Family Expo

College of Arts + Sciences Family Expo

Join us for a day of discovery designed to help you get to know your student’s academic home: the IU College of Arts and Sciences. After welcome remarks from Executive Dean Rick Van Kooten, you’ll meet the staff of the Walter Center for Career Achievement and learn about the wealth of resources that support our students as they move from college to career. Afterward, you can choose between several 30-minute mini-courses taught by College faculty members. Please note that sessions start times are in Eastern Daylight Time.

Welcome + Introduction

Begins at 1:00 PM

Welcome to the Family Expo! In this hour-long session, you’ll meet Executive Dean Rick Van Kooten and learn how the Walter Center for Career Achievement works to empowers every Arts + Sciences student to turn their diverse talents and passions into successful and rewarding careers. We’ll end by taking any questions you may have.

Exectuive Dean Rick Van KootenRick Van Kooten, College of Arts + Sciences Executive Dean
An award-winning teacher, Van Kooten has taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. He remains firmly committed to the importance of a liberal arts education in the College of Arts and Sciences, both for its inherent value and for building the foundational skills of creative, collaborative, and critical thinking and communication. Read Executive Dean Van Kooten’s Full Bio

Joe LovejoyJoe Lovejoy, Walter Center for Career Achievement Director
Joe is an alumni of the College of Arts & Sciences where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science. He now directs the Walter Center for Career Achievement where he provides strategic direction and leadership of career education and employer engagement. Joe is a champion of liberal arts education and loves helping IU College of Arts & Sciences students connect their academic pursuits to rewarding careers.

Molly BurkhardtMolly Burkhardt, Walter Center Assistant Director, Strategic Alumni Engagement
As Assistant Director of Strategic Alumni Engagement, Molly facilitates the Walter Center Success Network, an alumni/student network, where purpose, connection, and project experience weave together. She also hosts the Walter Center’s podcast, All Careers Considered, in which industries and job roles are explored through the lens of alumni careers. Molly holds a master’s degree from Indiana University in Higher Education and student affairs.

30-minute College Mini-Courses

Are you curious about online learning in this most unusual year? Take a 30-minute mini-course taught by a College faculty member. Please pick one session per timeslot and register for each session you’d like to attend.

2:30 PM

Music Video: The Collaborative Art of our Age
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Description On August 1, 1981, with the broadcast of “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles, MTV was launched. Since then thousands of music videos have been made to support the work of musical artists, many by now famous directors. Music videos are now a mainstay of streaming media platforms around the world; some have had extraordinary social and political influence. Music videos combine three essential meanings—lyrics, music, and visuals—into a single, new expression. We will look at one or two music videos, and discuss how students of film and television can build understanding through similar exercises.
Steve Krahnke, Senior Lecturer, The Media School
Steve Krahnke  Steve Krahnke is an accomplished producer of television programs for Public Television. In his twenty-five year career he has produced or helped produce some of the most iconic programs offered on PBS, including Hoop Dreams, Liberty! The American Revolution, Kinsey, American Photography and Harp Dreams, among many others. He has won two Emmy Awards and has been nominated for several.He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan.  He has won a number of awards and distinctions for his teaching, including the Provost’s Award for student mentorship, the Trustees teaching award, and most recently the  Morley Career Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor in the College of Arts + Sciences.Read Steve Krahnke’s Full Bio

The Great Chain of Shopping
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Description This abbreviated class from LAMP-M 303 (“Business and Inequality”) explores the ways in which retail commerce both creates and mitigates inequalities. Examples include pottery entrepreneur Josiah Wedgwood, the first restaurants, and the Sears Roebuck catalogue
Rebecca Spang, Professor, Department of History | Director, Liberal Arts + Management Program (LAMP) | Director, Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Rebecca Spang
Professor Rebecca Spang (History) is Director of LAMP (the Liberal Arts and Management Program). She is the author of The Invention of the Restaurant and Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution, both published by Harvard University Press.Read Rebecca Spang’s Full Bio

The Science of Remembering and Forgetting
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Description How do we remember? Why do we forget? Participate in demonstrates that illustrate how our amazing minds remember and forget, with a few practical tips.
Lisa Thomassen, Director of Undergraduate Engagement, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Lisa ThomassenLisa Thomassen is a social psychologist. Her research has encompassed identity, emotions, sentiment socialization and deviance, and alcohol treatment. Thomassen holds a Ph.D. in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Social Work from the IU School of Social Work at IUPUI.Read Lisa Thomassen’s Full Bio

