Artist Talk: German artist Bastian Muhr to speak at Herron School of Art and Design

Date: December 2, 2015Bastian Muhr, untitled (detailed), 2014, Pencil/Paper
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Herron School of Art and Degin’s Basile Auditorium

German artist Bastian Muhr, who is know for his large-scale nonrepresentational works, will give a free public talk about his art in Herron School of Art and Design’s Basile Auditorium on Wednesday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m.
Muhr is also active member of an artist-run gallery in Leipzig.

During his two-day visit to Indianapolis, Muhr will do studio visits and have small-group meetings with students from Herron and the IUPUI Museum Studies program.

Muhr first encountered Herron through the school’s study abroad program in Central Europe this past summer. He is one of the artists who met with Herron students during that trip. Herron plans to repeat the Central Europe study in 2016.

Artist Bio:

Bastian Muhr (b.1981 in Braunschweig, Germany) loves to draw. He grew up in Berlin and moved to Leipzig in 2004 to study Painting and Graphic Arts at the Academy of Visual Arts (HGB) where he graduated in 2010. Since then, he has exhibited regularly in Germany and abroad. Upcoming and recent solo exhibitions include: Drawings, Museum Wiesbaden, 2016; and Folge der Linie bis zum Elefanten, Galerie b2 Leipzig, 2014. Muhr’s works are in the collections of Berlin State Museums / Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin; Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig; Dresden State Art Collections/Kunstfonds, Dresden; German Federal Bank, Frankfurt; and Museum Angerlehner, Talheim bei Weis, Austria.

Co-sponsered by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.

Funding: ACLS Digital Extension Grants

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ACLS Digital Extension Grants

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) inviteapplications for the Grant program, made possible by the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. It is hoped that these grants will help advance the digital transformation of humanities scholarship by extending the reach of existing digital projects to new communities of users. Grants will support teams of scholars as they enhance existing digital projects in ways that engage new audiences across a range of academic communities and institutions. To this end, projects supported by these grants may:

  • Extend existing digital projects and resources with content that adds diversity or interdisciplinary reach;
  •  Develop new systems of making existing digital resources available to broader audiences and/or scholars from diverse institutions;
  •  Foster new team-based work or collaborations that allow scholars from institutions with limited cyberinfrastructure to exploit digital resources;
  •  Create new forms and sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities.

Nasser H. Paydar installed as IUPUI’s fifth chancellor

INDIANAPOLIS — On Nov. 17, hundreds gathered to celebrate the installation of Indiana Nasser H. Paydar ImageUniversity-Purdue University Indianapolis Chancellor and Indiana University Executive Vice President Nasser H. Paydar at the IUPUI Campus Center, the hub of student life in the heart of campus.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie presided over the ceremony, which featured remarks from Purdue University President Mitch Daniels, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, and campus and community representatives.

Witnesses to the installation of IUPUI’s fifth chancellor included IU executives and trustees; IUPUI faculty, staff, students, alumni, emeritus chancellors Gerald L. Bepko and Charles R. Bantz, and Board of Advisors members; Purdue Board of Trustees representatives; community, civic and business leaders; Paydar’s family — including his mother, who traveled from Iran for the momentous occasion; and close friends.

Paydar, whose appointment began Aug. 16, has been a faculty member for 30 years and has held various administrative and executive leadership positions since he joined IUPUI in 1985 as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. He has been executive vice chancellor since 2012; he served as vice chancellor and dean of Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus from 2004 to 2007 and as chancellor at IU East in Richmond from 2007 to 2012.

“During his 30 years with Indiana University, Nasser has time and again demonstrated outstanding leadership,” McRobbie said. “Nasser is a man of great integrity and conviction who is dedicated to the values at the heart of the very best liberal education. We are most fortunate to count him among the leadership of this great university at this historic time as IUPUI prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary as a campus in 2019, and as all of us at Indiana University recommit ourselves to building the foundation for the university’s enduring strength.”

