Liberal Arts Sabbatical Series returns to IUPUI for 2015-16 school year

INDIANAPOLIS—Professors in the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue iu-logoUniversity Indianapolis will discuss their sabbatical projects throughout the 2015-16 school year. Topics include the process of creating the forged writings of Madeleine Hachard, growing up during the Nigerian civil war, and using online resources to teach drama.

The series is free and open to the public. The lectures will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd., Room 268.

Friday, Oct. 9:Jing Wang, world languages and cultures, “Revealing Textbook Writers’ Perspectives.” Well-written textbooks are language instructors’ best friends; yet poorly prepared ones can burden instructors. This study interviews textbook writers to examine popular beginning and intermediate Chinese language textbooks used in the U.S. Study results reveal theoretical frameworks used by the textbook writers and consequently provide key information on textbook selection and language instruction—in Chinese and beyond.

Tuesday, Oct. 27: Daniella Kostroun, history, “The Invention of Madeleine Hachard and Other Discoveries About the 1727 Ursuline Mission to New Orleans.” Madeleine Hachard is considered Louisiana’s first female author, but the writings attributed to her are forgeries. Learn about the discovery of evidence documenting the fraud behind Hachard’s alleged writings as well as new insights about the pioneering Ursulines once we move beyond the “myth” of Hachard.

Friday, Nov. 13: David Craig, religious studies, “Religious Freedom and the Politics of Public Accommodations.” Given the controversy around Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, how should we think about corporate religious freedom and public accommodations? Shifting the focus from individuals’ religious beliefs to organizations’ mission integrity may create more common ground.

Tuesday, Feb. 2: Una Osili, economics/philanthropic studies, “War and Human Capital: Growing Up During the Nigerian Civil War.” Civil conflict is an obstacle to development in the developing world. The Nigerian Civil War was the first modern civil war in sub Saharan Africa. Four decades later, this study documents the war’s significant, long-run economic impact. Those exposed to the war as children and adolescents exhibit reduced adult stature, as well as adverse education, health and marriage outcomes.

Friday, Feb. 12: Brian McDonald, English, “A Dramatic Difference! Enhancing the Teaching and Learning of Drama With Online Tools.” Canvas, IUPUI’s new online teaching and learning environment, has user-friendly features that enhance faculty opportunities and student experiences. How can these capabilities be used to develop assignments that integrate both the textual and performative aspects of dramatic literature?

Wednesday, March 16: Anne Royalty, economics, “What Happens When Physicians Work Together?” Multi-specialty physician practices are increasingly common. These integrated settings may make it easier to coordinate patient care for patients seeing more than one doctor in the practice. Do practices that include general practitioners and specialists improve health outcomes or eliminate wasteful spending?

Visitor parking is available for a fee in the Vermont Street Garage.

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New IUPUI certificate program addresses need for translation professionals

INDIANAPOLIS — The current demand for skilled language translators far outweighs the 480965_w296supply available, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics has indicated that employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow 46 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

A new certificate offered by the Department of World Languages and Cultures in the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will prepare students for these careers. Applications for the new Graduate Certificate in Translation Studies are now being accepted. The post-graduate program begins in fall 2016.

“The new certificate program will help prepare the workforce needed for the numerous requests for the growing limited English proficiency populations in Indiana and in the U.S. by providing quality translations through emerging technologies,” said professor Enrica Ardemagni, director of the Graduate Certificate in Translation Studies.

Globalization of business, law and trade relations and changing U.S. demographics have increased demand for translation skills in many fields, especially educational, medical, legal and technical. Translation studies is the interdisciplinary study of the theory, description and application of translation, interpretation and localization. It is recognized as an academic discipline that includes the application of theory and practice to specific fields of translation.

Academically well-prepared and highly motivated individuals with advanced language proficiency in English and French, German and/or Spanish who are interested in the study of translation are invited to apply for the new IUPUI certificate program. A baccalaureate degree in a language from an accredited institution is required for admission; however, other degrees will be taken into consideration based on completion of prerequisites in preparation for graduate-level study. The application deadline is Feb. 1.

A minimum of 18 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree is required to complete coursework for the IU Graduate Certificate in Translation Studies, which also includes advanced courses in interpreting (Spanish only). A required internship will give students hands-on practice to ensure command of the lexical precision and detailed understanding of contexts or terminologies as well as a nuanced sense of the purpose of language and its designated audience.

“We are proud to add this new certificate program to our program offerings in the IU School of Liberal Arts,” Dean Thomas J. Davis said. “These students will work with faculty in the Department of World Languages and Cultures as well as in other departments and the community to hone their translation skills, as well as to offer a much-needed service to the growing limited-English-proficiency populations of the state. These future translators will comprise the next generation of professionals who will ensure access to needed services; they will, as well, broaden the scope of research that can be done in several languages through exemplary translated works.”

