The College of Arts and Sciences’ fifteenth and final Themester is underway. This year’s theme, “Light and Truth | Lux et Veritas,” is inspired by the Indiana University motto. Throughout the fall, Themester will host a series of lectures, films, and lunches to discuss “Light and Truth” from a variety of academic perspectives, including astronomy, history, political science, and cinema.
“The concept of truth has taken center stage and come under fire in many parts of political and social life, nationally and internationally," IU senior Joelle Jackson said. "Grappling with how truth is represented and misrepresented has become a crucial civic task." Jackson is majoring in Folklore and Ethnomusicology and Anthropology and serves as a member of the Themester 2023 advisory committee.
“This Themester will provide opportunities to engage with the ideas of truth and light through interdisciplinary and diverse lenses, something we can all apply in many different facets of life,” said Jackson.
Highlights from the fall Themester calendar include:
- Sonia Shah, science journalist and prize-winning author of critically acclaimed books on science, politics, and human-animal relations will visit Indiana University on September 19. Her talk will be on “Science Journalism in a Moving World.”
- Dr. Travis A. Rector, astrophysicist, professor, and author of the book, “Color the Universe,” will share his stunning images of deep space as well as an insider’s perspective from the people who make those pictures. This event will take place at IU Cinema on September 20.