Spring 2020 

Cultural Identities and Community Engagement

Blended: Online/Campus, on five Saturdays, 9:00-4:00 pm, 1/27, 2/10, 3/24, 4/7, 4/21. There may be additional meetings with community partners, as needed.

Open to all graduate students and undergraduate students with 90 credit hours and 3.0 GPA.

Students will explore the intersectionality of cultural identities, history and impact of structural racism, positionality of race, family histories, and strategies for promoting inclusion and civic engagement through family and history research, publications, and presentations. They will develop and administer Human Rights Symposium in partnership with City of Muncie Human Rights Commission. The course is constructed from community curriculum developed by It is Well With My Soul. 

For more information, contact Dr. Ruby Cain, Department of Educational Studies or 765-285-9126.


Muncie MicroCinema Festival

Muncie MicroCinema is a continuing immersive learning course taking place this spring, and is working with the Muncie Arts and Culture Council and That One Film Festival in downtown Muncie, to help out with the new That One Microcinema(screening series) and the next installment of our experimental film festival. Learn how an international film festival works from the backside and meet the filmmakers!

We are seeking students to assist with the new Microcinema and upcoming That One Film Festival which will take place on April 10th& 11th. You can learn more about it here or check it out on Instagram @that1film.

The course takes place Monday/Wednesday afternoon 4:00-6:45 (with additional meeting times as needed during the week with the community partners). For more information on this course or to register, please contact Maura Jasper, School of Art.

Students in this course will:

  • Watch experimental film and learn more about it.
  • Participate in the screening review of film submissions for the festival.
  • Work directly with participating filmmakers.
  • Help with social media, marketing and documentation of the new Microcinema and the Film Festival.
  • Work with That One Film (submissions, marketing, venues, tech).


Philosophy for High School

MWF 3:00-3:50 pm
PHIL 400, sec 02, Tier 3

Interested in big ideas? In blowing minds? Excited about promoting critical thinking and discovery in young people? Or are you interested in website design and content creation? Like to research and problem solve? Philosophy, which encourages students to ask questions, look at familiar things in new ways, listen to one another, and examine their own beliefs and positions, is a fantastic way for high school students to learn about themselves and the world around them. It also helps them prepare for their futures in a complex, ever-changing world.

Students in this immersive-learning class

  • go on site visits to high schools across the state to facilitate philosophical discussions
  • run a high school philosophy club at Muncie Central
  • plan and host an innovative philosophy conference for high school students across the state to be held at Ball State, and
  • and create resources for high school students interested in philosophy.

We are looking for a wide variety of students with interests and skills in research, problem-solving, and outreach. If you are interested in educational equality and offering new experiences to diverse groups of students, this is the class for you.

Check us out on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

Please contact Dr. Sarah Vitale with any questions.