Thursday, May 31, 2012

Possible Fall 2012 Journalism course of interest: New Media and The Arab Spring

JOUR-J 261 New Media and The Arab Spring

Fall 2012

Instructor: Anas Alahmed

MW: 1:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

Ernie Pyle Room 102

Course Description:

The “Arab Spring” ushered in many changes in the Middle East. Some call it a "Twitter revolution”--but was it? This course examines the role of New Media in the recent Arab revolutions and seeks to understand the concept of new media in the Arab world. In practical terms, the course explains how citizens follow the news and how they update events minute-by-minute through the social media networks platform. It shows how journalists and Internet activists, involved in the revolution, use cyberspace and provide news and information, and how these activists became sources for news organizations. Citizens are posting pictures of the events, using Flicker, uploading videos through Youtube, and are following the revolution’s progress through Twitter. Additionally, Facebook has become a broad discussion forum for solidarity and supporters of the revolution, and it was the paradigm for the revolution strategy. Wikipedia, on the other hand, became an official record of the uprisings for movements and protests. It was a means of planning when the revolution would begin and how and where. Social media have collectivity helped the Revolution in many ways.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Automatic-W Drop Deadline for FIRST EIGHT WEEK Summer Classes

The deadline for dropping a first eight week summer class with an automatic grade of W is Monday, June 4th. 

You can drop these classes on Onestart using the eDrop system. Just log on to Onestart and click on "Late Drop/Add Classes."

International Student Film Festival Hollywood

International Student Film Festival Hollywood

ISFFH Film & Video Competition

Call for Entries 2012

When: November 17 - 18, 2012
Where: North Hollywood, CA USA
NoHo Arts District

For more information and entry forms visit our website:

Send your entries to:
4821 Lankershim Blvd. Suite F-132
North Hollywood, CA 91601 USA

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2012

  Please join us on facebook!            …And you can follow us on twitter!  

2011 ISFFH Montage on YouTube!

San Francisco Art Institute is currently accepting Graduate Program applications

San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)

Call for graduate
applications for Fall 2012

San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
Graduate Center
2565 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

T 415 641 1241 x 4400

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The San Francisco Art Institute is currently accepting Graduate Program applications for the Fall 2012 term on a space-available basis. We invite you to become part of a global community of artists and thinkers noted for their diverse, provocative, and innovative work.

SFAI offers internationally regarded MFA programs in Design and Technology, Film, New Genres, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Reflecting a legacy of studio-based practice, these conceptual fine art programs encourage an experimental spirit, creative risk-taking, and interdisciplinary curiosity. Led by SFAI’s distinguished faculty, students are challenged to consider the contemporary, historical, and theoretical contexts of art as they develop a sustaining and vital creative practice.

SFAI’s MA programs in History and Theory of Contemporary Art, Exhibition and Museum Studies, and Urban Studies focus on advanced scholarly inquiry into the major ideas, institutions, and discourses of contemporary art, and the social and political conditions of its production.

The Dual Degree MA/MFA program is designed for students who want to synthesize the intellectual and artistic facets of their creative work, and cultivate a large portfolio of tools as cultural producers.

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program is ideally suited for students who want to strengthen their work in an intensive environment of studio practice and critical engagement, in preparation for application to an MFA program.

For application details, please visit

For additional information, please contact the Associate Director of Graduate Admissions, Jana Rumberger, at 415 351 3507 or

Recently at the San Francisco Art Institute – Vernissage: MFA Graduate Exhibition
SFAI’s graduating MFA students transformed San Francisco’s iconic Phoenix Hotel for the annual MFA Graduate Exhibition, displaying their art in guest rooms, poolside, and throughout the hotel. The exhibition unveiled and showcased diverse, ambitious work by the next generation of artists from this celebrated school.

View the 2012 graduate exhibition catalogue, MA/MFA Art and Ideas.