The graduate certificate will be officially announced on International Translation Day at IUPUI. The event takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. Bolivian author Maria Cristina Botelho will make a special presentation and deliver a bilingual reading from her book “Memoria de las Mariposas.”

Langsam/Oswalt Lecturer Summer Fellowship for Full-Time Non-Tenure Track Teaching Faculty

The Langsam/Oswalt Faculty Award award supports a summer fellowship for non-tenureiu-logo track, full-time teaching faculty to allow them to take a summer “sabbatical” from teaching to pursue professional development activities. This award is for $6,000, and can be used for summer salary (including required withholdings).

*****NOTE: The timeline on this award application has been moved to December to give departments time to change summer teaching schedules, as necessary.

Applications may be by individuals or by departments/programs and must detail proposed professional development activity that supports their teaching mission. Activities supported by this award include those that lead to scholarly dissemination of knowledge about teaching, curriculum development projects, and other activities of long-term professional benefit to the teacher and the unit, including related travel and/or conference expenses as well as library and equipment acquisitions. A committee appointed by the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts shall determine the recipient of the Fellowship based on the merit of the proposal.

Candidates must be non-tenure track, full time teaching faculty of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and have worked in this capacity for a minimum of three years. Visiting faculty are not eligible for this Fellowship. This Fellowship can be received in conjunction with other funding.

Submit the following:

  • A maximum of a three-page proposal detailing the activity and at least one letter of support. The entire proposal may not exceed more than 5 pages.
  • A current CV (does not count in page limit).

Submit all required documents, electronically, to Candice L. Smith, by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23, 2015.

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.

A Blade of Grass Invites Letters of Interest for Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art

A Blade of Grass provides resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and bladeserve as innovative conduits for social change. To that end, ABOG is inviting Letters of Interest for its Fellowship for Engaged Art.

The $20,000 ABOG fellowship supports socially engaged projects that promote art as a catalyst for social change; that feature artists in leadership roles; that emphasize active and sustainable partnerships with communities; and/or in which artists engage community members as equal partners on locally relevant issues (or globally relevant issues as they apply to the local context). Projects in which co-creation with non-artists is part of the process are encouraged.

Fellows become active participants in a program that features a range of services, including a two-day orientation that explores ABOG’s documentation and assessment models and includes workshops on strategies for community engagement; quarterly co-assessment meetings with other fellows to share progress and offer feedback to one another; support and feedback for ongoing self-assessment in the form of collaborative action research; and assessment by an outside evaluator.

Eligible applicants include individual artists or artist collectives with projects that directly engage a specific community or communities. Artists may not currently be enrolled as students, must be legal residents or citizens of the U.S., and be at least 25 years of age. Applicants must not have received a full ABOG Socially Engaged Art Fellowship as an individual or as part of an artist collective in the last three years. In addition, applicants must have a website with contextualized examples of past work that a selection panel can review.

Applicants are strongly recommended to attend an informational workshop on either September 29 or November 2 before submitting application materials.

Letters of Interest must be received no later than November 20, 2015. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications by January 15, 2016.

For complete program guidelines, information about previous fellows, and application procedures, visit the ABOG website. Link to Complete RFP.

New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities 2015-16 Call for Proposals

Since 2005, Indiana University has demonstrated a significant commitment to supporting IU ART MUSEUM LIGHT TOTEMexcellence in the arts and humanities through New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities. Over the past ten years, New Frontiers has provided 750 grants to more than 450 faculty members from all eight IU campuses. I invite you to visit this website for a multimedia retrospective of New Frontiers, where you can learn about some of the ways in which IU faculty have used the resources provided by this program to produce outstanding creative and scholarly work.

President McRobbie has announced that the program will be renewed for another five years. Thanks to his commitment, IU stands ready to continue this investment in our outstanding artists and humanities scholars. I am pleased to bring to your attention the 2015-16 call for proposals, available here.

This year, there will again be four funding mechanisms:

  • New Frontiers of Creativity and Scholarship: funding of up to $50,000 to assist in the development of innovative works of scholarship or creative activity (deadline October 15)
  • New Frontier Experimentation Fellowship: grants of up to $15,000 to fund the very preliminary stages of new trajectories in research or creative activity (deadlines January 15 and June 15)
  • New Frontiers/New Currents: grants of up to $20,000 to fund workshops, symposia, or small conferences on timely topics featuring major distinguished thinkers (deadlines September 15 and March 1)
  • New Frontiers Exploratory Travel Fellowships: grants of up to $3,000 to support national or international travel for new research or creative projects (deadlines October 15, December 15, February 15, and April 15).

