Lecture: HIV/AIDS survivor and advocate Sean Strub coming to IUPUI for World AIDS Day

Date: December 3, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Location: IUPUI Campus Center, RM 450CSean Strub Image

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis professor Carrie E. Foote and students in her sociology class AIDS and Society, offered in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, will host longtime HIV survivor and advocate Sean Strub as a World AIDS Day guest speaker.

An Evening with Sean Strub” will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in Room 450C of the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. Strub, founder of POZ magazine, will present “The Criminalization of HIV,” a talk on how HIV-specific laws hurt public health and why reform is needed. Author of “Body Counts: A Memoir of Activism, Sex and Survival,” Strub will hold a book-signing immediately following his talk.

The Office of National AIDS Policy, along with various agencies and organizations such as the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Health and Human Services, the HIV Medicine Association, and the Positive Justice Project, has called for all states to review their laws concerning HIV exposure, Foote said.

Thirty-three states, including Indiana, have HIV-specific statutes that apply to people living with HIV and that penalize any alleged, perceived or suspected HIV exposure, regardless of intent to, or risk of, harm to another individual, Foote said.

“Many people think that the use of criminal law in cases where no HIV transmission occurred, or was even possible, is warranted and appropriate,” she said. “Mr. Strub will offer insights into how HIV-specific laws are not warranted and are actually quite harmful, stigmatizing and discriminatory toward people with HIV. He will elaborate on how these laws hurt public health and why it is therefore critical to reform these laws.”

Strub has been HIV-positive for more than 33 years. In 1994, he founded POZ, the leading independent global source of information about HIV. He presently is the executive director of the SERO Project, a network of people with HIV fighting for freedom from stigma and injustice, and is treasurer of the U.S. Caucus of People Living with HIV. He is considered an expert on HIV prevention and treatment policy and the intersection of sex, public health and the law.

The event is the brainchild of Tamarah Kilroy, an IUPUI senior studying social work who is also the service-learning assistant for Foote’s class. Questions about attending can be directed to Kilroy at tkilroy@imail.iu.edu.

Artist Talk: German artist Bastian Muhr to speak at Herron School of Art and Design

Date: December 2, 2015Bastian Muhr, untitled (detailed), 2014, Pencil/Paper
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Herron School of Art and Degin’s Basile Auditorium

German artist Bastian Muhr, who is know for his large-scale nonrepresentational works, will give a free public talk about his art in Herron School of Art and Design’s Basile Auditorium on Wednesday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m.
Muhr is also active member of an artist-run gallery in Leipzig.

During his two-day visit to Indianapolis, Muhr will do studio visits and have small-group meetings with students from Herron and the IUPUI Museum Studies program.

Muhr first encountered Herron through the school’s study abroad program in Central Europe this past summer. He is one of the artists who met with Herron students during that trip. Herron plans to repeat the Central Europe study in 2016.

Artist Bio:

Bastian Muhr (b.1981 in Braunschweig, Germany) loves to draw. He grew up in Berlin and moved to Leipzig in 2004 to study Painting and Graphic Arts at the Academy of Visual Arts (HGB) where he graduated in 2010. Since then, he has exhibited regularly in Germany and abroad. Upcoming and recent solo exhibitions include: Drawings, Museum Wiesbaden, 2016; and Folge der Linie bis zum Elefanten, Galerie b2 Leipzig, 2014. Muhr’s works are in the collections of Berlin State Museums / Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin; Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig; Dresden State Art Collections/Kunstfonds, Dresden; German Federal Bank, Frankfurt; and Museum Angerlehner, Talheim bei Weis, Austria.

Co-sponsered by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.

Lecture| Heather Blair Presents “Affecting Religion: Picturebooks and the Configuration of Childhood Virtues”

Date: Friday, Dec. 4,2015clip_image002_006
Time: 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Location: UL 4115P

Heather Blair, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at IU-Bloomington presents, “Affecting Religion: Picturebooks and the Configuration of Childhood Virtues.” Postwar Japanese picture books often appropriate elements with recognizably religious pedigrees—characters, plots, visual imagery—for use in the education and entertainment of young children. Working against conventional interpretations of mainstream picturebooks as wholly secular and therefore un-religious, I argue that they in fact promote a transformed and acculturated form of religiosity. In this talk, focus on the affective and ethical dimensions of picturebooks by identifying and analyzing the childhood virtues they promote.