3:15 PM

Tibetan Lineages: From The Land of Snows to The Crossroads
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Description Tibet – the highest plateau in the world is home to the Tibetan people, an ancient religion, and one of the most fascinating histories on earth. Many know who The Dalai Lama is (Nobel Laureate, Congressional Medal of Honor winner) but you might not know that his elder brother was also a reincarnate lama who was recruited by The CIA to fight covertly against The Chinese and then moved to Bloomington and taught at Indiana University! Join this class to learn more about Tibetan culture and its links to IU.
Sara Conrad, Associate Instructor in Central Eurasian Studies and Human Biology
Sara ConradSara is a PhD candidate in the departments of Anthropology and The Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University. Because of her multidisciplinary background, she has taught in the departments of Anthropology, Human Biology, Philosophy, Central Eurasian Studies, Biology, and The Kelley School of Business. For her dissertation, entitled Momo, Motherhood, and The 7 Train: Exiled Tibetan Women in New York City, She spent a total of ten months between May 2014 and August 2017 collecting demographic data, birth stories, and dumpling recipes from over 100 Tibetan women in New York City. Her research shifted the Tibetan exile narrative centered on religious exiles to now include Tibetan women as transnational actors who use work, oral histories, religion, school, and food, as ways of maintaining their culture. She is interested in reproduction and motherhood, Tibet, Buddhism, and transnational communities.Read Sara Conrad’s Full Bio

Severe Weather in the US and Indiana
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Description In EAS-E 144 Extreme Weather and its Impacts, we discuss phenomena that span regions, seasons, and origins. From phenomena that affect Indiana — including floods, tornadoes, sleet and freezing rain — to those that don’t, we’re interested in it. In today’s class, we will talk briefly about the overall distribution of extreme weather in the US and also do an activity from the tornadoes unit of the course.
Cody Kirkpatrick, Senior Lecturer, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Cody Kirkpatrick’s research includes the topics of mesoscale meteorology; numerical weather prediction; numerical simulation of convective storms and systems; observations and predictability of high-impact, hazardous weather events.Read Cody Kirkpatrick’s Full Bio

Finding the Wire — Two Americas
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Description Using David Simon and Ed Burns’ acclaimed HBO Show, The Wire, what are the legacies and criticism of the “War on Drugs”, and how have they impacted the United States. The course takes a fictional view of cities to apply them to the real-life dysfunction in institutions of policing, education, and journalism.
Rasul Mowatt, Professor of American Studies and Geography
Rasul Mowatt
Rasul Mowatt is a professor and former chair of the Department of Health & Wellness Design in the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington and a professor in the Department of American Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. His primary areas are social justice, leisure behavior, cultural studies and critical pedagogy.He has published work on analysis of historical racial violence; racial geographies of public space; visitation of slave castles for ethnic affirmation; racial disparities in academia; treatment of veterans with PTSD; perceptions of sexual orientation among teammates; and gender equity in tourism. His interests are strongly centered on critiquing society for issues that are most prevalent in impacting quality of life. In his spare time he enjoys DJing as an artform, for over 25 years.Read Rasul Mowatt’s Full Bio

4:00 PM

Design Your Life and Career
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It is said that one of the few constants of life is change – though a more accurate stand-in for change might be unpredictability. This is particularly true as is relates to careers, as unpredictability defines and shapes every path regardless of major. Despite the ubiquity of this adage, most of us spend life fearing and ignoring the unknowns in our future, approaching the aspects of what we cannot control about our futures through a lens of deficit thinking. The future is reliably unpredictable, so why not plan conscious of that reality?

Using concepts from the Stanford Design Lab and Design Theory, we’ll learn how to develop plans for the future that are elastic to the changes in life. We’ll discuss the essentiality of drafting plans from unconventional perspectives and avoiding the traditional pitfalls of career planning that often leave us feeling subject to the known unknowns waiting just around the corner in our own lives.

Tanner Terrell, Walter Center for Career Achievement Senior Associate Director, Operations and Assessment
Tanner TerrellTerrell attended Indiana University as an undergraduate, where he found a passion for helping college students meet their personal and professional goals. Tanner decided to pursue a master’s degree to better develop the knowledge, awareness, and skills needed to support students. He has specific interests in supporting students with marginalized identities. Tanner is currently pursuing his doctorate part-time in Higher Education and looks forward to integrating theory from that program into his practical work of assessing the Walter Center’s programs and services.


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