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September 2015

"We All We Got" Hood 2 Hood Converstation Tour: Testimonies from those Wounded by Gunfire
Organized by Norman Parker and Christopher 2X

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
IU Southeast Library, 3rd floor

Join us for this very powerful and emotional presentation by young people who have been victims of gunfire in Louisville.  Hear testimonies about the violence and poverty in their communities and how they are turning tragedy into hope.

Volunteer Fair

Tuesday., September 15, 2015
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Hoosier Room

Do you want more information on volunteering or are you looking for volunteer opportunities in the community? Stop by the Volunteer Fair to speak with a variety of organizations to see what interests you, what services are available, and how you can become a volunteer.

Brown Bag Lunch - Do You Know Who You Are?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
12:20 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
Meadow Lodge

Who were you in high school? Who will you be in college? What life experiences affect your identity? Please bring your lunch and join us as we discuss what makes you, you. Desserts will be provided.

Carlos Andrés Gómez –: What Does it Mean to be a Good Man?

Monday, September 21, 2015
Noon
Commons

Award-winning poet, actor, and writer Carlos Andrés Gómez is a supremely gifted storyteller with a captivating voice whose power resonates equally on the live stage and on the page. In one of his most powerful spoken-word poems, Gómez recounts a confrontation he once had after accidentally bumping into another man at a nightclub. Just as they were about to fight, Gómez’s eyes inexplicably welled up with tears. Like many men in our society, Gómez grew up believing that he should be ready to fight at all times, treat women as objects, and close off his emotional self. It wasn’t until he discovered acting that he began to realize the true cost of squelching one’s emotions—and how aggression dominates everything that young males are taught. Gómez urges men of all ages to break society’s rules of male conformity and reconsider not just what it means to be a man, but what it means to be a good man.

Changing the World One Game at a Time
A talk by Luma Mufleh (the coach of the Fugees in Outcasts United: An American Town, A Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
7 p.m.
Ogle Center, Stem Auditorium

IU Southeast and the Common Experience are proud to bring to campus, Luma Mufleh, the coach of the Fugees, from the best-selling book and common reading of the IU Southeast Common Experience program for 2015-16, Outcasts United: An American Town, A Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference by Warren St. John. She founded the Fugees Family, Inc. which is a non-profit organization devoted to working with child survivors of war. The Fugees program has refugee boys and girls ages 11–18 who attend twice-weekly soccer practices, play games on weekends, and participate in tournaments. Fugees Family has an after-school tutoring program, a middle school called Fugees Academy and ongoing community events like car washes and group meals. The Fugees are from over 24 war-torn countries around the world such as Burma, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Cuba, Sudan, Somalia, Congo, and Eritrea. The Fugees are located in Clarkston, Georgia, a town of about 7,000 people a few miles outside of Atlanta. Over 61,000 refugees have been resettled in Georgia since 1981. Clarkston was chosen as a site for refugee resettlement due to its access to public transportation, cheap and plentiful housing, and proximity to Atlanta. The Fugees have been recognized for their efforts at fostering diversity, tolerance, and community building among both refugees as well as local residents of Clarkston and its surrounding neighborhoods. Mufleh also started Fresh Start for America, a cleaning service that provides immigrant and refugee adults work opportunities that are non-exploitative (40 hours a week starting at $10 per hour). Each workday includes an hour of professional development, such as English-language training, finance, computer skills, and cleaning skills.

Discussion of Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference by Warren St. John

Monday, September 28, 2015
Noon
New Albany Floyd County Library

Join us as we discuss the Common Experience book Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference by Warren St. John.

Brown Bag Lunch - Positive and Negative Communities

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
12:20 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
Meadow Lodge

In life we will be part of multiple communities. The community may be large, where you live, or small, who you are friends with, and all will impact your life differently. Please bring your lunch and join us as we discuss the impact of engaging with positive and negative communities. As well as, the way communities fluctuate between positive and negative. Desserts will be provided.

October 2015

Brown Bag Lunch:My Legacy - What is My Impact on My Community?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
12:20 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
Meadow Lodge

Do you know what your impact on your community will be today, tomorrow, and in the future? What are you choosing to do? Please bring your lunch and join us as we discuss how every decision and action you make will impact your community, and be part of your legacy. Desserts will be provided.

