Peter Bailey-Roller Skates to Ragtime: Americans and Americanisation in Victorian Britain

Well before the global invasion of Hollywood and the movies, American popular recreations and entertainments established a substantial beachhead in Victorian Britain, a lesser known but historically significant adjunct to the growth of American economic power. This illustrated presentation opens with a case study of the roller skating boom or ‘rinkomania’ in 1870s Britain, an American transplant of its distinctive technology, business practice and social manners. The study reanimates successive American showbiz genres, artists  and their influence on the British music halls and popular stage, from minstrelsy to the sensational song and dance of ragtime – –  ‘Everybody’s Doin’ It’ – – on the eve of the World War. The Americanisation of Victorian Britain, it is argued, was no one-way process but a complex interaction of modernising cultures, providing a revealing take on an emergent ‘special relationship’, its harmonies and discords. While it intensified the grip of American consumer capitalism, it generated greater expressive freedoms, aesthetically, socially and sexually, in the British host culture.

Peter Bailey is a historian, writer, and jazz musician.  An Emeritus Professor at the University of Manitoba, Bailey is currently based in Bloomington, Indiana.  His area of specialty is the social and cultural history of modern Britain, especially the history of the Victorian music hall, jazz, and stage.  He is the author of many articles and books including Leisure and Class in Victorian England, Popular Culture and Performance in the Victorian City, Music Hall: The Business of Pleasure.

April 11, 2013, 7-8 pm
IUPUI Campus Center, CE 405 (Yale Pratt Meeting Room)

Nearest Guest Parking Garage Vermont Street Garage (XB)

Free tickets available at


Professor Jane Stadler-“Spatio-Temporal Storytelling: Mapping the Travels of Red Dog”

The Polis Center and IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute present:

Professor Jane Stadler
University of Queensland, Australia
“Spatio-Temporal Storytelling: Mapping the Travels of Red Dog”
Monday, March 4, 2013
2:00 p.m.
CA 508
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend
Professor Jane Stadler will present her explorations of spatial history, mapping, and mobility in relation to the film Red DogRed Dog is based on three books that narrate the true story of a nomadic Red Cloud Kelpie cattle dog that was adopted by the mining community of Australia’s northwest Pilbara region in the1970s. Representations of Red Dog’s travels highlight the network of economic, geographical, and cultural factors that shape mobility in Australia’s largest, richest, and least densely populated state. In relation to work in progress on The Cultural Atlas of Australia, a cultural heritage project that maps the settings of films, novels, and plays, Professor Stadler considers the challenges of mapping movement through space and time using digital cartography. She argues that using geovisualization techniques to foreground spatial history and mobility in Red Dog reveals complex relationships between the mining industry, the Pilbara community, and myths of national and regional identity conveyed in cultural narratives.
Jane Stadler is Associate Professor of Film and Television Studies in the School of English, Media Studies, and Art History at the University of Queensland. She is co-editor of Pockets of Change (with Hopton, Atkinson, and Mitchell, 2011), author of Pulling Focus (2008), Screen Media (with McWilliam, 2009), Media and Society (with O’Shaughnessy, 2012), and articles on film and phenomenology, ethics, aesthetics, identity, and landscape.

Fall 2013 and Academic Year 2013/14 Service Learning Assistant Scholarships

The Center for Service and Learning is accepting applications for Fall 2013 and Academic Year 2013/14 Service Learning Assistant Scholarships.

Application Deadlines:

  • “Early Bird” Fall Only and AY 2013-14 awards  = March 1st, 2013 (Audience: faculty/staff desiring award notification prior to the end of Spring 2013)
  • General Application Period for Fall Only and AY awards = July 1st, 2013

Service Learning Assistant (SLA) Scholarships are available to recognize IUPUI students selected by faculty or professional staff to support community engaged faculty/staff work in teaching, research and service. SLAs may assist their faculty/staff mentor:

  • to design/implement/conduct SoTL research on a service learning class,
  • to conduct a community engaged research project,
  • to build capacity within a campus department or unit that expands the number and quality of service learning courses at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels of the curriculum,
  • to implement a professional service project in and with the community.

