Welcome back (or welcome, if you are new to IU) to the Fall Semester 2010! I hope you had an enjoyable and productive summer. As this newsletter indicates, College faculty have been remarkably active amidst the heat and somnolence of summer in Bloomington. We all look forward to a new exciting year, which I hope proves to be rewarding to each of you.
Themester 2010, "sustain•ability: Thriving on a Small Planet," will officially kick off with an opening festival on Friday, September 10 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Dunn Meadow. The Themester calendar is filling up and includes a public talk by New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman, best-selling author of The World is Flat and Flat, Hot and Crowded; an exhibit of the work of renowned nature photographer Subhankar Banerjee; and a screening and discussion of Al Gore's Oscar-winning film An Inconvenient Truth. To receive weekly updates of Themester events, email: email@example.com with “Add me to the listserv” in the subject line.
Each fall, Themester combines a cluster of classes, performances, lectures, debates, exhibits and other events around an issue or topic of widespread interest. The first Themester in fall 2009 was "Evolution, Diversity and Change;" fall 2010 will see nearly every school on the Bloomington campus take part in the initiative. The theme for fall 2011 is “War and Peace.” The summer we welcomed Tracy Bee into the Dean’s Office as full-time coordinator for Themester. Tracy is well known to many of you, having served for nearly seven years as the academic advisor in the College’s International Studies Program.
As always, please call upon me or any of the staff in the Dean’s Office if we can be of help as you do the important work of the College.
Interim Dean, IU College of Arts and Sciences