Reiberg Reading Series | James Still

The IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute and the IUPUI English Department are delighted to present the Rufus and Louise Reiberg Reading Series featuring playwright James Still, who will read from his collected works at the Lilly Auditorium on February 23, 2018, at 7:00pm.

Free tickets are available here.

James Still’s plays have been produced throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, South Africa, China, and Japan. This year he is celebrating his 20th season as Playwright-in-Residence at Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT), where audiences have seen 15 of his plays on all three of its stages. His recent work includes a trilogy of linked-plays: The House that Jack Built (IRT), Appoggiatura (Denver Center Theatre), and Miranda (Illusion Theater, Minneapolis). Other recent work includes April 4, 1968: Before We Forgot How to Dream (IRT); two plays about the Lincolns, The Window Lincoln and The Heavens are Hung in Black (both premiering at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.); a play for one actor about culinary icon James Beard called I Love to Eat (Portland Center Stage); a play for 57 actors called A Long Bridge over Deep Waters (Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles); Looking Over the President’s Shoulder about Indiana native Alonzo Fields (premiered at IRT, produced at theaters across the country); Amber Waves (The Kennedy Center and IRT); and And Then They Came for Me, which has been produced at theaters around the world.

Playwright James Still

Still’s short play When Miss Lydia Hinkley Gives a Bird the Bird was a winner of Red Bull Theater’s Short New Play Festival and performed at many festivals. His new plays include (A) New World and Black Beauty (Seattle Children’s Theatre). James is an elected member of both the Nation Theatre Conference in New York and the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center. He received the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award from the William Inge Festival and the Todd McNerney New Play Prize from Spoleto. He grew up in a tiny town in Kansas and is a longtime resident of Los Angeles.

Support for the Reiberg Reading Series is provided by the Reiberg family, the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the IUPUI University Library, the IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs, and the IUPUI Division of Undergraduate Education.

Request for Proposals: RISE to the IUPUI Challenge/ePortfolio Initiative Curriculum Development Grant

The RISE Program and the ePortfolio Initiative have announced continuing collaboration that will offer two grants of up to $5,000 to support the development of RISE courses that include reflective electronic portfolios, including electronic Personal Development Plans (ePDPs), as integral components. RISE experiences and ePortfolios are a natural partnership: the RISE to the IUPUI Challenge initiative aims to engage undergraduate students more deeply in their learning and to contribute to their intellectual, professional, and personal development; ePortfolios, which have recently been recognized as a high-impact educational practice in their own right, have similar aims.

These grants are intended to increase course offerings that respond to the RISE to the IUPUI Challenge, expand the use of ePortfolios and ePDPs across the campus, and ensure that students derive maximum benefit from both.

RISE courses must include qualified experiences, integration of knowledge, and structured reflection to link the experience with targeted learning outcomes, and assessment as outlined below. ePortfolios are ideal sites for reflection and integration of learning. These courses will be distinctive because they will thoughtfully and systematically integrate ePortfolios and experiential learning to prepare students for graduate school, careers, and global citizenship.

Full-time faculty members (including full-time lecturers) from all academic units at IUPUI are welcome to apply. Support of department Chair or Dean must be demonstrated in application materials.

For more information, visit the RISE Initiative website.

Education Pitch Competition Kickoff Event

edupitch is proud to introduce the first annual SDI Innovations Solutions for Education Competition – and you can be part of it!

The competition will reward business and product pitches from entrepreneurs around the Midwest to showcase their ideas for solutions in the education market. Ideas will range from early ideation pitches to finished products ready to launch. Some will be tech, some will be old-school, but they will all be new and innovative.

Anyone with a passion for entrepreneurship and education can enter. Rules, guidelines, and more information can be found here. Winners will receive prizes from a cash pool of $6,500 in addition to gift in kind prizes and an opportunity to partner with investors with established relationships and resources in education.

The campus kickoff event will take place on February 9 at 12pm at the Kelly Business School, BS4095. Presentation slides will be available online for those who can’t make it – find information at Please click here to register for the IUPUI kickoff event.

The deadline for team registration and presentation submissions is March 1, and final presentations will take place at the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship in West Lafayette on April 14.

