Humanities and Social Sciences Events


Monday, September 28, 2020

Kyesha Jennings is an instructor at North Carolina State University, IUP doctoral candidate, and hip hop scholar who has been an invited speaker at major universities and conferences, and published in the inaugural issue of Global Hip Hop Studies Journal.

Jasiri X is a Pittsburgh artist whose work addresses critical issues in music and video. Recommended music videos from Jasiri X are “Checkpoint,” “The Whitest House,” “Three Little Girls,” and “Song for Trayvon,” which can be found on YouTube.

This event continues the discussion to Build Social Unity.

Please contact Peggy Kane at for meeting and participant ID numbers.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Panel Discussion: “Is Race Real?”

Elkin Hall and on Zoom

Three members of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Anthropology will address the definition of race with a panel presentation and discussion.

The panelists will include Abigail Adams, a medical anthropologist; Ben Ford, an archaeologist; and Andrea Palmiotto, a forensic anthropologist. The panelists will be live in Elkin Hall with limited seating for students and a Zoom link for additional attendees.

“In this panel discussion, we will attempt to briefly disentangle the role of race in our physical and cultural lives and then lead a discussion with the audience,” Ford said. “Anthropology studies the whole human, physical and cultural, present and past, and provides a unique way to consider if race is real.

“Race is such a difficult concept that even its reality is debated,” Ford said. “While scientists have shown that race is not detectable in our genes, race is very much present in the daily lives of millions of Americans. The culturally engrained practices of our society can result in health outcomes that make race not only culturally real, but physically real as well.”

Elise Glenn, IUP’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion officer, Title IX coordinator, and director of the Office of Social Equity/Title IX, will introduce the event. “This event is part of our ongoing work to continue this important discussion, and to put words into action,” she said.

Limited seating is available in Elkin Hall. To attend online, register for the Zoom session.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Level: Graduate

Zoom Link

This workshop, geared towards students who are looking to publish, will provide a comprehensive overview to the publication process. The workshop will discuss finding and selecting a target journal, building an argument with data or texts, understanding the concept of contributions to the field, handling peer review, and the submission process. We’ll also explore the difference between writing in coursework and writing for publication.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Level: Graduate

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Description: This workshop offers graduate students strategies for successfully writing a thesis or dissertation, focusing in several areas: time management and handling feedback. The workshop offers research-supported strategies for time management, goal setting, and creating space for writing to help you successfully create time for writing. The workshop also covers how to manage feedback from your advisor and committee members and strategies for engaging in extensive revisions on your thesis or dissertation.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Join members of Sigma Tau Delta Xi Xi English Honors Society for a sharing of poetry and short prose in the spirit of Halloween. Anyone may share a poem or prose piece (original or not), or just listen. This event is open to members of the IUP community. Registration in advance is required. The Zoom link for the event will be emailed to those who register.

Registration form.

Monday, October 26, 2020

The IUP Forum for Building Social Understanding presents  this discussion with IUP Religious Studies professor Dorcas Dennis on Monday, October 26, at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom.

The texts for this month’s discussion are White Savior: Racism and the American Church, available on Amazon Prime, and the YouTube video “Christianity and Softcore Racism.”

These conversations are open to all students, faculty, staff, and administrators on any campus. Please contact Peggy Kane at for meeting and participant ID numbers.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Level: Undergraduate/Graduate,

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Business Writing Series Twenty-first century workplace contexts require effective communication skills, and in the digital age, these skills include how to use statistics and numbers to tell stories to potential customers or the public. This workshop explores the importance of data visualization, sharing strategies and suggestions for how to effectively and ethically present statistical data in both written and visual formats, and how to use these effectively for informative and persuasive purposes.