If you have any questions about the New Frontiers program, please read the FAQs or contact

ECA Community College Initiative Program

Limited Submission URL:

IU Internal Deadline: 9/30/2015
ECA Application Deadline: 11/16/2015

Brief Description:
The CCI Program provides international participants from underserved and iu-logounderrepresented communities with an intensive academic-year long program at accredited U.S. community colleges, focused on building technical and professional skills while deepening participants’ understanding of the United States.

The CCI Program demonstrates the U.S. commitment to education for all by providing access to educational opportunities to a broad spectrum of international students from underserved and underrepresented communities. By providing quality technical and professional education, community colleges can provide students from developing countries with skills and experiences that will help them to participate constructively in their countries’ development. The Bureau is engaged with the U.S. community college sector to increase the number of international students enrolled at U.S. community colleges and to reinforce efforts to build international ties. International students bring opportunities for global engagement and learning to U.S. classrooms and campuses, encouraging U.S. community college students to study abroad and fostering global awareness and skills development for those U.S. students who may not have the opportunity to study or travel abroad.

Award Amount:
It is the Bureau’s intent to award up to three cooperative agreements (one base year plus two non-competitive continuations) for an estimated three-year total amount of $15,600,000, pending availability of funds. There is no minimum or maximum cost sharing percentage required for this competition. However, the Bureau encourages applicants to provide maximum levels of cost sharing and funding in support of its programs.

Proposals requesting funding for infrastructure development activities, sometimes referred to as “bricks and mortar support,” are NOT eligible for consideration under this competition and will be declared technically ineligible and will receive no further consideration in the review process.

Limitation: One per Indiana University
Eligible applicants may not submit more than one proposal in this competition.

To apply for IU Internal competition:
For consideration as an institutional nominee, submit the following documents electronically to limited submission,, by September 30, 2015 for internal coordination. To expedite the review process, we request that investigators who intend to submit a proposal send an email 1 week before the internal deadline with the intended investigator names/affiliations and proposal title to with the subject line: L0986 Notice of Intent.

· Project Narrative, not exceeding 2 pages (excluding references and figures)
· A letter of support from Chair or Dean
· Abbreviated CV, not exceeding 3 pages, or a biosketch for the PI

IUPUI applicants must copy Etta Ward,, on submissions.

Evaluating Digital Scholarship in Public History

Image of Dr. Seth DenboEvaluating Digital Scholarship in Public History
October 12, 2015
IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute
IUPUI University Library, UL 4115P, 755 W. Michigan St.

As with so many aspects of our lives, the web and digital technologies have profoundly changed communication between public historians and their audiences. From mobile-enhanced gallery guides to crowd-sourced online exhibits of local history, digital tools and methods have changed historical practice. As a result, many departments are developing guidelines for professional credit for both public history and digital methodologies.

Please join the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, the IU Bloomington Department of History, and the American Historical Association for a discussion of assessment of digital projects in the context of making history public and researching public history approaches using digital methodologies. Dr. Seth Denbo, Director of Scholarly Communication and Digital Initiatives, will join us in Indianapolis on October 12 to lead the conversation about these important issues.

The event is free, but we request that you register for the session HERE.

IU McKinney presents Constitution Day Program with review of Supreme Court cases

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law will 472103_w296commemorate Constitution Day on Sept. 17 with the program “Review of Recent Supreme Court Cases.”

Professors from IU McKinney, on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus, will discuss issues in their areas of expertise raised in recent U.S. Supreme Court cases.

They include:

The event will be at 12:45 p.m. Sept.17 in Room 300, Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St. It is open to the public and carries with it 1.3 hours of continuing legal education credit. The program is free, and registration is encouraged on the law school’s website.

Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the United States Constitution, which occurred Sept. 17, 1787. The law school celebrates the occasion every year with a public program.

OVPIA-funded Exchanges and Internal Grant Programs

Applications are now being accepted for OVPIA-funded exchanges and internal grant ryanprograms. These competitive funding opportunities help IU faculty members advance their research and teaching through international engagement, a key objective of the IU International Strategic Plan.

  • Short-Term Exchange Programs for the 2016-2017 academic year (deadline: November 13, 2015); exchange positions will be offered in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, and Turkey.
  • Gateway-China and Gateway-India Seed Grants (deadline: minimum of 8 weeks prior to event); this seed grant competition will be expanded to include events at our new Gateway-Europe in Berlin after it opens on November 2, 2015.
  • International Short-Term Visitors Grants (deadline: minimum 8 weeks prior to event)
  • Language Learning Grants (deadline: minimum of 8 weeks prior to start of program)
  • Overseas Conference Grants (deadlines: October 1, 2015; January 12, April 1, and July 15, 2016)
  • Overseas Study Program Development Grants (deadlines: November 1, 2015 and February 2, 2016)

Please note that the Gateway, Short-Term Visitors, and Overseas Conference grant programs continue to have a matching fund requirement from the home campus, school, or department.