This competition is supported by Health CPA and Associates, The National Group, Purdue Railyard, the Match Box Coworking Studio, SDI Innovations, the Purdue Foundry, and the Purdue University Discovery Park.

IUPUI Arts & Humanities Grant Deadline is February 15!

The IUPUI Arts & Humanities Grant deadline will be here sooner than you think. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get your application together. Here’s what you need to know to get started . . .

The IAHI Grant Program supports campus-wide attainment of excellence in research and creative activity in arts and humanities. It is designed to enhance the research and creative activity mission of IUPUI by supporting research projects and scholarly activities that are conducted by arts and humanities faculty. The program is intended to stimulate existing and new research and creative activity and to support faculty in becoming competitive in securing external funding and sponsorship.


All full-time tenured and tenure-eligible faculty from all schools and units at IUPUI are eligible to apply. Under certain circumstances, non-tenure-track faculty members whose evaluation criteria include research or creative activity may also be eligible with an explanation in the letter of support from their chair or dean.

Visiting and associate faculty members and post-doctoral fellows are not eligible.

An associate member (or non-eligible member) of the IUPUI faculty can be a participant in a grant in collaboration with a PI who is an eligible member of the IUPUI faculty.


All grants are intended for support of research and scholarly activity, and not for support of teaching and/or service activities. Scholarship of teaching may be supported under this grant program, if it has strong and clearly articulated research outcomes.

Projects will be limited to one (1) year in duration.

Funds will not be granted for a project currently supported by another internal funding mechanism, unless a case is made in justifying the complementary funding.

An investigator may not serve as PI on more than one IAHI grant proposal in a given round.

Applications will be judged on the merit of the proposed research or creative activity, qualifications of the applicant, significance of the research to the field, the potential for additional external funding, and the project’s importance to the individual’s future research plans. Applications for new projects are encouraged.


A. Small Travel Grants for Conferences and Exhibitions: up to $500 to support travel to a conference or exhibition related to a research or creative project.

B. Event Support Grants: up to $1,000 to support a public event at IUPUI related to a research or creative project.

C. Research/Creative Activity Grant: up to $5,000 for travel, equipment, materials, space, hourly assistance, etc. This grant does not require a match. A grant recipient may apply and receive this grant on a yearly basis.

D. Matching Grant for Research/Creative Activity: up to $15,000 which might be used for such things as release time, summer salary, research assistant support, or a research workshop or conference, as well as incidental expenses. This grant requires a 1 to 2 match from the school, department, and/or center sponsoring the faculty (i.e. two thirds or 66.67% of funds come from IAHI, and one third or 33.33% from the faculty’s unit). Salary requests are allowed and cannot exceed one month of salary per person. A Matching Grant recipient is eligible to apply for a new Matching Grant no sooner than two years from the previous grant proposal submission.

E. Collaborative Grant for Research/Creative Activity: up to $30,000 to support research projects and scholarly activities that are conducted by a team of two or more arts and humanities faculty from different units on campus. Funds might be used for such things as release time, summer salary, research assistant support, or a research workshop or conference, as well as incidental expenses. This grant does not require a match from the school, department, and/or center of applying faculty. Funding preference in this category will be given to projects that correspond to one of the following themes: a) Social Justice and the Urban Environment, b) Communication and Exchange in the Digital Age

Click here to learn more or apply for a grant.


From Humanities: What Drove Ulysses Grant to Write about the Civil War

Portrait of Ulysses S. Grant, courtesy of Library of Congress.

In late 1884, after delivering an evening lecture at Chickering Hall, Samuel Clemens ventured out into the soggy New York City night. November had brought with it both cold and rain, leaving only a few brave souls on the dark streets.

Clemens had appeared as his alter ego, Mark Twain, the mustached writer and raconteur, who could enrapture a crowd as easily as a reader. The 48-year-old former newspaperman had become a household name with The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), The Prince and the Pauper (1881), and Life on the Mississippi (1883). His new novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, would debut in England and Canada in three weeks, and in the United States in February. Living off book royalties made for precarious finances, which is why Clemens worked the lecture circuit and dabbled in business.

