IDES Lecture – Religion in Ancient Mediterranean Comedy


Erin Moodie, assistant professor in the Languages and Cultures Department at Purdue University, will present “Religion in Ancient Mediterranean Comedy: Character, Context, and Content” on Tuesday, May 19th at 3pm in teh Beckman Auditorium.

This talk will provide a broad introduction to the religious contexts of Greek and Roman comedy, as well as the comic genres’ depiction of deities and religious practices. From the Dionysia festival in Athens to Jupiter’s deus ex machina in Plautus’ Amphitryon, religion is central to ancient comedy, providing structure, atmosphere, and significance to events on and off the stage. Sponsored by Greek and Roman Studies.

History of Cycling in Illinois Focus of Lunch and Learn

A 10-man bicycle (circa 1900). Photo courtesy of

Bicycling was the most popular sport in America from 1890 until 1930, and cycling had a direct impact on social progress in race, class and gender.

Illinois Wesleyan University Information Literacy Librarian Chris Sweet will explore this largely forgotten history, particularly Illinois’ importance as home to several bicycle manufacturers. Sweet will present “The History of Cycling in Illinois” May 14 as part of the Lunch-and-Learn series offered in partnership by McLean County Museum of History, Illinois Wesleyan and Collaborative Solutions Institute.

Sweet is currently working on a scholarly history of cycling in Illinois and will discuss some of his preliminary findings during the presentation. In a blog post, Sweet writes that cycling’s popularity as a sport around 1900 was rivaled only by baseball. “Bicycle racers were well-paid celebrities and races routinely attracted thousands of spectators. The social elite were members of cycling clubs with private clubhouses.”

Yet cycling’s popularity cut across class lines. Sweet writes that the Memorial Day weekend Pullman Road Races in Chicago in the 1880s were reported to have attracted 100,000 spectators. And in terms of equality, the bicycle gave women “a greater measure of independence and contributed to important advances” in women’s rights. In addition, “a few great early bicycle racers were African Americans who advanced racial equality through sport,” Sweet writes.

The session begins at 12:10 p.m. in the Governor Fifer Courtroom, McLean County Museum of History. Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown-bag lunch to the free event.


By Mallika Kavadi ’15

A 10-man bicycle (circa 1900). Photo courtesy of

A 10-man bicycle (circa 1900). Photo courtesy of

Intercultural Communication Workshops


stella_smOn Friday, May 8, Stella Ting-Toomey from California State University, Fullerton will be on campus to present and lead discussions on intercultural communication. Please see below for descriptions of the two sessions and access to related reading materials.

Ting-Toomey’s visit is sponsored by the Mellon Center, International Office, and Office of the Provost. Please direct any questions to Associate Dean of Curricular and Faculty Development Lynda Duke or Director of the International Office Stacey Shimizu.

Morning General Session
Open to staff and faculty
10-11 a.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library

Understanding the Culture Shock Experience and Communication Style Patterns of International Students on Campus

This general session will introduce the key concepts related to the roller-coaster culture shock experience of international students in adjusting to the U.S. campus. Factors that shape the culture shock experience and the potential communication gaps among the international students, faculty, and staff will be highlighted. Suggestions for managing the culture shock experience of international students productively will be offered.

Afternoon Faculty Workshop Session
1-2:30 p.m., 201 State Farm Hall
(Please RSVP to by Wednesday, May 6 if you plan to attend)

Facilitating the Intercultural Adjustment Process of International Students with Enhanced Communication Style Strategies and Practices

This faculty workshop will examine the underlying cultural values that shape potential communication style differences in international students in the classroom. Interactive exercises will be used to deepen awareness, empathy, knowledge, and skill sets in faculty-international student interaction. Recommended practices for serving international students with enhanced communication competencies will be provided.

