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

View the original article from Steve Hinnefeld at the IU Newsroom.

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.

Secret Cures of Slaves: People, Plants, and Medicine in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World

As part of the History Talks! series, join Dr. Londa Schiebinger for a presentation on “The Secret Cures of Slaves: People, Plants, and Medicine in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World.” The talk will take place at the IUPUI Campus Center Room 450 C, 420 University Boulevard, on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm.

Dr. Londa Schiebinger is the John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science at Stanford University. She currently directs the EU/US Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment project. She is a leading international expert on gender in science and technology and has addressed the United Nations on the topic of “Gender, Science, and Technology.” She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize and Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work on Gendered Innovations harnesses the creative power of sex and gender analysis to enhance excellence and reproducibility in science and technology.

To register for this event, or for more information, click here.

This event is hosted by the IUPUI History Department, the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute, Spirit & Place, and the IUPUI Division of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.

Three Decades Later: Art and Race in Indianapolis

A public conversation with local artists about art and race in Indianapolis takes its start from the 1989 essay “Ethos and Creativity: The Impulse as Malleable” by Indianapolis writer Mari Evans. This essay combines autobiography, history, and conceptual analysis to relate local conditions to a broader understanding of the significance of artistic creation. Join a panel of Indianapolis artist to consider the essay’s continuing relevance to art, justice, and community.

The conversation will take place on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Basile Auditorium of Eskenazi Hall, 735 West New York Street. Visitor parking is available in the Sports Complex Parking Garage, 875 West New York Street.

Panelists will include Phyllis Boyd, an urban designer and former gallery director who trained as a landscape architect and now serves as executive director of Groundwork Indy; David Hoppe, writer, editor, and playwright who edited the book in which Evans’ essay originally appeared; Adrian Matekja, Poet Laureate of Indiana and Ruth Lilly Professor at Indiana University; Carl Pope, a critically acclaimed, Indianapolis-based conceptualist whose museum installations and public art interventions explore the intersections between conceptual art, American Literature, hidden histories, and social justice; and LaShawnda Crowe Storm, a visual artist, activist, and community builder who uses the making of art to create space and place for difficult conversations promoting healing and change.

This event is sponsored by the Indiana University Bicentennial Celebration, the Institute for American Thought, the IUPUI Africana Studies Program, the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts, the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute, and Indiana Humanities.

Translational Research and Institutional Responsibility: Owning Up to Historical Atrocities

Dr. Dean Saitta, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Denver, will be the keynote speaker for the Center for Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) 7th Annual Keynote Address.

All across the nation, colleges and universities are taking responsibility for controversial aspects of their institutional histories. The University of Denver is one such example. In its founding year, 1864, a massacre of peacefully camped Native Americans by a US military force at Sand Creek, Colorado, shook the nation and raised questions about the complicity of the university’s founder, Governor John Evans, in the atrocity. In 2014, an interdisciplinary group of scholars decisively established Governor Evans’s culpability for this event. In his speech, Dr. Saitta will discuss the challenges of the translational work that was then undertaken by the University of Denver, work that was aimed at acknowledging and redressing the injuries and inequalities engendered by the enduring legacy of the Sand Creek Massacre.

The address will take place on Monday, February 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450B. Parking is available in the Vermont Street Parking Garage. A Q&A session and informal reception will follow the address. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here.

Critical Conversations on Black Homicide

The Critical Conversations series is hosted by a partnership of IUPUI, the Concerned Clergy of Indianapolis, and the Baptist Minister’s Alliance. The partnership seeks to bring together the IUPUI campus and the faith-based community organizations around public health issues, providing a safe space to educate, inform, and strategize around these issues, leading to positive social change in the community.

The conversation will be held on February 15, 2018, at 6:30 pm in the IUPUI Hine Hall Auditorium, 875 W. North Street. Doors will open at 6 pm, and free parking will be available in the garage located under the building.

IUPUI Chancellor Nasser Paydar and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will give opening remarks, followed by an introduction by Dr. Molly Rosenberg, author of Black Homicide Report. Dr. Leah Gunning Francis, author of Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community will give a presentation.

