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Two Community Semester events set for the week of Feb. 25

February 18, 2013

This week for ISU community semester event include a lecture about bats and a presentation on Tom Sawyer.

The Community Semester, which focuses on the theme "Our Town," is a way for the College of Arts and Sciences to showcase what it does best and to encourage faculty and students to share what they are learning to the community. It is also a way to bring innovative ideas in the science, humanities, liberal and creative arts to the area.

On Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts, University Art Gallery and Recital Hall, Joy O'Keefe, director of the Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation at ISU, will give a lecture entitled "Bats in Trouble: The Truth about Indiana Bats." O'Keefe will talk about myths and truths about bats, and about the real troubles faced by bats in Indiana.

"Attendees will learn about bats of Indiana, but also about the threats that bats face in the 21st century," said O'Keefe.

On Feb. 28 Michael Shelden, ISU professor and the author of five biographies, will present "Tom Sawyer: Mark Twain's Problem Child," in the Cunningham Memorial Library, Events area. The presentation is from 5 - 6: 30 p.m. This is in partnership with The Year of the River Celebration and is sponsored by WFIU.

A complete list and description of the Community Semester's activities may be found at:

Writer: Beth Pickerill, media relations assistant, or 812-237-3737.