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ISU to celebrate “Our Town” during Community Semester

December 7, 2012

The College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana State University has planned a semester-long series of lectures, performances and activities centered on the theme of "Our Town" to share with the Wabash Valley beginning in January 2013.

"This is a way for the college to showcase what it does best and encourage both faculty and students to share what they are learning with the community," said Dean John Murray.

During the Community Semester students will engage with "Our Town" in the classroom, but also outside it by inviting the community to participate as well.

"We are encouraging hands-on events, off-campus locations, and partnerships with community organizations whenever possible," Murray said. "That might take the form of a special volunteer project in a neighborhood, a panel discussion held in a downtown coffeehouse or an open-air concert."

The college has scheduled events to begin in January and continue through April. They include a sing along, a bat watch, a play production, films and much more.

The Community Semester kicks off with a reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Clabber Girl Museum.

The Community School of the Arts will host a Mardi Gras mask-making workshop at the Booker T. Washington Community Center from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 21. Then on Jan. 23, Shawn Phillips, an associate professor of anthropology, will give a 1:30 p.m. presentation at Westminster Village on "The Vigo County Home: Digging into the Past." He will give an overview of the discovery and excavation of the 19th century graves and the ongoing investigation of life at that time.

Carly Schmitt and Katie Butwin from the political science department will lead a discussion on "The Global Community and Terre Haute" at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 in Indiana State's Cunningham Memorial Library Events Area. A panel with representatives from various racial and ethnic groups in Terre Haute and international corporations that provide jobs in the Wabash Valley will participate in the discussion.

Indiana State's School of Music will hold a Faculty Gala Concert with music exploring the theme of "Our Town" at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in the University Hall Theater.

February will see events ranging from discussions on sustainable food on Feb. 2, to the Groundhog Day Economic Forecast on Feb. 5, a discussion on Paris and Berlin on Feb. 5, a conversation with Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett on Feb. 6, an art exhibit by undergraduate students on the theme of "Our Town" a lecture on bats on Feb. 26 and a discussion of "Tom Sawyer: Mark Twain's Problem Child" on Feb. 28.

Other planned events will include a walking tour of downtown Terre Haute, a sing along of classic labor songs and the painting of a mural. A complete list and description of the Community Semester's activities may be found at:

Contact: John Murray, Indiana State University, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, at 812-237-2411 or

Writer: Jennifer Sicking, Indiana State University, associate director of media relations, at 812-237-7972 or