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We share a commitment to providing students with a first-class educational experience. That experience is grounded in challenging courses and extensive opportunities for collaborative learning and out-of-class learning activities.
- Tues, Dec 10, 6:30pm. Blo-No Neighborhood Assessment Presentation: In Support of United Way of McLean County's 2014 Community Assessment. All are invited to hear Stevenson Center graduate students' findings and recommendations. Schroeder 106.
Congratulations to Tom Gerschick, Associate Professor of Sociology, who has won the 2013-2014 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award. The award recognizes faculty members who display exceptional classroom teaching, develop innovative instructional materials and approaches to instruction, involve students in significant learning and/or research activities, and advise and/or counsel students. Three faculty members, one from the sciences, one from the humanities and one from the social sciences, receive the award each year.
Retired anthropology faculty member Dr. Linda Giles’s edited volume Contesting Identities:The Mijikenda and their Neighbors in Kenyan Costal Society (co-edited with Rebecca Gearhart at Illinois Wesleyan University) has just been published by Africa World Press.
The book combines the perspectives of local writers as well as those of anthropologists and other scholars to shed light on the complexities of ways of life in this part of east Africa.
Anthropology’s Dr. Jim Skibo will present his Distinguished Professor Lecture on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center at 7:00 pm. Talk title: “From the Mountains of the Philippines to the Shores of Lake Superior: An Archaeologist’s Quest to Understand the Relationship between People and Things.” <media link>
As part of Latino Heritage Week, Dr. Kathryn Sampeck (Anthropology, Asst. Professor) will present a lecture on her work relating to the importance of chocolate (cacao) in early Mesoamerica. Time/place: Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 7 pm, SCH 106. Dr. Sampeck was also interviewed by WGLT radio.
Maura Toro-Morn, Professor of Sociology, marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in an WJBC interview where she also discussed her recent book, Immigrant Women in the Neoliberal Age (University of Illinois Press), co-edited with Nilda Flores-Gonzalez, Anna Guevarra, and Grace Change.
Dr. Toro-Morn said, “I was honored to discuss our new research and help to sustain the historic links that have always existed between African Americans and Latinos. Let’s not forget that our communities have nurtured each other through years of struggle for civil rights and justice.”
Joan Brehm, Associate Professor of Sociology, is the 2013 winner of the Janice Witherspoon Neuleib Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement. The award, one of the highest honors given to a tenured faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences, recognizes truly outstanding scholarly achievement in the preceding calendar year.
Brehm’s research focuses on the role of natural environment amenities, values, and attitudes in community attachment, and their relationship to community well-being and ecological health in rural and rapidly urbanizing landscapes. She has published over a dozen peer-reviewed articles on various related topics. She has received research grants from USDA/CSREES/ NIWQP and IL-EPA and is currently working on her second IL-EPA funded research project, “A Social Assessment of the Nippersink Creek Watershed – Phase II” which is funded by Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, though the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. This project focuses on facilitating effective and targeted implementation of various conservation efforts (as outlined in the Nippersink Creek Watershed Plan) though a more accurate understanding of current values and attitudes toward the natural resources within the watershed.
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