Refugee Adjustment to Life in American Communities
Presented by the Kentucky Refugee Ministries

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
IU Southeast Library 3rd floor

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 community life in the United States. This event fits perfectly with the stories that are found in the common reading Outcasts United by Warren St. John.

Walk a Mile in My Shoes: A Refugee Camp Simulation

Friday, October 9, 2015 (open to school groups only – contact Dr. Cliff Staten for more information on how to participate as a group from IU Southeast)
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Louisville Waterfront Park, Big Four Bridge

Saturday, October 10, 2015 (open to the public)
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Louisville Waterfront Park, Big Four Bridge

This unique and dynamic learning experience providing a powerful glimpse into what many refugees endure when fleeing from their homes and living in a refugee camp. Participants are given divided into small family groups and given a new cultural identity, representing one of the region's six main resettled refugee populations. These small groups then travel through the simulation where they will encounter the hardships that are common to refugees in camps. Find out if community can develop in a refugee camp. The three-hour simulation will come to a close with a debriefing facilitated by trained staff from local resettlement agencies. The event is hosted by the Louisville Global Commons.

Diversity Workshop: Discovering Diverse Communities in our Own Backyard

Friday, October 16, 2015
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
University Center

The diversity workshop will showcase “hot” topics that are relevant to Southern Indiana and the Greater Louisville Metro regions. Presentations may include immigrant and refugee populations in Kentuckiana, LGBT and transgender issues, the rights of K-12 students, and the impact of poverty on local families. Contact Shifa Podikunju-Hussain (spodikan@ius.edu) or Christina Thompson (cmt3@ius.edu) for more information and to RSVP prior to September 7, 2015.

Community Building in America: Poverty, Race, and Power
A Panel and Group Discussion

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
IU Southeast Library 3rd floor

Dr. Melissa Fry (Sociology), Dr. Joe Grant (Criminal Justice), and Dr. Veronica Medina (Sociology) will discuss the major obstacles to building community: poverty, race, and power structures.

Movie Night: District 9

Thursday, October 22, 2015
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
University Center 122

At first glance, “District 9” is an action-driven science-fiction film that, in the words of its producers, “plunges us into a world where the aliens have landed... only to be exiled to a slum on the fringes of Johannesburg. Now, one lone human discovers the mysterious secret of the extraterrestrial weapon technology. Hunted and hounded through the bizarre back alleys of an alien shantytown, he will discover what it means to be the ultimate outsider on your own planet.” At closer look, “District 9” can be read as a comment on South Africa’s apartheid system and, more generally, an exploration of our treatment of “others.” Who are the aliens, who are the humans, who is a member of a community, and who is an outsider? Professor Angelika Hoelger (History) will lead a brief discussion after the film.

Community Building among Youth in Malaysia: the Use of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy in Education
A Talk by Dr. Ahmad Jazmin of Sultan Adris University in Perak, Malaysia

Thursday, October 29, 2015
12:20 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
IU Southeast Library, 3rd Floor

Dr. Jazmin will speak about community building in the multi-ethnic and multi-religious country of Malaysia focusing on the use of choice theory and reality theory in education.

November 2015

Discussion of the Common Experience book Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference by Warren St. John

Wednesday, November 4,  2015
6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
IU Southeast Library 3rd Floor

Join us as IU Southeast Honors Program students will lead a discussion of the Common Experience text Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference by Warren St. John.

26th Annual Indiana University Southeast Model UN for High School Students

Thursday, November 19, 2015
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
University Center

Friday, November 20, 2015
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
University Center

The United Nations is the closest institution to date that approximates a global community. 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.

February 2016

Decision Making and Diversity: Getting Things Done and Bringing People With You
Presenter - Rep. Brian Sims, nationally renowned diversity advocate, speaker and author

Monday, Feb. 15, 2016
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Paul W. Ogle Community Center, Stem Hall

Sims is an accomplished legislator in his home state of Pennsylvania, a widely-respected policy and civil rights attorney, a former student-athlete who broke barriers by bravely coming out, a published writer who regularly contributes to numerous publications, and was recently included in The Advocate’s annual list of 40 “exemplary” LGBT people who are fighting important battles for social justice. Sims has been chosen as Common Experience’s spring keynote speaker.

