Voices from Central State to feature a conversation with Nanny Vonnegut

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The artist Nanny Vonnegut, daughter of the acclaimed author Kurt Vonnegut, will read her maternal grandmother Riah Cox’s brief memoir, “I Remember Jones,” written about Cox’s hospitalization at Central State in the 1940s. Along with IUPUI Professor of English Jane Schultz, Vonnegut will discuss her family, the history of mental health care, and the healing power of the arts. Vonnegut will be sharing some of her own artwork, as well as family photographs.

The program will be held at the Indiana Medical History Museum on September 26th and 27th, 2016, at 6pm. It is presented with funding support from IU’s New Frontiers Program, Indiana Humanities, and the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute.

This event is the second of a three-part series of programs called “Voices from Central State,” all featuring writings by patients at Indiana’s flagship mental hospital during its 150-year history. Visit http://www.imhm.org for more information, and be sure to register in advance for your free tickets.

2016 Walker Douglass Symposium

frederick-douglass-symposium-2016-posterThe topic of this year’s Walker/Douglass Symposium is “Frederick Douglass and the Role of Oratory in African American Leadership.” It will be held at IUPUI in the University Tower Ballroom on October 20, 2016, and the Jewel Center on October 21, 2016.

Among the interdisciplinary presenters on the symposium’s first day are many prominent scholars in the field of Africana Studies. In the evening there will be a reception, followed by a lecture by Dean Gene Jarrett of Boston University. Thanks to grants from Indiana University, the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute, and Indiana Humanities, all of these events are completely free, including parking and food served.

On Friday the venue shifts to the Jewel Center at 3333 N. Illinois Street, where an all-day public Madame C.J. Walker and Frederick Douglass Symposium will be held. The event will include dramatic readings from Douglass’s speeches, a poetry contest (open to all Indiana high school and college students), live music, videos, a panel of IUPUI student presentations, and a scholarly panel on Douglass’s contribution to the African American Oratorical Tradition. 

To register for the symposium, please visit the Eventbrite site.  For additional information, contact event organizers by email at douglass@iupui.edu or visit the Douglass Papers project Facebook page.

IU announces new international research grants

A new funding opportunity sponsored by President Michael A. McRobbie is available to support high-impact international collaborative research projects that engage one or more of IU’s Global Gateways and the communities they serve.

Indiana University’s Global Gateways in China, Europe, and India are designed to strengthen and broaden IU’s global engagement through support for research and teaching, conferences and workshops, study abroad opportunities, and engagement with alumni, businesses, and nongovernmental organizations. The Gateways provide logistical support and facilities for IU faculty, students, and alumni, creating the context in which international collaborations and exchanges flourish. (Read more about IU’s Global Gateways.)

Projects may be based at a Gateway or within the region served by a Gateway, but in either case should make full use of the resources, expertise, and networks of one or more Gateways. Applicants are required to consult with the faculty director of the relevant IU Global Gateway prior to submission to determine project feasibility and engagement with the Gateway.

Proposals are due October 21, 2016, and must be submitted through IU’s new InfoReady grant application system.

The Request for Proposals and application materials are available here.


Racialized States from America to Israel

Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray Jr.

Kasha Hayden, President of the IUPUI Black Student Union, will be introducing Dr. Ray to the community on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 at 6PM in the IUPUI Campus Center, Room 405, for a lecture related to his current research entitled “Racialized States from America to Israel.” The event is sponsored by the IUPUI Africana Studies Program, the Black Student Union at IUPUI, IUPUI Faculty and Staff for Justice in Palestine, and the IUPUI Millennium Chair of Liberal Arts.

Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray Jr. holds the Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher Chair of Theology and is Professor of Systematic Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Prior to joining the faculty at Garrett-Evangelical in 2008, Ray was associate professor of African-American studies and director of the Urban Theological Institute at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia; associate professor of theology and philosophy at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary; and lecturer at Yale Divinity School and Hartford Seminary. He received a doctor of philosophy in theology and African-American studies from Yale University and a master of divinity (summa cum laude) from Yale Divinity School.