Suggested reading materials (3 chapters, listed below) areavailable on Moodle:

– Bennett, J. M., & Bennett, M. J. (2004). “Developing Intercultural Sensitivity: An Integrative Approach to Global and Domestic Diversity.” In D. Landis, J. Bennett, & M. Bennett (Eds.), Handbook of Intercultural Training (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
– Ting-Toomey, S., & Chung, L. (2012). “What Is the Connection Between Verbal Communication and Culture?” Understanding Intercultural Communication (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.
– Ting-Toomey, S., & Chung, L. (2012). “What Are the Ways to Communicate Nonverbally Across Cultures?” Understanding Intercultural Communication (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.

In addition, the Handbook of Intercultural Trainingand Understanding Intercultural Communication are both available on reserve in The Ames Library.

Class of 2015 – What You Need to Know


Congratulations on your pending graduation!

As you prepare for the big, wide world, here’s some things you should remember about what will change when you graduate.

Library Access

We are pleased to provide our IWU alumni with a variety of library services.  Alumni of IWU may request an IWU library courtesy card that allows for borrowing privileges, may request guest connection to the internet while visiting our campus, and receive professional assistance from our liaison librarians.

Due to licensing restrictions, alumni may not access our licensed electronic databases from off campus.  There are a growing number of openly accessible scholarly resources that are available to researchers, and library staff will be glad to assist our alumni in their discovery and use.

Interlibrary loan privileges are only available to current IWU students, faculty, and staff. This service can be provided by your local public library.

Information Technology

Upon graduation, you get to keep your NetID and password. This means you can still use your email account, and you can still log into computers on campus. That same NetID and password will not, however, work for the IllinoisWesleyan wireless network. You’ll need to request the guest wifi code from Help@Ames.

Almost There!

Nursing students, Jenna Kyhl and Giovani Rodriguez, both seniors, put in some serious study for finals in Ames Library, 2000.
Nursing students, Jenna Kyhl and Giovani Rodriguez, both seniors, put in some serious study for finals in Ames Library, 2000.

Nursing students, Jenna Kyhl and Giovani Rodriguez, both seniors, put in some serious study for finals in Ames Library, 2000.

Only two more days of finals! By the looks of things, studying for finals hasn’t changed too much since 2000. There are, maybe, a few more laptops and  mobile devices involved, but textbooks, notes, naps, and soda never seem to go out of sytle. Do you have a favorite picture of your group studying in Ames Library? Share it with us!

Other than studying, what’s going on in Ames this week? Our hours will be a little different.

Monday, 7:45am – 1:30am

Tuesday, 7:45am – 4:30pm

Wednesday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm

Saturday, Closed

Sunday, entry level open 11:30am – 1:30pm

Annual library hours can be found on the Ames website.

Instruction Lab, 129

  • Monday, 9:30am – Network Meeting
  • Monday, 10:30am – Disaster Recovery Planning
  • Monday, 10am – Italian Language Testing
  • Monday, 2:30pm – Gmail Apps Training
  • Thursday, 10am – Gmail Apps Training
  • Thursday, 1pm – Gmail Apps Training

Beckman Auditorium

  • Monday, 7pm – Course Performance

Meeting Room, 214

  • Tuesday, 1pm – Assessment Committee
  • Tuesday, 2pm – CUPP
  • Wednesday, 9:30am – Star Literacy
  • Wednesday, 11:30am – Theatre Recruitment Meeting
  • Wednesday, 2pm – CUPP
  • Thursday, 1pm – CUPP
  • Friday, 2pm – Portal Meeting


Final Monday of Spring Semester!

Karen, fall 2008

Ames Library’s very own Karen Schmidt has been named the 2015 Multicultural Leadership Program Service Award Recipient! From the announcement: “You can often find this year’s MCLP Community Service Award recipient pedaling a bicycle around low-income neighborhoods, laden with an overflowing book box.

Karen, fall 2008That determined and personal effort exemplifies Karen Schmidt, who has helped initiate and maintain numerous community projects—including the Book Bike Program that brings free books into the homes of local residents. Karen gives her voice, time, leadership, and financial support to a myriad of causes—locally and on a state and national level.

