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World Book Night giveaway today (Tuesday) in HMSU

WORLD BOOK NIGHT giveaway in HMSU on Tuesday at 11 a.m.

In support of World Book Night, an international event where people will be randomly distributing books, we are bringing an amazing Latina writer’s book to your attention.

Some people give them away in beauty shops, taxi cabs or even at homeless shelters. It was started in Spain to honor author Miguel De Cervantes.

TIME: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or until we run out of books

WHERE: HMSU Commons hallway, near Information Desk.

Pick up your copy of “The House On Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros.

UNTIL WE RUN OUT!! Only 20 copies available. Please let your favorite student know so they can pick one up!

Our thanks to our library for making these books available.

See our event page here:

Questions? Please contact Theresa at X8096 or email Edi at

April 20 speakers, music & exhibits highlight Native American culture in Wabash Valley

On Saturday, April 20, Indiana State University will present a free public program focused on the competition

Native Peoples in the Wabash Valley Event
Native Peoples in the Wabash Valley Event

between Native Americans, Europeans and Americans for the old Northwest Territory.

“The Other Side of the Northwest Frontier: Native Peoples Past and Present” will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Indiana State’s Cunningham Memorial Library’s Events Area.

A drum prayer by Paul-Rene Tamburro, a member of the Nulhegan Band of Abenaki of Vermont, will begin the day at 9 a.m.

A talk by Roger Laybourn, chief and Ministre de la Culture et de la Communication of the United Metis Tribe starts the sessions. Laybourn’s talk at 9:15 a.m. is titled “Allies Out of Necessity: Native American and British Cooperation during the War of 1812.” David Nichols, Indiana State associate professor of history, will speak on “The Prophet and the Commodore: The Northwest Indians’ War of 1812” at 9:45 a.m. Then at 10:15, Tamburro, who also is the chair of Indiana State’s social work department, will speak on “The Other World of Economics: Trade and Commerce in the Wabash Valley from the Indigenous Point of View.”

During the morning, Kim DisPennett and Terry Noble will perform on flutes and Tamburro will lead a social dance. The day will finish with the United Metis Tribe singing traditional songs.

Exhibit tables with information about the Waapaahsiki Siipiiwi Mounds Historical Park, eastern woodland raised beading and Indian economy and currency will be on display.

This event is sponsored by the Library and History department as well as the Native American Museum and the Sullivan County American Indian Council. It is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Indiana Humanities and is a part of the Year of the River 2013 celebration.

Wabash Valley Year of the River
Year of the River


Event: Muslim Journeys to Terre Haute – April 14

4/14/2013 – Muslim Journeys to Terre Haute (5:00 pm – 7:00 pm)

Muslim Journeys to Terre Haute are presented first by an expert panel discussing Muslim contributions to the modern world and then by a student panel who discusses some of the ideas and expectations they’ve brought to Terre Haute and what they’ve actually found.

Books acquired by the Library through a recent National Endowment for the Humanities Grant will be displayed.

Library Events Area

Day of the Dead celebration

Join the Hispanic Students Association for the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) celebration, and learn how the Mexican culture honors their dead on this day. While many cultures fear death, the Mexicans have learned to react equally with mourning, as well as happiness and a bit of levity. Things such as having the children play “funeral” with toys made to represent coffins and undertakers, and reciting popular sayings and poems mocking death add to the special celebration, as well as setting up altars and offerings of food for the dearly departed. Join us to see what a visit to the cemetery might be like in Mexico on this day.
DATE: Thursday, Nov. 1
TIME: 6:30 – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Outside Cunningham Memorial Library (grassy area)

Refreshments will be provided.
Before or after the event, take a look at the showcase for the Day of the Dead in the Lower Level of Cunningham Memorial Library. You can:
• Read information about Jose Guadalupe Posada and La Catrina
• Read information about altars in general, and the altar in honor of artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera
The display will be up until Nov. 12.
Questions? Contact Daniela at or Alejandra at

Japanese cultural club sponsors musical evening

On Friday, October 12, Yoshiko Cockerham, one of ISU’s instructors of Japanese in our Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, organized an evening of music played on the shamisen. The performance was accompanied by an informational PowerPoint and a question/answer session. More than 70 people attended.

Japanese Shamisen Performance
Japanese Shamisen Performance