Faculty Highlights

Dr. Tom Lehman's research on rural economic development was published as Chapter 8, "Explaining Household Income Patterns in Rural Midwestern Counties: The Importance of Being Urban," in " After the Factory: Reinventing America's Industrial Small Cities" (Lexington Books, 2010).

Divisional Highlights

July and September 2010: Dr. Tom Lehman served as an expert witness for the defense, providing testimony on the payday lending and small-balance signature loan industries in New Mexico: State of New Mexico v. B&B Investment Group Inc.

Fall Semester 2010: Dr. Mark Smith (History) launched a new course on "Baseball."

The 2010 Bowman Lecture Series featured Dr. Thomas Kidd, professor of history from Baylor University. Dr. Kidd spoke about his most recent book, "God of Liberty." The September 23 lecture was the first IWU event carried by C-SPAN.

David C. Crago, dean of Ohio Northern Law School, visited the IWU campus on Wednesday, October 27, 2010, meeting with Pre-Law majors and interested students.

" Appeals on Wheels": The Indiana Court of Appeals made its second visit to IWU on November 4, hearing the case Nucklos v. State. After the hearing, Chief Judge Baker, Judge Mathias and Judge Bradford enjoyed lunch with the student-audience members.

The 2012 Spring Bowman Lecture Series featured H.A. Drake, classicist, professor emeritus, UC Santa Barbara, lecturing on "History's Other Great Charter: The Edict of Milan." Students enjoyed interacting with Dr. Drake in Q & A and individually. Dr. Drake is the author of "Constantine and the Bishops: The Politics of Intolerance" (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2000) and "The Impact of Constantine on Christianity," in "The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Constantine" (2005), among other writings.

The 2012 Indiana Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society for history, was hosted by the IWU ΑΝΠ chapter on Saturday, March 24. Students and faculty from 16 universities attended, with 41 students presenting research. IWU students enjoyed presenting their research to and receiving feedback from IWU faculty as well as other faculty, students, family members and guests. A dozen panels explored a wide range of topics including regional history studies, international relations, war and war crimes, religious identity and reform, civil rights, and art and literature.

Highlighted Division Course

ECO-315 Urban Economics and Policy

Drawing upon concepts from nearly all areas of economics, this course brings to life such relevant topics as urban evolution and form, regional comparative advantage and trade, urban economic growth and development, metropolitan size limits, land-rent gradients, and public goods and externalities in urban areas. Urban policy problems are also discussed: poverty, housing, segregation, transportation networks, congestion and land use planning, along with issues in local and regional governance and public finance. The course also highlights a diverse array of policy choices and their results.