Karen serves as alderman and Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Bloomington. Professionally, as Illinois Wesleyan University Librarian, Karen is active in state and national library associations, strengthening campus ties between technology and library services. She also connects IWU students to service learning opportunities that benefit the local community, especially the older Bloomington west side and downtown.”

Instruction Lab, Room 129

  • Monday, 10am – Environmental Studies 120
  • Tuesday, 2:30pm – Gmail Apps Training
  • Wednesday, 1pm – Stamp, French Proficiency Exam
  • Wednesday, 4pm – May Term Psychology Students Meeting
  • Thursday, 10am – Gmail Apps Training

Meeting Room, Room 214

  • Tuesday, 1pm – Assessment Committee
  • Tuesday, 4:30pm – Star Literacy
  • Wednesday, 9:30am – Star Literacy
  • Wednesday, 12pm – Library Advisory Committee
  • Wednesday, 2pm – CUPP
  • Thursday, 1pm – CUPP
  • Thursday, 4:30pm – Star Literacy
  • Thursday, 7pm – International Film Series

Beckman Auditorium, Lower Level

  • Monday, 2pm – Prof. Reissenweber’s Skype Session
  • Monday, 7:30pm – Nursing 218
  • Tuesday, 1:10pm – LC 116 Film Screenings
  • Tuesday, 2:30pm – Theatre History II
  • Wednesday, 4:30pm – May Term Travel Course Pre-Departure Meeting

Thorpe Tuesday!


Are you working on a multimedia project as part of your coursework? Are you filming and editing a video? Are you editing photographs for an excellent presentation? Ames has you covered!

The Thorpe Centerdigital_editing is a collaborative endeavor between Information Technology Services, the Mellon Center for Teaching & Learning, and The Ames Library that is located on the 3rd level of The Ames Library. The Thorpe Center welcomes faculty, staff, and students and provides support and technology in the following areas:

  • Opportunities to become acquainted with new technologies
  • Support for integrating standard & emerging technologies for use within & outside the classroom
  • Digital video editing for integrating audio and video into presentations and projects
  • Classroom and event support for technology & media

The Thorpe Center is also a sandbox for testing out new technologies and furniture. Please send any comments our suggestions that you may have for this space to our Suggestion Box.


▷ Import, edit and digitize video and audio

▷ Scan photographs or documents and integrate them into presentations

▷ Record a DVD-R of your video, audio, or an entire presentations

▷ Borrow a camcorder or digital camera from the Circulation Desk and shoot your video

Software Hardware
  • Adobe Design Standard CS5 – (Mac)
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro – Create PDF’s (Windows & Mac)
  • iLife Series 11- iMovie, iPhoto,iTunes, iDVD (Mac)
  • Epson & HP Scan Pro – Scanning Software (Windows & Mac)
  • Adobe Premiere Elements – Video editing software (Windows)
  • 20″ iMacs and Lenovo Desktop Computers
  • Flatbed Image Scanners
  • Slide Film Scanners
  • Negative Film Scanners
  • Document Scanners
  • DVD Burners
  • USB/Firewire cables

National Library Week!



NLMDid you know that April 12-18 is National Library Week?! From the American Library Association: “First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.”

This week is also the last full week of classes at IWU, with the annual John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference starting Friday night, culminating in a full day of presentations on Saturday. Participating students can learn all about poster printing from the Ames website, and submit their finished products to be printed using this form. The deadline to submit posters for printing is TODAY (4/13) if you want it printed in time for Saturday. Remember that the foam board will be jwpprovided to you at CNS or SFH on Saturday morning.

Stephanie Davis-Kahl is one of the Ames librarians, and is the coordinator for Digital Commons@IWU, our online archive of exceptional student and faculty work. Our goal is to showcase the intellectual and creative work in our campus community. If you are presenting this weekend as part of the JWP Student Research Conference, you are invited to share your work via Digital Commons. You have a number of choices of what to share and how to share your research. If you’re interested in learning more, contact Stephanie by email or phone (309-556-3010).


