Themester Lunch Discussion

Themester Lunch Discussion

Undergraduates are invited to engage with Themester faculty and instructors in small-group, informal discussions at the IMU's Tudor Room while enjoying lunch or dessert and coffee as guests of Themester.

A Themester undergraduate intern serves as host and will ask our faculty guests to start the conversation by discussing this fall's theme from the perspective of their discipline or their own scholarly work.

This event is free, but registration is limited to IU undergraduates.

Schedule + Registration

Friday, August 30, noon

Faculty guest: Dr. Jon Kay (Folklore and Ethnomusicology)
Dr. Kay is teaching Themester course Memory, Art, and Aging: Life Stories and the Expressive Lives of Elders about how elders remember and share their life stories via the arts. He will aslo explore the topic through a podcast and public programs series at Mathers Museum of World Cultures

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Friday, September 6, noon or 1:00 p.m.

Faculty guest: TBD


Friday, September 13, noon

Faculty guest: Dr. Rasul Mowatt (American Studies)
Dr. Mowatt is teaching Themester course The Legacy of Lynching: Landscapes of Race and Place. He will also introduce a Themester screening of the documentary Freedom on My Mind in November.

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Friday, September 20, noon

Faculty guests: Dr. Tatiana Saburova (Russian Studies Workshop) and  Andréa Staislav (Fine Arts: Sculpture)

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Friday, October 4, noon

Faculty guest: Dr. Cindy Smith (English)
Dr. Smith is teaching Themester course Public Memory in Communication and Culture. Her class explores the connections between public memory and museums, memorials, and living history sites. Dr. Smith also served on the Themester 2019 advisory committee.

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Friday, October 11, noon

Faculty guest: Dr. Ed Linenthal (History)
Dr. Linenthal was the chair of the Themester 2019 advisory committee, and he's teaching Themester class The Bomb in American Life. His scholarship explores genocide and memory.

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Friday, October 25, 1:00 p.m.

Faculty guest: Dr. Izabela Potapowicz (Comparative Literature)
Dr. Potapowicz will examine memory themes and tropes in film and literature through her Themester course Science-Fiction and Fantasy in the Western Tradition. 

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Friday, November 1, noon

Faculty guest: Dr. Mahasweta Baxipatra (English)

Dr. Baxipatra teaches ENG-W350 Advanced Expository Writing. Her section of the writing course this semester will be taught through the lens of "Making Memories."

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Friday, November 8, noon

Faculty guest: Betsy Stirratt (Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design)
Artist and curator Betsy Stirratt is the founding director of the Grunwald Gallery of Art. In October and November, the gallery will host a "Remembering and Forgetting" art exhibit, featuring works by IU and Monroe County artists.

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Friday, December 6, noon

Faculty guest: Dr. Jason Jackson (Folklore and Ethnomusicology)
Dr. Jackson is the Director of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. This fall Mathers presents the exhibition "Framing Sukkot," an exploration of the Jewish holiday of rememberance.

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