Reading at the Table: The Sacred Wisdom of the American Indians by Larry Zimmerman

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“The Sacred Wisdom of the American Indians”

Larry Zimmerman, Anthropology/Museum Studies, School of Liberal Arts

DATE: Thu Nov 08 2012
TIME: 11:30 AM – 01:00 PM
LOCATION: University Faculty Club

Professor Larry J. Zimmerman combines panoramic scope with a wealth of detail in this landmark testimony to the Native American peoples and their way of life. He shows how, despite their differences, all American Indians share a profound appreciation of the cycles of nature and a belief in the cosmic interconnectedness of all things. He tells the tragic tale of their conquest and dispossession, followed by their survival against the odds and the renewal of pride in a distinctive cultural heritage. He describes and celebrates their myths, their ceremonies, their tribes, their crafts, and their reverence for the land –inspiring us to turn our thoughts to nature and our own place in it. The five chapters are: Tribes & Territories; The Life of the Spirit; Symbol, Myth & Cosmos; Ritual & Sacrament; and The Survival of the Sacred.

A buffet lunch is available for $13.00 inclusive of tax and gratuity. Dessert and lemonade/ice tea/soft drinks are extra.




Ray Bradbury biographer to present lecture in the humanities

Bradbury and Eller

Legendary American science-fiction and fantasy writer Ray Bradbury will be the subject of the 2012 John D. Barlow Lecture in the Humanities at IUPUI on Nov. 8.

“Becoming Ray Bradbury” author Jonathan R. Eller, professor of English and director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies in the Institute for American Thought, a research component of the IU School of Liberal Arts, will present the illustrated lecture, “Cry the Cosmos: Ray Bradbury and the American Imagination.”

The lecture will begin at 6:15 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus Center Theater, 420 University Blvd. A reception precedes the lecture in the Campus Center atrium at 5 p.m.

“For more than 60 years, Ray Bradbury has been one of the most recognized figures in American literature and popular culture,” Eller says. “Between 1950 and 1962, he captured the American imagination with such enduring titles as ‘The Martian Chronicles,’ ‘The Illustrated Man,’ ‘Fahrenheit 451,’ ‘The October Country,’ ‘Dandelion Wine’ and ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes.’ His increasing commitments to film, television and stage adaptations of his work led inevitably to his decline as a storywriter, but his early tales and media work soon combined to make him the nation’s most prominent public advocate of the Space Age — a role he fulfilled for the rest of his long life.”

Eller co-founded the Bradbury Center within the Institute for American Thought in 2007, and he became the center’s director in August 2011. He first met Ray Bradbury in 1989, eventually developing a working relationship that lasted until Bradbury’s death in June 2012. Since 2000, Eller has edited or co-edited several limited-press editions of Bradbury’s works, including “The Halloween Tree” (2005), “Dandelion Wine” (2007) and two collections of stories and precursors related to Bradbury’s publication of “Fahrenheit 451: Match to Flame” (2006) and “A Pleasure to Burn” (2010).

The IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI hosts the Barlow Lecture in the Humanities in honor of Liberal Arts Dean and Professor Emeritus John D. Barlow. The lecture is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To RSVP, email with “Bradbury” in the subject line.

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IAHI and Indiana Humanities Present: Mathew Powers, “Why Everything is a Game” (November 15)

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Mathew Powers, “Why Everything is a Game”
Date: 11/15/2012
Time: 7:30-8:30
Location: IUPUI University Library, Lilly Auditorium
Gaming and gaming culture is not just a leisure activity, it is becoming a crucial element of our everyday lives. Games will soon become integral to job advancement and education, from 1st grade through college.  Mathew Powers, a professor of gaming at the IUPUI School of Informatics, explores the gamification of our lives in this informative talk.
Co-hosted with the Indiana Humanities
Tickets are free, but make sure to reserve your tickets here.

Judy Chicago to speak on opening night of the Undergraduate Student Exhibition at Herron School of Art and Design

Judy Chicago

Judy Chicago,, will appear at Herron School of Art and Design as the 2012 Jane Fortune Outstanding Woman Visiting Artist Lecturer. In a talk titled “Surveying Judy Chicago: An Artist’s Career,” Chicago will trace her trailblazing, artistic life over more than five decades of fecundity.