Tuesday,4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – “Building Bulwarks: an ArcGIS Model of Roads, Campaigns, and Colonies in Republican Italy – Assistant Professor of History Amy Coles will present her preliminary, time-lapsed set of maps – created using ArcGIS (Global Information Systems) software – of Roman Republican military campaigns, road-building, and colonial foundations in ancient Italy. While military success enabled the building of roads and foundation of colonies, the map demonstrates that the relationship between these three was neither simply causal nor static over time. (This project was made possible by a Re-Centering the Humanities grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.)

Thursday, 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library –International Film Series – “Wadjda” (2012, Saudi Arabia), presented by Associate Professor of English Alison Sainsbury.

Instruction Lab, Room 129

  • Monday, 10am – Environmental Studies 120
  • Wednesday, 10am – Environmental Studies 120
  • Friday, 10am – Environmental Studies 120

Meeting Room, Room 214

  • Monday, 9:30am – Network Meeting
  • Monday, 10:30am – Disaster Recovery Meeting
  • Tuesday, 1pm – Assessment Committee Meeting
  • Tuesday, 4:30pm – Star Literacy
  • Wednesday, 9am – Star Literacy
  • Wednesday, 11:30am – Theatre Recruitment
  • Wednesday, 2pm – CUPP
  • Thursday, 1pm – CUPP
  • Thursday, 4:30pm – Star Literacy
  • Friday, 10am – Campus Climate Assessment Meeting
  • Friday, 2pm – Portal Meeting

Beckman Auditorium, Lower Level

  • Tuesday, 9:30am – History 150
  • Tuesday, 2:30pm – Theatre History II
  • Tuesday, 4pm – “Building Bulwarks: an ArcGIS Model of Roads, Campaigns, and Colonies in Republican Italy”
  • Wednesday, 2pm – English Skype Session
  • Thursday, 1:10pm – LC 116 Film Showings
  • Thursday, 7pm – International Film Series


English as a Second Language Service

The new English as a Second Language Service at IWU seeks to support the University’s international students and their academic and professional needs by providing ESL instruction and help with academic writing, reading and speaking. Our primary goal is to enhance the learning experience of international students and support the University’s community.

If you have any questions about our services or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Teodora Nikolova at or call (309) 556-3810.

We are now located in the Writing Center, Ames 105B.
Office hours are
Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.2 p.m.

The Writing Center+ESL online scheduler is at

Election “News” in Ames

burke book

The votes are in!

From the Pantagraph: “Voters on Tuesday went to the polls to decide a variety of races, including contested contests for the Bloomington and Normal city councils and the Unit 5 and District 87 school boards.” IWU’s very own Karen Schmidt was re-elected to Bloomington city council for Ward 6.
Speaking of elections, Ames Library has hundreds of resources to help you learn all about election processes, trends, and history. Check out this newly published book, Gender in campaigns for the US House of Representatives.
From the publisher: “Barbara Burrell presents a comprehensive comparative examination of men’s and women’s candidacies for the U.S. 9780472052318House of Representatives in elections from 1994 through 2012. Analyzing extensive data sets on all major party candidates for 10 elections—covering candidate status, party affiliation, fund-raising, candidate background variables, votes obtained, and success rates for both primary and general elections—Burrell finds little evidence of categorical discrimination against women candidates. Women compete equally with men and often outpace them in raising money, gaining interest group and political party support, and winning elections.
Yet the number of women elected to the U.S. House has expanded only incrementally. The electoral structure limits opportunities for newcomers to win congressional seats and there remains a lower presence of women in winnable contests despite growing recruitment efforts. Burrell suggests that congressional dysfunction discourages potential candidates from pursuing legislative careers and that ambitious women are finding alternative paths to influence and affect public policy.”


burke book

Want to earn some points in your next Sociology class? Check out this book, Race, gender, and class in the tea party: What the movement reflects about mainstream ideologies, written by IWU’s own Prof. Meghan Burke!

