The co-curriculum refers to activities such as film screenings, lectures, exhibitions and workshops that engage the theme and complement the Themester curriculum bundle.
Themester begins accepting proposals once the preliminary Themester curriculum bundle is established. The first calls co-curriculum proposals will go out in early December. The priority deadline for funding is in mid-January; if funds remain there will be a second deadline in March.
We especially encourage faculty members from departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences to submit proposals. Proposals from community groups, units of the University, and registered student groups are also welcome.
Proposals must fit the theme. The College will also seek diverse programming in order to serve diverse populations. Themester is an initiative to engage undergraduates and the bulk of programming will benefit undergraduates in some way. Some of the successful proposals last year engaged multiple audiences. For example, a proposal for a visiting scholar might include a discussion in a Themester class, a colloquium with IU faculty members, and a public lecture, or some combination, as long as undergraduates are a primary focus. Programming might include lectures, panel discussions, colloquia, workshops, art exhibitions, film screenings and creative performances. Multidisciplinary proposals with support from other departments or units are encouraged. Any proposed visiting speaker should possess scholarly, creative or professional credentials. Student-run events require a faculty or qualified staff mentor.
IU Cinema has its own approval process with a deadline in February, approximately one month after Themester's January programming deadline. We recommend that you submit to Themester by the January deadline rather than waiting for IU Cinema approval. If you are approved by Themester, this will strengthen your IU Cinema proposal.
Timing of an event should take into account religious holidays, campus events such as homecoming, community events such as the Lotus Festival and the realities of student life. A dearth of campus space makes scheduling events during weekdays challenging. Most Themester events are scheduled in the late afternoon or the evening during the week. While some overlap will be inevitable, we wish to avoid conflicts between Themester events as much as possible. A tentative calendar will be established and posted as events are (tentatively) scheduled. In the meantime, please contact Tracy Bee at the Themester office (812 856-7183) to discuss.