Religion and Ethics Seminars: Call for Proposals

Brian Steensland, Director

The Indiana University Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society is dedicated to connecting faculty, incubating research and creative activity, and promoting the awareness of IU scholarship in areas relating to religion, ethics, and values. The Consortium is pleased to announce a new initiative: The Religion and Ethics Seminars, a set of faculty-led, yearlong seminars on topics relating to religion, ethics, morality, and values. We invite proposals for seminars to run during the spring and fall semesters of 2017.

The Religion and Ethics Seminars

Key Elements

  • There will be multiple topical seminars running concurrently within the IU system.
  • Each seminar is co-led by two IU faculty members from different departments, units, or campuses. Seminar participants may include other faculty members, students, or community members. They are intended to be interdisciplinary.
  • Each seminar addresses a topic of shared concern related to religion, ethics, or values. Examples might include religion and medical decision-making, environmental ethics and local action, Islam in the public sphere, global business ethics, art and the public good, legal ethics, faith communities and urban engagement, the moral obligations of the public university, or ethical dilemmas of information technologies.
  • Seminars meet six times over two concurrent semesters (fall/spring or spring/fall)
  • Seminars may be organized toward objectives relating to research, collaboration, practical problem solving, creative activity, teaching, and/or public outreach. Proposals for a seminar should describe the topic, goals, activities, potential participants, and views of success. 


  • Each faculty co-leader receives $1000 in their research account to recognize their organizational contribution to the seminar. (Faculty co-leaders outside IU administrative systems, such as those at IPFW, will receive direct payments.)
  • Seminars receive a commitment of $2000 to cover operating expenses, including hospitality, support for outside speakers, and/or logistics. Receipts for expenses will be submitted for reimbursement.
  • Additional funding may be requested for specific activities.
  • Successful seminars will be eligible for renewal.


The application deadline for the Spring-Fall 2017 funding cycle is November 3, 2016. All efforts will be undertaken to make funding decisions within two weeks.  

Application Process

Proposals should include the following information:

  • Seminar title.
  • Faculty co-leaders. For each leader, include information about department, school, and campus along with a brief biographical sketch.
  • Seminar description. Describe the topic of the seminar, highlight how the topic is connected to religion and/or ethics, and how those connections will be engaged in the seminar.
  • Seminar activities and objectives. Describe the projected activities of the seminar and how those activities relate to the seminar’s larger objectives. (Note that the six seminar meetings need not all be of the same type.)
  • Seminar success. Describe how the success of the seminar will be evaluated in the eyes of the leaders.
  • Anticipated participants. For illustrative purposes, list some names and/or types of anticipated participants, including university-affiliated participants, community participants, and outside speakers/panelists, where relevant.

To apply, click herePlease direct questions to Brian Steensland, Director of the Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society ( Additional information about the Consortium, including events and activities, can be found here.

Reading at the Table Series to feature Chris Lamb

51ouJTlCcfLFrom Jack Johnson to LeBron James:  Sports, Media, and the Color Line

Oct. 19, 2016, 11:30am-1:00pm

University Place Conference Center, Room 200

Chris Lamb, Ph.D., Department of Journalism and Public Relations

The campaign for racial equality in sports has both reflected and affected the campaign for racial equality in the United States. Some of the most significant and publicized stories in this campaign in the twentieth century have happened in sports, including, of course, Jackie Robinson in baseball; Jesse Owens, Tommie Smith, and John Carlos in track; Arthur Ashe in tennis; and Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, and Muhammad Ali in boxing. Long after the full integration of college and professional athletics, race continues to play a major role in sports. Not long ago, sportswriters and sportscasters ignored racial issues. They now contribute to the public’s evolving racial attitudes on issues both on and off the field, ranging from integration to self-determination to masculinity.

From Jack Johnson to LeBron James examines the intersection of sports, race, and the media in the twentieth century and beyond. The essays are linked by a number of questions, including: How did the black and white media differ in content and context in their reporting of these stories? How did the media acknowledge race in their stories? Did the media recognize these stories as historically significant? Considering how media coverage has evolved over the years, the essays begin with the racially charged reporting of Jack Johnson’s reign as heavyweight champion and carry up to the present, covering the media narratives surrounding the Michael Vick dogfighting case in a supposedly post-racial era and the media’s handling of LeBron James’s announcement to leave Cleveland for Miami.

