IUPUI professor champions active, collaborative learning

Original article is by Ceci Jones and is available at the IUPUI Newsroom.

Andy Buchenot

Andy Buchenot remembers the “Aha!” moment when he realized that top-down instruction to students is not the way he wants to teach. He was in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, working on a doctorate in rhetoric and composition.

“I had been studying collaborative teaching strategies for years, but — faced with putting them into practice in front of a seasoned pro — I froze up,” Buchenot said. He arranged the students into rows, stood at the front of the classroom, and taught from behind a podium. “It was awful. The review I got was … unflattering,” he remembered with a grimace.

He swiftly changed his approach. Ever since, Buchenot has worked to teach in a way that allows his students to show what they can do. Now an English professor in the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis School of Liberal Arts, he teaches scores of students every semester.

Active, collaborative learning has played a huge role in Buchenot’s teaching methods since his grad school days, especially now that he is a Mosaic faculty fellow. That fellowship program is a key part of IU’s Mosaic Active Learning Initiative, launched in 2015. It brings together faculty who, over the course of an academic year, teach in Mosaic classrooms, share approaches to active and collaborative learning, engage in research related to active-learning classrooms, and contribute to the development of learning spaces across IU.



Buchenot especially enjoys being part of a community of fellows, sharing ideas and perspectives on active learning. He’s made connections with colleagues outside of the English department. These relationships have broadened his perspective and made him a more thoughtful teacher.

“Mosaic is an example of Indiana University at its best,” he said. “It’s a forward-looking, progressive initiative that makes me proud to be part of this university.”

Video installation by Ragnar Kjartansson and The National headlines summer exhibitions at the Herron Galleries

This summer, the Herron School of Art and Design will feature the first Indiana exhibition of “A Lot of Sorrow,” a video installation by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson and indie-rock band The National.

“A Lot of Sorrow,” one of Kjartansson’s most well-known and acclaimed works, is a six-hour, single-channel video of a performance recorded at MoMA PS1 in 2013. For this piece, Kjartansson, best known for his durational performance and video work, invited The National to play their hit song “Sorrow” live on stage repeatedly and continuously for six hours, nine minutes, and 35 seconds. As hours pass and fatigue sets in, the band members experiment and improvise, yielding unexpected outcomes while Kjartansson periodically steps on stage to offer food and drink.

Kjartansson explores the creative potential of repetition by stretching a single pop song into a six-hour concert. Filmed with multiple cameras, Kjartansson’s large-screen video projection becomes an immersive experience that ARTnewscalled “astonishingly riveting,” and The New YorkTimes critic Roberta Smith described as “unimaginably expansive.”

The video will start from the beginning each day, allowing interested visitors to watch the entire 6-hour performance during gallery hours.

“A Lot of Sorrow” debuted at Luhring Augustine Bushwick in New York City in 2014 with more recent screenings at The Art Institute of Chicago, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

An opening reception will take place from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 7 in conjunction with the Indianapolis Downtown Artists & Dealer’s Association’s (IDADA) monthly First Friday art tour. The exhibition runs June 14 to September 2, 2017 in Herron’s Berkshire, Reese, and Paul Galleries. All Herron exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Also on view this summer in the Herron Galleries:

  • “Mirror Mirror,” featuring new paintings and a site-specific installation by New York-based artist Jaqueline Cedar (June 14 to September 2) in the Marsh Gallery;
  • “Fold, Staple, Riot: The Art and Subculture of Zine Making” highlighting local and national self-publishing communities (June 14 to July 15) in the Basile Gallery;
  • New work by Herron alumnus Samuel Levi Jones (B.F.A. Photography ’09) from July 26 to September 2 in the Basile Gallery.

Parking is available courtesy of The Great Frame Up Indianapolis in the visitor section of the Sports Complex Garage (west of Herron’s Eskenazi Hall), or on the upper floors of the Riverwalk Garage (south of the Sports Complex Garage) until 6 p.m. Park on any floor after 6 p.m. Bring your parking ticket to the Herron galleries for validation.

To view the original press release for this event, visit the Herron School of Art and Design website.

The Key Limitation and Danger of the Electronic Health Record

Dr. Alice Dreger

Please join the IU Center for Bioethics for a special seminar on Electronic Health Records by Alice Dreger, Ph.D., author of Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science. The seminar discusses a key limitation and danger of the electronic health record (EHR), “In Which Winnie the Pooh Teaches Us Something Important about the EHR’s Central Lesion.”

