Common Experience

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.

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Events

All events are free and open to the public.

September

Research Ethics for Faculty and Students

Tue., September 3, 2013 
12:20 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
University Center 127
Faculty from all corners of the IU Southeast campus engage in human and animal research that raises ethical questions. The panel will discuss all the work that goes into ensuring that IU Southeast faculty and students protect human and animal research subjects and operate within the law to ensure that that we produce sound ethical research that expands our knowledge without sacrificing ethics. Panel participants include Faye Camahalan, Chair of the IU Southeast Institutional Review Board; Diane Wille, Dean for Research; Lucinda Woodward, Assistant Professor of Psychology who studies post-traumatic stress in war torn Liberia; and Melissa Fry, Director of the Applied Research and Education Center.

Drone Warfare: Legal, Ethical, and Strategic Issues

Thu., September 19, 2013 
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library

In celebration of Constitution Day, the Common Experience is co-sponsoring with the Indiana University Southeast Civil Liberties Union a discussion of the legal, ethical, and strategic issues associated with drone warfare under Presidents Bush and Obama. Panel participants include IU Southeast Professor of Political Science and International Studies Cliff Staten and a representative from the Indiana Civil Liberties Union.

How to Survive a Plague

Tue., September 24, 2013 
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
University Center 127

Join us as we watch the award winning documentary “How to Survive a Plague.” The documentary follows a group of HIV/AIDs activists as they struggle to get a response from the US government and medical community in developing effective HIV/AIDs policies. A discussion led by Professor of Sociology Veronica Medina will follow.

The Science of HeLa Cells for Beginners

Mon., September 30, 2013 
12:20 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library
Bring your lunch to this presentation that will focus on the science of the famous HeLa cells as discussed in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.  The presentation will give the audience members enough scientific information to understand why these cells are so important in biological and medical research.  Panel participants include Professors Beth Rueschhoff, Pamela Connerly, and David Taylor of the IU Southeast Biology faculty.

October

Global Conflict, Human Rights, and Ethics:  Fire under the Snow, Tibetan Monks Discuss their Struggle against China

Tue., October 1, 2013 
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Meadow Lodge

Come watch the powerful film “Fire under the Snow” and then engage in a discussion of the film and its message with several Tibetan Monks from Labrang Tushi Kyil Monastery in India (note the monks are in exile from Tibet which is occupied by China).

The Tinker Tour: Mary Beth Tinker and Free Speech in Public Schools

Wed., October 9, 2013 
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Stem Concert Hall

In 1965 Mary Beth Tinker, her brother, and a friend wore black arm bands to their public school to protest the Viet Nam War. They were suspended from school for violation of school policy…ultimately their case went before the Supreme Court in 1969 in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District. The 7-2 decision vindicated the free speech rights of the students…in other words, students have free speech rights in public schools…come to hear Mary Beth Tinker talk about the case and free speech rights in public schools.

Poverty Simulation

Wed., October 23, 2013 
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Hoosier Room

This experiential event will allow participants to navigate the life and world of persons living in poverty or in low socio-economic conditions. Participants may experience the life of a single parent trying to provide the basic necessities for their child(ren) or perhaps the life of a senior citizen living on social security. All participants will ‘interact’ with various social service agencies in their efforts to make ends meet. The event is conducted by Ann Smith and her volunteer group.

November

Enron, White-Collar Crime, and Ethics

Wed., November 6, 2013 
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
University Center 127

Enron, more than a decade after the fact, the name still serves as the paradigm example of corporate corruption in America. In December 2001 Michael E. Anderson was assigned by the FBI to supervise the Enron Task Force. His presentation will describe who Enron was, what exactly went on there, and how the FBI built their case against Enron’s highest level executives. Mr. Anderson will explain the difficulties in building a criminal case against executives in what was the 9th largest corporation in the country. In addition, he will reflect on the subtle differences between unethical and illegal actions. The Enron Case is still the largest and most complex White Collar Crime Case in the history of the FBI. In September 2006, Agent Anderson received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the highest award given by the Department of Justice, for his work on the Enron investigation. His presentation will be both entertaining and thought provoking.

Discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Tue., November 19, 2013 
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
3rd Floor of the IU Southeast Library

IU Southeast Honors students will lead a public discussion of the Common Experience reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

December

Happy Holidays!

January

Sportsmanship vs. Gamesmanship

Tue., January 28, 2014 
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library
We’ve all heard the phrase “it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” Yet, there are too many examples of this phrase simply not accurately describing sports in America. Professor of Sports Management Gary Bernstein of the University of Louisville will explore the ethics of sports with an interactive presentation entitled “Sportsmanship vs. Gamesmanship.”

February

The Science of HeLa Cells for Beginners

Mon., February 10, 2014 
12:20 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library
Bring your lunch to this presentation that will focus on the science of the famous HeLa cells as discussed in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. The presentation will give the audience members enough scientific information to understand why these cells are so important in biological and medical research. Panel participants include Professors Beth Rueschhoff, Pamela Connerly, and David Taylor of the IU Southeast Biology faculty.

Miss Evers’ Boys

Mon., February 24, 2014 
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
University Center 127

Join us as we watch the award winning HBO film “Miss Evers’Boys.” The movie explores the social and ethical issues at the heart of the infamous Tuskegee Study of untreated African-Americans with Syphilis. From 1932 through 1972, the U.S. Public Health Service studied 600 poor African-American sharecroppers in Macon County, Alabama; 399 chronic syphilitics and a 201man healthy control group. Doctors treated the men with placebos, hid the true nature of their research, and withheld penicillin even after it became the standard and highly effective treatment for the disease in the mid-40s. Although the experiment was hardly a secret, it was not until the early 70s that a public outcry developed; by then, all but 127 of the original study group had died. A class-action lawsuit obtained modest financial reparations for the participants and their descendants, but it was not until 1997 that President Bill Clinton offered an official government apology for the study.

March

YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip

Thu., March 13, 2014 
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
3rd Floor of the IU Southeast Library

Join us as the Common Experience co-sponsors the event YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip. YERT (Your Environmental Road Trip) is a groundbreaking adventure and a celebration of the American spirit in the face of adversity - a thought-provoking, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious, documentary about the courageous and creative individuals, groups, businesses and leaders of this country who are tackling the greatest environmental threats in history. Called into action by the ever increasing threats of planetary catastrophe (from climate change to toxic pollution, from water scarcity to habitat destruction), the three of us - Mark Dixon, Ben Evans, and Julie Dingman Evans - upended our lives, pooled our collective life-savings, and set off on a first-of-its-kind, 50-state, year-long journey of discovery to personalize sustainability and to answer a critical question: ARE WE DOOMED? Local director Ben Evans will speak after the film.

Religious Discussion Forum

Fri., March 14, 2014 
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
University Center 127

Join us as the IU Southeast Common Experience co-sponsors with the IU Southeast Honors Program the annual Religious Discussion Forum. Included in this year’s discussion will be Dr. Michael Hagan (Professor of Humanities at the University of Louisville) and Rita Butler of the Baha’i Community Center in Louisville. Other speakers will be confirmed soon.

April

The Media and Environmental Concerns

Wed., April 2, 2014 
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library

Erica Peterson is the Energy and Environment reporter for WFPL, our local public radio station. Ms. Peterson brings critical attention to global issues of energy and sustainability through attention to local concerns such as toxic waste and human health in Louisville’s Rubbertown, Mountain Top Removal mining’s impact on clean water in Eastern Kentucky, and the impact of coal ash from Louisville’s Cane Run Power plant. Ms. Peterson will discuss the role of the media in addressing environmental concerns that pose some of the greatest ethical dilemmas of our generation.

Discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Mon., April 14, 2014 
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library

IU Southeast Honors students will lead a public discussion of the Common Experience reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

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