About the San Francisco Art Institute
Founded in 1871, the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), a nonprofit art college, is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious schools of higher education in contemporary art. A small school with global impact—notable faculty and alumni include Richard Diebenkorn, Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz, Enrique Chagoya, Kathryn Bigelow, Peter Pau, Ruby Yang, Paul Kos, George Kuchar, Lance Acord, and Kehinde Wiley—SFAI enrolls approximately 650 students in undergraduate and graduate programs, and offers a wide range of continuing education courses and public programs. The historic Chestnut Street campus is located in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood, and the Graduate Center is located in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood.

For more information about SFAI, please visit


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Summer II 4 week Art Classes still available!

The following courses still have seats available for the June 4-June 29th 4 week sessions.  No experience or prerequisites are required for these fun workshop style courses.  If you have always been curious about the arts, this is a great opportunity to explore the field.

FINA-S250 Graphic Design I

FINA-S260 Ceramics I

FINA-S 270 Sculpture I

FINA-S291 Fundamentals of Photography

Prerequisites are not required for these courses!!!

Check the Registrar’s schedule for more information about these courses.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Automatic-W Drop Deadline for FIRST SIX WEEK Summer Classes

The deadline for dropping a first six week summer class with an automatic grade of W is Tuesday, May 29th.

You can drop these classes on Onestart using the eDrop system. Just log on to Onestart and click on "Late Drop/Add Classes."

Monday, May 21, 2012

New College "Search Courses" web page is now live!

I just wanted to let you know about a very useful new tool that will allow you search for summer 2012 and fall 2012 courses that fill specific degree requirements (e.g., CASE N&M, Critical Approaches, Culture Studies, and Intensive Writing):  Hopefully this will be available for future semesters as well.

You can search on multiple attributes at once, so you can look for a course that counts toward both the CASE A&H and CASE GCC Culture Studies requirements, for example.  You could even look for a first or second eight-week course from a specific department that fulfills those requirements. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

An unusual N&M class still open this summer!

Do you have students still seeking a CASE N&M to get ahead this summer?  If they have any propensity for language, suggest LING-L 303 Intro to Linguistic Analysis, 6W2 10:20A-12:10P   MTWR   BH 222:

Linguistics 303 (LING L303) is designed to introduce students to the structure and nature of language through linguistic analysis techniques, as well as the theory and assumptions upon which these analyses are built.  Besides being an introduction to linguistic thought, this class will investigate in depth what goes into an utterance, from the production-related patterns of human language (phonetics and phonology) to patterns of words (syntax) and their parts (morphology).

If you have technology-savvy students, linguistic analysis underlies many of the methods used in the field of natural language processing, a rapidly growing area of information technology.  Anything involving language and computers can be better understood with a background in linguistic analysis.

For your social scientists, this course introduces them to the concept of how language underlies a wide range of human interactions, and understanding how language works provides an important extra perspective on human culture.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

GRE Prep Summer Class

GRE Prep, Summer 2012

"Taking the IU GRE Prep course was the best decision I have made in a long time. It really helped my score increase. I got into one of the best graduate programs in my field!"

-IU Alumnus and GRE Prep course participant

The revised GRE is here! This course will prepare you for the new test. Improve your score by reviewing subject matter in each major section of the GRE, taking timed, computer-simulated exams, and learning techniques for overcoming test anxiety. We’ll begin with a computersimulated test to establish your baseline score

(held on a Saturday), followed by eight review sessions (held midweek), and culminating with a final computer-simulated test (held on a Saturday) to measure improvement.

Summer Session

Practice Pre-Test and Post-Test: 2 Saturdays, June 23 and July 14

Review Sessions: 4 Tuesdays and 4 Thursdays, June 19-July 12 6:30–8 p.m.

Fee: $300

Will also require a text book, info. provided upon payment.


(812) 855-9335

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

PACE-C 300 Citizens in Society: Good Behavior, Bad Behavior in Public Life.