Prof. Ray is the President of the Society for the Study of Black Religion and the Co-Chair of the Workgroup on Constructive Theology. The author of Do No Harm: Social Sin and Christian Responsibility (Fortress Press, 2002), Ray’s current work focuses on the Church’s complicity in several genocides that have unfolded during modernity and in theologically reconstructing the idea of Christian vocation such that the idea it contributes to the formation of genocide resistant Christian communities.

IU Grand Challenges 2016 RFP Announcement

10815833_GIU is releasing the request for proposals for the second round of Grand Challenges funding. The RFP is available here.

Almost a year ago, the university sought applications for the first round of Grand Challenges funding. We received 21 preliminary proposals from more than 400 faculty on six campuses, representing 29 schools and 37 centers. Five were selected for development into full proposals, and five impressive, compelling proposals were submitted in late April.

Following extensive faculty and community review, on June 20, 2016, at a packed event in Indianapolis, President McRobbie announced IU’s first Grand Challenge commitment: the Precision Health Initiative. PHI is a university-wide partnership dedicated to optimizing the prevention and treatment of human diseases through a more precise understanding of the genetic, developmental, behavioral and environmental factors that contribute to an individual’s health.

Led by Anantha Shekhar, the August M. Watanabe Professor and IU School of Medicine executive associate dean of research, PHI involves almost 40 new hires in the School of Medicine, the Schools of Public Health and Nursing on the IUPUI campus, and the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Informatics and Computing on the Bloomington campus. It also includes participation by key business and community partners, including Eli Lilly and Co., Roche Diagnostics, Cook Regentec, Deloitte, Regenstrief Institute, and IU Health.

The other four full proposal teams were invited to revise and resubmit this year, one on an expedited basis for review this fall.

But we are also turning our attention to new Grand Challenges proposals, and the RFP released today is part of a process that includes some important changes:

  1. The process seeks shorter, more focused proposals than last year. This should not only reduce the burden on proposal teams and reviewers, but also focus attention on the five most important criteria: impact, external partnerships, intra- and inter-campus interdisciplinary collaboration, strategic leveraging of IU resources, and sustainability.
  2. The deans and department chairs are being asked to play a more active role in sparking conversations about possible Grand Challenge initiatives, identifying topics that leverage existing strengths, facilitating the formation of teams, and encouraging and supporting strong proposals. The deans will also be invited to review the full proposals next spring.
  3. My office and the deans will be jointly funding teaching releases for leaders of teams preparing full proposals, where such releases are feasible given teaching schedules and other demands.
  4. In addition to public presentations of the full proposals on the IUPUI and Bloomington campuses, as was the case last year, teams this year will have a separate opportunity to present full proposals to members of the faculty, community, and administrative review committees.
  5. In addition to review by the Grand Challenges faculty review committee, community advisory board, and administrative steering committee, we will be sending out full proposals for external review by substantive experts.

You can read more about these and other changes in the new RFP or at www.grandchallenges.iu.edu.

In the meantime, congratulations to Anantha Shekhar and his team for blazing the trail with IU’s first Grand Challenge. Thank you very much to all of the colleagues who participated in last year’s Grand Challenges process as proposal authors, advisors, and reviewers, and especially to the full proposal team leaders and members. And thanks to all of you for your patience and support as Indiana University moves forward on this significant investment in our faculty, our research infrastructure, and the State of Indiana.

Reading at the Table Series to feature Jennifer Drobac

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drobac book coverAdolescent Development, Discrimination & Consent Law:  Sexual Exploitation of Teenagers

Sept. 20, 2016, 11:30am-1:00pm

University Place Conference Center, Room 200

Jennifer Drobac, JD, McKinney School of Law

When we consider the concept of sexual abuse and harassment, our minds tend to jump either towards adults caught in unhealthy relationships or criminals who take advantage of children. But the millions of maturing teenagers who also deal with sexual harassment can fall between the cracks.