The annual Reading at the Table series provides an opportunity for members of the IUPUI community to celebrate published books written by IUPUI faculty or staff. During each luncheon, the featured author/editor will read from his or her work and open the floor to discussion. Seating is limited; registration is encouraged and can be completed on the campus Events Page. Walk-ins will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis—if space is available. Purchase of a buffet-style lunch for $13.00 (dessert and soft drinks not included) is required to attend this event.


The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies presents “Ray Bradbury’s Magical Mansions”

Blue Square

ray-bradbury-eventThe Center for Ray Bradbury Studies presents “Ray Bradbury’s Magical Mansion,” an exhibition of images and artifacts from the Center’s archives. Elizabeth Nahum-Albright’s exhibition, “I Saw It At Ray’s House:” A Photographic Retrospective, will be featured as well. The exhibition will be on display in the IUPUI Campus Center Cultural Arts Gallery throughout the month of October.

Proposal Development & Submission for Humanities Scholars Presentation & Conversation Series

workshops-scheduleThis series of three presentations addresses the value of funded research for career development for humanities faculty. The presentations give participants a basic understanding of the principles of preparing and submitting funding proposals and will culminate in the start of an actual proposal. Participants are urged to attend all three workshops. The series is anticipated to repeat during Spring 2017.

The workshops include “Preliminary Considerations,” which will be held from 1-2:30pm on Thursday, September 29th in Cavanaugh 508; “Top 10 Successes and Blunders,” which will be held from 4-5:30pm on Thursday, October 27th in Cavanaugh 508; and “Develop Your Proposal to Turn Ideas into Funding,” which will be held from 1-2:30pm on Friday, November 4th in Cavanaugh 508.

This series is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts. For more information or to register for these sessions, please visit OVCR’s website.

IUPUI welcomes Indy Jazz Fest, Wes Montgomery Tribute Day

indy-jazz-festCampus and community collide when Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis hosts Wes Montgomery Tribute Day, the marquee event of Indy Jazz Fest, from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, September 17th at the IUPUI Campus Center.

IUPUI has partnered with Indy Jazz Fest to celebrate Indianapolis’ music history and pay tribute to the greatest jazz guitarist produced by the city. A Grammy Award winner in 1966, the late Wes Montgomery was a self-taught musician who revolutionized the sound of jazz by strumming his guitar strings with his thumb rather than using a pick.

Montgomery made a name for himself playing in the clubs of Indiana Avenue. On Saturday, IUPUI will bring his sound, and that of many others, to the Campus Center.

More than 40 local and national bands will perform. Among those scheduled to appear are the IUPUI Jazz Ensemble and other acts from Indianapolis colleges and high schools. National headliners include Pat Martino, Chuck Loeb, Henry Johnson, Russell Malone, Bobby Broom, Fareed Haque, Dave Stryker, Will Matthews, Royce Campbell and Peter Bernstein.

The majority of the performances are free to the public. Tickets for main-stage acts are $25 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased online.

In addition to the school’s jazz ensemble, IUPUI students will be involved in Wes Montgomery Tribute Day by performing behind the scenes. The Department of Music and Arts Technology will assist with the live audio aspects of the performances. Students employed at the Campus Center, many of whom are already well-versed in event management, will continue to put practice to action through their work with the community partners.

“It’s a great learning experience for the students,” said Doug Bielmeier, assistant professor in the Department of Music and Arts Technology, who also described the importance of being involved in a live event to boost students’ employability in the future. “It’s real.”

Those attending Wes Montgomery Tribute Day will find more than just music. An exhibit by Mark Sheldon Photography is also scheduled, highlighting the history of jazz in Indianapolis. Artifacts showcasing Montgomery’s life will be on display. Free panel discussions featuring Zev Feldman of Resonance Records and Robert Montgomery, Wes’ son, are slated as well.

David Williams will be signing his book, “The Masters, Legends and Legacy of Indiana Avenue.” Copies of the book are available at Barnes & Noble @ IUPUI, which will remain open until 8 p.m. on Saturday.


ABOUT INDY JAZZ FEST: The mission of Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and Indy Jazz Fest is to preserve the legacy and promote the future of jazz in Indianapolis through education and performance. A celebration of community and culture that showcases jazz music in a variety of great venues across the city, Indy Jazz Fest has become a cultural icon since its start in 1999. With an increased emphasis on jazz education, Indy Jazz Fest has expanded from just one day to an entire experience, ultimately benefiting the Indianapolis arts community throughout the year by creating meaningful links between jazz education and the city’s jazz performance scene. Indy Jazz Fest is the preeminent performance event of Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and will ultimately reach upwards of 34,000 people through a combination of performances, workshops, school concerts, master classes, and community partnerships, as an integral cog in the Indianapolis arts scene. The 2016 Indy Jazz Fest is taking place Sept. 15-24, 2016.  For more information, visit the Indy Jazz Fest website.