As a part of his installation address, Paydar outlined several specific goals critical to IUPUI’s success:

  • Increasing the number of African-American students at IUPUI by more than 50 percent over the next five years: “Diversity is directly tied to our pursuit of academic excellence and benefits all students, faculty and staff.”
    Increasing the amount of need-based aid IUPUI offers by 100 percent within one year: “Access is fundamental to student success, and a key element in our recruitment strategy has been, and will continue to be, scholarships and financial aid.”
  • Continuing to develop and improve IUPUI’s academic offerings, including increasing the number of hybrid, online, interdisciplinary and accelerated programs: “This will save students time and money and prepare them for the challenges of the contemporary workforce.”
  • Developing an action plan to increase IUPUI’s success in securing funding and opportunities for faculty to develop their scholarship and creative work: “As a research institution, our collaborative approaches will be crucial as we address some of the most urgent challenges facing Indiana and the world.”
  • Designing and supporting professional and leadership programs that help staff members continuously improve their careers: “Our staff ensures that IUPUI runs efficiently and remains responsive to our stakeholders.”

Paydar also spoke of the need to significantly increase experiential learning and community-engaged research, the importance of community engagement and the necessity for IUPUI to work closely with community partners and the city of Indianapolis to address critical urban needs, the desire to strengthen campus community and create a more vibrant student life, and the need to shine a spotlight on IUPUI’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.

Paydar concluded his remarks by saying, “As we look to the future together, we will continue to aim for academic excellence, ever-stronger connections with our partners across the city and state, and a more well-defined campus community. Working together, we can build on IUPUI’s great strengths as a destination for engaged scholars and students from Indiana and beyond and as an engine for positive change.”

Forum: U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson featured at Women in Leadership

INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson will beSusan Brooks, official portrait,113th Congress the featured speakers at the Hazelett Women in Leadership Forum Nov. 23 at the Indiana Statehouse.

They will address the topic of women’s leadership in government, discussing what skills women bring to government and what perspectives they offer.

The forum was created by Ambassador Randall L. Tobias, the Randall L. Tobias Foundation, the IU Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the IUPUI Office for Women. Gary Mayor Karen-Freeman-Wilson

Participants are asked to register for the forum, which is free and open to the public. It begins with a reception at 5 p.m. in the Rotunda, followed by the presentations at 6 p.m. in the North Atrium.

“This program grows out of a desire to honor and hear from individuals who are successful leaders,” said Carol Madison, executive director of the Tobias Center. “Our speakers are individuals who exemplify excellence in leadership and work to support the advancement of women in leadership roles.

“To that end, the IU Tobias Center, the IUPUI Office for Women and IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar invite the community, corporate leaders, students and scholars to share in a learning experience focused on women leaders in all walks of life,” Madison said. “Honorees offer insights into knowledge about leadership in the modern workplace, including their reflections on the role of gender, work/life balance and effective communication.”

Brooks represents the 5th District of Indiana, which spans eight counties in Central Indiana. When elected, she became the first Republican congresswoman from Indiana since the 1950s.

Brooks served as deputy mayor of Indianapolis under Mayor Steve Goldsmith and was appointed U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana in 2001 by President George W. Bush. She has also held the position of senior vice president and general counsel for Ivy Tech Community College, with a focus on statewide workforce-development strategies.

On Dec. 31, 2011, Freeman-Wilson became the first woman to lead Gary and the first African-American female mayor in Indiana.

Previously, she was the Indiana attorney general, focusing her efforts on youth, seniors and abused patients in nursing homes. She was one of the first attorneys general in the country to combat gas price-gouging and to ensure that tobacco-settlement dollars were directed toward smoking cessation and health care. Freeman-Wilson has also served as the executive director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.

The Hazelett Forum was established to honor the late Susie Hazelett, former executive director of the Randall L. Tobias Foundation, who was instrumental in helping to establish the IU Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence.

The Tobias Center focuses on research and programs related to the study of leadership across all sectors, including corporate, public service, education, religion, medicine and nonprofit organizations. Its focus on multiple sectors and on both the practice and theory of leadership distinguish its agenda among leadership programs nationwide.

Announcement: IU Collaborative Research Grants 2015-16 Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals for the Indiana University Collaborative Research Grants program is available online. Proposals are due on February 15, 2016, with funding to begin no iu-logolater than May 1, 2016.

The IUCRG program is open to faculty on all IU campuses. The intent of the IUCRG program is to support research that will significantly advance a research field and in doing so, impact the lives of Indiana residents, the United States, and the world. The program as a whole is designed to help facilitate new collaborations, and in so doing to increase Indiana University’s competitiveness for external funding involving innovative and transformative research. Each team must therefore include at least two faculty members from different departments, schools, campuses or disciplines who have not previously collaborated extensively in the project’s subject matter. Grants are intended as seed funding, to be followed by external funding to continue and complete a broader research trajectory initiated with IUCRG support.