“Rep. Brian Sims embraces the reality that we live in a global society and owe it to ourselves and to one another to learn how to positively engage with difference and diversity. Through his advocacy work, Rep. Sims illustrates the importance of embracing and fostering equity and inclusivity to create long-lasting, positive change in our social institutions and in our communities,” says Dr. Veronica Media, 2015-2016 Common Experience Co-Director.

IU Southeast Chancellor Dr. Ray Wallace is happy to see Sims coming to IU Southeast. “Diversity is an integral part of our strategic plan because we should aspire (and therefore plan) to ‘grow’ in a responsive proactive manner ... We grow and evolve as a university through seeing equality and representation as a goal and human rights for everybody . . . attracting speakers to campus who represent a diversity of opinions is exactly what a public university should be doing.”

The Langston Hughes Project
Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz by Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Stem Concert Hall

The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes's kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite, which features Malcolm-Jamal Warner and the Ron McCurdy Quartet. Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz is Hughes's homage in verse, music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s. It is a twelve-part epic poem which Hughes scored with musical cues drawn from blues and Dixieland, gospel songs, boogie woogie, bebop and progressive jazz, Latin “cha cha” and Afro-Cuban mambo music, German lieder, Jewish liturgy, West Indian calypso, and African drumming -- a creative masterwork left unperformed at his death. By way of videography, this concert performance links the words and music of Hughes’ poetry to topical images of Ask Your Mama's people, places, and events, and to the works of the visual artists Langston Hughes admired or collaborated with most closely over the course of his career. This event is part of Diversity Week.

March 2016

Disenfranchisement in the U.S.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
University Center 127

Local experts will lead a discussion related to the challenges faced by those who are homeless. This event is part of the IU Southeast Mental Health Series.

Refugee Settlement in Louisville

Friday, March 11, 2016
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
North Program Room, Jeffersonville Twp. Public Library

Maria B. Koerner, MSSW, Assistant Director of the Kentucky Office for Refugees will discuss the activities of the organization at the Friday Book Club of the Jeffersonville Twp. Public Library. The event is open to the public. There is a catered lunch at 11 a.m. Please call Harriet Goldberg at the library (812) 285-5634 for more information.

Common Experience Movie Night
Children of Men (2006; directed by Alfonso Cuaron)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Woodland Lodge

Children of Men is a movie that imagines society by 2027 after two decades of human infertility has left most of the world on the brink of collapse. The United Kingdom is the only country with a functioning government and it has closed its borders to all immigrants. Refugees already in the country face oppressive immigration laws. The film takes a compelling twist when Kee, a so-called illegal immigrant, arrives from Africa. In line with this year’s Common Experience theme, the movie serves as a haunting and hopeful reminder of what makes us human and how we may create communities where labels, such as legal and illegal, might no longer be applied to human beings. Dr. Angelika Hoelger will lead the discussion of the movie.

April 2016

The Challenges and Rewards of Long-Term Caregiving

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
University Center 127

Local experts will share the challenges caregivers face and provide tips and resources to help make the experience more rewarding. This event is part of the IU Southeast Mental Health Series.

Refugee Settlement in Louisville

Monday, April 11, 2016
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
North Program Room, Jeffersonville Twp. Public Library

Maria B. Koerner, MSSW, Assistant Director of the Kentucky Office for Refugees will discuss the activities of the organization. The event is open to the public. Please call Harriet Goldberg at the library (812) 285-5634 for more information.

8th Annual Religious Discussion Forum
Building Communities in a Global Society

Thursday, April 14, 2016
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
IU Southeast Library, 3rd Floor

Members of a distinguished panel will discuss the role of religion in building communities. Mr. Marty Rosen (Director of the IU Southeast Library) will moderate the discussion and the panel will consist of Dr. Michael Hagen (Atheism), Ms. Rita Butler (Baha’ i), Dr. Sheeba Jolly of the Hindu Temple (Hinduism), Dr. Kiarash Jaled (Islam), Ms. Rachel Loy (Christianity), and Dr. Marcia Segal of the Jewish Community Center and IU Southeast Professor Emeritus (Judaism). This annual forum is sponsored by the Indiana University Southeast Honors Program.

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BFA students and their work featured on Louisville arts website

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IU Southeast grads view academic futures

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IU Southeast awards 995 degrees at 48th Commencement ceremony

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