PACE-C 300 is a course offered through the Political Action and Civic Engagement (PACE) Program in the College of Arts & Sciences.  Next semester, the course is tied  to the Themester and is titled Citizens in Society: Good Behavior, Bad Behavior in Public Life. Here is a brief description:

This course considers a range of behaviors used by citizens to advocate and effect change in public life and the effect of those behaviors on our public life. The course will focus on both theory and practice in its consideration of “good” and “bad” public behavior; we will pay particular attention to the relationship between context, intent, action, and outcomes in our analysis and practice of public behavior, especially as they related to the two following themes:

1.       The Information Commons. What is the relationship between anonymity and good and bad behavior with regard to communication between citizens and with regard to the sharing of public knowledge. How does the value of privacy interact with the need for accountability? What would ‘better behavior’ on the internet look like?

2.       The Political Commons. What is the relationship between our electoral system and good and bad behavior in the political sphere? How has the electoral system created certain patterns of behavior, good and bad? What public behaviors are encouraged or curtailed by our electoral system? What would ‘better behavior’ in the electoral process look like?

Though it is a 300-level course, I am hoping that it might be appealing to incoming freshman and other students-- who want to test the waters in a 300-level course and who are interested in a course related to civic life, political discourse, and behavior on internet.  

Andrew Libby

Professor, Political Action and Civic Engagement Program (PACE)

Community Engagement Coordinator

Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (OVPUE)

Franklin Hall 004, Bloomington, IN 47405

(812) 856-5686

Monday, May 14, 2012

Automatic-W Drop Deadline for FIRST FOUR WEEKS Summer Classes

The deadline for dropping a first four week summer class with an automatic grade of W is Monday, May 21st.

You can drop these classes on Onestart using the eDrop system. Just log on to Onestart and click on "Late Drop/Add Classes."

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Summer Pass/Fail Deadlines (First Four, Six, and Eight Week Sessions)

MONDAY, MAY 14th is the last day to sign up to take a FIRST FOUR WEEKS class pass/fail.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16th is the last day to sign up to take a FIRST SIX WEEKS class pass/fail.

MONDAY, MAY 21st is the last day to sign up to take a FIRST EIGHT WEEKS class pass/fail.

If you are interested in taking a class pass/fail, please stop by my office (in the CMCL building at 800 E. 3rd Street, room 259) so we can complete the required paperwork.  

Here is some information about the pass/fail option from the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin ( "During their undergraduate program, students in good standing (not on probation) may enroll in a maximum of eight elective courses to be taken with a grade of P (Pass) or F (Fail). The Pass/Fail option is available for a maximum of two courses per academic year, including summer sessions. For the Pass/Fail option, the academic year is defined as beginning with the start of the fall semester and ending with the end of the second summer session. The course selected for Pass/Fail must be an elective (i.e., it cannot fulfill requirements other than the minimum 122 hours required for the degree, but it can be used to meet the requirement for courses at the 300–400 level). It may not be used to satisfy any of the College of Arts and Sciences Foundations, Intensive Writing, Foreign Language, Breadth of Inquiry, Culture Studies, or Critical Approaches to the Arts and Sciences requirements. Nor may it be counted as a part of the student’s concentration area, minor, or certificate program. During the freshman year, students may elect to take activity courses in the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation on a Pass/Fail basis in addition to the two other permitted courses."

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

rock paper scissors needs one more summer intern in Bloomington!

We are rock paper scissors, inc. (, Bloomington’s only world music publicity firm! We are a dynamic business and enjoy having students in to learn more about the publicity and music business.

All Interns work on a variety of tasks including mailings, updating our website (no HTML required), maintaining the CD library, and special projects. Internships are unpaid, though there are occasional mailings for which interns are compensated.  Some experience in Microsoft Office programs (Word and Excel) would be helpful.

Interns are assigned to specific duties within our organization, such as:

-Backing up a publicist (research...web searches for new outlets, writers, etc; researching outlets in a specific tour market, entering data into our database, etc.)

-backing up our office manager (editing pictures in PhotoShop, building out job assignments, research, adding new clients to our database, etc.)

-backing up our press release writer and sales manager (fact checking, research, marketing, web searching for new clients, etc.)