The culminating panel discussion will include moderator Rev. David Greene, President of the Concerned Clergy of Indianapolis and Pastor of Purpose of Life Ministries Indianapolis; criminal justice and best practices expert Dr. Tom Stucky, Executive Associate Dean of the IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs; clergy member Rev. Dr. Wayne L. Moore, President of the Baptist Minister’s Alliance and Pastor of Olivet Missionary Baptist Church; community member Gregory L. Wilson, Executive Director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission; youth representative Anthony Beverly, Director of Stop the Violence Indianapolis; policymakers Rep. Greg Porter of the State of Indiana and Rep. Stephen Clay, President of the City-County Council of the City of Indianapolis; law enforcement representative Chief Bryan Roach, IMPD; and media member Steve Jefferson, Crimebeat Report from WTHR-Channel 13.

Funding Opportunity | Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation

Lilly Endowment, Inc., (LEI) has issued a request for proposals for compelling projects designed to strengthen Indianapolis’s cultural vitality. Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation is designed to enhance the quality of life in Indianapolis; bolster Indianapolis’ image as a desirable place to live, work, play and visit; and foster a creative, energized and forward-thinking community. As part of Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation, we encourage organizations to generate creative new ideas that enhance the community’s quality of life and benefit those who live, work and play in Indianapolis. We welcome ideas of all sizes (from $7,500 to $10 million) that meet the parameters outlined in this invitation.

Because all proposals to LEI from Indiana University must be approved by President McRobbie, we will use the Limited Submissions process to accept, review, and select ideas for submission in response to this opportunity. Those interested in applying should carefully review the RfP for details about LEI priorities, interests, and guidelines.

Only one application will be accepted per institution. To apply to IU’s internal competition or to learn more, click here. The deadline for applications is February 23, 2018.

Invisible Indianapolis: Race and Heritage in the Circle City

The IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI in conjunction with the Department of Anthropology and in partnership with Spirit & Place have announced the 29th Joseph T. Taylor Symposium, Invisible Indianapolis, Race and Heritage in the Circle City.

History is all around us — in spaces and places that appear commonplace but conceal amazing stories from the past. “Invisible Indianapolis: Race and Heritage in the Circle City” explores the histories and material culture of local neighborhoods, revealing lesser-known stories of American urban life. These presentations and workshops will illustrate how Midwestern post-industrial cities like Indianapolis have been transformed by such processes as disinvestment, urban renewal, highway construction, racial and religious discrimination, and, more recently, gentrification.

The symposium will take place on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the IUPUI Campus Center. Conference only attendance at the Joseph T. Taylor Symposium sessions is free and open to the public, but registration is required. All registrants are invited to the luncheon for which there is a charge. To register for the conference and luncheon, to make a gift in Dr. Taylor’s memory, or for a full schedule and more information, please visit liberalarts.iupui.edu/taylor.

Four-Year Funded PhD Position: The Anthropocene Household

Mississippi River SystemThe Anthropocene Household Project is currently accepting applications for a four-year funded PhD position. The application deadline is March 15, 2018.

The Anthropocene Household Project explores the Anthropocene at the local level by focusing on the household as an essential element to understanding the day-to-day lived experiences, knowledges, and practices associated with environmental change. The purpose of this project is threefold: 1) to work with communities to produce local narratives and understanding about water specifically, and the environment more generally; 2) to develop new approaches to interdisciplinary, community-based research grounded; and 3) to develop, synthesize, and analyze quantitative and qualitative data sets that generate actionable knowledge relevant for policy makers, community organizations, residents, and scholars.

This interdisciplinary project uses a Participation Action Research framework, working with residents, community organizations, neighborhood groups, schools etc. as co-producers of knowledge. PhD students working on this project will be trained in mixed methods approaches, including surveys, participant observation, focus groups, interviews, and oral histories. Moreover, they will be trained in community-based research collaboration practices and ethics.

As an applied PhD program, students will pursue both a course of traditional coursework and a four-year, community engaged research assistantship based at the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute (IAHI).

In the first two years of the program, the PhD student will take the required core courses in the PhD program, which will be supplemented with relevant courses in disciplines including environmental studies, geography, history, and anthropology. While taking coursework, the PhD student will be employed as a research assistant at the IAHI. This research assistantship is the centerpiece of the program and replaces the role that teaching assistantships often play in graduate programs. Through their internship, the student will develop relevant technical skills in participant observation, interviews, oral histories, exhibition and program design, and community engagement. They will also have the opportunity to co-author publications and grants with the project team as well as present at conferences. In years three and four, the student will pursue research that culminates in the doctoral research project.

For more information or to apply, visit the Rivers of the Anthropocene website.