IUPUI faculty and staff are invited to apply for an SLA scholarship.

  • Upon approval, instructors identify a student to serve as their SLA.  The scholarship award is then transferred from the faculty/staff mentor to the student.
  • Please note that awards are granted to support faculty work. Applications to support independent student research projects will not be supported.

To learn more about program requirements, funding levels, or to complete an online application, please visit:

Film Screening: Tears of Gaza

This award winning film compiles first person accounts of those living in Gaza during the 2008-2009 bombings and portrays the impact it still has on Gaza today. It was shot in Palestine by Palestinians and shows actual footage from the bombings. This film is important, because it not only gives us an in-depth look at the atrocities of war but it gives the audience a unique chance to be engrossed in the perspective of Gazans toward the conflict and how the conflict they live in shapes it. After the showing of the film there will be a discussion about how the Gaza conflict impacts the lives of those involved and how the conflict shapes the tension between Israelis and Palestinians.

Wednesday, February 20th

Campus Center Theater at 6pm

This movie is sponsored by:

Council on Strategic International Affairs at IUPUI
Christians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East

For a trailer or more information about the film:

Laurette McCarthy will explain why you should care about Walter Pach and the Armory Show

Independent Scholar and Curator Laurette McCarthy will speak at Herron School of Art and Design on March 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the Basile Auditorium about her new book and The International Exhibition of Modern Art—also referred to the Armory Show.

Although it happened in 1913—ancient history for people absorbed in the here and now—this colossal granddaddy of an exhibition awakened America to new ways of seeing. Housed in New York City’s 69th Regiment Armory, which still stands on Lexington Avenue, the works in the Armory Show set the town on its ear.

All manner of experimental art—postimpressionism, fauvism, cubism, even a couple nonobjective paintings—was presented to a public steeped in realism. The Armory Show works were so edgy that even decades later, Hitler would seek to purge these “degenerate” treasures from the earth as a part of his horrific master plan.

Cézanne. Duchamp. Matisse. Hopper. With hundreds upon hundreds of works by more than 300 European and American artists, the Amory Show was the first exhibition of its kind in America, and it traveled from New York to Chicago and Boston.

A century hence, Laurette McCarthy has written Walter Pach (1883- 1958): The Armory Show and the Untold Story of Modern Art in America. She focuses on Pach as “one of the prime movers behind this seminal event,” about whom “surprisingly little has been written.”

Academics hail McCarthy’s book as a “meticulously documented biography” and “an important contribution to the history of American modernism.” It’s also a juicy backstory—one you’ll want to hear presented in person by the author.

McCarthy’s talk will touch on a Herron angle: faculty members Wil­liam Forsythe and Clifton Wheeler attended the exhibition in Chicago. Their connections to and opinions on the show may surprise you.
She will also discuss a centennial exhibition at the Montclair Art Mu­seum ( The New Spirit: American Art in the Armory Show, 1913, which opened exactly 100 years to the day from the original, on Feb 17, and continues through June 16 2013.
McCarthy’s books will be available for purchase with a signing by the author immediately following the lecture. She holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Delaware and a master of arts degree from the George Washington University. She lives in Brazil, Indiana.
Rob Bullock
Assistant to the Dean
External Affairs &  Development Specialist
Herron School of Art and Design
IUPUI – HR 224
735 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

IUPUI Reseach Day 2013

When: Friday, April 5, 2013 – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd.

Showcase your scholarly and creative research accomplishments to IUPUI and IUPUC faculty, staff, and students as well as business, nonprofit, and government organizations by submitting an abstract for the IUPUI 2013 Research Day poster session on April 5, 2013.

You are eligible to submit abstract for the Research Day poster session if you are an undergraduate or graduate/professional student engaged in a research project under the direct mentorship of an IUPUI or IUPUC faculty or staff mentor.

Please note that abstracts are due by midnight on March 1, 2013.

STEP 1) Submit your abstract.

To Submit Your Abstract:

  1. Click on the abstract formatting guidelines to make sure your abstract matches the guidelines.
  2. Your mentor or advisor has approved your abstract. Students working in groups must select the primary presenter who uploads the abstract.
  3. You will be required to submit in PDF format. Click on the link below and follow the instructions:
  4. CRL Students: Please check with your program leader to determine if an additional submission is required.

