Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is open for applications

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With great pleasure, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is announcing the availability of the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program.
 The fellowship program is open to scholars, scientists, and artists working on individual projects, or in clusters, to generate new research, publications, art, and more. The Fellowship supports the work of 50 leading artists and scholars and has rapidly become one of the most competitive programs of its kind in the world, with an acceptance rate of only 3 percent each year. Accepted scholars will receive stipends up to $77,500 for one year with additional funds for project expenses.

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Since the institute’s founding in 1999, many Harvard faculty members have participated in the Fellowship Program and pursued individual projects within the multidisciplinary and international community of fellows.

The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is available for creative writers, journalists, playwrights, screenwriters, film and video artists, musicians, visual artists, natural scientists, mathematicians, humanists and social scientists.

The deadline to apply as a cluster is May 15, 2017; the deadline for individual applications in the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences is September 14, 2017; and the deadline for individual applications in the natural sciences and mathematics, the deadline is October 5, 2017.

For more information or details on how to apply, please visit the program’s USA Scholarships listing.

Race, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Evangelicalism in the 1950s and 1960s

The Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture presents Dr. Randall J. Stephens. On April 21 at 10am in Cavanaugh Hall 435, Dr. Stephens will look at the ways evangelicals opposed rock ‘n’ roll music and rebellious youth culture in the 1950s and 1960s. Guest parking is available for a fee in the North Street Garage. Evangelical and fundamentalist leaders in the South and throughout the US targeted the big beat not just because it was disruptive and encouraged rebellion. Many also sensed that it broke down racial barriers and taboos. The discussion will look at how ministers, editors, parents, and others linked their efforts and challenges on the mission field among “natives” with the chaos rock ‘n’ roll unleashed on American soil. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Dr. Stephens is an Associate Professor and Reader in History and American Studies at Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne. He is the author of The Fire Spreads: Holiness and Pentecostalism in the American South (Harvard University Press, 2008) and The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age, co-authored with Karl Giberson (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011). He is currently completing a book on religion and rock music for Harvard University Press. In spring 2012, Dr. Stephens was a Fulbright Roving Scholar in American Studies in Norway. He has also written for the New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Independent, The Atlantic blog, Salon, and Christian Century.

IUPUI Secular Humanism Studies Speaker Series tackles complex topics this month

The IUPUI Secular Humanism Speaker Series kicks off tonight, April 13, with the University of Iowa’s Dr. Evan Fales‘s discussion of “The ‘Right to Believe’ and Bible-based Public Policy.” The next installment of the series will be the following week on April 20, when Purdue University’s Dr. Paul Draper will talk about “How to Argue for Atheism.” For the final engagement, the University of Toledo’s Dr. Jeanine Diller will discuss “Global and Local Atheisms: What the Multitude of Ideas of God Means for Atheism.” 

Each event will take place at the IUPUI University Tower, The Presidents’ Room (2nd floor), 875 W North Street, and begin at 6:30pm. Parking is available for a fee in the North Street Parking Garage, 819 W North Street. A campus map is available here.

This series is presented by the IUPUI Department of Philosophy and the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. If you have any questions or would like to request additional information on this series, please email humanism@iupui.edu.

TEDxIndianapolis: Scale It Up

The IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute is proud to be one of the presenting sponsors of this year’s TEDxIndianapolis. On April 25, 18 incredible speakers from around the world will share big ideas from the stage of the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University. Get your tickets today.

This year’s theme — Scale It Up — is all about how ideas, efforts, approaches, and programs may start small but shift and expand, replicate, multiply, innovate, and drive positive change. Topics will range from education reform to brain hacking to Latin American cinema. Don’t miss it!

As you may have experienced in one of our first four conferences here, TEDxIndianapolis is a day of cross-pollination featuring local and national speakers and performers; passionate, unique, and captivating people sharing ideas from the fields of technology, business, education, art and design, and more.

The Schrott Center is a one-of-a-kind community-focused facility. With 454 seats, the venue is designed to optimize acoustics and sightlines, and is equally suited for music, dance, and theatre. And attendees will enjoy experiencing the Butler campus during lunch.

Visit TEDxIndianapolis.com for more. And get your tickets quick!

Indiana Humanities seeking experts for Frankenstein-themed speakers bureau

Next year, Indiana Humanities is sponsoring an ambitious statewide read of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, which turns 200 in 2018. They’re looking for scholars and experts in the humanities and sciences to take part in a Frankenstein-themed speakers bureau. Like any enduring work of fiction, Frankenstein has been studied by generations of scholars and continues to inspire conversation and creativity in the present. The speakers bureau aims to offer talks that can help ordinary Hoosiers delve into the many layers of interpretation of the book, appreciate its extraordinary history, and consider the specific ways it may provide reflection and insight in our increasingly technological and interconnected world. Each talk should be about 45 minutes plus time for questions and/or discussion with the audience. Talks can be delivered with or without additional media such as slides, images, film clips, etc. Talks for adult, teen, or youth audiences are welcome. Scholars will earn $400/talk + mileage. See the full call for scholars, including how to apply, here (link PDF).

