New Technologies, New Artistic Perspectives: The Venice Biennale

While in Venice, 2015 IUSB Study Abroad students had the privilege of attending the 56th Venice Biennale Festival. This international contemporary art festival embodies the ambiguity that is artistic mode. There are Biennale festivals that take place all over the world showcasing advances in technologies, as well as new perspectives in art. Artists contribute works to specific exhibits that represent their country. The first Biennale took place in Venice in 1895. The Venice Biennale has been held every other year since.

IUSB student Adam Guerra takes in Japan’s Exhibit at the 2015 Venice Biennale Festival. Photograph by Ryan Shields.

IUSB student Adam Guerra takes in Japan’s Exhibit at the 2015 Venice Biennale Festival. Photograph by Ryan Shields.

Around the World With International Programs

During International Education Week (November 16-20), International Programs (IP) and the Study Abroad Society will present, “Around the World with International Programs,” a chance to receive a $5 coupon for Starbucks or other campus restaurant by attending international programs events.


To participate, visit the International Programs table early in the week to obtain a Passport. Attend a minimum of five International Education Week events (find the list of approved events here), have the presenter or IP staff member stamp or initial your passport at the end of the event as proof of attendance.

Once you have attended your events, return your passport to the International Programs table to receive a $5 coupon* valid for the on-campus Starbucks, University Grill, or the Sub Connection. All IU South Bend students, faculty, and staff are eligible to participate and are encouraged to attend as many events as possible.

For further information or questions, please email Lead Intern Jackie Thornton at

*There are only 50 coupons to give away.

International Speaker Series

IUSB International Programs Presents:
International Speaker Series November 2015

Sam Joyce – “Contemporary Race Relations in Brazil and Racial Representations in the Media”  Monday November 9, 11:30am NS 036

Dr. Samantha Joyce is Assistant Professor of Mass Communications in the Raclin School of the Arts. Born in Brazil, she received her undergraduate degree at Universidade Federal Fluminense before moving to the US for graduate work. Dr. Samantha Joyce explores the role of media in cultural formations and cross-cultural communication as well as the role of the media and social change, ethics, class, gender, and sexuality.

Jeff Luppes – “Why Germany Still Matters” Monday November 16, 10am DW 1275

Dr. Jeff Luppes is Assistant Professor of German. His published research focuses on postwar memory, Germany identities, and German sports. Dr. Luppes teaches all levels of German language, literature, and culture. His greatest joy as a teacher is helping students discover what they find most fascinating about German culture.

Monica Tetzlaff – “Ghana Today” Monday November 16, 1pm, DW 1275

Dr. Monica Tetzlaff is an Associate Professor of History. She spent the last academic year as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Ghana. In addition to her interest in African History, Tetzlaff specializes in African American History, Women’s History, and the history of social movements.

Aynur Onur “Turkey Today” Tuesday November 17, 8:30-9:45am in WD 1275 and repeats at 11:30-12:45 in EA 1010

Originally from Turkey, Aynur Onur is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington. Her research focuses on the relationship between gender equity goals, secularism, and military service in Turkey, a secular Muslim state.

Haiyan Yin and Joe Chaney – China and Hong Kong panel Tuesday November 17, 2:30pm 1290 DW
Haiyan Yin “Doing Business in China Today” and Joe Chaney “Hong Kong Today”

Dr. Haiyan Yin is an Associate Professor of International Business in the Leighton School of Business and Economics. Prior to joining IU South Bend, Dr. Yin conducted research with the World Bank in Washington DC.  She teaches courses in international finance, international business, corporate finance, and financial markets and institutions.

Dr. Joe Chaney is Professor of English and Director of the Master’s of Liberal Studies Program. His published research includes work on Shakespearean drama, Renaissance rhetoric, and eighteenth-century autobiography. He spent the 2009-2010 academic year as a Fulbright Scholar in Hong Kong and advised eight universities on best practices in general education programs. He will be the co-trip leader for a new study abroad opportunity to Hong Kong and Japan 2016.

Dora Natella – “Italy today” Tuesday November 17, 4 pm NS 113

Dora Natella is Associate Professor of Fine Arts in the Raclin School of the Arts. Raised in Italy, she studied figurative sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples. Her roots in Italy and Venezuela as well as her experiences learning and teaching in the US have shaped her art. In 2016, Professor Natella will lead a study abroad trip to Italy in 2016

Shawn Nichols-Boyle – “Embracing and Erasing the Past: Exploring the Complexity of Modern Ireland” Tuesday November 17, 5:30 pm DW 1185

Dr. Shawn Nichols-Boyle is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department and Director of the English as a Second Language Program. In 2017, Dr. Nichols-Boyle will lead a new study abroad experience to Ireland. Dr. Nichols-Boyle received her Ph.D. in Anglo-Irish Literature from University College Dublin and lived in the Dublin area for five years.