IUCRG will support research in emerging fields of study as well as innovative or multidisciplinary research that can advance a field. Proposals should fit at least one of the following subject areas:

  • Biological/Life Sciences: innovative multi-disciplinary or multi-collaborator approaches to issues in non-medical biological sciences;
  • Physical Sciences: innovative multi-disciplinary or multi-collaborator approaches to compelling issues in physics, astronomy, chemistry, geology/Earth science;
  • Engineering, Computer Science, and Informatics: innovative multi-disciplinary or multi-collaborator approaches to compelling issues in applied sciences including material sciences, engineering research, or approaches to other areas of research that rely upon innovative uses of technology, engineering, or computer and applied sciences;
  • Health Sciences: innovative multidisciplinary or multi-collaborator approaches to issues in biomedical sciences;
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences: innovative multi-disciplinary or multi-collaborator approaches to issues of local, state, national or international significance; educational research, including but not limited to research into effective novel approaches to K-12 STEM education (not curricular development).

Additional details are available online. If after reviewing the RFP and FAQs, you have questions about the program, please contact us at

Over the past five years, the IUCRG program has supported 65 teams including 222 IU faculty members engaged in research across a variety of fields. Lists of past recipients are available on our website. We are pleased to continue the program this year and look forward to receiving your proposals.

Media advisory: Nasser H. Paydar to be installed as IUPUI chancellor

INDIANAPOLIS — Nasser H. Paydar will be installed Nov. 17 as the fifth chancellor of Nasser H. Paydar ImageIndiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and executive vice president of Indiana University. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in Room 450 of the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd.

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie will preside. Purdue University President Mitch Daniels will speak, and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard will offer greetings from the city.

Paydar succeeds Charles R. Bantz, who stepped down after 12 years in the position. Before his appointment, Paydar had been IUPUI’s executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer since 2012.

He has been a faculty member for nearly 30 years and has held various administrative and executive leadership positions since he joined IUPUI in 1985 as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

Lecture| Heather Blair Presents “Affecting Religion: Picturebooks and the Configuration of Childhood Virtues”

Date: Friday, Dec. 4,2015clip_image002_006
Time: 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Location: UL 4115P

Heather Blair, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at IU-Bloomington presents, “Affecting Religion: Picturebooks and the Configuration of Childhood Virtues.” Postwar Japanese picture books often appropriate elements with recognizably religious pedigrees—characters, plots, visual imagery—for use in the education and entertainment of young children. Working against conventional interpretations of mainstream picturebooks as wholly secular and therefore un-religious, I argue that they in fact promote a transformed and acculturated form of religiosity. In this talk, focus on the affective and ethical dimensions of picturebooks by identifying and analyzing the childhood virtues they promote.

This event is sponsored by the IU Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society and by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.

Parents of firstborn boys and only-child girls give more, Women’s Philanthropy Institute study finds

INDIANAPOLIS — Parents’ charitable giving is affected by the sex of their first child, women give flyeraccording to a new report released today by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, located on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.

“The sex of the firstborn child affects the likelihood that the parents will give to charity, the amount they give, and the types of causes and organizations they support,” said Debra Mesch, the Eileen Lamb O’Gara Chair in Women’s Philanthropy and director of WPI. “This is an important factor influencing charitable giving that was previously unknown.”

The study provides the first evidence that the sex of the firstborn child influences the parents’ giving. In addition, the researchers found that the firstborn’s sex affects the giving for parents in two-parent families, but not in single-parent families.

Among other key findings of the “Women Give 2015” study are:

  • Parents who have a firstborn son and have two or more children are more likely to give, and they give 14.3 percent larger amounts than people whose firstborn child is a daughter.
  • Parents who have a daughter who is an only child are more likely to give to charity, and they give 20.3 percent higher amounts than parents of a son who is an only child.
  • People whose only child is a daughter give more to education and basic needs.
  • People whose firstborn child is a son give more to education, youth and family services.

“Research in several fields has examined how the sex of a child affects parents’ behavior, but this is the first study to ask this question about philanthropy,” said Mark Otttoni-Wilhelm, the co-principal investigator and professor of economics and philanthropic studies at IUPUI. “Finding that the sex of the child does have an impact on the parents’ philanthropy is one of those special moments of discovery.”

