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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2014-15 Common Experience

The Gift of Empathy: Seeing the World through the Eyes of Another

The primary purpose of the Indiana University Southeast Common Experience Program is to develop a common dialogue among students, faculty, staff, and members of the local communities. The theme or dialogue of this year’s program is “The Gift of Empathy: Seeing the World through the Eyes of Another.”

Empathy has been defined as the ability to see the world as another person, to share and understand another person’s feelings, needs, concerns and/or emotional state. President Barack Obama stated in 2006: I think we should talk more about our empathy deficit - the ability to put ourselves in someone else's shoes; to see the world through the eyes of those who are different from us - the child who's hungry, the steelworker who's been laid off, the family who lost the entire life they built together when the storm came to town. When you think like this, when you choose to broaden your ambit of concern and empathize with the plight of others, whether they are close friends or distant strangers; it becomes harder not to act; harder not to help.

There are many ways to participate in this program. One may attend some or all of our numerous programs and events scheduled over the course of the academic year. These programs are designed to allow you to “see the world through the eyes on another.” One may also read our common reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon (2003) and engage in book discussions in either the fall or spring semesters. Students can register in almost 40 courses that have assigned the common reading as part of the class. Faculty members, staff members, and members of the community are invited and encouraged to purchase the book, read it, and participate in one of the book discussions. All are welcome to come and participate in our on-going dialogue “The Gift of Empathy: Seeing the World through the Eyes of Another.”

(Definition of empathy taken from skillsyouneed.com)

Schedule of Events

August

Empathy in Education: Designing Courses that Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners

Tue., August 19, 2014 
University Center 127, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Introduction to Autism

Fall Semester, Thursdays 
Hillside Hall 202, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

September

Do You Really Know Me?

Tue., September 9, 2014 
Meadow Lodge, 12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Understanding Autism

Tue., September 16, 2014 
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library, 12:20 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Common Experience Movie Night – Temple Grandin

Thu., September 18, 2014 
Ogle Center Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Book Discussion of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon (2003)

Mon., September 22, 2014 
New Albany Floyd County Public Library Auditorium, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

October

A Humanitarian Welcome: Understanding Refugee Settlement in America

Tue., October 7, 2014 
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Empathy and Learning about Peoples of the World: A Discussion by IU Southeast Study Abroad Students

Wed., October 15, 2014 
University Center 127, 12:20 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Common Experience Movie Night – Freak the Mighty

Wed., October 22, 2014 
University Center 127, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Empathy for Animals:  Reaching out for Animal Welfare

Mon., October 27, 2014 
University Center 127, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

November

I Know How You Feel: Having Empathy for and Sharing the Right Words with Others

Wed., November 5, 2014 
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library, 12:20 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Autism is a World Discussion
Mon., November 10, 2014 
New Albany Floyd County Library Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.

Discussion of the Common Experience book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon (2003)

Tue., November 18, 2014 
3rd Floor of the IU Southeast Library, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

25th Annual Model United Nations Security Council Conference for High School Students

Thursday (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) November 20 and Friday (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), November 21, 2014 
University Center (all rooms including the Hoosier Rooms)

December

January

Balancing Empathy and High Expectations for K-12 Students Who are Challenged

Thu., January 22, 2015 
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Forgiving Dr. Mengele
Wed., January 28, 2015 
Steifler Recital Hall, Ogle Center, 7:30 p.m.

February

Understanding the Holocaust
Wed., February 4, 2015 
University Center 127, 6:00 p.m.
The Holocaust and the Power of Forgiveness
Tue., February 10, 2015 
Stem Auditorium, Ogle Center, 6:00 p.m.

Common Experience Movie Night – Murderball

Thu., February 12, 2015 
University Center 127, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

March

Giving a Woop: Helping Yourself in Helping Others

Thu., March 5, 2015 
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library, 12:20 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

A Visit to the American Printing House for the Blind

Fri., March 6, 2015 
Leave IU Southeast at 9 a.m.

Understanding Autism

Thu., March 12, 2015 
Jeffersonville Township Public Library, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

April

Jeffersonville Friday Book Club Discussion of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon (2003)

Fri., April 10, 2015 
Jeffersonville Township Public Library, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


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