-backing up our CEO (marketing, blog maintaining, research, etc.)

-backing up our sister company (FlipswitchPR & StoryAmp) manager (a little bit of all the above)

...and of course other wild and wacky assignments might arise!

We currently have one spot open for the summer session and it will be backing up a publicist.  Interns are asked to commit a minimum of ten hours per week, and we rely on you to be here… please don’t continue with this process if you have school or work commitments that might keep you from being here consistently and on a regular schedule.  Our office hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm.
Submit resumes to Scott Phillips at
scott phillips
office manager
rock paper scissors, inc.
511 west 4th street, suite 2
bloomington, indiana  47404 usa
Ph: 812.339.1195 fax: 801.729.4911
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Henry A. Bern Memorial Essay Competition 2012

Henry A. Bern Memorial Essay Competition 2012


Deadline: Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Purpose: To stimulate and encourage undergraduate excellence in writing and research in the field of Jewish Studies. It is our goal that students will reach a deeper understanding and appreciation of matters relating to Judaica and Jewish civilization.

Eligibility: Any current Indiana University Bloomington undergraduate student.


1.    The paper may be written on any topic relevant to Jewish Studies. Research papers, essays, and creative writing have been submitted in past competitions.

2.    The paper must be the work of a single author.

3.    The paper may be written in English, Modern Hebrew, or Yiddish.

4.    The paper may have been previously submitted in a course.

5.    The paper must be typed, double-spaced, with footnotes wherever applicable, and should not exceed 25 pages.

6.    The student’s name should only appear on a "cover" sheet which should also include the student's name, student ID number, local and permanent home addresses, IU email address, telephone number, and the title of the paper. This onformation is to appear ONLY on the cover sheet in order to keep the author's identity anonymous. Papers will be numbered for judging purposes.

7.    The title of the paper should also appear at the top of page 1 of the paper.

8.    Among the criteria considered significant will be clarity, focus and development of the subject or problem, quality of evidence, use of sources, and originality.

Deadline: Papers should be e-mailed to before midnight on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. Papers may also be emailed any time during the 2011-2012 academic year. Please include in subject line: "Bern Essay Submission".

The author of the winning paper will be acknowledged at the Jewish Studies Dessert in Fall, 2012.

This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Henry A. Bern by his family and friends. Henry Bern was a professor of Education at Indiana University where he was committed to teaching and the world of learning.

If you have questions, call 855-0453 or email

Friday, May 4, 2012

A wonderful summer course still has seats: Language(s) and Lord of the Rings

Linguistics L210 CASE S&H

(#13629; three credits; no prerequisites of any kind)

Language(s) and

Lord of the Rings

Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 3pm-5:10pm

Sycamore Hall [SY], Room 105

2nd-4-Weeks course:  June 04 (Mon.)- 29 (Fri.)

For more information, please contact the instructor, Dr. Richard  Janda (Dept. of Linguistics), by e-mail­ - or by phone:  (812) 855-2702

[office], (812) 335-8943 [home], (812) 606-9170 [cell].

Linguistics L210, "Language(s) & LOTR"-

This course  focuses  on  the ways in which J.R.R. Tolkien's

fascination with  the  nature and  history  of language(s)  can be found  on virtually every  page of The Lord of the Rings, largely  making it the  work  it is.  As Tolkien  stressed: "To me, a name  comes first  and  the story  follows".   The course considers not only the invented  languages  used in the book, but also its relative  avoidance of words  not descended  from Old  English  or other Germanic languages  (like Old  Norse). Tolkien's employment of sociolinguistic  differences  as a way to set apart the various ethnic  groups  and social classes also receives well-deserved attention. Becoming acquainted with one scholar's dedication to  the study  of real  languages  no longer  spoken, and  with  his passion for inventing  languages and  cultures, thus  leads  to a greater understanding of the principles behind   the  structure and  the  functioning of all languages, both  ancient and  modern.    But  it also  provides greater insight  into  how LOTR  is put together, and  into why

it has had such  broad and  lasting  appeal.

