Press Release | IUPUI to share in $250K NEH award to New School’s Humanities Action Lab mass-incarceration project

INDIANAPOLIS — The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced a $250,000 Elizabeth-Kryder-Reid-Imagegrant to The New School’s Humanities Action Lab, a coalition of 20 universities, including Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, collaborating to produce student- and community-curated public projects on pressing social issues.

The grant is the largest of the first 21 NEH “Humanities in the Public Square” grant awards. The funds will support public dialogues around HAL’s current project, “States of Incarceration,” a traveling exhibit, Web platform and curriculum focusing on mass Modupe Labode Imageincarceration.

Today, the United States incarcerates more of its citizens than any other country in the world and at any other moment in its history, with deep racial disparities in the system enforcing inequalities in American society.

To tackle this pressing issue, HAL invited students and people directly affected by incarceration in 20 cities to explore their own communities’ experiences with incarceration: how it evolved historically and what issues remain today. Each team created one local “chapter” of what will be compiled into a collective, multifaceted portrait of incarceration, past and present, framed by the key questions these histories raise. The exhibition, designed by the firm Matter Practice, will open at The New School’s Sheila C. Johnson Design Center in April and, over the next three years, travel to Indianapolis and the other 18 communities that created it.

“This grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, one of the nation’s largest funders of humanities programs, will enable us to explore how Americans have grappled with incarceration in the past and how it has profoundly shaped generations of people in each of our communities,” said Liz Sevcenko, Humanities Action Lab director. “We hope by coming together to exchange diverse local histories and collective memories, we can foster new national dialogue on how to move forward.”

The “States of Incarceration” exhibition opens at the Johnson Center galleries and will coincide with a national public forum at The New School April 14-16. The forum will provide a space for students — including those from IUPUI who worked on the exhibit — to come together with stakeholders, scholars and policy experts to engage in a national dialogue on incarceration. The forum will feature tactile interactives, digital polling and face-to-face dialogues. As the exhibit travels, local partners will host dialogues in their communities, in exchange with partners in other cities working on related issues.

A Web platform, designed by the studio Picture Projects, will expand on the traveling exhibition and provide a medium to connect communities across the country.

IUPUI will host “States of Incarceration” April and May 2017 at the Central Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library. The IUPUI segment of the exhibit focuses on the intersection of serious mental illnesses and incarceration. Programming for the Indianapolis exhibition, which will coincide with the National Council on Public History‘s national conference, will be developed by community partners and IUPUI students under the direction of Elizabeth Kryder-Reid, professor of anthropology and museum studies in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

“IUPUI’s focus on the intersections of mental health and incarceration bring attention to this important and often-ignored topic,” Kryder-Reid said. “Our partnerships with the Indiana Medical History Museum, the National Alliance on Mental Health Indiana, and National Alliance on Mental Health Indianapolis exemplify the power of public humanities to connect past and present in order to imagine a more just future.”

IUPUI’s participation in the Humanities Action Lab is led by Kryder-Reid and Modupe Labode, associate professor of history and museum studies at IUPUI.  The two professors previously led IUPUI to collaborate with more than a dozen other universities across the country to create the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, an internationally traveling exhibit, Web platform and series of dialogues reaching over 500,000 people in 18 cities that served as the pilot for HAL.

In addition to IUPUI, universities partnering in “States of Incarceration” are Arizona State University, Brown University, DePaul University, Duke University, Northeastern University, Parsons Paris, Rutgers University-Newark, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Skidmore College, The New School, University of California, Riverside, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Miami, University of Minnesota, University of New Orleans, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of Texas at Austin and Vanderbilt University.

“The pressing challenges facing our nation call for dialogue and understanding,” said NEH Chairman William D. Adams. “There is ample evidence that communities across the nation are eager to come together to discuss the critical issues that face them as citizens and neighbors. Using the unique insights of the humanities, the Humanities Action Lab project will bring new audiences and organizations together in ways that address compelling public concerns.”

The Humanities in the Public Square grant program is part of Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square, a new initiative to foster innovative ways to make scholarship relevant to contemporary issues.

