IUPUI to host seminar to motivate, prepare Hispanic students for college

INDIANAPOLIS — Nationally known spoken-word poet, hip-hop artist and actor Michael Reyes and other Hispanic professionals from various career fields will share theiMichael Reyes, META 2015 keynote speakerr success stories during an annual college preparedness program for Hispanic students. The program is designed to motivate and encourage the students to pursue a post-secondary education.

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, in partnership with DePauw University, Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis Public Schools and other community partners, will welcome about 300 Hispanic students from high schools across the state to IUPUI on Monday, Sept. 28, for the annual “META: Mapping Education Towards Achievement.”

META 2015 will take place from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. The workshop includes two career path sessions during which Hispanic and bilingual professionals will share how their high school and college educations have contributed to their career success. META students will also receive information about higher education admissions, scholarships and financial aid processes, and related immigration law.

Reyes will deliver the keynote address from 12:35 to 1:15 p.m. in Room 450 of the Campus Center.

Planning for college isn’t easy for any high school student, and for Hispanic students, particularly those who would be first-generation college students, the process can be even more challenging because of cultural differences and language barriers. More than 90 percent of those attending the workshop will be the first in their families to attend college.

Event organizers said Reyes’ success in the arts and communication field and his Chicano/Mexican background give him a direct connection to META students as a role model and inspiration.

As a leader in progressive and radical music, Reyes combines cultural stories of resistance, raw hip-hop and inspiring poems to reach youth and elders alike, challenging the main social ills faced by communities of color.

“He is great at telling narratives that cause his audience to think critically about our perception of Latinos,” said Cindy Gil, coordinator of Hispanic engagement initiatives in the Office of Community Engagement at IUPUI. “He also highlights truths about the struggles and successes faced when seeking educational achievement in the U.S.

“META students will immediately identify with someone who shares a similar identity, history and experience as them while being empowered through the arts and education.”

Reyes will also teach a workshop session about poetry, creative writing and spoken word. Gil said that focusing on skills explored in that session will not only be useful for students’ future arts endeavors but will also strengthen their abilities to prepare for and succeed in college, and to advocate for themselves in their high schools and communities. Reyes will also lead a workshop at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 in Campus Center Room 409.

IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar, as well as representatives from the Consulate of Mexico in Indianapolis and the Office of Congressman Andre Carson, will deliver brief remarks during the workshop.

In addition to IUPUI, DePauw, Ivy Tech and IPS, META sponsors include La Plaza, Indiana Latino Institute, the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI and Butler and Marian universities.

Summer Workshops support increasing interest in informatics

The School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI hosts Summer Workshops each year informatics logoas a way to introduce informatics and computing to area high school students and provide them the opportunity to discover their interests in technology in a variety of ways.

This year’s workshops were held June 8 through July 24 and included new sessions to engage junior high students as well, with exciting results. The workshops, taught by faculty and students in the school, covered topics in Media Arts and Science, Informatics, and Bioinformatics.

“Informatics and computing is prevalent in so many different fields including health and life sciences. So we wanted to include workshops for junior high students to introduce them to informatics and computing and allow them to explore, and also include something for high school students that have an interest in science as well as technology,” said Angela Madden, high school specialist for the School. “With the new changes, registration doubled from last year and more registered for multiple workshops, which shows how the interest in informatics is growing.”

The workshops offered hands-on experience on everything ranging from game design, 3D animation and app development for smartphones to exploring a human genome.

Students were able to work and become familiar with the latest technology, production equipment, and software during class sessions.

At the end of each workshop, students gave a project presentation. Those in the bioinformatics workshop did a team presentation that detailed their research and provided data visualization of their findings, giving students real world experience. “Presentation skills are important to have not only when preparing for college, but for a career too,” said Brian Benedict, Director of Career Services for the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI.

Each workshop was Monday through Friday, with class sessions going from 8: 30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Classes were open to any student entering, currently enrolled in, or graduating from grades 7-12.

The workshop series is scheduled annually mid-June through the end of July.

Workshop: Introduction to Databases for the Digital Humanities

Michael Mandiberg. Database at Postmasters, March 2009. CC BY-SA 2.0 https://www.flickr.com/photos/theredproject/3332644561/sizes/lMay 19, 2015
2-4 pm
IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, IUPUI Library room UL 4115P
Free Registration

Databases are becoming increasingly important to research projects in the humanities. From storing to structuring to analyzing our digitized corpuses and data sets, databases provide humanists with a powerful tool to ask new questions and to discover new answers to old questions. But, where does the scholar who is new to databases begin?

This workshop will introduce you to the basics of database design for humanities research. You will learn on SQLite (http://sqlite.org), a flexible and versatile open source database engine that is the most widely deployed SQL database engine in the world.

What will you learn in this workshop

  • Database concepts
  • How common data manipulation/cleaning tasks can be accomplished in SQLite
  • How to import vast amounts of data in SQLite
  • How to query data from SQLite
  • How to use SQLite’s full feature set (e.g. full-text search and geospatial data store) to simplify analysis

What will you need?

  • A personal laptop with internet connection
  • Data used for the demonstration will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own data sets

Conference: DPLAfest 2015

On April 17th and 18th, Indianapolis Central Library, Indiana State Library, IUPUI University Library, and the Indiana Historical Society will host DPLAfest 2015.http://dp.la/

DPLAfest 2015, presented by the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), brings hundreds together to discuss everything from technology and development, to (e)books, law, genealogy, and education. DPLAfest 2015 will appeal to teachers and students, librarians, archivists, museum professionals, developers and technologists, publishers and authors, genealogists, and members of the public alike who are interested in an engaging mix of interactive workshops, hands-on activities (including scanning stations to digitize your family treasures), discussions with community leaders, hackathons, fun events, and so much more. DPLAfest 2015 is open to the public; registration is required.