Linguistics L210, "Language(s) & The Lord of the Rings"­

imposes no prerequisites of any kind,

assumes no background  in languages or linguistics,

and requires no previous familiarity with book- or movie­

versions of J.R.R. Tolkien's  The Lord of the Rings (often

abbreviated LOTR or LotR).

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Looking for a Summer Culture Studies Class? Consider GER-E 121 Freaks, Geeks, and Misfits: An Introduction to German Cultural History


My name is Chris Chiasson, and I will be teaching) the Introduction to German Cultural History (GER-E 121) in the first summer session.  The course fulfills IUB GenEd World Culture Credit, the COLL S&H Breadth of Inquiry Credit, or the COLL Global Civ and Culture Credit in the first summer session.

GER-E 121 Freaks, Geeks, and Misfits: An Introduction to German Cultural History

Loners, gypsies, hopeless romantics, losers, & punks---they are the core

material of German culture, but why? The misfit has a unique place in German cultural history because s/he represents Germany (and German-ness) itself: Germany did not achieve the status of a nation-state until 1871, centuries after France, England, and Spain had done so, and Austria did not emerge from the medieval bureaucracy and quasi-statehood of the multi-ethnic Austro-Hungarian Empire until 1918. Germans have both taken pride in their difference and been ashamed of their “backwardness,” often at the same time. The figure of the misfit thus embodies their own relationship to their more “enlightened” neighbors to the west.

In this class, we will follow the figure of the misfit in various forms, guises, and media from the emergence of German national consciousness in the 1770s to today. We will start from the question: how are the normal and the everyday defined, and how is the abnormal created? Looking at literary, sociological, medical, biological, psychological, philosophical, and political texts, as well as art and architecture, film and music (if people are willing), and one graphic novel, we will consider in a broad sweep the fate of the outsider in German culture, whether it is the revolutionary of the 1840s, the hysteric of the 1890s, the terrorist of the 1960s, or the Turkish minority of today.

Students will write two 3-5 page papers, make one presentation, and take a final exam.

The two texts that students need to purchase are:

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang. The Sorrows of Young Werther. Trans. Burton Pike. Modern Library Classics, 2004.

ISBN: 978-0812969900

Lutes, Jason. Berlin: City of Stones. Drawn and Quarterly, 2001.

ISBN: 978-1896597294

All other readings will be available either through Oncourse or e-reserve and should be printed out and brought to class. Any questions regarding this course should be addressed to Chris Chiasson at

Volunteers needed for International Student Orientation

Summer plans?

Fall’12 Int’l Orientation Volunteer

August 1st – August 15th

Meet our new international students from all over the world.

Greet new students and direct them around campus, participate in social

events and informational sessions and more!

Get involved in this great experience.

Email: Facebook Group: IU International Orientation Volunteers

Email for more information or find us on Facebook!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Two Fall 2012 IW sections of HIST-J 301 now open to all students

HIST-J 301  # 24178 (3 cr) Latin American Beyond the Textbook     A. Diaz

12:20-2:50 pm Wednesday            WH 204

College Intensive Writing Section

This course is part one of a two-course sequence on the history of Latin America from pre-conquest times to the present. It will survey the history of Latin America from its first inhabitation to the independence period in the nineteenth century. Six major themes will be addressed: the development of the great Amerindian civilizations, the encounter between Europeans and Amerindians, the making of a colonial society in Spanish America and Brazil, the struggles leading to the collapse of colonial rule, and the civil wars of independence. The overriding concern of this survey is to provide an understanding of how the complex interaction between the different cultures that met in the Americas shaped these colonial societies, and how some elements of this legacy persisted and/or were transformed by different social groups before and after independence.

This course should help students gain some understanding of the diversity and complexity of Latin America. Students will obtain a sense of both the major processes that have left their imprint in these countries, and the experiences of the men and women who lived and made their histories. Furthermore, this course seeks to bring students a sense of history as a discipline and as a method for interpreting and understanding the past through the study of myriad sources. Students should be able to assess the importance of closely analyzing different perspectives and sources when seeking to understand and interpret any event or problem of the past.