Funding | Paris Institute for Advanced Study Call for applications

The Paris Institute for Advanced Study welcomes applications from high level international RFIEA Imagescholars and scientists in the fields of the humanities, the social sciences and related fields for periods of five or nine months, during the academic year 2017-2018.

Visit the official website here.

Deadline for applications: Tuesday, March 1st, 2016, 3:00pm (Paris, France time)

Applicants may request residencies for one of the following periods:

September 1st, 2017 to January 31st, 2018 (5 months)
October 1st, 2017 to June 30th, 2018 (9 months)
February 1st to June 30th, 2018 (5 months)


Researchers from all countries are eligible.
Applicants who have spent more than a total of 12 months in France during the 3 years prior to the application are not eligible.

This call for applications is open to:

Senior university professors or researchers holding a permanent position in a university or research institution and having a minimum of 10 years of full time research experience after their PhD (at the time of the application).
Junior scholars having the status of postdoctoral researcher or holding a position in a university or research institution, and having a minimum of 2 and maximum of 9 years of research experience after the PhD (at the time of the application).


• Opening of the online application system: January 15th, 2016
• Application deadline: Tuesday, March 1st, 2016, 3:00 pm (Paris, France time)
• Preselection: Mid-March 2016
• Final selection: June 2016
• Publication of results: End of June 2016
• Starting dates of the fellowships: September 1st 2017; October 1st 2017; February 1st 2018.

Lecture | The Museum of Madness at the Villejuif Asylum in Paris in 1900

Date: February 9, 2016Indiana Medical History Museum Image
Time: 4:30 PM
Location: Medical Library, IB 301

Dr. Nelson will explore one of the first collections of artwork created by institutionalized mental patients, and how doctors interpreted patient art in terms of new, evolutionary understandings of mental illness. It will also analyze the importance of art-making and collecting at a time of significant institutional reform. Ultimately, this historical case study sheds light on the possibilities and limitations of integrating medicine and the arts.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of the presentation the participant should be able to:
• To understand the impact of social and institutional context on patients and health care providers.
• To critically examine tensions between scientific understanding and patient care in a historical case study.
• To recognize the dynamic interrelationships among medicine, and the human and social sciences.

Co-sponsored by John Shaw Billings History of Medicine Society, IU Student History of Medicine Interest Group, Ruth Lilly History of Medicine Series.


Date: February 4, 2016indianapolis museum of art image
Time: 4-8:00 PM
Location: Indiana Museum of Art, DeBeost Lecture Hall

So you decided to be an art major. Now what? We’ve brought together a wide array of local creatives working in a surprising variety of fields—marketing, curating, museums, graphic design, business, and more—all with one thing in common: they began life as an art major. Learn about new avenues for your future career, understand the current job market, and network with local leaders who have successfully challenged the stereotype of a “starving artist.” Join us for future College Nights on March 3 and April 7.

Each panel will be moderated by our Curator of Audience Experience and Performance, Scott Stulen.

The New Kids (4 – 4:45 pm)
Brandon Schaaf – Executive Director, Know No Stranger
Taylor Sitorius – Curatorial Assistant, IMA
Amber Mills – Graphic Designer, IRT
Elisabeth Smith – Curatorial Assistant, IMA

The Art Professionals (5 – 5:45 pm)
Sarah Green – Curator and creator of The Art Assignment
Mindy Taylor Ross – Owner, Art Strategies
Shannon Linker – Arts Council of Indianapolis
Richard McCoy – Landmark Columbus

The Entrepreneurs (6 – 6:45 pm)
Brian McCutcheon – Artist and co-founder of Indianapolis Fabrications
Joe Jarzen – Keep Indy Beautiful
Amanda Taflinger – Homespun Indy
Michelle Pemberton – Photographer, Indy Star
Join some of our panelists afterwards for an informal social gathering in the IMA Pop Up Park.