This event is sponsored by the IU Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society and by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.

Lecture: Murder exoneree Kwame Ajamu to speak at IU McKinney School of Law

Date: November 13, 2015
Time: 7:15 PM
Location: Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Wynne Courtroom

INDIANAPOLIS — On Friday, Nov. 13, the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Kwame Ajamu ImageLaw Wrongful Conviction Clinic, in conjunction with the Indiana Abolition Coalition, will host Kwame Ajamu, who was exonerated of murder in February, 12 years after his parole following 28 years in prison for the crime.

Ajamu’s story is one of a wrong righted after years of punishment. The exoneree will speak at 7:15 p.m. in the Wynne Courtroom of the law school’s building, Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.

At the age of 17, Kwame Ajamu, then known as Ronnie Bridgeman, was sent to death row from a Cleveland courtroom for the 1975 stabbing and shooting murder of a money-order salesman. No physical or forensic evidence linked Ajamu, his brother and a friend to the heinous crime. Rather, the prosecution’s case rested on the testimony of Eddie Vernon, who was 13 when he testified. All three were convicted.

Ajamu’s death sentence was commuted to life in 1978, when Ohio’s death-penalty statute was declared unconstitutional. He was paroled in 2003 after serving 28 years.

The Ohio Innocence Project agreed to reinvestigate the case after a 2011 magazine article highlighted inconsistencies in Vernon’s eyewitness testimony. In November 2014, Vernon told a judge reviewing the matter that the police gave him the details of the crime.

In February 2015, Ajamu was declared innocent.

The law school’s Wrongful Conviction Clinic, directed by professor Fran Watson, is a founding member of the Innocence Network. The international group of about 60 organizations is “dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to individuals seeking to prove innocence of crimes for which they have been convicted.” The network is also dedicated to policy reforms leading to the prevention of wrongful convictions.

About 16 to 20 students each year are accepted into the Wrongful Conviction Clinic program. Their success stories include the 2001 release of Larry Mayes of Gary, Ind., who was exonerated of rape based on DNA testing that resulted from the work of Watson and four of her clinic students. In 2008, a federal court approved a $4.5 million settlement for Mayes, who spent 21 years in prison on the wrongful conviction.

Lecture| Marcia Chatelain: “From the Great Migration to #BlackLivesMatter: African American History as a Tool for Social Change”

Date: November 13, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM-6:30 PM
Location: Butler University, JH 141Annual Emma Lou Thornbrough Lecture Flyer at Butler University

Great Migration historian Marcia Chatelain discusses her new book, South Side Girls:  Growing up in the Great Migration and its relationship to current conversations about the #BlackLivesMatter Movement by connecting the experiences of girls and young women during black urbanization and the contemporary crisis of youth incarceration, underserved schools and communities, and police violence. As the creator of #FergusonSyllabus, Professor Chatelain considers how social media has created a powerful tool for social justice and activism framed by historical inquiry and analysis. A public reception will follow this lecture.

This event is made possible by the support of the Indiana Association of Historians and through the generous funding of the Ayres Fund.

Lecture: Philanthropy expert Ken Prewitt to discuss ‘Do charitable foundations make a difference?’ at IUPUI

INDIANAPOLIS — America’s 86,192 charitable foundations frequently receive both praise Kenneth Prewitt Imageand criticism for their efforts to create change. Are they really making a difference? Former Rockefeller Foundation executive, foundation scholar and Columbia University Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs Kenneth Prewitt will explore the topic “Can Foundations Know If They Are Making a Difference? Navigating between Ivory Towers and Performance Metrics” during a talk at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis next week.

The program, presented under the auspices of the Stead Family Chair in International Philanthropy at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, will begin with a 5 p.m. reception followed by Prewitt’s lecture at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the lower level of the Lilly Auditorium at University Library, 755 W. Michigan St., on the IUPUI campus.

