IUPUI Human Library

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Organizers of a Human Library at IUPUI are recruiting 75 Indianapolis-area residents who have faced discrimination to become “books” at an event that will challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.

The IUPUI Human Library, a campus-funded Welcoming Campus Initiative, will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, April 2, at the Campus Center, 420 University Blvd.

People who would like to be a human book are asked to complete a form.

“The Human Library is a place where real people and their stories are ‘on loan’ to readers,” said Andrea Copeland, associate professor and chair, Department of Library and Information Science at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, and lead organizer of the event. “It’s a place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated, and answered.”

The framework of a library is particularly appropriate, Copeland said: “People go to libraries in search of new knowledge. Usually, the knowledge vessel is a book. In this case, the knowledge vessel is a human.”

People who would like to volunteer to serve as books must be at least 18 years old. They are asked to answer why they would want to be a book, what types of discrimination they have faced based on status, and what the title and three possible chapters of their book would be. Human books will be expected to participate for at least two of the hours the Human Library will be open. When the human books are checked out, they will meet with a reader, or readers, for 30 minutes.

Volunteer human books will receive training on being a book, and readers will be given guidelines for respectful communication.

Students, faculty, and staff from the School of Informatics and Computing, the School of Liberal Arts, University Library, and the Indianapolis Public Library are working together to develop the event.

A large media arts screen featuring information about some of the books and an online human book catalog are being developed to help visitors select which books they would like to check out. Each book title will have a word that illustrates the form of discrimination the human book will discuss.

Open Data and Open Government: A Workshop

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The Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies at Indiana University Bloomington will hold a free daylong workshop March 17 in Indianapolis on access to information.

“Letting the Sunshine IN: An Open Data and Open Government Workshop” is open to anyone interested in open government and open data, including journalists, civic activists and neighborhood association members, said Anthony Fargo, director of the Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies and a co-organizer of the event.

The workshop will be in the ballroom of University Tower, 911 W. North St., on the IUPUI campus.

“The strength of our open government laws is that they apply to everyone, not just journalists or public officials,” said Fargo, an associate professor in The Media School at IU Bloomington. “Anyone at any time may need to gain access to records held by a government agency or attend a meeting of a public body, so all of us have a stake in learning how effective our access laws are.”

The workshop will take place during Sunshine Week, an annual national observance that highlights the importance of open government. Co-sponsors include the IndyPro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Indiana Coalition for Open Government. Fargo and co-organizer Gerry Lanosga, an assistant professor in The Media School, are Indiana Coalition for Open Government board members.

Confirmed speakers at the conference include state, regional, and national journalists and open government advocates, who will participate in informational sessions about state and national access laws.

The workshop will close with a hands-on session on how to request data and metadata from public agencies. Experts will guide attendees in submitting actual requests to state agencies for information about their data sets. Participants should bring a laptop computer or other WiFi-capable device.

Lanosga said the goal is to launch an open online catalog of state data sets.

“We know that one of the key barriers to opening public data is lack of knowledge about the range of data that state agencies maintain,” he said. “This effort will go a long way to eliminating the unknowns about state data sets and make it easier for journalists and others in the public to request them.”

The workshop is made possible by a gift to the Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies from IU journalism alumna Barbara Restle. It is free to pre-registered participants and includes breakfast, lunch, and parking. Visitor parking is available in the North Street and Vermont Street parking garages and the Hine Hall Tower Garage.

Although there is no charge to attend the workshop, attendance is limited, and advance registration is required. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. March 12.

Click here for the workshop schedule and registration.

Square Peg Round Hole Coming to IUPUI

We are excited to welcome guest artists Square Peg Round Hole to Indianapolis and the IUPUI campus next week. The IU Bloomington-trained instrumental rock trio will present a performance lecture on campus Friday, March 2. They will be discussing the integration of multimedia technology into their percussion-driven music as well as tips for young musicians hoping to build a career. Click here for more details.

In addition, the group will cap off their stay in Indy with a performance at Pioneer on March 3 supported by IUPUI’s own Big Robot. Click here for more information.

These events are made possible with generous support by the IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology, Pioneer Indy, and the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.

Square Peg Round Hole formed in 2011 while studying music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, in Bloomington, Indiana. The band has shared bills with Built To Spill, The Album Leaf, Mae, This Will Destroy You, and The Joy Formidable, and has been featured at major venues across the country including the Electric Factory, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Old National Centre, and the World Café Live. Find them on YouTube or their website for more information.