HIST-J 301 # 28447 (3 cr) Latinos and the Law: Race, Immigration and Illegality in U.S. History  J. Nieto-Phillips

12:20-2:50 pm Wednesday            BH 335

College Intensive Writing Section

This course will explore the long history of migration to the United States, focusing on the statecraft of immigration control and of citizenship. The history of immigration is more varied and complex than high school textbooks suggest. Immigration has been hotly contested for more than two centuries. The standard "assimilation" narrative and "melting pot" metaphor fail to capture ways the state has excluded or marginalized immigrant groups. Racial, national, gender, and socioeconomic criteria long have been used to determine who would become an "American" and who would remain an "alien." In this course, we will explore the laws, state structures, ideologies that have regulated our nation's borders and the boundaries of our body politic. Drawing on both contemporary and classic scholarly texts on immigration, as well as films, historical documents and first-person narratives or memoirs, we will delve into these issues. We will be paying special attention to the wide-ranging experiences of Latinas and Latinos in the context of immigration. Since this is a writing-intensive course, there will be a substantial amount of reading and writing, including several short writing assignments and two substantial essays.

Summer N&M Course: The Genetic Science of CSI

Anthropology A211: The Genetic Science of CSI

 1st 6 Weeks Summer 2012 (class #6177) MTW 10:20-12:15
Instructor: Dr. Frederika Kaestle
Carries GenEd N&M & Coll (Case) N&M Breadth of Inq. Credit

Need N&M Credit? Obsessed with CSI? Want

to know the science behind the forensic genetics

on these popular shows? Where are you leaving

your DNA? What can I tell about you from

your DNA (skin color, hair color, eye color,

height, disease, race….)? How likely is it that

your DNA will falsely implicate you in a crime?

Will your next speeding citation include being

swabbed for a genetic sample? Is OJ guilty?

Who is buried in the Tomb of the Unknown

Soldier? Is there
really tiger bone in that love

potion? These and many other questions will be

addressed in this course.

Want a peek at
your own DNA sequence? We’ll

be sequencing DNA from volunteers in this


General Information:
Increasingly, forensic science is featured in the headlines of

newspapers and lead stories on television news. Even more impressive is its presence

in today’s television series line-up. This course explores the genetic science of crime

scene investigation (CSI) through the examination of popular depictions of the science on

television (e.g. CSI, Bones, Cold Case, NCIS) and actual forensic cases (e.g. OJ Simpson, Scott

Peterson, the Romanov family, King Tut). Topics covered will include standard human forensic

genetic identification, use of non-standard markers for unusual situations, analysis of DNA to

predict appearance and race, unusual sources of human DNA, forensic uses of animal, plant and

microbial DNA, accuracy and misuse of forensic genetics, the use of DNA to exonerate the

falsely convicted, the ethical and social implications of forensic genetics, and the future of

forensic genetics. Mitochondrial DNA from student volunteers will be sequenced and used in

class activities. All course readings will be available as free downloadable PDFs, grades will be

based on course exercises, quizzes, discussion participation, and short writing assignments.

prior knowledge of genetics is assumed, and there are no prerequisites for this course. Carries

N&M credit.

LING-L 210 Topics in Language and Society with new topic!

LING-L210 Topics in Linguistics: Word Crime: Language as Forensic Linguistics

To be tentatively scheduled for MWF 1:25-2:15 p.m., location TBA

Sometimes a smoking gun can identify a criminal; sometimes it's the way he or she talks. For instance, the Unabomber was identified when his family recognized key phrases that he repeatedly used in his writings.

In this course we will examine a variety of ways in which language and speech analysis is used in the courtroom and related arenas to identify criminals, settle company trademark disputes, and spot plagiarism.

Additional forensic applications will also be addressed, such as how the CIA could attempt to identify Osama bin Laden's voice on post-9-11 audiotapes, or how a killer was caught by his text messages. How does this look?