Prewitt’s talk will be followed by a panel discussion with local philanthropy leaders and faculty, including:

  • Dewayne Matthews, vice president of strategy development, Lumina Foundation
  • Christie Gillespie, vice president of community impact, United Way of Central Indiana
  • Catherine Herrold, assistant professor of philanthropic studies, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Prewitt, the former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, argues that it is increasingly important for foundations to effectively track, measure and share whether the work they fund actually helps make a difference, and he deems insufficient the current reporting methods used by U.S. foundations.

Prewitt previously has written that “significant, specific achievements can be attributed to foundation grantmaking” but also notes, “Although not wishing to subtract from the worthiness and social significance of these achievements, skeptics might ask … how we can assess the magnitude of social change in relation to the funds spent.'”

“The debate about whether and how foundations’ impact can be measured is a long-standing but important conversation,” said Amir Pasic, the Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the school. “Ken Prewitt’s research, thought leadership and insightful questioning of how we assess foundations provide context to help philanthropic institutions evaluate their impact and consider whether adjusting or rethinking metrics could enhance the services they fund and provide.”

The event is free and open to the public; RSVPs are requested.

Lecture: Celebrated digital computer artist Jason Seiler to speak at IUPUI Oct. 29

Date: October 29, 2015Jason Seiler cover illustration for Time magazine
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Room CE 450B in the Campus Center, 420 University Blvd.

INDIANAPOLIS — Jason Seiler, perhaps the most celebrated digital computer artist in the world, will speak at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis on Oct 29. The event is free and open to the public.

Seiler, whose caricatures and illustrations have been featured on the covers of Rolling Stone, Billboard, Time, The New Yorker and many other publications, will discuss his work and demonstrate the illustration techniques he uses in Photoshop.

The presentation will take place in Room CE 450B in the Campus Center, 420 University Blvd., beginning at 6 p.m.

“For anyone involved in the digital computer arts field, this is a rare opportunity to see and meet a living legend who is still delivering new digital art daily,” said Dan Baldwin, director of computer graphics technology in the School of Engineering and Technology’s Department of Computer Information and Graphics Technology.

The department and the student chapter of SIGGRAPH IUPUI are hosting the event. The artist will sign copies of his book, “The Complete Artist: A Guide on How to Succeed in the Creative Industry,” following his presentation.

Seiler is a Chicago-based artist who studied fine-art illustration at the American Academy of Art in Chicago for two years before beginning his professional work in earnest.

In addition to illustrations, Seiler has worked with Imaginism Studios, including as a character designer on Tim Burton’s “Alice In Wonderland,” helping create such characters as the Red Queen, the Tweedles and the Bandersnatch. Most recently, Seiler painted six stamps for the United States Postal Service’s Forever series.

Seiler illustrates for publications digitally using a Wacom Cintiq, the same technology the Computer Information and Graphics Technology department installed in the first full lab of Wacom Cintiqs at IUPUI.

Lecture: McKinney panel to discuss national, international responses to refugee crises

INDIANAPOLIS — Responses to the world refugee crisis are the focus of an upcoming 482544_w296public panel discussion at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, located on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. McKinney School of Law will present “World Refugee Crisis? Domestic and International Responses” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 in the Wynne Courtroom of the law school building, Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St.  The presentation is part of the McKinney Graduate Studies Lecture Series.

The informative panel discussion will address the domestic and legal frameworks for dealing with the issue of refugees, Bravo said. Panel members include Sam Sites, 2017 McKinney J.D. candidate, who through the law school’s Program in International Human Rights Law interned with the Legal Resources Centre in Accra, Ghana, and the Organization for Aid to Refugees in Prague. His internship assignments included weekly visits to a refugee camp and a refugee detention center. A better understanding of the world refugee crisis is invaluable for the typical American, Sites said.

“It’s important for Americans to have a better understanding of the world refugee crisis so that we can better aid refugees and countries that are helping them. Americans have always been generous, so it’s also important for them to know about organizations they can support to help refugees, even if they won’t necessarily meet any of the refugees,” Sites said. “There are many human-rights and refugee organizations that are based in the United States, so there are opportunities to serve and to respond within the U.S. You don’t have to travel or be fluent in a different language to help refugees.”

Other panel members are:

  • Mahja Zeon, deputy prosecutor, Marion County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Carleen Miller, executive director, Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc.
  • Bernard Trujillo, professor, Valparaiso University School of Law

The event is free, but registration is strongly encouraged. Additional information is available on the McKinney website.