2018 Indianapolis Sustainability Summit

Join the City of Indianapolis Office of Sustainability and the IUPUI Office of Sustainability for the inaugural Indianapolis Sustainability Summit: Community and Collaboration, hosted at IUPUI’s Campus Center. The 2018 summit will highlight the impact of community and collaborative efforts in advancing sustainability in Indianapolis. The summit will consist of The Indianapolis Sustainability Awards, Student Posters, and a Keynote Speaker.

The Indianapolis Sustainability Awards are designed to inspire innovation, showcase impact, reward leadership, and promote education around the principles of sustainability. Five awards will be given, four to highlight transformative work by a business, institution, nonprofit, and individual that integrates the three pillars of sustainability into their work, and one to highlight the organization demonstrating the greatest innovation and reductions in air emissions (the Knozone Clean Air Award). In an effort to make the event accessible for all, a number of subsidized tickets are available. All ticket sales and money raised benefits the City of Indianapolis SustainIndy Community Grant Program, which supports local organizations in advancing sustainability.

Keynote speaker Mark “Puck” Mykleby is the former special strategic assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he developed a concept to integrate the resources of America’s public, private, and civil sectors to capture emerging opportunities and address the complex challenges facing the U.S. and the world. Mark graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1987 and served as a Marine Officer for 24 years. After retiring from the Marine Corps in 2011, Mark went on to create the Strategic Innovation Lab at Case Western Reserve. He currently serves as the co-founder and chief strategist for Long Haul Capital Group, where he works to grow the foundation of a sustainable American economy.

For more information or to register, click here.

From NPR: ‘How to Think Like an Anthropologist’ – And Why You Should Want To

From NPR’s Barbara J. King:

Civilization originated in the Fertile Crescent region, including parts of modern-day Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and Egypt: that’s the lesson most of us learned in school.

In it, civilization is used in a highly positive way to refer to the rise of city-states and the development of writing around the 4th millennium BC.

But today, civilization is an idea too often used against people living in that area of the world, sociocultural anthropologist Matthew Engelke explains in his new book, How To Think Like An Anthropologist. Engelke quotes, as an example, a U.S. Army colonel who, in conjunction with the war on terror, said this: “In Western Iraq, it’s like it was six centuries ago with the Bedouins in their goat hair tents.”

We need to see this statement and others like it for what it is, Engelke says: An attempt to relegate the Bedouins to living fossils who are stuck in time and badly in need of being civilized by the West.

It’s not just military culture that buys into and furthers this “civilizing” perspective. In 2007, an aid project was launched by the African Medical and Research Foundation, Barclays Bank, and the British progressive newspaper The Guardian. Its goal was to deliver health care to the village of Katine in northern Uganda. The project itself was sensitive and nuanced, Engelke notes. The coverage in The Guardian was anything but. On Oct.20, 2007, a Guardian story was headlined this way: “Can we, together, lift one village out of the Middle Ages?” Beneath the headline is a statement about traveling “a few hours from London — and 700 years back in time.”

What do these words signal but that the villagers need to be brought forward in time, back into civilization?

That’s dangerous thinking, Engelke says — and through the lens of anthropology, we can see why.

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Funding Opportunity | Capital Projects Grant

The Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc., supports charitable organizations that promote or preserve the Arts and Humanities. Capital Projects Grants are one-time, specific undertakings. Amounts awarded and time periods vary widely and depend on the scope of the project.

The Foundation will only review three requests for Indiana University. To apply to the IU internal competition or for more details, click here. The internal application deadline is March 1, 2018.

#SavetheNEH with IU Bloomington

The Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities at IU has announced the visit of Dr. William “Bro” Adams, Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which will include two public events, “Digital Horizons for the Dissertation” on February 19 and “Virtual Realities: Making the Humanities in a Digital World” on February 20. In light of recent federal budgetary happenings, IU’s scholarly community is invited to attend and engage in a timely discussion regarding the past, present, and future of the arts and humanities, both digital and traditional.

To read more about the #SavetheNEH campaign, President Trump’s budget proposals, and what this means for the arts and humanities, you can visit the National Humanities Alliance site.


Exit Zero: The Documentary | Screening and Q&A

Exit Zero: The Documentary, a 2015 film by Chris Boebel and Christine Walley, tells a personal story of the lasting social and environmental impacts of deindustrialization and the key role it has played in expanding class inequalities in the United States. The film weaves a portrait of a family caught in its community’s struggles with job loss and pollution.

After the documentary, writer/producer Christine Walley will be available for a Q&A session about the film and its message.

The event will occur on March 8, 2018 at 5:00pm at the Steelworkers Union, Local 1999, on 218 South Addison in Indianapolis.

This event is sponsored by the IU Department of Anthropology at IUPUI and the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute.

Girls, Mentors, and STEM

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Finding ways to interest girls in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics has challenged educators and policymakers. A project led by an Indiana University School of Education researcher will look for answers in the relationship between girls and their mentors.

