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Community Semester remembers 1968

February 16, 2018

Indiana State University's College of Arts and Sciences' sixth annual Community Semester is paying homage to the eventful decade of the 1960s, especially 1968.

"Our theme reflects the fact that we are marking 50 years since that momentous time in the history of the United States and much of the world. Events and discoveries in and around that year continue to reverberate in the United States today, helping to shape the modern world in which we live," said Christopher Olsen, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "My hope is that these events will prompt us to think about the important changes initiated during that period that continue to affect us today."

The college offers this programming each year as another way to foster involvement in the community.

"Many schools the size of ours and larger pride themselves on their connection to the community. It is vital to have interaction between the professional people in town and the institution, because in many ways, the university personnel represent the philosophy and the sense of who you are in the community," said Roby George, associate professor in the School of Music and facilitator of Community Semester.

Since the theme is "1968" it is only natural to show the "50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Martin Luther King -- Commemorating the Civil Rights leader from a half century ago," at 7 p.m. April 4 in the African American Cultural Center. The presentation will focus on the life and time of the slain civil rights leader and the impact of his message 50 years later.

Another highly anticipated event is the third installment of the "Night at the Museum," at 6 p.m. March 21 in the Science Building. The hallways and laboratories of the Science Building come alive during this popular event. The science department will present a number of family-friendly, hands-on activities for all ages.

Beginning in February and running through April, there will be a once-a-month "Mini-Film Festival," as well as other events and presentations around issues such as women's history, media and environmental sustainability.

"When you look at the events collectively, I think because the topics of the events are centered around the '60s, it's clearly about the advancement of minorities, both women and African Americans and the struggle that we have had over the years," George said.

The semester culminates in the final event "Public Memorials of the '60s: Remembering Kent State and other Legacy Sites," at noon May 4 in Hulman Memorial Student Union, room 407. Students in the department of communication will create a geo-social digital map of significant sites marked forever by the '60s.

"We hope people will attend as many events as they can, and we are truly honored to share the College of Arts and Sciences," said Olsen.

All events are free and open to the public. For the complete Community Semester schedule, go to indstate.edu/cas/dean/community-semester-2018

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Writer: Connor Myers, media relations assistant, Office of Communications and Marketing, cmyers34@sycamores.indstate.edu or 812-237-3773

Media contact: Roby George, associate professor, School of Music, Indiana State University, 812-237-2771 or roby.george@indstate.edu