Many previous studies have found that parents influence their children’s generosity. The new research expands that sphere of influence to include children’s effect on their parents’ generosity. The researchers found that the children’s effect was shaped by other family characteristics, including the number of children, the partnership status of the parents (partnered or not), the parents’ partnership history and whether any children are still living at home.

“Today, there is more knowledge than ever about the effect gender has on philanthropy,” said Amir Pasic, the Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the school. “Even so, research has barely begun to scratch the surface. The ‘Women Give’ series uncovers key insights, including this latest revelation, that are helping to advance understanding of the complex role gender plays in influencing how and why women and men give.”

“Women Give 2015” is the sixth in a series of signature research reports conducted at the Women’s Philanthropy Institute that focus on gender differences in giving to charitable organizations. Previous reports have examined differences between male- and female-headed households, looking at gender differences in charitable giving across income levels, marital status, age/generation and types of charitable organizations receiving the giving.

“Women Give 2014” investigated the nexus of religiosity, gender and giving. “Women Give 2013” assessed whether the gender differences observed in adult charitable giving begin to emerge at younger ages. The reports find significant gender differences in philanthropic behavior. The “Women Give” reports are available online.

Lecture: Murder exoneree Kwame Ajamu to speak at IU McKinney School of Law

Date: November 13, 2015
Time: 7:15 PM
Location: Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Wynne Courtroom

INDIANAPOLIS — On Friday, Nov. 13, the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Kwame Ajamu ImageLaw Wrongful Conviction Clinic, in conjunction with the Indiana Abolition Coalition, will host Kwame Ajamu, who was exonerated of murder in February, 12 years after his parole following 28 years in prison for the crime.

Ajamu’s story is one of a wrong righted after years of punishment. The exoneree will speak at 7:15 p.m. in the Wynne Courtroom of the law school’s building, Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.

At the age of 17, Kwame Ajamu, then known as Ronnie Bridgeman, was sent to death row from a Cleveland courtroom for the 1975 stabbing and shooting murder of a money-order salesman. No physical or forensic evidence linked Ajamu, his brother and a friend to the heinous crime. Rather, the prosecution’s case rested on the testimony of Eddie Vernon, who was 13 when he testified. All three were convicted.

Ajamu’s death sentence was commuted to life in 1978, when Ohio’s death-penalty statute was declared unconstitutional. He was paroled in 2003 after serving 28 years.

The Ohio Innocence Project agreed to reinvestigate the case after a 2011 magazine article highlighted inconsistencies in Vernon’s eyewitness testimony. In November 2014, Vernon told a judge reviewing the matter that the police gave him the details of the crime.

In February 2015, Ajamu was declared innocent.

The law school’s Wrongful Conviction Clinic, directed by professor Fran Watson, is a founding member of the Innocence Network. The international group of about 60 organizations is “dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to individuals seeking to prove innocence of crimes for which they have been convicted.” The network is also dedicated to policy reforms leading to the prevention of wrongful convictions.

About 16 to 20 students each year are accepted into the Wrongful Conviction Clinic program. Their success stories include the 2001 release of Larry Mayes of Gary, Ind., who was exonerated of rape based on DNA testing that resulted from the work of Watson and four of her clinic students. In 2008, a federal court approved a $4.5 million settlement for Mayes, who spent 21 years in prison on the wrongful conviction.

Lecture| Marcia Chatelain: “From the Great Migration to #BlackLivesMatter: African American History as a Tool for Social Change”

Date: November 13, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM-6:30 PM
Location: Butler University, JH 141Annual Emma Lou Thornbrough Lecture Flyer at Butler University

Great Migration historian Marcia Chatelain discusses her new book, South Side Girls:  Growing up in the Great Migration and its relationship to current conversations about the #BlackLivesMatter Movement by connecting the experiences of girls and young women during black urbanization and the contemporary crisis of youth incarceration, underserved schools and communities, and police violence. As the creator of #FergusonSyllabus, Professor Chatelain considers how social media has created a powerful tool for social justice and activism framed by historical inquiry and analysis. A public reception will follow this lecture.

This event is made possible by the support of the Indiana Association of Historians and through the generous funding of the Ayres Fund.