IUPUI professor provides retrospective as Rockefeller Foundation turns 100

Bill Schneider

INDIANAPOLIS — Before there was a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation or a Ford Foundation, there was the Rockefeller Foundation, whose philanthropic muscle dominated scientific and medical research for four decades.

The Rockefeller Foundation on May 14 announced its 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge, a $100 million effort to help 100 cities around the world prepare to weather and rebound from either natural or manmade disasters. The campaign continues a visionary approach to “promoting the well-being of mankind throughout the world” that began with the foundation’s creation 100 years ago this month.

“Rockefeller is a well-known name, but most people aren’t familiar with the family’s specific contributions,” said Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis professor William H. Schneider. “Researchers get grants and fellowships. Those are things that didn’t exist before the Rockefeller Foundation.”

The Rockefellers’ contributions went beyond funding to creating the mechanisms for dispersing or awarding funds. Lessons learned by the Rockefeller Foundation could well serve today’s leading philanthropic giants, said Schneider, head of the Medical Humanities and Health Studies program in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

The May 16 issue of Nature magazine provides a historic perspective on the Rockefeller Foundation in an article written by Schneider, “Philanthropy: The difficult art of giving.” Schneider is a professor of history in the School of Liberal Arts and a professor of philanthropic studies in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI.

The IUPUI professor is the editor of “Rockefeller Philanthropy and Modern Biomedicine,” published by Indiana University Press in 2002. The content is the work of experts gathered for a conference at the Rockefeller Archives Center in Tarrytown, N.Y.

Schneider is also author of the forthcoming book, “The History of Blood Transfusions in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

To reach Schneider for interviews about the history of the Rockefeller Foundation and its impact on philanthropy, email whschnei@iupui.edu; call 317-274-4740; or contact Diane Brown, at 317-274-2195 or habrown@iu.edu.


National Art Education Foundation (NAEF) Grant

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The National Art Education Foundation invites proposals to support research in art education that advances knowledge in the field of art education and that promulgates the goals outlined in Creating a Visual Arts Research Agenda Toward the 21st Century. Funds are awarded to selected art educators whose proposals specifically focus on issues relating to one of the recommendations identified in this document. NAEF invites proposals to support research in art education that advances knowledge in the field of art education. Grants are awarded to art educators to pursue a broad range of research topics that are aligned with the NAEA Strategic Goals: advocacy, learning, research and knowledge, and organizational vibrancy. NAEF encourages the submissions of proposals that conduct research that supports the impact and importance of arts education in student learning and provides hard data to support the findings of the research. Eligible applicants are welcome to submit proposals in all areas of research. In addition, as part of NAEF’s collaboration with the NAEA Research Commission, NAEF encourages submissions of the following proposals: – Proposals that support the creation of communities of learners, including both researchers and practitioners, working together to explore a research question and/or project. – Proposals that support the identification of best practice and research that leads to further understanding of the impact and importance of arts education to student learning in and through the visual arts in a variety of settings, with an interest in research that provides quantitative data to support its findings.

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British ambassador to promote free trade in speech at IUPUI

British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott

During a visit to Indianapolis this week to meet with corporate and civic leaders to promote free trade, British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott will deliver a speech at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

In his talk titled “Brits and Hoosiers: Partners in Prosperity,” the ambassador will reflect on the implications of the G8 summit, the potential trans-Atlantic trade agreement and trade opportunities for Hoosiers with the United Kingdom. The presentation takes place at 10 a.m. Friday, June 21, at IUPUI Hine Hall, formerly University Place Conference Center and Hotel, 850 W. Michigan St. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

In his first visit to the Hoosier state, the ambassador will highlight the United Kingdom’s role in Indiana’s economy, which exports more than $1 billion in goods to the U.K. and benefits from more than 29,000 jobs supported by British companies.

Westmacott will arrive in Indiana shortly after Britain hosts President Barack Obama and other world leaders June 17 and 18 at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland. International trade will be a central issue at the G8 summit.

While in Indianapolis, the ambassador also will visit Rolls-Royce, which employs more than 6,000 people at the British company’s global headquarters for helicopters and small gas turbine engines.

Follow along with the Ambassador’s visit online at www.gov.uk/world/usa, on Facebook and on Twitter.

