Dr. Henry Glassie, Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, will discuss his work as a folklorist and ethnographer. Special attention will be on the material culture of the Middle East with an emphasis on increasing intercultural appreciation and understanding.
The 2015 Global Fellows will share experiences from their biological and cultural encounters after spending three weeks in Puerto Williams, Santiago, and Valparaiso, Chile - the southern tip of the world!
Dr. Jerry Johnson will give attendees a chance to consider rural school consolidation in light of 21st century research.
Who's going to get the farm? And what are they going to do with it? Will your future plans for your land create harmony or strife for your family? Map of My Kingdom, a play commissioned by the Practical Farmers of Iowa and written by Iowa's Poet Laureate Mary Swander, tackles the critical issue of land transition. In the drama, Angela Martin, a lawyer and mediator in land transition disputes, shares stories of how farmers and landowners she has worked with over the years approached their land successions.
The first year of college is a risky time for substance use, including alcohol and cigarettes. The goal of research described in this talk was to examine how college students' interpersonal relationships are associated with smoking and drinking. First, we discuss how friends and romantic partners' smoking and approval of smoking is associated with cigarette use in first year college students. Next, we consider how alcohol and cigarette use changes before and after the breakup of a romantic relationship.
Social scientists have long been interested in the origin, content, and effects of group stereotypes. While stereotypes can facilitate how social information is organized, interpreted, and acted upon, it is clear that they can also have pernicious effects on individuals from stigmatized groups. In this talk, recent research will be presented on a new kind of influence—one that is distinct from other documented roles that stereotypes can play. Building from recent advances in the study of metacognition (i.e., thoughts about one’s own thoughts), evidence from several studies supports that stereotypes can validate or increase how certain we are of our perceptions of ourselves and others. Furthermore, these findings suggest that this validation phenomenon may carry important, downstream implications for people’s beliefs, interests, and future behaviors.
The quality of craftsmanship, intellectual and otherwise, has traditionally found its proper evaluation within its community, or guild, of practitioners. It is within such communities that standards of excellence, achievement, and practice were established and maintained. Nowhere was this more evident than in the idea of the “community of scholars” that animated our earliest colleges and universities and served as the guiding ideal for more than 800 years. But now with the disintegration of so many aspects of genuine community life, this ideal has been increasingly threatened. Standards remain highly relevant to nearly all aspects of contemporary life, but now they are more often than not established and maintained by centralized bureaucracies. Increasingly, with the adoption of various accountability schemes, standards have become standardized; they have become more one-dimensional and flat as they have been quantified, and they have been drained of much of their nuanced meaning and developmental relevance for practice. This talk will explore the implications of this situation for K-12 schools and colleges and universities. It will ask how we might reclaim the standards for educational excellence and achievement by reasserting the value of our schools and colleges as genuine learning communities.
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