When it comes to sexual relationships, adolescents pose a particular problem. Few teenagers possess all of the emotional and intellectual tools needed to navigate these threats, including the all too real advances made by supervisors, teachers, and mentors. In Sexual Exploitation of Teenagers, Jennifer Drobac explores the shockingly common problem of maturing adolescents who are harassed and exploited by adults in their lives. Reviewing the neuroscience and psychosocial evidence of adolescent development, she explains why teens are so vulnerable to adult harassers. Even today, in an age of increasing public awareness, criminal and civil law regarding the sexual abuse of minors remains tragically inept and irregular from state to state. Drobac uses six recent cases of teens suffering sexual harassment to illuminate the flaws and contradictions of this system, skillfully showing how our current laws fail to protect youths, and offering an array of imaginative legal reforms that could achieve increased justice for adolescent victims of sexual coercion.

The annual Reading at the Table series provides an opportunity for members of the IUPUI community to celebrate published books written by IUPUI faculty or staff. During each luncheon, the featured author/editor will read from his or her work and open the floor to discussion. Seating is limited; registration is encouraged and can be completed on the campus Events Page. Walk-ins will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis—if space is available. Purchase of a buffet-style lunch for $13.00 (dessert and soft drinks not included) is required to attend this event.

IUPUI, IU Bloomington receive 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

insight into diversity logoIndiana University Bloomington and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis have again been honored with the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

This is the second year IU Bloomington has been recognized as a HEED Award recipient and the fifth consecutive year IUPUI has been recognized. The award recognizes schools that have demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion through their innovative programs, hiring practices, training, curricula and on-campus support systems.

Both campuses will be featured, along with the other recipients, in the November 2016 issue of Insight Into Diversity magazine.

“A university should be a place where all types of people can come together as a community that is dedicated to inclusion and celebration,” said James Wimbush, dean of the University Graduate School and vice president for the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs. “We are pleased that IU has been recognized for its continued dedication to creating welcoming campus communities where faculty, staff, students and postdocs can do — as often stated by former IU President Herman B Wells — ‘their best work.'”

The magazine’s recognition reflects IU Bloomington’s and IUPUI’s continued commitment to diversity, a top priority in each campus’ strategic plan.

In making its selections, Insight Into Diversity factored in each institution’s campus and unit diversity plans; diversity recruitment and retention policies and initiatives; leadership involvement in diversity efforts; peer mentoring and tutoring programs; organizational structures; diversity training; minority student population data; and graduation rates and trends.

“The HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both — continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of Insight Into Diversity magazine. “We take a holistic approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus.”

When reviewing IU Bloomington’s and IUPUI’s applications, Insight noted IU’s university-wide, objective and comprehensive diversity assessment, conducted in support of the university’s commitment to creating a diverse, engaged, multicultural academic community. Conducted by outside consultants Halualani & Associates, the assessment examined all diversity efforts completed by divisions, programs and units on IU campuses in a five-year period.

The assessment revealed that IU Bloomington implemented nearly 2,000 diversity efforts and found that 99 percent of those actions were motivated by a desire to create the fullest educational environment around diversity. The assessment also revealed nearly 1,600 diversity efforts at IUPUI.

Insight also noted both campuses’ strong affinity groups and diversity and inclusion resources as well as IU’s annual diversity fundraising program.

Insight Into Diversity also noted specific IUPUI achievements, including the implementation of multiple recommendations from task forces convened by IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar to improve recruitment and retention of African-American students and Latino students, staff and faculty.

IUPUI recently completed a Campus Diversity Plan using framework of scholar Daryl Smith of Claremont Graduate University. Each IUPUI school diversity plan now follows the same framework but also addresses unique needs of each school.

IUPUI was also noted for its comprehensive Campus Climate Survey used to improve the experiences of women, individuals with disabilities, members of the LGBT community, people of color, veterans and religious experience. That includes renaming single-occupancy restrooms to all-gender restrooms, a name chosen by students, to better reflect and respect transgender students, staff, faculty and campus visitors.

Insight also recognized the campus for its work with deans and department chairs on recruitment and retention of faculty of color and women in STEM fields.

“Receiving this prestigious award for the fifth consecutive year is gratifying because it It recognizes the very hard work and dedication of IUPUI students, staff, faculty and community members to create a first-class urban institution,” said Karen Dace, IUPUI vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion. “However, we also recognize that we have much more work ahead as we continue to think outside of the box, be inclusive and avoid the temptation to believe our work is complete.”

