The colloquium is a free lecture series featuring
Dave Black Assistant Professor of Radio and Television Department of Communications
"In Harmony's Way: The battle to save a bridge"
Friday, September 13, 2013, 3:30 pm in Forum I
This video documentary presents a history of the toll bridge in New Harmony from 1929 until its closure in 2012. The one-hour program traces the construction and operation of the bridge, it's changes in government oversight, and the recent efforts led by former university president David Rice to find a permanent solution to its survival. The video features interviews with bridge experts, political leaders, and area residents discussing the governance of the bridge, its peculiar state of public versus private ownership, and its importance to the southern region of Indiana and Illinois. 16:9 widescreen, high definition.
Amy Montz Assistant Professor of English Department of English
“I Do Feel Greedy!”: Hunger Strikes, Consumption, and the Incarcerated Suffragette Body
Friday, October 18, 2013, 3:30 pm in Kleymeyer Hall (LA 0101)
The British suffragettes’ use of hunger strikes was a dangerous yet effective method in garnering sympathy for their cause. Denying their bodies food and even water, incarcerated Suffragettes would compel prison doctors to forcibly tube-feed them in order to keep them healthy and alive. Yet while the denial of food is often discussed and even, on occasion, valorized, as an integral part of early-feminist protest, there is little critical attention paid to the suffragettes’ personal relationship with food. As imprisoned Leonora Tyson writes home to her family to give them news from prison, she also thanks them for lettuces that are “just heavenly” (4/30/12) or for the box of food that “saved [her] from prison fare” (4/24/12). When Tyson confesses feeling greedy for appreciating butter, she justifies it by writing, “food is the only thing I have to worry about here!!” (4/22/12). This paper argues that accounts written by imprisoned Suffragettes such as Leonora Tyson reveal a strong attachment to and deep appreciation of food, which demonstrates that the fight for the Vote occurred both on the emaciated as well as the sated Suffragette body. Therefore, the female body in pain is not the sole representation of female agency and political protest.
Yoon-Joo Lee Assistant Professor of Advertising Department of Communications
“Role of Ethnic Identity and Meaning of Money in Perceiving CSR Initiatives”
Friday, November 15, 2013, 3:30 pm in Kleymeyer Hall (LA 0101)
The study investigated the role of ethnic identity and materialistic meaning of money in perceiving corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives among Asian Americans. Caucasian Americans were also examined as a reference point. The experimental design was utilized to investigate proposed hypothesis and research questions. The study found that consumers support CSR initiatives with various motivations. The study revealed that one of motivations to support companies supporting CSR initiatives could be to satisfy own egoistic needs. Stronger ethnic identifiers among both Asian Americans and Caucasian Americans showed stronger supports toward the company involved with CSR initiatives. Further, as consumers hold more materialistic views toward meaning of money, they were more likely to support the company with CSR initiatives. Interestingly, Asian Americans with strong views toward materialistic meaning of money were more likely to have positive evaluations toward the company with CSR initiatives when a spokesperson in CSR advertisements is Caucasian American. The implications were discussed in the study.
For additional information, contact:
Melissa J. Stacer, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Studies