Those who cannot attend the event can follow live tweets from the ambassador’s speech on the @IUPUI Twitter handle and through the #globalIndy hashtag. The ambassador will also take questions sent to @IUPUI on Twitter.

Develop Indy and IUPUI have provided support for the ambassador’s visit.


Britain and Indiana by the numbers

* In 2011, Indiana exported about $1.1 billion in goods to the United Kingdom.

* British companies including Rolls-Royce, BP, BAE Systems and GKN employ 29,100 Indiana residents, more than a fifth of all Indiana jobs created by foreign companies.

Learn more about the British-American trade relationship at www.ukustrade.com.


About the British Consulate-General in Chicago

The British Consulate-General in Chicago represents the United Kingdom throughout 13 states, including Indiana. Led by British Consul General Robert Chatterton Dickson, the Consulate-General’s 25 staff work to support British businesses in the region and help American businesses interested in doing business in Britain. The Consulate-General also supports British nationals, communicates news from the British government and facilitates exchanges between leaders in politics, education, science and the arts.

For media queries, please contact Jonathan Daniel, vice consul for policy and communications at the British Consulate-General in Chicago: jonathan.daniel@fco.gov.uk or 312-970-3808.

National Humanities Center Residential Fellowships

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The National Humanities Center offers 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities for the period September 2014 through May 2015. Applicants must have doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Young scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply, but they must have a record of publication, and new Ph.D.s should be aware that the Center does not normally support the revision of a doctoral dissertation. In addition to scholars from all fields of the humanities, the Center accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects. The Center is also international and gladly accepts applications from scholars outside the United States.

Applicants submit the Center’s form, supported by a curriculum vitae, a 1000-word project proposal, and three letters of recommendation. A downloadable application form and instructions may be found at the Center’s website. Applications and letters of recommendation must be postmarked by October 1, 2013.

For more information, visit http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/fellowships/fellshipapinfo.htm

Documentary about IUPUI “Cardenio” production earns three Emmy nominations

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INDIANAPOLIS — The local public television documentary highlighting the re-creation of a “lost” Shakespeare play and its world premiere performances at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is in the running for three 2013 Emmy Awards.

“C.S.I. Shakespeare,” which spotlights the IUPUI performances of “The History of Cardenio,” received Emmy nominations in three categories: “Best Historical/Cultural Program,” “Best Program Editor” and “Best Program Writer,” the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Lower Great Lakes Chapter announced recently.

In spring 2012, the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and Hoosier Bard Productions, under director Terri Bourus, presented the premiere of “The History of Cardenio,” a 400-year-old play by William Shakespeare and collaborator John Fletcher. Bourus is a School of Liberal Arts associate professor of English drama.

“C.S.I. Shakespeare,” a 30-minute documentary that first aired in November 2012 on WFYI 1 Public Television (20.1 DT), tells the story behind the play and its production as the first event for the IUPUI Campus Center Theater.
“These nominations should be a source of genuine pride and happiness for everyone who collaborated in the creation of this documentary,” said William Blomquist, dean of the School of Liberal Arts. “We very much appreciate our partnership with WFYI, and wish ‘CSI: Shakespeare’ all the best in the regional Emmys.”

The IUPUI performances of “Cardenio” were based on the Shakespeare/Fletcher script as re-imagined by Gary Taylor, an internationally recognized scholar and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University. The performances were held in conjunction with an academic colloquium at IUPUI, “The History of Cardenio: Spain and England, Then and Now,” which attracted major Shakespeare and Cervantes scholars from around the world.
“C.S.I. Shakespeare” retraces Taylor’s 20-year quest for authenticity in re-creating the play, which included filtering old texts through modern high-tech databases to reconstruct the original.

In “C.S.I. Shakespeare,” producer and writer Jim Simmons, an Emmy Award-winning WFYI producer, and his team captured behind-the-scenes interviews with Taylor, Bourus, Hoosier Barbs actors and colloquium guests. The documentary also features on-stage scenes of “The History of Cardenio” live performances. Pete Saetre and Jerry Prince edited the program.
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Lower Great Lakes Chapter announced the 2013 regional nominations on April 25. The nominations for “The History of Cardenio” were among 19 Emmy Award nominations WFYI received in recognition of outstanding local documentary and public affairs program productions.

The 44th Emmy Awards ceremony for the Lower Great Lakes Chapter will take place Saturday, June 1, at the Windows on the River in Cleveland, Ohio.