Price: $75/two-day, $50/one-day (open to the public)

Register here.

The Digital Public Library of America offers a single point of access to millions of items from libraries, archives, and The The Digital Public Library of America offers a single point of access to millions of items from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Users can browse and search DPLA’s collections by timeline, map, virtual bookshelf, and faceted search; save and share customized lists of items; explore digital exhibitions; and interact with DPLA-powered apps in the app library. DPLA currently provides free and open access to some 8.4 million digital items.

Workshop: Social Media for Scholars

Ray HaberskiMarch 11, 2015 | 12:00-2:30
University Library, Room 2120
755 W. Michigan St.

Twitter. Facebook. Instagram. Reddit.  What do these platforms have to do with scholarly research?  As it turns out, quite a bit.  Scholars are turning to these platforms to expand the reach of their work — communicating with networks of specialists, students, and non-specialists alike.  In this workshop, attendees will learn about the various social media platforms and how to use them in a scholarly capacity.  Skills learned in this workshop will have relevance to research, teaching, and public engagement.

Dr. Ray Haberski, Director of the American Studies Program and a Professor of History in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, will lead this workshop.

Co-sponsored by the IUPUI Library Center for Digital Scholarship.

Digital Humanities Workshop: Caitlin Pollock, “Introduction to TEI”

February 11, 2015 | 12:00-2:30
Location: IUPUI University Library, Room 2120
Free tickets available below

Co-sponsored by the IUPUI Library Center for Digital Scholarship

The Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) sets the standards for text-encoding, born-digital editing, and digital humanities projects. It is the preferred format for granting agencies such as the National Endowment for the Humanities. TEI’s guidelines (TEI) define an XML format for textual materials represented in a digital form.

This workshop provides attendees with a hands-on introduction to basic text encoding with TEI. It assumes attendees have some basic knowledge of XML or other markup languages.

Indiana Humanities & Indiana Landmarks Grant Workshop Opportunities

indexindexa;dfjIndiana Humanities & Indiana Landmarks invite you to a Grant Workshop on Dec. 5, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop will be held at Indiana Landmarks, 1201 Central Avenue, Indianapolis.

Focusing on opportunities for funding public programs in history, preservation, literature and related fields, the workshop will provide information on available grants, offer examples of innovative projects and give you a chance to meet grants officers and colleagues. Senior program officer Chrissy Cortina will talk about grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Advance registration is required. More information at: www.indianahumanities.org/Grants or contact Nancy Conner, 800.675.8897 or nconner@indianahumanities.org.

African Studies Association panel discusses our response to ebola-related stigma and violence targeting Africans and first responders

indexThe African Studies Association will be holding its 57th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis next week. As part of our Annual Meeting, the Association will host a pre-conference workshop, “Responding to Ebola-Related Stigma and Violence Targeting Africans and First Responders” on Wednesday, Nov 19, 9:30 am-12:00 pm at the JW Marriott Indianapolis, Room 105. This workshop is being organized by a member of the African Studies Association Board of Directors, Dr. Sheryl McCurdy.

This workshop seeks to bring together interdisciplinary experts to discuss the Ebola crisis and possible ways forward, as well as the development of possible responses and resources for future teach-ins and forums. Current panelists include Dr. McCurdy, Dr. Pamela Scully, Emory University, Dr. Mary Beth Riner, Indiana University, and Dr. Ruth Stone, Indiana University.

The School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is a sponsor of this year’s meeting, and as part of your sponsorship benefits, we would like to open the workshop, free of charge, to interested students and faculty from the School.

Interested students and faculty can sign up to attend the workshop via this form.

Registration will be granted on a first come, first serve basis, and will remain open until the workshop hits capacity.

Popular Combat Paper workshops return to Herron School of Art and Design in November


Paper making at a combat paper workshop Image courtesy of Combat Paper project

This November, Drew Cameron will return to Herron School of Art and Design with his internationally successful Combat Paper workshops, where veterans or anyone touched by war may bring uniforms or other cloth to be turned into paper and then made into works of art.

Established in 2007, the Combat Paper Project has grown from its San Francisco base to an international phenomenon that has helped to heal war-torn people from Canada to Kosovo.

In his own post-combat search for meaning, Cameron, the project’s co-founder, discovered that papermaking could be a transformative process that broadens “the traditional narrative surrounding the military experience and warfare.” The workshops are returning to Indiana at the urging of Juliet King, director of Herron School of Art and Design’s Art Therapy Program.

With the support of faculty and students from bookbinding, other fine arts programs and art therapy, the workshops will take place on Thursday and Friday, November 6 and 7, at the Eskenazi Fine Arts Center, 1410 Indiana Avenue, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Attendance is free, but reservations are required. Anyone interested in attending the workshops may reserve a seat by contacting Juliet King by email or by phone at 317-278-5466 by October 30.

Cameron also will be providing a lecture series to graduate art therapy students where they will engage in an interactive discussion on the similarities and differences between therapeutic art experiences such as Combat Paper and the clinical profession of art therapy.

Enhanced Mentoring Program with Opportunities for Ways to Excel in Research (EMPOWER)

imagesThe Enhanced Mentoring Program with Opportunities for Ways to Excel in Research (EMPOWER) has been developed to support IUPUI faculty who are historically underrepresented and/or excluded populations in their discipline or area of scholarship and historically denied admission to higher education or that discipline, 1) to become successful in sponsored research and scholarly activity, and 2) to achieve significant professional growth and advancement. The program sustains mentorship opportunities through the EMPOWER Grant Program, supporting achievement of excellence in research and scholarly activity, and optimal attainment of academic career goals and objectives. The next EMPOWER application deadline is September 5, 2014. For grant guidelines and application forms, click here.