IUPUI faculty and Center for Research and Learning staff will inform students who have been selected to present their posters on Research Day no later than March 15, 2013.
Be aware that you will receive emails with detailed information regarding your status. If you do not respond to these emails, you may forfeit your presentation slot.

STEP 2) Have your poster printed.

Please make sure to read the information regarding poster guidelines and printing before you present. Posters that do not meet the guidelines may be rejected.

Creating your poster:

    1. Click here for your poster guidelines.
    2. CRL students make sure to follow guidelines for your specific programs.
    3. The CRL will print posters for CRL Students.Submit your poster to the CRL by March 21, 2013
      1. If you are not a CRL student and would like the CRL to print your poster for you, the cost is $100.00 per poster and may include an additional consultation fee.
      2. List of alternative places to print

Indiana Association of Historians Annual Meeting

March 2, 2013
Hosted by the University of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana

The Indiana Association of Historians is holding its 33rd Annual Meeting on March 2, 2013 at the University of Indianapolis.  This year’s conference theme is “Dreams of Freedom”.

Caroline E. Janney, Associate Professor of History at Purdue University, will deliver this year’s keynote address immediately following the conference luncheon.  Her address is titled “Emancipation and Freedom:  How Civil War Veterans Remembered Slavery”

Information about the Indiana Association of Historians annual meeting, including links to the Program and conference Registration Form, can be found at:

You can also contact the 2013 program chair for more information:

A. James Fuller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
University of Indianapolis

Spring Events at the Indiana Medical History Museum

The Indiana Medical History Museum is hosting 2 talks this spring.

The first lecture will be Wednesday, February 27.  Norma Erickson will present “Lincoln Hospital, 1909-1915: A Study of Leadership in African-American Healthcare in Progressive Era Indianapolis.

“That’s Disgusting!  Estimating Time since Death from Human Decomposition” will be presented on Wednesday, April 17 by Stephen P.

RSVP to to Sarah Halter at

David B. Larson Fellowship in Health and Spirituality

Deadline: April 17
Application Form: MS WordPDF (59kb)

  • Research on the relation of religiousness and spirituality to physical, mental, and social health
  • Open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a doctoral degree conferred prior to April 15
  • Stipend: $4,200 per month (6 to 12 months)

Further information:

John W. Kluge Center
phone: (202) 707-3302
fax: (202) 707-3595

The Library of Congress invites qualified scholars to apply for a post-doctoral fellowship in the field of health and spirituality. Made possible by a generous endowment from the International Center for the Integration of Health and Spirituality (ICIHS), the fellowship is named in honor of the Center’s late founder, David B. Larson, an epidemiologist and psychiatrist, who focused on potentially relevant but understudied factors which might help in prevention, coping, and recovering from illness.

The fellowship is designed to continue Dr. Larson’s legacy of promoting meaningful, scholarly study of these two important and increasingly interrelated fields. It seeks to encourage the pursuit of scholarly excellence in the scientific study of the relation of religiousness and spirituality to physical, mental, and social health. The fellowship provides an opportunity for a period of six to twelve months of concentrated use of the collections of the Library of Congress, through full-time residency in the Library’s John W. Kluge Center. The Kluge Center is located in the splendid Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library, and it furnishes attractive work and discussion space for its scholars as well as easy access to the Library’s specialized staff and to the intellectual community of Washington. If necessary, special arrangements may be made with the National Library of Medicine for access to its materials as well.

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must by U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must possess a doctoral degree awarded by the deadline date. For the purposes of the Larson Fellowship, doctoral degrees include the Ph.D., M.D., Sc.D., Dr.P.H., D.S.W., P.Psy., D.S.T., Th.D., and J.D.

Tenure & Stipend

The fellowship is tenable for a period from six to twelve months, at a stipend of $4,200 per month, for residential research at the Library of Congress. Stipends will be paid monthly by the Library of Congress by means of electronic transfer to a U.S. bank account. Transportation arrangements and housing are the responsibility of the Fellow. The Library of Congress does not supply health insurance coverage but can provide contacts with commercial providers. If a Fellow becomes ill or injured during the term of appointment, there is no provision for health care.


