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A look at three new courses this semester article thumbnailA look at three new courses this semester. There are several new courses this semester on topics ranging from the hospitality industry to big data. Here's a closer look at three of the new courses offered for the first time this fall. [Read the rest]
ISU alums guide inner-city school with legal focus article thumbnailISU alums guide inner-city school with legal focus. The glaring lack of minority attorneys in the United States is a big, complicated problem, one that critics say has created a justice system that's not so just for clients of color. [Read the rest]
Reggie Reads: August 2014 article thumbnailReggie Reads: August 2014. Illinois State is proud to be able to acknowledge the work of graduates who are successful authors. [Read the rest]

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Jody Shipka - “Talking Pictures”
Location: STV 401
Start Time: 10/9/2014 7:30 PM
End Time: 10/9/2014 9:00 PM
In this video-based presentation, Shipka draws on theories of remediation, multimodality and embodiment as she advocates the importance of moving beyond established archives (e.g. major research or university-based archives), to explore how the rich assortments of materials found at flea markets, estate and yard sales might positively impact research agendas and theories of composing. As she engages with other people’s memory artifacts, Shipka enacts an approach to composing—one that de-composes in order to re-compose, if you will—that plays with time, space, voice and bodies in order to blur the boundaries between now and then, here and there, between the human and nonhuman, and the living and the dead. This presentation will be followed by a reception with refreshments.
Jody Shipka - “Thinking & Writing With Objects”
Location: STV 133
Start Time: 10/10/2014 10:00 AM
End Time: 10/10/2014 1:00 PM
In Evocative Objects: Things We Think With, Sherry Turkle points to the reality that, quite often, “We think with the objects we love; we love the objects we think with.” This workshop invites participants to consider the impact of doing something beyond, or in addition to, “thinking with objects”—or, as is often the case, when objects are even considered and given their due, writing about objects. Instead, participants will be exploring more fully what it might mean (and, indeed, how it feels) to actually compose with objects. Participants in this hands-on session will be composing multimodal texts while working with (and against) the affordances of a wide variety of material objects. By inviting participants to compose complex 3D object-texts, the workshop challenges a tendency in the field to conflate multimodality with digital media or visual-verbal 2D object-texts. Indeed, when they are considered at all, multimodal texts that are strictly analog or hybrid analog/digital creations are not often viewed as being scholarly or academic—they are instead labeled expressive, crafty, arhetorical, or even childlike. This workshop works to trouble those assumptions. The workshop will be followed by a luncheon. Registration is required, and limited to 30 participants. Participants should be prepared to stay for the duration of the workshop (3 hours). Register with Emily R. Johnston (erjohns), Speaker Series Coordinator. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Right to Defend deadline for December graduates with MS/MA
Start Time: 10/12/2014 7:00 PM
End Time: 10/13/2014 6:59 PM