IU School of Liberal Arts Sabbatical Speaker Series Fall 2013

Presented by the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI

Islamic Jihad or Just Revolt? Muslim Political Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean

Edward E. Curtis IV, Religious Studies – Tuesday, October 1, CE 409, 4:30-5:30 PM

Learn about jihad, sometimes considered the sixth pillar of Islam, and its role in fueling political violence. The influence of jihad is compared in two rebellions among African Americans: an 1835 uprising in Bahia, Brazil, and a 1990 coup attempt in Trinidad.

Poverty Warriors: Tales from Britain’s War on Poverty

Susan Brin Hyatt, Anthropology – Tuesday, October 8, CE 307, 4:30-5:30 PM

Inspired in part by the U.S. War on Poverty, in 1969, the British government funded 12 Community Development Projects in impoverished communities across Britain. By 1978, this experiment came to an end amidst a great deal of political turmoil. Come hear how some of the original community development workers reflect on that tumultuous time.

Rescuing Henrietta: The Story of An African American Woman Activist

Ramla Bandele, Political Science – Friday, October 25, CE 268, 4:30-5:30 PM

Before Ella Baker and Rosa Parks, there was Henrietta Vinton Davis, a principal activist who achieved the rank of vice president in the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). Nearly lost to the true story of UNIA until now, Davis’ work was buried in the footnotes.

Remembering Self, Remembered Self: Persona in Memoir Writing

Robert Rebein, English – Tuesday, November 5, CE 307, 4:30-5:30 PM

Writers of memoirs must fashion a dual sense of self in order to tell their stories and connect with readers: the self who is remembering and the self who is remembered. Discover the entirely different roles of these selves in the story that unfolds, and their crucial importance.

Mother’s Day and the Mafia

Anne C. Williams, English – Friday, November 8, CE 409, 4:30-5:30 PM

Florists serve their customers on the most important days of their lives. When customers are also neighbors, no matter who they are, important connections ensue. Working in memoir, the writer revisits her family’s Kansas City flower shop and its unusual neighborhood.

Reexamining the Opium War in China

Xin Zhang, History – Tuesday, November 12, CE 309, 4:30-5:30 PM

Take a closer look at the development of modern China in this examination of the (at times overstated) influence of the Opium War on the changes that have come to China in the past 40 years. Ain Haas Folk Music Traditions in Estonia Ain Haas, Sociology Tuesday, November 19, CE 307, 4:30-5:30 PM Many contemporary Estonians are making and playing ancient instruments like the Baltic psaltery, bowed lyre, and bagpipe. Hear how the processes of modernization, which did much to undermine this country’s musical traditions, now contribute to their revival.

Folk Music Traditions in Estonia

Ain Haas, Sociology – Tuesday, November 19, CE 307, 4:30-5:30 PM

Many contemporary Estonians are making and playing ancient instruments like the Baltic psaltery, bowed lyre, and bagpipe. Hear how the processes of modernization, which did much to undermine this country’s musical traditions, now contribute to their revival.