As he walked home, two men emerged from a building ahead of him, continuing their conversation on the sidewalk. The cloudy night and weak glow of the gaslights made it difficult to figure out their identities, but Clemens could hear what they were saying.

“Do you know General Grant has actually determined to write his Memoirs and publish them? He said so, to-day, in so many words,” said one.

“That was all I heard,” wrote Clemens in his autobiography, “and I thought it great good luck that I was permitted to overhear them.”

Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War hero and two-term president, had always declined offers to write his memoirs. Even when Clemens, his good friend and cigar-smoking buddy, broached the idea, Grant demurred. He didn’t need the money and “he was not a literary person.”

Clemens—and many others—thought it was a missed opportunity, given Grant’s colorful career and place in American history…

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From Humanities: A New Documentary Casts a Light on the 1972 Tragedy at Southern University

Students protest at Southern University in the 1970s.

Much has happened in Edward Pratt’s life since he graduated from Southern University, Baton Rouge’s historically black institution of higher education, in 1975.

After a long newspaper career, he took several public relations jobs, including a stint as SU’s spokesman. Pratt, a 63-year-old husband, father, and grandfather, now works in Louisiana state government and keeps his hand in newspapering as a weekly columnist for his hometown paper, the Baton Rouge Advocate.

Despite the decades that have passed since his time as a Southern student, Pratt mentally revisits the campus every autumn when a grim memory resurfaces.

During Pratt’s first semester at Southern, on November 16, 1972, he was nearby as two fellow students were shot to death during a campus protest. The confrontation between unarmed student protesters and dozens of law enforcement officers, which included men in military-grade gear and an armored car, “was like something out of a bad dream,” Pratt says. An official inquiry traced the gunfire to a group of local sheriff’s deputies who had responded to the demonstration. Students who witnessed the protest, including Pratt, said it had been peaceful, which made the use of force baffling.

No one was ever charged in connection with the incident, which left freshmen Denver Smith and Leonard Brown dead from shotgun wounds. The deaths have haunted Pratt ever since.

He recalls the date of the shootings almost as easily as his birthday or wedding anniversary. Pratt wants others to remember, too—so much so that he typically writes about Smith and Brown each November for his newspaper column or on social media.

“I owe it to Smith, Brown, and their families to remember them,” Pratt wrote last November in his Advocate column. “I was a fellow freshman, and we were in college and had big dreams. They never got to chase theirs.”

Pratt’s efforts to keep Smith and Brown in public memory have now gotten a big boost…

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IU Kelly School of Business’s National Diversity Case Competition

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For the seventh straight year, the Indiana University Kelley School of Business is hosting 140 undergraduate students from 35 business schools who are competing in the National Diversity Case Competition on January 12 and 13. The competition, held annually the weekend before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, brings together some of the best and most diverse talent in undergraduate education from across the nation.

Students are challenged to solve diversity-related business issues and share ideas while benefiting from workshops and networking with companies that value inclusion. They include teams from eight Big Ten schools and more than two dozen other top schools from Vermont to Arizona. Participants from historically black colleges and universities include Southern University and A&M College, Florida A&M University, and Xavier University of Louisiana.

Each four-student team must include two members from an underrepresented population. Many students find that participating in the event leads to leadership opportunities, internships and jobs after graduation. They will compete for $20,000 in prize money.

“Diversity in business benefits everyone,” said Idalene “Idie” Kesner, dean of the Kelley School and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management. “Educators know it, and companies know it. Kelley has long been a leader in establishing programs to increase diversity in the classroom and to contribute to a diverse workforce. We’re very proud to bring together these talented students from all over the country with companies who value diversity.”

Events begin Friday, January 12, with a networking session and dinner. Workshops on the following day are designed to support career opportunities for diverse students in Fortune 500 companies. Competition begins early on Saturday, with the schools divided into seven brackets. The winners in each bracket continue on to the finals. Prizes are awarded to the winner, the finalists, and the runners-up in each bracket.