Expertise comes in many forms, but typically Indiana Humanities is looking for people with advanced training in relevant humanities fields or STEM fields as they relate to Frankenstein. They are open to full-time and adjunct faculty as well as graduate students. 

21st Century Great Conversations in Neuroscience, Art, and Related Therapeutics


A range of global and local experts will present their insights on how brain science and artistic processes inform one another during a one-and-half day symposium, 21st Century Great Conversations in Neuroscience, Art, and Related Therapeutics. The symposium will take place on April 8 from 8am-4pm and April 9 from 9am-12pm in Hine Hall Auditorium. Seating is limited, so please register for the symposium if you plan to attend.

This international symposium, organized by Juliet King, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, LMHC, of the Herron School of Art and Design and the Indiana University School of Medicine, will feature presentations by three international experts and three panel discussions with a mix of Indianapolis-based and global leaders in the fields of neuroscience, art, and related therapeutics.

Aimed at supporting the overall health and amelioration of disease for patients and their caregivers, families, and friends, the symposium highlights the collaborative approach of the IUPUI schools of Art and Design, Medicine, Engineering, Informatics, Health and Rehabilitation Services, Nursing, and Liberal Arts.


Anjan Chatterjee, MD is the Elliot Professor and Chief of Neurology at Pennsylvania Hospital. In 2002 he was awarded the Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology by the American Academy of Neurology. His current research focuses on spatial cognition, language, neuroethics, and neuroaesthetics.

Arne Dietrich, PhD is a cognitive neuroscientist and Professor of Psychology at the American University of Beirut, in Lebanon. Professor Dietrich’s research focuses on the neuroscience of creativity, altered states of consciousness, and the psychological effects of exercise.

Klaus Gramann, PhD is the Head of the Department of Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology Ergonomics at the Berlin Institute of Technology in Berlin, Germany. With a  doctorate in Psychology, Dr. Gramann has a concerted interest in the neuroscience of embodied and spatial cognition. His particular specialty is in Mobile Brain/Body Imaging.


Presented for the first time, the artwork will feature slow-motion video portraits of four brain tumor patients from Indiana as they speak about how their diagnoses have changed their outlook on life. The artwork, funded by Indiana University’s New Frontiers Exploratory Grant, is part of a unique study bridging art, science, and medicine to generate both scientific data and artistic documentation of the human condition for patients being treated for brain tumors. 

Indiana Humanities seeking scholar-facilitators for Quantum Leap field trips

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As part of Quantum Leap, Indiana Humanities is taking Hoosiers inside fascinating sites of scientific discovery and innovation to think, read, and talk about how new frontiers of inquiry reshape our understanding of what it means to be human. During each QL Field Trip, a humanities scholar will co-lead a tour, pausing periodically to read aloud short humanities texts that help participants consider the meaning of the research conducted at the site from a humanistic perspective. The tours will also be co-led by an expert from the site or facility—someone who can help make connections between the readings and the science at play. Each trip will conclude with a hearty discussion over food and drink for an indelible, once-in-a-lifetime adult field trip.

Scholar-facilitators lead each field trip and facilitate conversation that ties together the themes and big ideas of Quantum Leap. The scholar-facilitator will also select the texts for his/her field trip destination. Some Field Trip destinations have already been set, while others are still in the works. Scholar earns $500 + travel plus all the non-financial benefits of taking part in this exploratory public humanities program! Read the full call for scholars, including how to apply, here (link PDF).

Reading at the Table Series to feature Obioma Nnaemeka and Jennifer Thorington Springer

9781569024287_unraveling_gender__12163-1458580988-1280-1280Unraveling Gender, Race and Diaspora 

April 19, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm

University Place Conference Center, Room 200

Obioma Nnaemeka, Ph.D., Departments of World Languages and Cultures, Women’s Studies, and Africana Studies

Jennifer Thorington Springer, Ph.D., Departments of English and Africana Studies

This anthology, Unraveling Gender, Race and Diaspora, brings together academicians and public intellectuals in a vigorous conversation that reimagines and expands the fields of Africana, postcolonial, feminist, gender and women’s studies.  In its theorizing of the intersections of difference—gender, race, class, culture and location—within Africa and between Africa and its Diasporas, the volume offers a more global representation of the cross-cultural experiences of diasporic subjects.  The volume offers critical reassessments of dominant discourses of the diaspora and formations of the subject identities within it. By emphasizing the relevance of intra-diasporic conversations in film, literature and oral tradition, the volume comprehensively engages core concerns in black diasporic communities—memory (remembering and forgetting), space/location, time, human agency, and shifting exigencies.

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.