Production funding for “C.S.I. Shakespeare” was underwritten by the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

IUPUI’s University Library dean named president of Academic Libraries of Indiana

David Lewis

INDIANAPOLIS — David Lewis, dean of University Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, is now head of the statewide organization representing all academic libraries in nonprofit institutions of higher education.

Academic Libraries of Indiana installed Lewis as president during the organization’s 10th annual meeting in early May. Established in 2003, Academic Libraries of Indiana is dedicated to improving Indiana’s information infrastructure and supporting economic development by making the scholarly record accessible in support of grants, contracts, projects, entrepreneurial ventures and government initiatives.

One focus of Lewis’ tenure as president will be to oversee a large-scale project to study print book use in Indiana academic libraries. The intent is to identify redundant and little-used titles that might be withdrawn to create space for other more important purposes, such as collaborative learning environments where students can consult with librarians and each other.
“As dean of the University Library at IUPUI, David Lewis has been on the leading edge of the transformation of libraries to improve their contribution to student success, faculty scholarship and community engagement,” said IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz. “He is nationally recognized and respected among academic librarians for leadership, innovation and collaboration.”

Students at schools and colleges across Indiana learn how to identify, access, evaluate and apply information through their libraries. This type of learning, sometimes called “information literacy,” is a key program area for Academic Libraries of Indiana and prepares students for democratic citizenship and success in the workplace.

IUPUI University Library is engaged in most programs of the Academic Libraries of Indiana, whose activities include developing collaborative strategies for resource sharing and the cooperative acquisition of electronic resources.
“Academic Libraries of Indiana is a great collaboration of all of Indiana’s academic libraries,” Lewis said.  “All academic institutions from Ivy Tech to colleges to research institutions are represented, and we all pull together to make what libraries do for students and faculty better.  The result is improved service and a better value for all of Indiana’s colleges and universities.”

Lewis came to IUPUI in 1993 from the University of Connecticut, where he was head of Research and Information Services. He became dean of the University Library in 2000. In 2009, Lewis accepted the additional responsibility of assistant vice president for digital scholarly communications. His role is to advance Indiana University’s programs in digital scholarship and advocate for improved forms of scholarly communication that make academic research more open and accessible; he has also worked on IU’s e-textbook initiative.
Located at 755 W. Michigan Ave. on the IUPUI campus, the University Library is a public library, serving nearly 1 million visitors a year, 10 percent of them community users. University Library supports students and faculty across all of IUPUI’s more than 200 degree programs with research expertise and a wide array of resources. Resources include signature collections like the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library, the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, the Herron Art Library and over 60 digital collections.
Any resident of Indiana is eligible for an IUPUI University Library card. Librarians and library resources are available on the University Library website.


Upcoming Grant Deadlines: New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities

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Indiana University offers the New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities as a seed funding program. The objective of this opportunity is to help Indiana University faculty members by supporting the initial stages of path-breaking and transformative programs of scholarly investigation or creative activity.

Upcoming deadlines:

▪ New Frontiers/New Currents grants of to $20,000 to fund workshops, symposia, or small conferences with major distinguished thinkers on timely topics of significant and broad interest (deadline August 1)

▪ New Frontiers Exploratory Travel Fellowships of up to $3,000 to support national and international travel for faculty pursuing new and innovative research projects (deadline June 15, August 15)

For more details: http://www.research.indiana.edu/funding_newfrontiers.shtml

If you are interested in applying, please feel free to contact the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute (IAHI) at iahi@iupui.edu.  We can help you identify potential collaborators as well as provide assistance in drafting your proposal.


Nominations Still Open for Indiana Poet Laureate

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Nominations are still being accepted for Indiana State Poet Laureate.

The Indiana Poet Laureate represents the State of Indiana and the art of poetry through the development and implementation of programming to the education community and general public.

Nominations should be limited to one, single-page cover letter and a resume or CV detailing the nominee’s qualifications and accomplishments. No additional materials should be sent with the nomination. Successful nominees must be current residents of Indiana, and remain residents during their two-year term of service.

Nominees should be published poets, with experience in educational program development.

Nominations must be submitted to the Indiana Arts Commission by email only, and must be received by 4:30 p.m. (EDT) Thursday, August 1, 2013. Nominations should be sent to the attention of Susan Britsch:sbritsch@iac.in.gov.