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Indiana Repertory Theatre Presents The Three Musketeers

three-musketeers-web-friendlyAdapted by Catherine Bush from Alexandre Dumas’s novel, The Three Musketeers tells the story of an eager young lad from the French provinces who arrives in Paris to join the king’s guard. This legendary tale of danger and daring, royalty and romance vibrantly comes to life on the IRT stage.

The performance will take place at 7:00pm on October 12th, 2016, at the Indiana Repertory Theatre.

Dr. Jason M. Kelly, Director of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, will offer a post-performance discussion focused on the historical people and events presented in the novel and the play.

This event is co-sponsored by the IRT and IAHI. Tickets to The Three Musketeers can be purchased directly through the IRT Box Office at 317.635.5252 or online.

Banned Books Week: Secretary of the Future to feature NPR Marketplace’s David Brancaccio

banned-books-weekOn September 30th, 2016, at 6:00 pm, join the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, and WFYI for an evening with NPR Marketplace’s David Brancaccio and a panel of local experts in a lively discussion revolving around the future of our planet.

Panelists include Nanny Vonnegut, Terrian Barnes, Jason M. Kelly, Sam Van Aken, and Aman Brar. The event will be held at Shortridge High School, and catering is sponsored by Bluebeard restaurant.

To register for this event, please click here.

Voices from Central State to feature a conversation with Nanny Vonnegut

Blue Square

The artist Nanny Vonnegut, daughter of the acclaimed author Kurt Vonnegut, will read her maternal grandmother Riah Cox’s brief memoir, “I Remember Jones,” written about Cox’s hospitalization at Central State in the 1940s. Along with IUPUI Professor of English Jane Schultz, Vonnegut will discuss her family, the history of mental health care, and the healing power of the arts. Vonnegut will be sharing some of her own artwork, as well as family photographs.

The program will be held at the Indiana Medical History Museum on September 26th and 27th, 2016, at 6pm. It is presented with funding support from IU’s New Frontiers Program, Indiana Humanities, and the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute.

This event is the second of a three-part series of programs called “Voices from Central State,” all featuring writings by patients at Indiana’s flagship mental hospital during its 150-year history. Visit for more information, and be sure to register in advance for your free tickets.

2016 Walker Douglass Symposium

frederick-douglass-symposium-2016-posterThe topic of this year’s Walker/Douglass Symposium is “Frederick Douglass and the Role of Oratory in African American Leadership.” It will be held at IUPUI in the University Tower Ballroom on October 20, 2016, and the Jewel Center on October 21, 2016.

Among the interdisciplinary presenters on the symposium’s first day are many prominent scholars in the field of Africana Studies. In the evening there will be a reception, followed by a lecture by Dean Gene Jarrett of Boston University. Thanks to grants from Indiana University, the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute, and Indiana Humanities, all of these events are completely free, including parking and food served.

On Friday the venue shifts to the Jewel Center at 3333 N. Illinois Street, where an all-day public Madame C.J. Walker and Frederick Douglass Symposium will be held. The event will include dramatic readings from Douglass’s speeches, a poetry contest (open to all Indiana high school and college students), live music, videos, a panel of IUPUI student presentations, and a scholarly panel on Douglass’s contribution to the African American Oratorical Tradition. 

To register for the symposium, please visit the Eventbrite site.  For additional information, contact event organizers by email at or visit the Douglass Papers project Facebook page.

IU announces new international research grants

A new funding opportunity sponsored by President Michael A. McRobbie is available to support high-impact international collaborative research projects that engage one or more of IU’s Global Gateways and the communities they serve.

Indiana University’s Global Gateways in China, Europe, and India are designed to strengthen and broaden IU’s global engagement through support for research and teaching, conferences and workshops, study abroad opportunities, and engagement with alumni, businesses, and nongovernmental organizations. The Gateways provide logistical support and facilities for IU faculty, students, and alumni, creating the context in which international collaborations and exchanges flourish. (Read more about IU’s Global Gateways.)

Projects may be based at a Gateway or within the region served by a Gateway, but in either case should make full use of the resources, expertise, and networks of one or more Gateways. Applicants are required to consult with the faculty director of the relevant IU Global Gateway prior to submission to determine project feasibility and engagement with the Gateway.

Proposals are due October 21, 2016, and must be submitted through IU’s new InfoReady grant application system.

The Request for Proposals and application materials are available here.