Her appearance on December 5 in the Basile Auditorium at 6:00 p.m. is in conjunction with the opening of the Undergraduate Student Exhibition in the Berkshire, Reese and Paul Galleries. Inclusion in this juried show is an honor for the students whose work is chosen. Each year this exhibition represents the best of the best among Herron’s talented undergraduates across all departments. Also opening, in the Basile and Marsh Galleries respectively, will be M.F.A. Collaborative Practices and Works of Healing and Hope—the latter featuring paintings created by Herron students for the Eskenazi Health collection. The three exhibitions continue through December 26.

Chicago is a pioneer in feminist art, an educator and an influencer of thought throughout the world. Her highly sought-after works are in continual demand for permanent collections and for gallery exhibitions internationally. She has been written about in publications from Artforum to People Magazine. The more than a dozen books she has written have been translated into multiple languages.

In 1999, she taught at Indiana University, Bloomington, through a Presidential Appointment in Art and Gender Studies. She’s perhaps best known for her 1979 work, The Dinner Party, an installation piece which represents a purposely chosen group of real and mythical women through exquisitely constructed, individual place settings. The work catapulted Chicago into national controversy, and feminist art into national consciousness. In 2007, the Brooklyn Museum installed The Dinner Party in its permanent collection.

Chicago has not squandered her fame, maintaining a busy exhibition and teaching schedule in the ensuing years; her works are scheduled to be featured in two separate shows in London in the same time­frame as her appearance at Herron.

Expressed in mediums as varied as needlework and glass, Chicago’s masterful art always has something to say and never fails to provoke thoughtful contemplation and meaningful discussion.

It is the generosity of Jane Fortune—author, cultural editor, art historian, art collector and philanthropist—that brings Chicago to Herron. “I want to make an impact on the community that surrounds me and help make the arts accessible to our residents. For me,” Fortune said, “supporting Herron makes sense. Why would you not want to support excellence?” This is the fifth Jane Fortune Outstand­ing Woman Visiting Artist Lecture.



Limited parking is available in the Sports Complex Garage just west of Herron. Park in the visitor side of the garage and bring your ticket to the Herron Galleries for validation. Complimen­tary parking courtesy of The Great Frame Up.

Parking in the surface lot next to Herron School of Art and De­sign requires a valid IUPUI parking permit at all times.

Film: “Kinyarwanda” at IUPUI, CE 002, Oct. 9, 7 pm at IUPUI, Council on Strategic Internaional Affairs, and Democracy Plaza will be bring the great Sundance Film Festival winning narrative “Kinyarwanda” to Campus this Tuesday. The Film’s producer, Darren Dean, and the main actress will attend to talk afterwards and answer questions.

Also both the producer and actress would be more than happy come and talk to classes this Monday and Tuesday. To request a visit please email the contact at the bottom of the page.

“The Story of Kinyarwanda
During the Rwandan genocide, when neighbors killed neighbors and friends betrayed friends, some crossed lines of hatred to protect each other.

At the time of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the Mufti of Rwanda, the most respected Muslim leader in the country, issued a fatwa forbidding Muslims from participating in the killing of the Tutsi. As the country became a slaughterhouse, mosques became places of refuge where Muslims and Christians, Hutus and Tutsis came together to protect each other. KINYARWANDA is based on true accounts from survivors who took refuge at the Grand Mosque of Kigali and the madrassa of Nyanza. It recounts how the Imams opened the doors of the mosques to give refuge to the Tutsi and those Hutu who refused to participate in the killing.

KINYARWANDA interweaves six different tales that together form one grand narrative that provides the most complex and real depiction yet presented of human resilience and life during the genocide. With an amalgamation of characters, we pay homage to many, using the voices of a few.”

Watch the Trailer
For more information contact Joel Clanton at


Preparing Arts & Humanities Proposals Workshop

DATE: Thursday, October 11, 2012
TIME: 1:00 PM-2:30 PM


This workshop will target the essentials of developing a successful grant proposal in the arts and humanities. Wide-ranging topics will be covered from developing a strong foundation for your application to key components of the narrative, the basic budget, writing styles, and interpreting agency guidelines.

The School of Liberal Arts Sabbatical Speaker Series: Professor Matthew Groshek, Museum Studies/Herron “The Terroir of Home: When Place and Food Collide”

Matthew Groshek

The School of Liberal Arts Sabbatical Speaker Series

Professor Matthew Groshek, Museum Studies/Herron

“The Terroir of Home: When Place and Food Collide”

Local foods have been touted as a key to economic stability, gains in health and a link to community. How do topophilia, home economics, family history and a love of food shape us into creatures of hunger, desire and culture?

Friday, October 19, 2012
CE 268, 4:30-5:30 PM

RSVP: with Groshek talk in the subject line.