From “It has been all too tempting to characterize the Tea Party as an irrational, racist, astro-turf movement composed of members who are working to subvert their own economic interests. Race, Gender, and Class in the Tea Party reveals a much messier and much more fascinating analysis of this movement. Drawing upon in-depth interviews with organizers and fieldwork at conservative campaign trainings and conventions, its rich ethnographic data explores how the active folks in this movement, specifically organizers in one Midwestern state, understand their world, and how they act on that basis to change it. As this book will reveal, most Tea Party organizers do depend on deeply flawed understandings of race and class—either believing wholeheartedly in myths, or confining their analyses to the narrow limits of the conservative media system. Yet, Tea Party racism is simply American racism.
Race, Gender, and Class in the Tea Party reveals the complexities and contradictions inherent in this movement, where organizers attempt to reconcile their personal experiences with their conservative politics. In the end, these dynamics reveal as much about us as it does about the Tea Party. It is certain to challenge all of our politics, and especially our scholarly thinking, about the movement, and offers a path toward real conversations about our collective future in the United States.”

“Lincoln in Limbo” Discussion

lincoln in limbo

You’re Invited!
Discussion Prior to the Performance of “Lincoln in Limbo”

Monday, April 6
2-3 p.m.
Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library

lincoln in limboPlease come and join in an informal conversation with actors from the Shakespeare Project of Chicago and director Peter Garino, along with leading Abraham Lincoln scholars Michael Burlingame and Guy Fraker. The discussion will center on literary/dramatic and historical representations of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Later Monday, at 7:30 p.m., the SPC will perform Emeritus Professor Robert Bray’s “Lincoln in Limbo” at the Hansen Student Center. Admission is without ticket and without charge.

Friday, 4pm – German Undergraduate Research Conference – The German Program at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL will host its 4th-Annual German Undergraduate Research Conference during the spring semester of 2015. The purpose of this conference is to provide an outlet for students from any field of research engaging with any area of German Studies to present their research to their peers and to receive feedback in an academic setting. Since this conference is open to all advanced-level undergraduate students enrolled in any university in North America, it will afford those attending not only an excellent opportunity to network with others researching in the field, but also to discuss their own academic and study abroad experiences with students from different universities and academic backgrounds. Presenting at this conference will provide students with valuable communication experience that will be relevant to any field of post-graduation work or study being considered.

Instruction Lab, Room 129

  • Monday, 8am – Hispanic Studies 280
  • Monday, 10am – English 280
  • Monday, 12pm – Moodle Gradebook Overview
  • Monday, 2pm – Hispanic Studies 280
  • Tuesday, 2:30pm – English 352
  • Wednesday, 10am – Environmental Studies 120
  • Wednesday, 1pm – Facebook for your Department
  • Thursday, 9:30am – English 280
  • Friday, 10am – Environmental Studies 120
  • Friday, 1pm – Alumni Board Meeting

Beckman Auditorium

  • Monday, 2pm – Lincoln Symposium
  • Tuesday, 10:50am – Sociology 305
  • Tuesday, 2:30pm – Anthropology 274
  • Tuesday, 7pm – LC 116 Film Showings
  • Thursday, 7pm – International Film Series – “Anna Karenina” (2012, UK), presented by Isaac Funk Professor of German and Russian and Co-director of International Studies Marina Balina.
  • Friday, all day – AABD Spring Meeting
  • Saturday, 1:30pm – Better Test Scores
  • Sunday, 7pm – LC 116 Film Showings

Meeting Room 214

  • Tuesday, 9am – Workflows
  • Tuesday, 1pm – Assessment Committee Meeting
  • Tuesday, 4:30pm – Star Literacy
  • Wednesday, 9am – Star Literacy
  • Wednesday, 2pm – CUPP
  • Thursday, 12pm – Adam Guo Presentation
  • Thursday, 1pm – CUPP
  • Thursday, 4:30pm – Star Literacy
  • Friday, 1pm – Alumni Board Meeting