Anurag Pant – “India Today” Wednesday November 18, 1pm

Originally from India, Dr. Anurag Pant received a BA from Mumbai University and a Master’s degree in International Business from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi. Dr. Pant is Associate Professor of Marketing in the Leighton School of Business and Economics and teaches courses related to consumer behavior and marketing research.

 Eric McGinness – “Teaching English In China,” Thursday November 19 11:30am EA 1019

Eric McGinness is student in the IUSB Masters of Education program. He has traveled widely and has lived in in France and Israel. In his talk, he will discuss his experiences teaching English for three years in China.

Yuri Obata – “Japan’s Shimane Prefecture: The Land of Eight Million Gods” Thursday November 19 2:30pm DW 1290

Originally from Japan, Dr. Yuri Obata received a Ph.D. from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder in August of 2005. Her research and teaching interests are communication law and culture, Japanese and international mass media and popular culture, and laws on pornography

Harry Vasilopoulos – “Greece Today” Thursday December 3, 10am EA 1019

Professor Harry Vasilopoulos has expertise in Human Resources, Organizational Development, Change Management, Instructional Design, and Industrial Relations.  Originally from Athens Greece, Professor Vasilopoulos is the trip leader for a new study abroad opportunity in Greece in 2016.


Venetian Tradition: The Gondoliers

When thinking about Venice, one of the first things that may come to mind are its famous gondolas. This generalization isn’t without merit. Gondoliers are proudly posted all throughout this beautiful city on Italy’s northeast coast, hoping to entice travelers into participating in this Venetian tradition. The modern era of the gondola and gondolier is that of novelty. For about 80 Euro (about $86), tourists can enjoy a romantic or scenic ride through the many-channeled waterways that comprise Venice.

Before the invention of steam and combustion engines, the gondola was a primary method of travel in Venice. Tradition continues in the form of gondola races. The historical Regatta of Venice brings the Venetian gondoliers to a modern light. Decorated gondolas driven by costumed gondoliers parade down Venice’s Grand Canal before competing in a lighthearted race.

A Gondolier. Photograph by Ryan Shields

A Gondolier. Photograph by Ryan Shields

Cultures of the Caribbean: New course for Spring 2016

Are you still registering for courses for your spring semester? Consider a new course taught by Dr. James VanderVeen.

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“This course is an overview of the complex societies of the Caribbean region, a true ‘melting pot’ of European, African, Asian, and Native American cultures.”

Dr. VanderVeen will show students how to examine the economic, political, and social issues that the Caribbean region has experienced in its past and present. The course will cover topics on colonialism, “race,” religion, migration, tourism, and popular culture.

For more information about Dr. VanderVeen’s class, ANTH-E 300 “Culture Areas and Ethnic Groups,” please contact him at

ANTH-E 300 “Culture Areas and Ethnic Groups” meets Monday and Wednesday from 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM.

Kicking Off Our “International Recipe Series” with Chancellor Allison

In preparation for International Education Week (November 16-20), International Programs will be featuring a favorite international food or recipe from students, faculty, and staff from Indiana University South Bend.

In celebration of this project, we are excited and honored to present our first recipe that comes to us from IU South Bend Chancellor, Terry Allison:

A favorite recipe of mine is a French chocolate cake – Gateau au chocolat l’éminence brune.  I learned the recipe from Julia Child. 


An adaptation of the recipe is published by the New York Times. This version is not so clear about how to mix the ingredients at the end, however. 

So, here’s what you do:  You have the chocolate batter, the beaten egg whites, and the cornstarch.  First you take ¼ of the egg whites and mix them in quickly with the chocolate batter to lighten it.  Then, you add about 1/3 of the cornstarch, and quickly mix it in. Add another ¼ of the egg white mixture and repeat until you’ve folded in all the egg white and starch.  This has to be done quickly, because your goal is that the egg whites don’t deflate too much and the more you mix, the more you’ll lose the fluffiness.  Also, don’t be surprised when the cake comes out of the oven and deflates.  This is a rich, dense cake so it doesn’t have a lot of air in it at the end.

I love this recipe because it tastes like the essence of chocolate.  It has the bitter as well as the sweet.  Some friends just made it for me for my birthday and it was absolutely delicious.   Also, there’s a short opera about making this recipe!  That adds to the mystique of the recipe.

Finally, I lived in Paris two different times, a year each time.  Making a classic French recipe reminds me of my longest stays abroad.

Special thanks to Chancellor Allison for participating in our International Recipe project and kicking us off to a great start!

Find more amazing recipes on our Facebook and Twitter pages for the next several weeks!

Blog post by International Programs intern Sara Arnett.