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Be sure to attend a pair of one-hour faculty Liberal Arts Talks next week in the Campus Center:

  • “The Green Challenge Deepens: Environmentalism in the Age of Climate Change” with John McCormick, professor of political science, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, Room 305. John McCormick revisits his 1995 book, “The Global Environmental Movement,” to examine the ways in which environmentalism has evolved in the era of climate change, globalization, the internet, nationalism and the rise of China. He asks how these five developments have altered the definition of environmental problems; how they have shaped the international response to those problems; and how the relationship between science, economics, trade and technology has exacerbated or addressed environmental change.
  • “Public Art, Monuments, and Civic Life” with Modupe Labode, associate professor of history, 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, Room 307. In 2011, a nonprofit agency responded to protest and canceled artist Fred Wilson’s project to create a work of public art for the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. The proposed work, “E Pluribus Unum,” referenced the figure of an African-American man on the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indianapolis. This case is a point of departure to consider the role of public art, monuments, race and history in civic life.

Music and arts technology faculty member scores soundtrack

Jordan Munson lent his composition talents to the Phoenix Theatre. Photo by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

Jordan Munson, a senior lecturer of music and arts technology, created the original soundtrack to the Phoenix Theatre‘s staging of John Kuntz’s play “The Hotel Nepenthe,” which opens Feb. 28 and runs through March 24.

Munson created original soundscapes with the show’s sound designer, Brian Hartz. The music adds to the dark comedy’s schizophrenic nature.

The play is described as such: “A gruesome murder, a fatal accident and a missing infant — anything can happen at Hotel Nepenthe, a locale straight out of the film noir of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Four actors portray 19 characters in this poignant work that oscillates between absurdity and deeply emotional honesty.”

Furniture design meets the human body

North Carolina designer Annie Evelyn will talk about the relationship between furniture and the human body as the keynote for the annual Phillip Tennant Furniture Design Lecture, slated for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Basile Auditorium in Eskenazi Hall.

Evelyn’s mission is to reshape our experiences with everyday furniture, from seating to lighting. Her creations can be seen at the Museum of Modern Art and Design in New York.

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