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Events – December 2009

December 4, 2009


1. Nikolaustag Celebration

2. Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis Colloquium Series, Fall 2009 

3. Department of French & Italian Student-Faculty Forum Series






1. Nikolaustag Celebration

 On December 6th, German House joins the German Saturday School in celebrating  Nikolaustag, at 5:30pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church (just the venue, no church services involved!). It will be potluck style, please bring a dish/snacks/cookies to share if you can. We will sing Christmas songs,
the Nikolaus (= the German Santa Claus) will come and bring gifts to the children that the parents have prepared, and our departmental Damenweihnachtsquartett will give a short performance.

For students, this is an opportunity to experience a German tradition “in action” as well as to mingle with German speakers – many of the parents and students of the Saturday school are from Germany.

If you have children and would like Santa to give a gift to your child, wrap a small gift and label it with your child’s name.

2. Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis Colloquium Series, Fall 2009

Final Sessions for Fall Semester

Place: Workshop Tocqueville Room

513 North Park Avenue

Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m.

You are welcome to bring your lunch. Coffee is provided free of charge and soft drinks are available. Copies of Workshop colloquia papers can be found on our website at If you have a question regarding assistance or our Colloquium Series, please contact Gayle Higgins (812-855-0441, We hope you will be able to join us!

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December 7, 2009

 Co-sponsored by the Political Economy of Democratic Sustainability (PEDS)


Presented by Dr. Robert Goldstone, Chancellor’s Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Director of the Cognitive Science Program, Indiana University Bloomington

Abstract: We have developed various internet-based experimental platforms that allow groups of 2-200 people to interact with each other in real time on networked computers. I will describe experiments using this platform that explore how people attempt to solve simple problems while taking advantage of the developing solutions of other people in their social network. In one series of experiments (with Winter Mason), participants received feedback over 15 rounds not only on the success of their own solutions to a simple search problem, but also on their neighbors’ solutions and outcomes. Neighbors were determined by one of four network topologies: locally connected lattice, random, fully connected, and small-world (e.g. a lattice plus a few long-range connections). The results suggest that complete information is not always beneficial for a group, and that problem spaces requiring substantial exploration may benefit from networks with mostly locally connected individuals. We model the dissemination of innovations in these experiments using agents that probabilistically select choices guided by their own and their neighbors’ explorations. In a second line of experiments (with Thomas Wisdom), we study the dissemination of innovations in a networked group for a multi-dimensional search problem with many local minima. We find evidence for several strategies that determine imitation and innovation decisions based on: similarity, choice popularity, timing, and success. We also describe the effect that these individual-level choices have on group-level outcomes such as choice diversity, problem space coverage, and overall group performance.

BIO: Since 1991 when he received a Ph.D. in psychology from University of Michigan, Robert Goldstone has been a professor in the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department and Cognitive Science Program at Indiana University. His research interests include concept learning and representation, perceptual learning, collective behavior, and computational modeling of human cognition. He was awarded two American Psychological Association (APA) Young Investigator awards in 1995 for articles appearing in Journal of Experimental Psychology, the 1996 Chase Memorial Award for Outstanding Young Researcher in Cognitive Science, a 1997 James McKeen Cattell Sabbatical Award, the 2000 APA Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of Cognition and Human Learning, and a 2004 Troland research award from the National Academy of Sciences. He was the executive editor of Cognitive Science from 2001-2005, associate editor of Psychonomic Bulletin & Review from 1998-2000, and associate editor of Cognitive Psychology and Topics in Cognitive Science from 2007-2009. He was elected as a fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists in 2004, and a fellow of the Cognitive Science Society in 2006. In 2006 he became a Chancellor’s professor and Director of the Indiana University Cognitive Science Program.


December 9, 2009


Presented by Jiang Nie, Associate Professor, Guizhou College of Finance and Economics, Guizhou, China, and Visiting Scholar, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University Bloomington

Abstract: The Bloomington School bases its identity on the interdisciplinary approach and on its functioning trough an intonation network. These mechanisms challenge the intellectual vision of the issues related with the decision making processes, the managing of resources, and the self governance around the world. In this paper we used Social Network Analysis and Science Map to analyze the interdisciplinary and connections at the scholar and the institutional levels. To do these analyses we built two databases, one with 135 selected papers that represent the scope of the Bloomington School; and another with the 2359 papers where they were cited. Then we mapped co-occurrence and co-authorship of these papers and the institutional belonging of their authors. Preliminary results showed that the co-author network has two main tendencies, one where Elinor Ostrom is the only core of the network (scale free network), and another is composed by natural connections between researches, like professor-students relationships or colleague-colleague relationships (small world network). Results on the co-occurrence network show the existence of three different areas were the Bloomington School ideas have penetrated. These areas are linked between them by three key references of the Ostrom’s work. This is an important result related with the roll of the Bloomington School in the integration of knowledge between the areas of human behavior, collective action and human-ecology system. The institutions that originally welcomed the ideas coming from the Bloomington School have decreased their interest on using the Bloomington ideas on their works. In contrast, an increasing number of new non famous institutions are using them for their academic production. For a better spread of the Bloomington School in the future the establishment of a more decentralized and structural cohesion network is desired.

BIO: Jiang Nie is an associate professor in the School of Resources and Environment Management at Guizhou College of Finance and Economics, China. Her present research focuses on population and environmental service. Her earlier research includes labor force migration and human capital.

3. Department of French & Italian Student-Faculty Forum Series

Federico Pacchioni

The Conflict of Authorship: The Case of Federico Fellini and His Screenwriters

Friday, December 11, 2009

2:30-3:30 pm

Ballantine Hall 144

Films are born out of a complex network of human and artistic exchanges; this is true even for films created by a revered auteur of cinema such as Federico Fellini. One of the most important dynamics at play in the synergistic process of movie making is that of the collaboration between director and screenwriters. This presentation will relay some of the findings collected during an on-going research project focusing on the relationship and collaboration between Fellini and writers such as Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano, Brunello Rondi, Bernardino Zapponi, and Tonino Guerra. While dealing with the methodological complexities inherent in studying the intersection between literary and cinematic authorship, the discussion aims to shed a new light on the artistic community and cultural milieu that surrounded and influenced some of the most important of Fellini’s films, such as La strada (1954) and La dolce vita (1959). In addition to contrastive analyses of literary and cinematic texts from the artists involved, the investigation includes new sources such as archival materials from the Lilly Library of Rare Books and Fellini’s recently released oneiric journal.

Federico Pacchioni is a doctoral candidate in Italian Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. He is currently writing a dissertation entitled “Artistic and Oneiric Exchanges: Federico Fellini and His Screenwriters.” His scholarship is characterized by an interest in intermediality and focuses on modern Italian literature and cinema. His publications include “La passione di un Burattino: Teste di legno ribattezzate all’ombra della Commedia dell’Arte” (Intersezioni, 2009), “Pasolini in North America: A Bibliographical Essay on Scholarship Between 1989 and 2007″ (Studi pasoliniani, 2008), “Il retro di ‘Happy Country’: il processo Tarnowska e altri frammenti” (Fellini-Amarcord, 2007).

Lecture to be followed by snacks and discussion.

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