The three-year project, called Role Models in Engineering Education, is funded by $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation. It is a collaboration with the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University. The principal investigator at IU is Adam Maltese, associate professor of science education.

The project builds on research that Maltese published recently in AERA Open, an open-access journal of the American Educational Research Association. The study examined how girls and boys develop and maintain interest in STEM topics in elementary and secondary school and in college.

It found that women who pursued STEM education and careers were likely to attribute their interest to the influence of a third party, often a teacher or mentor. Men, on the other hand, were more likely to say they developed an interest in STEM on their own via intrinsic interest and motivation.

“I think the important thing is to get away from the notion that one strategy will work to get all students interested in STEM,” Maltese said. “If we recognize that differences exist in how people get interested, and embrace that diversity when we work to increase interest, I think we’ll see better outcomes.”

The AERA Open study was co-authored by Christina Cooper, assistant professor of biology at Corban University, who holds a Ph.D. in science education from IU. It also found that men were more likely to report developing an initial interest in STEM as a result of “tinkering” or building things. Women were more likely to say they became interested as a result of play and outdoor activities.

“It comes down to memory and reporting,” Maltese said, “but men are more likely to reflect inward and report that interest was generated independently, whereas women are more likely to indicate that others played a role.”

The study was based on a survey of nearly 8,000 people, including college students, faculty and staff, and professionals solicited through a variety of channels.

Researchers also examined what caused some people to persist in STEM fields while others lost interest or became more interested in other subjects. At the college level, women are more likely than men to switch majors and enter or leave STEM as their interests and priorities change.

Discussion of why people do or don’t persist in STEM often focuses on the rigor of the curriculum and whether they are adequately prepared, Maltese said. But the study found that a major reason men and women chose and persisted in STEM fields was their interest in and passion for the subjects.

The three-year IU-Tufts project will seek a clearer understanding of how undergraduates act as role models and whether they trigger STEM interest in girls. Researchers will study a Tufts outreach program in which elementary students participate in an outreach program run by college engineering students. The study will increase understanding of how girls select and identify with role models and how these relationships might promote interest in engineering careers.

Getting more girls interested in engineering, researchers say, will improve educational and economic equity for women and increase the number of trained engineers, likely benefiting U.S. technological development.

Lilly Library Exhibition on Dating Etiquette

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Preparing for a big date this Valentine’s Day? Look no further than Indiana University’s Lilly Library for some classic social etiquette advice.

The library’s “Dating Through the Ages” exhibition features social etiquette publications and other love and romance-related documents that highlight information and advice about dating.

Artifacts range from the old and obscure, like Ebenezer Bradford’s “The Art of Courting: Displayed in Eight Different Scenes: The Principal of Which Are Taken from Actual Life, and Published for the Amusement of American Youth” from 1795, to the famous, like Helen Gurley Brown’s famous 1962 advice book, “Sex and the Single Girl.”

Public services librarian Isabel Planton said she’d been planning the exhibit since December. A longtime fan of etiquette guides, she was originally interested in doing a more general feature on manners but realized that homing in on dating and courtship would be timely for Valentine’s Day.

A 1936 manual, “How to Get Your Man and Hold Him,” was a good starting point. A co-worker showed it to Planton years ago, and she was amused by the cover image of a man and woman getting married.

“It’s really kind of an over-the-top cheesy 1930s manual,” she said. “I’d say more than anything else, that’s what got this started. I had this at my desk for a couple of years. It’s really great. It has all these hilarious illustrations in it.”

With many items relating to the topic in the library’s collection, Planton had plenty of options to curate an exhibition.

“I started with searching in our catalog, trying out different subject headings that related to courtship or dating and seeing what that brought me to,” she said. “And then I did the old trick of taking the call number for this subject area and going up to the shelves to see what else was there.”

Many of the books focus on letter writing, which reflects the “proliferation of rules” during the Victorian era, Planton said.

Some of these rules seem antiquated by today’s standards: how to flirt with a fan or handkerchief or gloves, for example. But readers clung onto them so strongly at the time that many of these etiquette guides were printed in miniature editions for easy access, allowing people to stash them in a pocket to read on the go.

Looking at trends in this two-century span, Planton said rules relaxed over time, but they didn’t disappear by any means.

“It seemed like a lot of these books are geared toward women and how they should behave. And then things start to become a little bit more loose and a little bit more liberal as we move into the 20th century and see the roles relaxing,” she said. “Although, still, there are a lot of rules for women. They’re just changing, but they’re still there.”

The “Dating Through the Ages” exhibition will be on display at the Lilly Library through Friday, March 2. For more information, visit the Lilly Library website.