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September 2017

The Opioid Crisis: Law Enforcement and Policy Perspectives
Keith Henderson, Jeremy Mull, and Otto Schalk

Wednesday, Sep. 13
6 - 8 p.m.
University Center 127, IU Southeast

Join us as Keith Henderson (Floyd County Prosecutor), Jeremy Mull (Clark County Prosecutor), and Otto Schalk (Harrison County Prosecutor) discuss the opioid crisis from the law enforcement and policy perspectives. This timely and informative event is free and open to the public.


Common Experience Movie Night
Coal Miner’s Daughter

Tuesday, Sep. 19
6:30 p.m.
University Center 127, IU Southeast

Join us as we look at Appalachia through the life of country music legend, Loretta Lynn. Sissy Spacek received the Oscar for her performance. Kim Pelle, Director of the Adult Student Center, will host the event which is also sponsored by the Honor’s Program at IU Southeast.

This event is free and open to all.


The Report of my Death was Exaggerated: Notes on the American Dream
Dr. Angela Salas

Wednesday, Sep. 20
12:20 - 1:10 p.m.
University Center 127, IU Southeast

Angela Salas, Ph.D., is Associate Vice-Chancellor, Director of the Honors Program, and Professor of English at Indiana University Southeast. She will present “The Report of my Death was exaggerated: Notes on the American Dream.” Join us as we have a conversation about the state of the American dream and whether youth in the 21st century have the chance to attain it.

This event is free and open to all.


Hit of Hell
A documentary by Otto Schalk, Prosecutor Harrison County​, Indiana

Wednesday, Sept. 27
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
University Center 127, IU Southeast

This powerful documentary explores the use of opiates and heroin in southern Indiana. A panel discussion will follow. This event is part of the Mental Health and Wellness Series. It is free and open to the public. For more information see Professor Meghan Kahn at mckahn@ius.edu.

October 2017

Barr Gallery Exhibition: Hook, Line, and Singer
Miri Phelps, M.F.A.

Oct. 4 – 19
Barr Gallery, IU Southeast

Join us as Indiana University Southeast Fine Arts Alumna Miri Phelps presents her solo exhibition entitled “Hook, Line, and Singer.” According to Ms. Phelps, “I use the everyday objects of country and redneck living as metaphors to discuss the issues, charm, peculiarity, and pitfalls of small town life. The objects are cast, sculpted, assembled, or mad of Mountain Dew cans. At times I combat stereotypes while others I join in and ridicule myself, too.” Ms. Phelps received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the prestigious School of the Arts Institute of Chicago. Her website is https://miriphelps.com​​


A Public Lecture by artist Miri Phelps
Barr Gallery Exhibition: Hook, Line, and Singer

Thursday, Oct. 5
6 - 7 p.m.
Stiefler Recital Hall, IU Southeast

Join us as artist Miri Phelps (MFA, School of the Arts Institute Chicago) discusses her Barr Gallery Exhibit: Hook, Line, and Singer. This event is free and open to the public.


The Opioid Crisis: the Healthcare Perspective
Meribeth Adams Wolfe, Joi McRae, Carrie Lawrence, and Kristina Cooper

Thursday, Oct. 12
6 - 8 p.m.
University Center 127, IU Southeast

Join us as Meribeth Adams Wolfe, Director of Our Place, Joi McRae, ED, RN at Clark Memorial, Dr. Carrie Lawrence, Director of Project Cultivate in the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, and Kristina Cooper, RN will discuss the opioid crisis from the healthcare perspective. This timely and informative event is free and open to the public.


Those from Appalachia Respond to Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Kyle Forinash, Randy Hunt, Jay McTyier, Greg Roberts, and Cliff Staten

Tuesday, Oct. 17
6 - 7:30 p.m.
IU Southeast Library, 3rd floor

Join us as faculty and staff members from Appalachia discuss and respond to Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. Participants include Mr. Greg Roberts (Assistant to the Dean and Lead Academic Adviser, School of Arts and Letters), Mr. Jay McTyier (Registar), Dr. Kyle Forinash (Professor of Physics), and Dr. Randy Hunt (Professor of Biology). Dr. Cliff Staten (Professor of Political Science) will moderate the discussion. If you have Appalachian roots, we would especially encourage you to come out and join the discussion.

This event is free and open to all.


The Post-Coal Economy
Professor Johnny Alse and Erica Peterson (WFPL)

Wednesday, Oct. 25
12:15 - 1:10 p.m.
University Center 122, IU Southeast

Professor Johnny Alse (Economics, IU Southeast) and Erica Peterson (WFPL) discuss the reasons for the decline of the coal economy and what a post-coal economy may look like in Kentucky, West Virginia, and parts of Indiana. Professor Alse is the Director of the Center for Economic Education and received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin and Ms. Peterson received her MA in Journalism from Northwestern University and reports on energy and environmental issues for WFPL, Louisville National Public Radio.

November 2017

Pine Ridge Reservation: A Discussion about the Lakota Sioux Tribe
Professor Julie Mattingly (Nursing) and her students

Thursday, November 2
5:30 - 7 p.m.
University Center 127

Join us as Professor Julie Mattingly (Nursing) and her students discuss their visit to the Pine Ridge Reservation. She and her students will talk about the history of the Lakota Sioux tribe, health issues, and the resiliency and strong sense of culture, community, and family found there. This presentation is in conjunction with Native American Heritage Month.

This event is free and open to all.


A Discussion of Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Indiana University Southeast Honors Students

Wednesday, November 15
6 - 7:15 p.m.
IU Southeast Library, 3rd floor

Join us as students from the Indiana University Southeast Honors Program lead a discussion of the book Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.

This event is free and open to all.


Indiana University Southeast High School Model UN Security Council Conference

Thursday, Nov. 16
6 - 9 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 17
8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

IU Southeast Conference Center

Come watch local high school students simulate a United Nations Security Council meeting and debate some of the most important issues facing the global community. Contact Dr. Cliff Staten for more information on this event.

The event is free and open to all.

March 2018

Laura Ungar and Sujoy Dhar

Thursday, March 22
6 - 7:30 p.m.
3rd floor, IUS Library

Join us as Laura Ungar (USA Today and the Courier Journal) and Sujoy Dhar (India Bloom News Service) discuss the importance of intercultural understanding in media and journalism. The event is free and open to the public.

April 2018

Poverty Simulation

Wednesday, April 4
5 - 8 p.m.
Hoosier Room in the University Center

Join us as we simulate the lives of those who live in poverty. This simulation is open to 85 participants. Please see Professor Julie Mattingly in the School of Nursing for more information at jumattin@ius.edu.


A Discussion of J.D. Vance’s book Hillbilly Elegy
Reverend Nancy Woodward and Dr. Marylee James

Tuesday, April 10
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Jeffersonville Township Public Library

Join us as the Reverend Nancy Woodward (Rector and Co-Pastor of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church) and Dr. Marylee James (former VP for Academic Affairs at Lloyd College, retired) discuss the controversial book Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. The event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Ms. Harriet Goldberg at hgoldberg@jefflibrary.org or (812) 285-5635.