National Humanities Center offers residential fellowships for post-doctorate humanities work

national humanities center logoThe National Humanities Center will offer up to 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities for the period September 2017 through May 2018. Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Mid-career scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply. Emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work are also invited to apply. 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 international in scope and welcomes applications from scholars outside the United States.

Areas of Special Interest. Most of the Center’s fellowships are unrestricted. Several, however, are designated for particular areas of research, including fellowships for environmental studies, English literature, art history, Asian Studies, theology, and a young woman in philosophy. The Center also invites applicants from scholars in inter-disciplinary fields, including African American Studies, area studies, Cultural Studies, and Media Studies.

Stipends. The amounts awarded are individually determined, according to the needs of the Fellow and the Center’s ability to meet them. The Center seeks to provide at least half salary and covers travel expenses to and from North Carolina for Fellows and dependents.

Facilities and Services. The Center provides a rich environment for individual research and the exchange of ideas. Located in the progressive Triangle region of North Carolina, near Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, the Center affords access to the rich cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area’s research institutes, universities, and dynamic arts scene. The stunning Archie K. Davis building includes private studies for Fellows, conference rooms, a central commons for dining, lounges, and reading areas. The Center’s unparalleled, comprehensive library service supports Fellows by fulfilling thousands of requests for books and other research materials from our partner institutions in the Triangle, usually within 24 hours, and libraries around the world. Library staff also provide reference assistance and instruction in new online research tools.

Support. Fellowships are supported by the Center’s endowment, private foundation grants, contributions from alumni and friends, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Deadline and Application Procedures. Applicants submit an application form, a curriculum vitae, a 1000-word project proposal, and three letters of recommendation. The application form and instructions may be found at the Center’s website. Applications and letters of recommendation must be submitted online by October 18, 2016.

Accomplished musician, teacher takes over baton at IUPUI Music Academy

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accomplished musicianAndrew Hisey, an accomplished musician and professional music teacher, has taken over the baton at the IUPUI Music Academy, an outreach program of the Department of Music and Arts Technology.

Hisey has taught for 20 years at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, St. Olaf College and the University of St. Thomas. For several years, he has also been a senior examiner, editor and consultant with the Royal Conservatory in Toronto.

Some might date his teaching career to 1993, when he received a doctorate in pedagogy and performance from the University of Michigan, becoming the first to receive a doctorate from that university with that particular focus.

But they would be wrong.

Hisey has actually been teaching since he was 12, when he began instructing children in his neighborhood and at his church how to play the piano — at the request of their parents, who admired Hisey’s playing.

“I’ve been teaching since then,” Hisey said. “I first started to get serious about the teaching aspect when I was a grad student at the University of Michigan, where I did my master’s and doctorate, learning to teach in both private and class settings.”

The IUPUI Music Academy has three goals, Hisey said:

  • Provide high-quality music instruction to the community.
  • Offer instruction to anyone, regardless of any outside factors, working hard to minimize some of the barriers that traditionally go with music instruction, including the costs.
  • To be as open and eclectic as possible, providing cultural ownership and relevance for participants.

“That takes the shape of private lessons in piano, keyboards, voice, guitar, viola, cello, flute and saxophone,” Hisey said. “And that’s a flexible list. If there is a lot of interest in an area, we will hire a teacher.”

The academy — housed within the Department of Music and Arts Technology, where Hisey is a visiting associate professor — also offers group experiences, including an adult string ensemble. “It is very focused on people getting together and having a good time making music with their string instruments,” Hisey said.

Some of the string ensemble participants have had little instruction, or perhaps some long-ago lessons, and are looking to reconnect with their musical selves. “It’s been going wonderfully,” Hisey said. “Most are eager to have a positive musical experience, and we focus on providing that.”

“There are also Harmony Road classes for children, which introduce musical concepts in a playful environment where the keyboard is a creative, rather than a performance, focus,” Hisey said. Those classes are geared to young children, from 3-and-a-half to 5 or 6 years old, and are offered this fall on Saturdays. Registration is available online.

“Private lessons are individually geared, particularly with adults but even to some extent with kids, to the family’s or child’s goals,” Hisey said. “We meet those goals by providing an instructor who is compatible and a plan of instruction that matches their wishes and works with the amount of time they have to give to it.”

Music, like all arts, is both transformational and recreational, “but it’s even more powerful when it’s participatory,” Hisey said. “Life-skill benefits of music study include finding one’s creative voice and communicative powers, cultivating persistence, and developing problem-solving skills.”

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Second Round of Arts Journalism Fellows Announced

arts council logoThe Arts Council of Indianapolis, in partnership with the IndyStar, is pleased to announce the second year of the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ Arts Journalism Fellowship program. The 2016 Arts Journalism Fellows are three talented, aspiring journalists from Central Indiana, Bekah Pollard, Ross Reagan and Alex Weilhammer.

“We are thrilled to partner again with IndyStar on the Arts Journalism Fellowship and launch a second round of this program. These three talented writers from central Indiana have an opportunity to learn from IndyStar writers and contribute stories about our incredible arts community,” said Dave Lawrence, President & CEO of the Arts Council of Indianapolis. “Increasing the visibility of the arts is central to the work of the Arts Council and this program is a welcome addition to the arts coverage in the IndyStar.”

The Arts Council works to ensure central Indiana residents are well informed about and have meaningful engagement in local arts programs, which includes advancing local arts journalism that builds audiences and fosters critical thinking. The fellowship program is made possible through funds from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. The funding allows for an innovative solution in a time of shrinking arts coverage. The program works to bolster arts coverage, encourage arts journalism as a career for students and recent college graduates, and increase audience engagement in the arts.