Applicants must submit a formal application packet, including an application form, a two page curriculum vitae which should indicate major prior scholarship, a one paragraph project summary, a bibliography of basic sources, a research proposal of no more than 1,500 words, and three letters of reference (in English) from people who have read the research proposal. The research proposal must define those aspects the applicant wishes to study in the relationships of religiousness and spirituality to physical, mental, and social health. Research perspectives may begin with, but need not be limited to, medical, psychiatric, psychological, nursing, public health, religious, ministerial, legal, sociological, anthropological, or historical experience. Interdisciplinary or cross-cultural proposals are welcomed. Applicants should be prepared to indicate those Library of Congress collections they anticipate using. Among the collections available to researchers are the world’s largest law library and outstanding multi-lingual collections of books and periodicals. Deep special collections of manuscripts, maps, music, films, recorded sound, prints and photographs, are also available. Further information about the Library’s collections can be found on the Library’s website: .

Due Date

The application deadline is April 17, with the fellowship commencing anytime after September 1. Application materials must be post-marked by the deadline date to be considered. Applicants are urged to consider submitting their application materials online or by fax, to avoid any problems caused by mail delivery.


The Larson Fellow is expected to develop research of a publishable quality. As a Kluge Center resident scholar, fellows are also expected to present a public seminar about their research, to participate actively in Kluge Center events and programs.

Contact Information

Completed application packets, questions, and other requests for information should be sent to the following address. Please note that containing mail delivery problems at the Library may require submitting the application packet by fax or email, to insure delivery by the deadline date:

Larson Fellowships
Library of Congress, LJ-120
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20540-4860
tel. 202 707-3302; fax 202 707-3595

Short-Term Research Fellowships

The New York Public Library is pleased to offer Short-Term Research Fellowships to support visiting scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research.  Fellowship stipends are $1,000 per week for up to four weeks and researchers must be in residence at the Library for a minimum of two weeks between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.  Scholars needing to conduct on-site research in the Library’s special collections to support projects in the humanities including but not limited to art history, cultural studies, history, literature, performing arts and photography are welcome to apply. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S.

In 2013-2014, the Library will offer additional fellowships to support the study of food and society focusing on manuscript cookbooks and related archival collections held by the Library. With support from the Pine Tree Foundation, the Food Studies Fellowships are intended to support multidisciplinary research and expose individuals working in the area of food studies to manuscript recipe books and archival collections held at the Library. Applicants for this fellowship should follow the same guidelines as the Short-Term Research Fellowship program.

Short-Term Research Fellowship important dates

Application Deadline:  April 8, 2013.
Notification:  May 3, 2013.
Award Period:  July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014.

Questions about the Short-Term Research Fellowships should be directed to the curatorial staff in the area of the applicant’s interest.  Please visit for detailed information about the research resources of The New York Public Library.

Download the Application Guidelines to ensure Short-Term Research Fellowship applications are complete before submission.

Application:  Complete applications consist of an abbreviated CV with current contact information, a research-project proposal, and desired length of residency sent as a single PDF or Word attachment no more than five pages in length.  The application and a single letter of recommendation in support of the research project must be sent to before the April 8, 2013 deadline.

Research project proposals: The research-project proposal is to include a general description or abstract of the research project, its title and format, i.e. dissertation/book/article. Applicants should then identify specific material(s) to be consulted during the desired dates of the fellowship period. Successful applications will also include an in depth explanation of how collections existing only at the New York Public Library are essential to the progress and completion of the research project.

Fellowship Announcement. The awarding of the fellowships will be announced by May 3, 2013. Fellowship recipients and their research projects will be acknowledged on The New York Public Library website and in Library publicity.

Residency. Fellows must take up residency between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.  Fellows are expected to be in continuous residence for the duration of the fellowship award period as specified in the proposal.  The maximum proposal length is six weeks.

Fellow’s Report. Each fellow is required to write a brief statement about his or her project and work completed at the Library by the end of the award period.