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Campus hosts community conversations series

Campus Life Faculty Feb 14, 2024
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KOKOMO, Ind. — Engage in conversation about current social issues during a series at Indiana University Kokomo.

Hosted by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and First Friends Church, the Six Mondays of Community series includes topics such as social media use by teens, changes in concealed carry laws, AI, and civility in government.

Dean Christopher Darr said the series includes faculty and guest speakers from community organizations.

“The series is an opportunity for community members to engage in conversations about important social issues on a broad range of topics,” he said. “This is an opportunity for the campus to showcase our outstanding faculty research, and to see how this research can benefit the community. IU Kokomo is a valuable part of the community, and we are pleased to offer this kind of event where we can share our research with community members.”

He added that the campus is happy to partner with First Friends in hosting conversations on timely topics.

“They care deeply about the community and important social issues that affect them, as do our faculty,” he said.

Sessions will be from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Kelley Student Center, Room 130. They are free and open to the public, and free parking is available on campus.

Conversations include:

  • February 19: The Use of Multiple Social Media Accounts by Teenagers: How Friend Groups Manage Authenticity – Christopher R. Darr, professor of communication arts and Erin F. Doss, associate professor of communication arts
  • February 26: Community Supervision’s Impact on the Community – Dustin DeLong and staff, Howard County Community Supervision
  • March 4: The Impact of Concealed Carry Law Changes – Christopher Felts, assistant professor of criminal justice and homeland security
  • March 11: Pretrial Initiative’s Role in the Criminal Justice System – Judge Cheyenne Shepherd, Howard County magistrate
  • March 18: Civility in Government – Mike Karickhoff, Indiana House of Representatives speaker pro tempore, R-30
  • March 25: Demythologizing Generative Artificial Intelligence – Scott Blackwell, senior lecturer of philosophy

Education is KEY at Indiana University Kokomo.

Contact Info

Erin Witt, director of media and marketing
765-455-9468
witterin@iu.edu

Danielle Rush, communications specialist
765-432-9906
darush@iu.edu

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