2012 Midwestern Graduate Liberal Studies Conference Deadline Approaching

This is a reminder that abstract submissions are due on March 1. All MALS/IDS students are encouraged to apply.


The 2012 Midwestern Graduate Liberal Studies Conference is a regional conference for graduate students of membership programs of the AGLSP. The second annual meeting is Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Fort Wayne, Indiana. Indiana U/Purdue U Fort Wayne (IPFW) will host the conference. 


The conference theme is “Taking It to the Streets: Scholarship and the Public Audience.” As you’ll see from the description at the conference Web site, the topic is intended to be inclusive. For “scholarship” one might substitute “art” or any other term that describes work produced (or projects undertaken) by liberal studies graduate students. Although ideally all presentations will have something to say about how one might connect with a public audience, not every presentation will grapple directly with the general question of how to engage the public. It may be sufficient simply to frame your presentation in terms of these concerns or to conclude with reflections on the challenges of engaging a public audience. For example, you might ask what it would take to truly and effectively share your work with the public. What practical challenges and what risks and benefits would you anticipate? If you have already had success in engaging the public through research, creative work, or community projects, you may consider sharing your experiences and your acquired wisdom (or street savvy).


The Web page is now live. There you will find an outline of the conference program, submission guidelines, and lodging information. The registration fee is only $25 and covers breakfast and lunch at the conference. Please review the information: http://ius.edu/mls/mglsc/


Logistical questions may be addressed to Professor Michael Kauffman, IU/PU Ft. Wayne (kaufmann@ipfw.edu).


Questions regarding the submission process may be addressed to Professor Deborah Finkel, IU Southeast (dfinkel@ius.edu).


Various general questions may be addressed to me, as well.


Thank you! We look forward to seeing you at the end of March.



Joseph R. Chaney

Director of the Master of Liberal Studies Program 

Associate Professor of English 

Indiana University South Bend 

PO Box 7111 

South Bend IN 46634-7111



Consider taking “MLS 477: Feminist Ethics” this Spring Quarter

MLS 477: Ferminist Ethics

Instructor: Frida Furman

Thursdays, 6-9:15 pm, LPC


This course explores theoretical issues regarding women’s moral experiences from various forms of socio-cultural, economic, and political oppression. It is largely student-learning centered, with a text- and discussion-based emphasis. Short lectures are provided to place discussions in context and extend understanding of complex issues.


See below for more information from the instructor.

MALS Core Course Spring Quarter Offering

MLS 403: The American Experience

Taught by Professor Christopher Tirres

Thursdays, 6:00-9:15 PM, LPC

What does it mean to be “American”?  What, if anything, is distinct about the ways Americans tend to think about and view the world?  This course presents an historical and cultural exploration of the emergence and continuing development of ideas and traditions in the United States. We will do so by exploring some of the central narratives and myths of American history and life, including myths of a) origin, b) exceptionalism, c) work and success, d) individualism, and e) pluralism.  Special attention will be given to the role that race, gender, religious affiliation, and class have played in both shaping and challenging these guiding narratives.

Readings include Robert Bellah’s The Broken Covenant: American Civil Religion in Time of Trial and David Stannard’s American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World.  A wide variety of shorter readings will include authors such as:  King Ferdinand of Spain, Sa-Go-Ye-Wat-Ha, Jonathan Edwards, Benjamin Franklin, W.E.B. DuBois, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Jane Addams, Walt Whitman, Alain Locke, Luther Standing Bear, George W. Bush, Pat Robertson, Gloria Anzaldua, and Barak Obama.

Upcoming Events from the Center for Interreligious Engagement

Think about attending these exciting upcoming events! For full information, visit the Center for Interreligious Engagement website.



Wed. February 15th


DePaul Art Museum
Lincoln Park Campus
935 W. Fullerton (next to the Red Line)


Three panelists explore the creatively difficult visual interactions among indigenous peoples and their colonizers.  Drawing on oral history and family photographs, Laura Kina’s SUGAR paintings recall obake ghost stories and feature Okinawan sugar cane plantation field laborers in Hawai??i.  Joseph Kinsella considers the often conscious indiginization of Christianity by Zimbabwean painters and sculptors; and using a stark contrast between pre-Conquest Aztec and post-Conquest Spanish images of the Feathered Serpent, Kay Read exposes the long-lasting, but influential colonialist legacy left us by the early clerics.
-Laura Kina, DePaul University, Associate Professor of Art, Media, and Design
-Joseph Kinsella, DePaul University, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology
-Kay Read (moderator), DePaul University, Professor of Religious Studies 

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.




Tues. February 21st 


DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus
Student Center Room 314 A&B
2250 N. Sheffield


After 20 years of failed peace processes, is there any hope that a peace agreement can be reached, considering that Israelis and Palestinians are once again barely talking to each other?  

Dr. Gershon Baskin is an Israeli journalist, peace activist, founder and now Chairman of the joint Israeli-Palestinian think-tank, IPCRI–Israel-Palestine Center for Research and Information. He has been involved in back channel negotiations between the Government of Israel and Hamas, most recently on behalf of the release of the kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilead Schalit, who was held in captivity in the Gaza Strip for over five years. 

Speaker: Gershon Baskin

Respondent: Khalil Marrar

Moderator: Frida Kerner Furman

This event is co-sponsored by Political Science, International Studies and Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies



Wed. February 29th 


DePaul Art Museum
Lincoln Park Campus
935 W. Fullerton (next to the Red Line)

Winner of multiple prizes at top international film festivals, “Budrus” tells the story of a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites members of all factions along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to oppose the building of the Israeli security wall through their village. Success looks improbable until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines.

A discussion follows the screening with film producers and DePaul faculty members Scott Hibbard (PSC) and Frida Kerner Furman (REL).

Co-sponsored by the Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies Program, Dept. of Political Science and the Dept. of International Studies



Great New Spring Quarter Course Offering

Looking for courses for this Spring Quarter?

Consider taking WMS 480/394 MLS 490: Local & Transnational Dimensions of Women’s Labor

It’s offered on Mondays 5:45-9:00 and taught by Dr. Nila Ginger Hofman.

This course examines women’s work through the perspectives of gender, race, class and citizenship. Using feminist-inspired research methods and critical gender analysis, students will examine the effects of local, transnational and global power structures on the working lives of women.

See the attached flyer for more information.