Constitution Day Featured Speaker: Roger Newman

The ISU commemoration of Constitution Day continues on Tuesday, September 28. At 4:00 p.m., guest speaker, Roger Newman will present, “Civil Liberties, Surveillance, and Terrorism”, beginning at 4 p.m. in the ISU Library’s Events Area. Professor Newman teaches Journalism, the Law, and Society at the Columbia University Journalism School, and is the author, co-author or editor of several books, including   Banned Films: Movies, Censors and the First Amendment (1982);  The Constitution and Its Amendments(1999, 4 volumes). His book Hugo Black: A Biography (1994; sec. edition, 1997), was chosen as an “Outstanding” Rated Title for 1998 by the University Press Books Committee of the Association of American University Presses, won the Scribes Book Award and made Professor Newman a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. He publishes regularly in journals and magazines and has appeared on NPRPBS and even Entertainment Tonight. [Note: this event replaces the 6pm Pizza and Politics for this week; the next Pizza and Politics will be October 12, 6 p.m., Library Events area; the topic will be “Supreme-ly Important Deliberations”.]

Constitution Day Events, Tuesday September 14

Vote-RedWhiteBlueNational EagleIndiana State University is celebrating Constitution Day (officially September 17) with several events over several days. On Tuesday, September 14, the Library Events area will be the venue for a Constitution Day Teach-in AND the first Pizza/Politics student event of the year! Reference/Instruction Librarian, Marsha Miller, has begun building two of our LibGuides to support these campus events. Look at and

Everyone is welcome to attend the Teach-in events:

9:30-10:30 New Fundamentals: Amending the Constitution (1789-1992) – David Nichols [48 attendance]
11-12 The Constitution and the Court – Robert Van Sickel [179 attendance]
12:30-1:30 Free Speech, Really? – Darlene Hantzis [92 attendance]
2-3 Deliberating Democracy – All Presenters [75 attendance]

6-7:15 Pizza and Politics: this program’s target audience is first-year students but everyone is invited to come to this PARTICIPATORY event: ‘A Democratice Dialogue about Food, Inc.’ (chapters 9, 10,11)

September 28, 4pm Roger Newman: Professor Newman wrote ‘Hugo Black: A Biography’ (1994; won the Scribes Book Award; finalist for Pulitzer Prize); co-author: Banned Films: Movies, Censors and the First Amendment (1982); editor-in-chief of “The Constitution and Its Amendments (1999); Editor, Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (1999). Currently finishing book on President Clinton’s Supreme Court appointments. The ISU Library has a copy of Hugo Black at KF 8745 .B55 N49 1994. Banned Films is held by the ISU Library [KF4300 .D43 1982] Vigo County Public Library [REFERENCE 342.085 D]

Also on September 28, 6-7:15pm: Pizza and Politics: topic tba

October 19: Pizza & Politics: Supreme-ly Important Deliberations
November 2: Election Night!

American Democracy Project events are sponsored by University Honors, the Foundational Studies Program, Departments of Communication; Political Science; History; Interdisciplinary Programs; Office of the President; Center for Public Service and Community Engagement.

National Library Week Event, Tuesday, April 13, 2010

“How to Turn Your Dissertation Into A Book” and “Wabash Valley Author’s Showcase”

Come help us celebrate National Library Week (April 11-17). The ISU Library will be celebrating the week with a couple of different events. The first event will be presented in two parts on the same date Tuesday, April 13 in the Events Area. The Library Consortium of Vigo County (LCVC) will sponsor the two part event about writing and publishing. The first part of the event is from 4:00-5:00 p.m. “How to Turn Your Dissertation Into a Book” and will highlight faculty speakers who have published their dissertations as books.

From 5:00-5:30 p.m. There will be a reception for people attending the first part of the event and for people who are going to attend the second part of the event highlighting the “Wabash Valley Author’s Showcase”.

The “Wabash Valley Authors Showcase” will be presented in the Events Area from 5:30-7:00 p.m. The keynote speaker will speak from 5:35-6:00 p.m. The keynote speaker is Mike Lunsford, writer for the Terre Haute Tribune Star author of “The Off Season: The Newspaper Stories of Mike Lunsford” and “Sidelines: The Best of the Basketball Stories …” After the speaker’s address there be an opportunity for audience members to go from one author’s table to another (interactive stations) and speak with published authors from the Wabash Valley. The event is free and open to the public. [text from Library Public Relations; posted by MM]

January & February 2010 Library Events related to Haiti Earthquake Relief

February 3: go to Buffalo Wild Wings in Terre Haute between 6pm and 9pm. A portion of your bill will be donated to relief efforts in Haiti

An invitation must accompany payment of the bill so that the 10% of the bill will be earmarked for the fundraiser. Invitations are available at the Library’s Circulation Desk and on the library’s website . Make sure all your friends have an invitation. Everyone is invited to come to BW3’s to enjoy a nice evening out while at the same time making a donation to Haitian relief. Come help the survivors of Haiti’s earthquake. Funds will go directly to Mountain Top Ministries in Gramothe, Haiti. (You can read more what is going on at the mission’s website at: .

DROP CHANGE IN THE BIG JAR! Beginning Monday, Feb. 1, a large jar will be placed on the front desk in the Library Dean’s Office, which is located just past the checkout desk. For the next two weeks, people across campus are encouraged to stop by the library and drop in some change (or larger amounts) in the jar. On Friday, February 12, all proceeds will be sent directly to Mountain Top Ministries in Gramothe, Haiti.

Why this particular organization? One of the founders is from a nearby town. One library staff member, Paul Asay, has visited Haiti 3 times to help and the Library has had fund-raisers to help build a library. Another staff member, Beverly Grubb, has a granddaughter that was adopted in Haiti and the Ministries helped the family get through some of the red tape.

On January 20, the Library hosted a Potato Bar luncheon, and on January 21, a Silent Auction that was open to the public. The Terre Haute Tribune Star and USA Today picked up on these events as illustrative of the many small and/or local attempts to provide assistance. As of January 25, all of the events totaled $1,438. [posted by mminth]