Read the original article from the IUPUI Newsroom here.

National Humanities Center offers residential fellowships for post-doctorate humanities work

national humanities center logoThe National Humanities Center will offer up to 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities for the period September 2017 through May 2018. Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Mid-career scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply. Emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work are also invited to apply. The Center does not normally support the revision of a doctoral dissertation. In addition to scholars from all fields of the humanities, the Center accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects. The Center is international in scope and welcomes applications from scholars outside the United States.

Areas of Special Interest. Most of the Center’s fellowships are unrestricted. Several, however, are designated for particular areas of research, including fellowships for environmental studies, English literature, art history, Asian Studies, theology, and a young woman in philosophy. The Center also invites applicants from scholars in inter-disciplinary fields, including African American Studies, area studies, Cultural Studies, and Media Studies.

Stipends. The amounts awarded are individually determined, according to the needs of the Fellow and the Center’s ability to meet them. The Center seeks to provide at least half salary and covers travel expenses to and from North Carolina for Fellows and dependents.

Facilities and Services. The Center provides a rich environment for individual research and the exchange of ideas. Located in the progressive Triangle region of North Carolina, near Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, the Center affords access to the rich cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area’s research institutes, universities, and dynamic arts scene. The stunning Archie K. Davis building includes private studies for Fellows, conference rooms, a central commons for dining, lounges, and reading areas. The Center’s unparalleled, comprehensive library service supports Fellows by fulfilling thousands of requests for books and other research materials from our partner institutions in the Triangle, usually within 24 hours, and libraries around the world. Library staff also provide reference assistance and instruction in new online research tools.

Support. Fellowships are supported by the Center’s endowment, private foundation grants, contributions from alumni and friends, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Deadline and Application Procedures. Applicants submit an application form, a curriculum vitae, a 1000-word project proposal, and three letters of recommendation. The application form and instructions may be found at the Center’s website. Applications and letters of recommendation must be submitted online by October 18, 2016.

Accomplished musician, teacher takes over baton at IUPUI Music Academy

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accomplished musicianAndrew Hisey, an accomplished musician and professional music teacher, has taken over the baton at the IUPUI Music Academy, an outreach program of the Department of Music and Arts Technology.

Hisey has taught for 20 years at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, St. Olaf College and the University of St. Thomas. For several years, he has also been a senior examiner, editor and consultant with the Royal Conservatory in Toronto.

Some might date his teaching career to 1993, when he received a doctorate in pedagogy and performance from the University of Michigan, becoming the first to receive a doctorate from that university with that particular focus.

But they would be wrong.

Hisey has actually been teaching since he was 12, when he began instructing children in his neighborhood and at his church how to play the piano — at the request of their parents, who admired Hisey’s playing.

“I’ve been teaching since then,” Hisey said. “I first started to get serious about the teaching aspect when I was a grad student at the University of Michigan, where I did my master’s and doctorate, learning to teach in both private and class settings.”

The IUPUI Music Academy has three goals, Hisey said:

  • Provide high-quality music instruction to the community.
  • Offer instruction to anyone, regardless of any outside factors, working hard to minimize some of the barriers that traditionally go with music instruction, including the costs.
  • To be as open and eclectic as possible, providing cultural ownership and relevance for participants.

“That takes the shape of private lessons in piano, keyboards, voice, guitar, viola, cello, flute and saxophone,” Hisey said. “And that’s a flexible list. If there is a lot of interest in an area, we will hire a teacher.”

The academy — housed within the Department of Music and Arts Technology, where Hisey is a visiting associate professor — also offers group experiences, including an adult string ensemble. “It is very focused on people getting together and having a good time making music with their string instruments,” Hisey said.

Some of the string ensemble participants have had little instruction, or perhaps some long-ago lessons, and are looking to reconnect with their musical selves. “It’s been going wonderfully,” Hisey said. “Most are eager to have a positive musical experience, and we focus on providing that.”

