2015 Community Semester
               "Past, present, future"




John Wooden:  Setting the Record Straight
Curtis Tomak (independent scholar)

March 25, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Westminster Village, 1120 Davis Dr.

Recent research by Curtis Tomak has uncovered much new and interesting information pertaining to Coach Wooden's earlier life. Mr. Tomak's presentation is based upon that research and focuses on Wooden's life from his birth in Martinsville in 1910 to the beginning years of his coaching career. The new account resulting from the recently discovered information is a documented, detailed, corrected account of Wooden's life during that time period. It includes a number of instances where the results of the research differ significantly from the long-held standard stories about John Wooden, including stories given in Wooden's own books.   Co-sponsored by the Department of History.

Women's History Month Colloquium

Wednesday March 25, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday March 26, 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Cunningham Memorial Library, Library Events Area and Room 028

The Women’s History Month Colloquium will observe a national examination of women’s history. Over twenty faculty and staff and at least 16 different classes will be will be involved in some way. All sessions will welcome guests from campus and community.  Programming of the course-related sessions will vary in format and topic and will include movies, panels, lectures and activities. Most sessions will be presented by ISU faculty. There will also be student panels. A few outside guest speakers will enrich our offerings.  Two evening key-note sessions address topics in Women’s History with specific ties to ISU. Complete schedule available later. For questions, contact ruth.fairbanks@indstate.edu. Sponsored by Gender Studies, Interdisciplinary Programs, Department of History and African and African American Studies, University College for the Fall Read, the Center for Community Engagement,  College of Arts and Sciences, and Cunningham Memorial Library.

The Environmental Impact of Industrialization along the Wabash River:  A History
Lisa Phillips (Department of History)

March 26, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Vigo County Public Library, Main Branch, Meeting Rooms A-C

The Wabash River holds a central place in Indiana’s History.   A major waterway, the “waapaasiiki” was the mode by which goods and people were transported across the area from the days when, as its name indicates, it was “clear” and pristine to a low period when it was deemed it un-swimmable, its fish too contaminated for human consumption.   Lisa Phillips, Associate Professor of History, and Indiana State History Majors will discuss the history that helps to explain this deterioration.  While much of the explanation involves the long history of industrialization and its consequences, just as interesting are the ways in which people understood “pollution” over the centuries, that understanding important to how the river was utilized.


The Environmental Impact of Industrialization along the Wabash River:  A History
Dan Bradley (President, Indiana State University)

April 1, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Westminster Village, 1120 Davis Drive

The presentation will cover a brief overview of oil exploration in general. Then Dr. Bradley will focus on the Illinois Basin and Terre Haute with particular attention on the wells that have been drilled in downtown Terre Haute in the past year or two. The geology, geometry, location, and productivity to date of the wells will be discussed along with plans for the future. Samples of the reservoir rock and produced oil will be available to examine.  

$$ denotes an admission fee  

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