as students from the IU Southeast Honors Program lead a discussion of the Common Experience book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon (2003).
25th Annual Model United Nations Security Council Conference for High School Students
John Stoessinger once said that “Of all the virtues that a world leader…must possess, perhaps the greatest is the gift of empathy.” It is no longer enough to understand another nation with one’s mind; one must learn to feel its essence with one’s soul.” Join us as the region’s most gifted high school students simulate UN Security Council Meetings and address the most important issues facing the world today.
Balancing Empathy and High Expectations for K-12 Students Who are Challenged
Join us as a panel of faculty members from the School of Education help future teachers and others understand the challenges faced by K-12 students for whom we need to have empathy due to disabilities, language barriers, poverty, or simply “not fitting in” while still maintaining high expectations. The following faculty members will speak: Professors Lisa Hoffman, Tymika Wesley, Gwen Shultz, Mary Bradley, Shifa Podikunju-Hussain, and Robin Fankhauser.
Common Experience Movie Night – Murderball
Join us as we watch Murderball. Murderball is a 2005 documentary film about tetraplegic athletes who play wheelchair rugby. It centers on the rivalry between the Canadian and U.S. teams leading up to the 2004 Paralympic Games. Discussion will be led by Kimberly Pelle, Coordinator of Non-Traditional Student Programs, and Matt Springer, Coordinator of Disability Services.
Giving a Woop: Helping Yourself in Helping Others
Associate Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Annette Wyandotte and members of the Student Success Action Team will lead a discussion to raise awareness of non-cognitive factors that lead to student success. These factors are grit (resilience), hope (multi-faceted methods to reach a goal), and a mind-set toward growth (the ability to improve through trial and error). The discussants will show (via the FYS Group Peer Mentoring Project) how these qualities (grit, hope, and a mind-set toward growth) can be developed by helping others through a personal or academic challenge.
A Visit to the American Printing House for the Blind
Join us as we take the IU Southeast Culture Van to the American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville and begin to understand the problems faced by the blind.
In recognition of IUS and the Common Experience, the Jeffersonville Township Public Library will host Dr. Jodi Goodin on Thursday, March 12, 2015, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. for a talk titled, Understanding Autism. This is a timely topic as March is recognized as National Disabilities Month.
The Common Experience is an annual program that IUS started in order to develop a common dialogue with local communities. This year’s theme or dialogue is “The Gift of Empathy: Seeing the World through the Eyes of Another.”
One can participate in The Common Experience by attending the various programs and events scheduled throughout the community. Another way to participate is by reading this year’s common read, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon.
The book’s main character is a fifteen year-old boy who is autistic, which is why Dr. Goodin’s talk will focus on this particular disability. It is our hope that everyone who attends this important program will not only learn something about autism, but will “understand autism.”
Dr. Jodi Goodin received her MSSW in 1994 from University of Louisville, her MA in Psychology from Xavier University in 1997, and her Doctorate in Psychology from Argosy University/Georgia Campus in 2004. She also has her LCSW and is a licensed psychologist in both IN and KY, and has worked in the mental health field for 20 years.
Dr. Goodin currently works at Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital in their pediatric clinic doing outpatient therapy and autism diagnostic testing. She is also a member of a practice group, Treat & Lindsey Counseling Associates.
For more information, call (812) 285-5635, or visit jefflibrary.org.
Autism Awareness Month
The Psychology Club will sponsor several events on Autism
For more information please see Professor Meghan Kahn or Professor Todd Manson (Psychology)
Jeffersonville Friday Book Club Discussion of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon (2003)
Join us as the Jeffersonville Township Public Library Friday Book Club discusses the Common Experience book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon (2003).