“There are also Harmony Road classes for children, which introduce musical concepts in a playful environment where the keyboard is a creative, rather than a performance, focus,” Hisey said. Those classes are geared to young children, from 3-and-a-half to 5 or 6 years old, and are offered this fall on Saturdays. Registration is available online.

“Private lessons are individually geared, particularly with adults but even to some extent with kids, to the family’s or child’s goals,” Hisey said. “We meet those goals by providing an instructor who is compatible and a plan of instruction that matches their wishes and works with the amount of time they have to give to it.”

Music, like all arts, is both transformational and recreational, “but it’s even more powerful when it’s participatory,” Hisey said. “Life-skill benefits of music study include finding one’s creative voice and communicative powers, cultivating persistence, and developing problem-solving skills.”

View the original article here.

Second Round of Arts Journalism Fellows Announced

arts council logoThe Arts Council of Indianapolis, in partnership with the IndyStar, is pleased to announce the second year of the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ Arts Journalism Fellowship program. The 2016 Arts Journalism Fellows are three talented, aspiring journalists from Central Indiana, Bekah Pollard, Ross Reagan and Alex Weilhammer.

“We are thrilled to partner again with IndyStar on the Arts Journalism Fellowship and launch a second round of this program. These three talented writers from central Indiana have an opportunity to learn from IndyStar writers and contribute stories about our incredible arts community,” said Dave Lawrence, President & CEO of the Arts Council of Indianapolis. “Increasing the visibility of the arts is central to the work of the Arts Council and this program is a welcome addition to the arts coverage in the IndyStar.”

The Arts Council works to ensure central Indiana residents are well informed about and have meaningful engagement in local arts programs, which includes advancing local arts journalism that builds audiences and fosters critical thinking. The fellowship program is made possible through funds from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. The funding allows for an innovative solution in a time of shrinking arts coverage. The program works to bolster arts coverage, encourage arts journalism as a career for students and recent college graduates, and increase audience engagement in the arts.

“We’re pleased to be involved in this innovative approach to build on the IndyStar’s arts and entertainment coverage. The arts scene in Indianapolis is a vital part of our community, and we’re committed to helping it thrive,” said Jeff Taylor, Executive Editor, IndyStar.

The three Arts Journalism Fellows will work with IndyStar editors through the fall to produce stories and videos related to local film, literature, music, dance, theater, visual arts, and other forms of creative expression. Their work will appear at IndyStar.com, in print sections of the paper, and in arts inserts.

Facilitated by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Arts Journalism Fellows will receive an in-depth education about and connection to the arts community in Indianapolis. The Arts Council serves as the funder and administrator for the fellowship, and provides resources to the fellows including a $2,000 stipend. All content produced by the fellows is exclusive to the IndyStar and under the IndyStar’s full editorial control. Fellows are paid by IndyStar as correspondents, per article that is published.

2016 Arts Journalism Fellows:

Bekah Pollard is a 2016 graduate from Butler University where she graduated with high honors in Art + Design, English Creative Writing, and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. Throughout her time at Butler, Bekah worked as a contributor and editor for Butler’s humor magazine, Archives, as well as the university’s fine arts and literary magazine, Manuscripts. Bekah has shown her artwork regularly on Butler’s campus and in several galleries throughout Indianapolis in the past few years. Bekah worked as a contributing editor for the website theLala.com, and most recently writes arts articles for leapreview.com. She is originally from Peoria, Illinois.

Ross Reagan is a 2016 graduate from IUPUI where he majored in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Business and Professional Writing. He has always had a passion for theatre and film, and served as Indiana Repertory Theater’s first Student Correspondent for its 2015-2016 season. Last fall, Ross studied abroad in London while interning at The Space theatre and exploring Europe. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering with various nonprofits across Indianapolis. His other hobbies include weightlifting, classic films, and brainstorming short story ideas at his local coffee shop.

Alex Weilhammer is a 2016 graduate from DePauw University. He majored in English Writing and minored in Philosophy. He was an active member of his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, and he served many positions at The DePauw, including editor-in-chief. In the summer of 2015, Alex was an intern at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Alex grew up in Indianapolis and is also a die-hard Colts fan. Outside of writing, Alex has a deep appreciation for stimulating conversations, long games of chess, and live music.