The IMA’s ARTx Series is made possible by a gift from the Efroymson Family Fund
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Workshop | Visualizing evidence for your P&T dossier

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016 Indiana University-logo
Time: 2:00-3:00 PM
Location: University Library, Room 2120

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Presenting your evidence of scholarly work outcomes in an effective method allows you to make a better case for promotion and tenure. This workshop will give participants the opportunity to work with visualization tools to create interactive timelines and maps demonstrating the progress and reach of your scholarship. The visualizations can also be incorporated into your blog, online portfolio, and scholarly bio page.

Presented by IUPUI Library Center For Digital Scholarship.

Conference | The History of Science and Contemporary Scientific Realism

Date: February 19-21, 2016
Location: Indiana University-Purdue University IndianapolisIUPUI Campus Center

Hosted by Timothy D. Lyons, Department of Philosophy, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA & Peter Vickers, Department of Philosophy, University of Durham, UK present a three day conference: “An Interdisciplinary Meeting For Historians And Philosophers Of Science.”

Shedding light on episodes in the history of science (both distant and recent) which have received little attention in the scientific realism debate, especially cases where historical actors had significant explanatory / predictive successes with a theory now rejected. Bringing historical case studies to bear on philosophical positions, especially those coming under the broad heading of ‘scientific realism’. We especially welcome papers that engage with ‘selective’ or ‘divide et impera’ realism.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Jed Buchwald
  • Anjan Chakravartty
  • Helge Kragh
  • Stathis Psillos
  • Jutta Schickore
  • Betty Smocovitis
  • P. Kyle Stanford

Supported by the AHRC funded project “Contemporary Scientific Realism and the Challenge from the History of Science.”

For the official webiste, please visit here.

Workshop | Research metrics: Gathering evidence of impact

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 Indiana University-logo
Time: 2:00-3:30 PM
Location: University Library, Room 2120

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Faculty are required to provide strong evidence of impact in order to achieve promotion and tenure. This hands-on workshop will introduce several key sources of evidence to support your case. We will demonstrate strategies and tools for gathering both citation and altmetrics as indicators of impact to support your narrative of excellence.

Workshop | Share your scholarship, increase your impact

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016Indiana University-logo
Time: 1:30-2:30 PM
Location: University Library, Room 2120

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Once you have created an online profile, the next step is to share and connect your work so that people can find it. There are many options for sharing your work to increasing its reach. This seminar will help you choose the tools that are right for you. We will demonstrate how these tools work with online profiles and sources of citation and altmetrics.

Presented by IUPUI Library Center For Digital Scholarship.

Workshop | Create your online scholarly profile

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2016Indiana University-logo
Time: 11:30-12:30 PM
Location: University Library, Room 2120

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Be proactive and take charge of your scholarly reputation online. A strong online profile increases the visibility of your work in search results and helps you to find collaborators, promote your work, and track your impact. While working on your profile, you will learn about options for owning a scholarly bio page and the benefits of ORCID.

Presented by IUPUI Library Center for Digital Scholarship.

27th Joseph T. Taylor Symposium | Mass Incarceration and the Destruction of Community: Beyond the Post-Racial Myth

Date:Thursday, February 25, 2016Mass Incarceration Flyer
Time: 8:45 am – 2:00 pm
Location: IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd.Theater (lower) Level

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The Joseph T. Taylor Symposium honors Dr. Taylor for his many contributions to the university and the community by hosting informed discussion on issues of interest in urban America, particularly among communities of color. The Joseph T. Taylor Symposium is offered in celebration of all Dr. Taylor stood for during his lifetime and stands as a lasting legacy to his vision and life work
Mass Incarceration and the Destruction of Community: Beyond the Post-Racial Myth.

As inequality widens and opportunities narrow for the bottom 90 percent of the American population, the disenfranchised face mass incarceration and social isolation. In a nation where nearly 25 percent of the world’s prisoners reside, can we still continue to be the land of the free? The American dream is increasingly at risk and is becoming unattainable for many hard-working people. What can be done to break this pattern and create opportunity, particularly for African Americans?

The 2016 symposium is presented by the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI in partnership with the Department of Sociology.