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DeBrief - March 2, 2022

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The Office

Christiane Wisehart in her office

Christiane Wisehart, associate director of content strategy, The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics


What's in your office?


1. A postcard that has a handwritten note on the back saying, “This is one place I haven't seen, don’t even know where it is.” It is a mystery to me and I will never get rid of it.


2. A ceramic tile from a Peeler art sale that says “help” in small red letters in the center. Sometimes I need help, and sometimes I need to give it.


3. A button from the activist Mariame Kaba that says “Prison is Not Feminist.” I keep it and other quotes from her around my office because they inspire me to keep thinking about and engaging with prison abolition.


4. Christian Wiman's poem “I Don't Want to Be a Spice Store” next to pictures of my children to remind me that being available, being present and being my authentic self are important parts of being a decent parent.


5. The headphones that I use to edit my podcast Examining Ethics. I've had them since I started the show in 2015 and I don't know what I would do without them!


Campus Events

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Native Pride Dancers

The Native Pride Dancers will be on campus for a two-day residency. Featuring members of many tribal nations, Native Pride Dancers have performed all over the world. Their mission is to “educate, inspire, motivate and empower diverse communities to bridge cultural gaps through indigenous traditions.”  All events are free and open to the public.


School of Music Recital Hour: Native Pride Dancers Performance and Talk

March 9, 10:30 a.m., Green Center for the Performing Arts, Thompson Recital Hall.


Cultural Diversity and Activism Symposium

March 9, 4 p.m., PCCM, Watson Forum.


Native Pride Dancers Performance

March 10, 7:30 p.m., Green Center for the Performing Arts, Kresge Auditorium.


If you have questions regarding any of the above, email rdye@depauw.edu.


For a complete listing of events, visit Campus Labs.


Faculty and Staff News Roundup

President Lori White was profiled in “Celebrating Leading Women in Higher Education,” which was published Feb. 28 in Diverse Issues in Higher Education.


Angela Castañeda, anthropology professor, co-edited “Obstetric Violence: Realities, and Resistance from Around the World,” which was published this month by Demeter Press.  


A book by Derek Ford, assistant professor of education studies, was reviewed by the journal Capital & Class. The book, “Marxism, Pedagogy, and the General Intellect: Beyond the Knowledge Economy,” was published by Palgrave Macmillan.


Pedar Foss, professor of classical studies, presented virtually Feb. 26 to the Herculaneum Society at the University of Oxford. His talk was titled “Ashy Tuesday-Wednesday: The date and sequence of the AD 79 Vesuvian eruption.”


Leslie Smith, executive director of alumni engagement, will be one of seven women sharing their personal stories March 8 for International Women's Day, for an event called Stand Tall in Your Story Live.


Emmitt Riley III, associate professor of Africana studies and political science, will be inaugurated president of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists at the group’s annual meeting March 12. The event is virtual.  

Human Resources


TIAA Virtual Financial Consultations, March 31

TIAA representative Mike Dooley is available to assist you with your financial planning. These one-on-one virtual sessions are free and confidential. Spouses are welcome to attend with you. Click here to schedule your counseling session or call 800-732-8353.


Staff Performance Reviews

The performance dashboard in ADP will open for the 2022 Staff Performance Reviews after March 16. We have updated the performance review timeline with an anticipated finish date of May 13. Please watch for information via email from Human Resources.


Dental Benefits Explained

Your Delta Dental benefits can help keep you and your smile healthy. Reviewing common terms – like balance billing, coinsurance and maximums – can help you better understand your plan and get more from your dental benefits. Read more.



Leaders from opposite ends of political spectrum to discuss meeting in the middle

Cornel West and Robert P. George posing together

Two prominent educators and intellectuals – Cornel West, an outspoken voice in progressive politics in the United States, and Robert P. George, who has been called America's “most influential conservative Christian thinker” – are coming to DePauw University Thursday, April 7, to discuss the nation’s partisan divide and offer ways of finding common ground. Read more.


Work by the Communications and Marketing Division to attract new students and promote DePauw has been recognized in the 37th annual competition for Educational Advertising Awards.


Social media content created by the division, with the assistance of Spark 451 Inc., won a silver award. DePauw Magazine was awarded a bronze in the category of external publications for three issues published in 2020 and 2021.


DePauw’s outdoor advertising campaign, named “DePauw Students are Gold Within” and aimed at generating interest among prospective students, won a merit award.


More than 1,000 institutions from all 50 states and several foreign countries submitted more than 2,000 entries to the competition. Gold awards were granted to 410 institutions, silver to 256 and bronze to 162.


DePauw University Libraries

For faculty members: Open Textbooks: Access, Affordability and Academic Success Workshop

March 7, 3-4 p.m., via Zoom. Register here.


Led by members of the PALSave Team, this webinar will help you discover open textbooks in your field. After the workshop, you’ll be asked to write a short review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library that will benefit other faculty members considering open textbooks. Note: PALNI is offering $200 textbook review stipends to first-time reviewers!

If you have questions about this workshop or open textbooks, contact victoriapeters@depauw.edu. Visit palsave.palni.org for more information about PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning initiative. This webinar is provided by the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana.


Did You Know?

Joseph White

Joseph White (father of President Lori White) was one of just five Black Americans to hold a doctorate in clinical psychology, and the first to earn one from Michigan State University, when he received his degree in 1962. The lack of representation in his field – and how that affected Black people – was an issue White spent his life addressing. Read more.

Eric Edberg performing the National Anthem
Since January 2019, attendees at home basketball games and swim meets have been treated to what may be unique in the music world: A one-man concert of the national anthem, courtesy of cellist Eric Edberg, professor emeritus of music. Read more.
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