“We’re pleased to be involved in this innovative approach to build on the IndyStar’s arts and entertainment coverage. The arts scene in Indianapolis is a vital part of our community, and we’re committed to helping it thrive,” said Jeff Taylor, Executive Editor, IndyStar.

The three Arts Journalism Fellows will work with IndyStar editors through the fall to produce stories and videos related to local film, literature, music, dance, theater, visual arts, and other forms of creative expression. Their work will appear at, in print sections of the paper, and in arts inserts.

Facilitated by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Arts Journalism Fellows will receive an in-depth education about and connection to the arts community in Indianapolis. The Arts Council serves as the funder and administrator for the fellowship, and provides resources to the fellows including a $2,000 stipend. All content produced by the fellows is exclusive to the IndyStar and under the IndyStar’s full editorial control. Fellows are paid by IndyStar as correspondents, per article that is published.

2016 Arts Journalism Fellows:

Bekah Pollard is a 2016 graduate from Butler University where she graduated with high honors in Art + Design, English Creative Writing, and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. Throughout her time at Butler, Bekah worked as a contributor and editor for Butler’s humor magazine, Archives, as well as the university’s fine arts and literary magazine, Manuscripts. Bekah has shown her artwork regularly on Butler’s campus and in several galleries throughout Indianapolis in the past few years. Bekah worked as a contributing editor for the website, and most recently writes arts articles for She is originally from Peoria, Illinois.

Ross Reagan is a 2016 graduate from IUPUI where he majored in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Business and Professional Writing. He has always had a passion for theatre and film, and served as Indiana Repertory Theater’s first Student Correspondent for its 2015-2016 season. Last fall, Ross studied abroad in London while interning at The Space theatre and exploring Europe. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering with various nonprofits across Indianapolis. His other hobbies include weightlifting, classic films, and brainstorming short story ideas at his local coffee shop.

Alex Weilhammer is a 2016 graduate from DePauw University. He majored in English Writing and minored in Philosophy. He was an active member of his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, and he served many positions at The DePauw, including editor-in-chief. In the summer of 2015, Alex was an intern at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Alex grew up in Indianapolis and is also a die-hard Colts fan. Outside of writing, Alex has a deep appreciation for stimulating conversations, long games of chess, and live music.

Voices from Central State Performance and Exhibition Series

Voices from Central State photo“Voices from Central State,” based on writings by patients at what was Indiana’s flagship psychiatric institution for nearly 150 years, begins with a one-woman show adapted from a patient’s memoir published in 1886 about her seven-year hospitalization.

The show, titled “Then There Is No Need to Speak,” will be performed at 7 p.m. on Aug. 26 and 27 at the Indiana Medical History Museum, 3045 W. Vermont St.

Each night, the 60-minute performance will be followed by a brief historical presentation by Kathleen Brian, a cultural and intellectual historian at Western Washington University who specializes in histories of science, medicine and public health.

The production is directed by Terri Bourus, a professor of English drama in the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and founding artistic director of Hoosier Bard Productions. The script was adapted by Thomas Hummel from Anna Agnew’s memoir, “From Under a Cloud.” The patient, Anna Agnew, will be portrayed by Indianapolis actress Denise Jaeckel.

“What we’re looking to do with ‘Voices from Central State’ is tell an alternative kind of history through creative formats,” said Elizabeth Nelson, an associate faculty member in the Department of History at IUPUI and director of public programs at the Indiana Medical History Museum. “Most histories of medicine or mental health care are written from the point of view of doctors and administrators. It’s rare to have the patient perspective.”

“What we call mental illness — what our ancestors would have called ‘madness’ — has been part of the Western dramatic tradition for at least 25 centuries,” Bourus said.

“This interest in madness is part of drama’s fascination with extreme situations and extreme emotions,” Bourus continued. “At its best, theater makes it possible for spectators to imagine what it would be like to be another person, strikingly different from themselves. Theater provides us with a vicarious experience of the ‘other.’ That’s why memoirs, like Anna Agnew’s, are so invaluable. Agnew’s memoir tells a story of mental illness from the inside.”

The Indiana Medical History Museum is housed in the former department of pathology of the Indiana Hospital for the Insane, later known as Central State Hospital.

The second program in the “Voices from Central State” series, “I Remember Jones,” will take place at 6 p.m. on Sept. 26 and 27 at the museum. Nanette Vonnegut, daughter of acclaimed author Kurt Vonnegut, will read a short story by her maternal grandmother, Riah Cox, about her hospitalization in the 1940s.

Along with Jane Schultz, an IUPUI professor of English, Vonnegut will discuss a number of themes related to Cox’s story, including how mental illness affects families, the historical role of the nurse and the power of the arts to promote recovery.

The third program, titled “Leaving Home,” is an exhibit featuring newsletters produced by patients in the years leading up to the hospital’s closure in 1994. The exhibit opens Nov. 10 at the museum. That evening’s program begins with a 6 p.m. panel discussion about how the closing of the state hospital affected patients as well as Central Indiana residents who developed mental illness after the closing. Attendees may browse the exhibit beginning at 7 p.m.

All three programs require advance registration on the museum’s website. “Then There is No Need to Speak” is $5 for the public and free for students. “I Remember Jones” and the “Leaving Home” exhibit opening are free. “Leaving Home” will be on display at the Indiana Medical History Museum through March 2017.

“Voices from Central State” is supported by the IU New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities program, the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Arts Council of Indianapolis. It is presented by the Indiana Medical History Museum and the Medical Humanities and Health Studies program in the School of Liberal Arts with assistance from Discover Near West Indys.

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