The seminar will take place in the Glick Eye Institute, Room 103, on June 6 at 2pm.

The electronic health record (EHR) holds the potential to be a fantastic technology in many ways. It promises better patient access to records, the ability to look more systematically for risk before harm happens, a way for health care professionals to more accurately track patients longitudinally, and a means to kinds of medical research we could never do before. But the EHR also has the potential to obscure the importance of cohesive narrative in patients’ lives.

This talk uses A.A. Milne’s story of Owl’s house being blown down, along with research from clinical psychology, cross-cultural anthropology, and evolutionary biology, to suggest that, unless we think about the great big narrative holes the EHR is leaving in patients’ lives, we may not be healing people as well as we could. Drawing on her experiences as an historian of medicine and science—including as one who has composed short, private, client-centered medical histories for victims of iatrogenic trauma—the speaker will suggest that the macrohistory of science and medicine that helps us understand the power of the EHR also compels us to consider the need for a micro history of medicine that makes up for one of the EHR’s worst unintended consequences.

Community Competition to Prevent Islamophobia

Blue Square

The Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts at IUPUI announces ten awards of $1,000 each to prevent Islamophobia, or anti-Muslim prejudice, discrimination, and violence, in Greater Indianapolis.

Highly original projects are sought from local writers, community activists, artists, religious congregations, public school teachers, dancers, community volunteers, philosophers, amateur historians, linguists, musicians, healers, social workers, poets, non-profit groups, and others. Projects can include performance, social media, debate, dialogue, the production of objects, sound, consciousness-raising, teaching, websites, and so on. They might focus on the political, social, cultural, or religious roots of Islamophobia, including anti-Muslim think tanks, federal surveillance and counter-intelligence, media bias, U.S. foreign policy, and cultural and religious stereotypes. Collaborations between Muslims and non-Muslims are especially welcome.

All individuals who are not currently employed by or enrolled at IUPUI are eligible to apply. Applicants must submit three- to four-page, double-spaced, carefully crafted proposals that outline (1) what the project is, (2) who will be involved, (3) who the audiences will be, (4) how the project will be accomplished, (5) where it will take place, (6) how it will be marketed, and (7) why it is likely to reduce anti-Muslim prejudice and discrimination. A timeline should be included.

Proposals are due by Sept. 1, 2017, with notification of awards expected by Sept. 15, 2017. All projects must be implemented sometime between October 1, 2017, and May 1, 2018. Please send inquiries and/or final proposals to Prof. Edward Curtis, ecurtis4@iupui.edu. Proposals must be sent as a Microsoft Word file or PDF attachment to an email. The email must include the applicant’s address and phone number. Half of the award will be payable immediately, with the other half contingent upon completion of the project.

IUPUI University Library begins 3-D digitization of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum items

As the Indianapolis Motor Speedway adds another chapter to its history with the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500, the University Library Center for Digital Scholarship at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is continuing to preserve some of the historic items that have been a part of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

Through a pilot project with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, University Library has scanned several museum artifacts in 3-D, creating a new database where race fans can view historic items from all angles with a click of a mouse.

Among the items scanned are helmets from legendary drivers Mario Andretti and Rick Mears, uniforms from Peter Revson and Bill Vukovich, vintage hood ornaments from cars, and a cross-section of a piece of the racing surface that shows its 108-year evolution from crushed stone to bricks to multiple layers of asphalt.

“We’re fortunate to have thousands of artifacts in our possession, but there are limitations to how we can share them with the public, from museum floor space to just the delicate nature of some items,” said Betsy Smith, executive director of the IMS Museum. “Scanning historic — and sometimes fragile — pieces in 3-D and saving them in a digital collection is a wonderful way of making more of our collection available, and we’ve been delighted to begin to do that in partnership with the IUPUI University Library.”

Thirteen items have been scanned and cataloged so far in the project, with the IMS Museum and University Library hoping to do more if funding materializes.

“There’s so much more in the IMS Museum to discover, and with this 3-D technology, we can create as vibrant of a database as we have with other pieces of IMS and Indianapolis 500 history,” said Jenny Johnson, head of digitization services for the IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship.

The Center has scanned and posted a searchable collection of thousands of images from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in recent years, and last year it launched a “500” Festival database with more than 8,000 items including programs, tickets, badges, photos of celebrities, and more. There are also audio race summaries of every Indianapolis 500 through 2014, featuring Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network clips and commentary from IMS historian Donald Davidson.

To view the original press release, visit the IUPUI Newsroom article.