IU alumna Laysha Ward, executive vice president and chief external engagement officer for Target Corp. and a member of the company’s executive leadership team, will be this year’s keynote speaker. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from IU and a master’s degree in social services administration from the University of Chicago. Target Corp., a platinum supporter, is providing the case that students will use. It addresses a real-world issue for many companies: building on a culture where authentic differences in backgrounds, experiences, cultures, and thoughts are appreciated. Judges will be looking for creative solutions that leverage the students’ diverse backgrounds.

Corporate partners provide substantial financial support for the event, which includes travel reimbursement and lodging and meals for students to eliminate barriers to their participation.

“I’ve had the opportunity to attend and judge the National Diversity Case Competition, and I can tell you with absolute certainty that this event shows why diversity and inclusion are so critical,” said Ken Bouyer, inclusiveness recruiting leader for EY Americas. “Seeing the diversity of thought, perspective, and background of the students driving very different and innovative solutions is exactly why study after study shows that diverse teams that work inclusively perform better in solving complex problems.”


For a full list of corporate support and competing schools, see the full article here.

IU’s 2018 MLK Day Celebration

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In honor of the late civil rights leader’s legacy, Indiana University’s 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations will be marked by an extensive array of programming on IU campuses across the state. This annual tradition will also include IU students leading the MLK Day of Service, an effort to give back to the communities surrounding IU’s campuses.

“It is a great privilege for the IU community to be able to demonstrate its commitment to the values that Dr. King stood for, particularly as we approach the 50th anniversary of his tragic assassination,” said James Wimbush, IU vice president for diversity, equity, and multicultural affairs, dean of the University Graduate School, and Johnson Professor for Diversity and Leadership. “Dr. King’s message is reflected in the way IU’s students, faculty and staff come together to inspire others and affect positive change, not only for this celebration but throughout the year.”

IUPUI will host the 49th Annual IUPUI Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner — the longest-running Martin Luther King Jr. Day-related event in the Indianapolis community. It will take place on January 14 at 6:00pm at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. Presented by IUPUI’s Black Student Union in conjunction with the IUPUI Multicultural Center, the theme of this year’s event is “A Call to Conscience.” The keynote speaker is Opal Tometi, a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter activist movement and the executive director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.

IUPUI’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service will take place from 8:00am to 1:30pm on January 15. Participating IUPUI students, faculty, staff, and members of the community will check in at the IUPUI Campus Center in the morning, then volunteer together at locations across Indianapolis.

Visit IU’s 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration website for a full list of activities.

From Capital & Main | The Business of Change: Consumer Movements Pour on the Pressure

Consumer movements have been gaining strength and effectiveness since the advent of social media in the mid-2000s. And if there were any doubt among corporate communications executives that the Trump administration would galvanize those growing movements, it probably evaporated on the evening of January 28, a scant eight days after the inauguration of the 45th president.

As thousands of demonstrators converged at New York’s JFK Airport to protest Trump’s day-old executive order temporarily banning travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance announced it would strike for one hour in solidarity with the protesters and refuse to pick up passengers at the airport. In response, ride-sharing service Uber tweeted that it was suspending “surge” pricing for rides from the airport so that passengers affected by the taxi strike would not have to pay extra due to the expected increase in demand.

The public response was swift: Hundreds of Twitter users, apparently under the impression that Uber was capitalizing on the protest to increase revenue, announced they would boycott the company, going so far as to delete its app from their smart phones and use rival Lyft instead.

The incident was a lesson in maintaining and projecting brand identity in an era of political polarization… [Read More]

From the NEA: Economic Impact of the Arts on Rural Communities

Rural arts organizations draw more non-local audiences to their venues and report greater civic leadership and customer connectedness than their urban peers, according to a new research report, Rural Arts, Design, and Innovation in America: Research Findings from the Rural Establishment Innovation Survey. Published by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the report is based primarily on 2014 data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS). The ERS’s Rural Establishment Innovation Survey examines the type and breadth of innovation within rural businesses.

Rural Arts, Design, and Innovation in America is important because until now, arts and economic impact theories have been built and tested only in urban environments. As noted in the report’s preface, “Frequently, the data infrastructure for rural arts research projects has proved inadequate for elementary fact-finding, not to mention for generalizing about rural creative economies as a whole. Into this climate, the Rural Establishment Innovation Survey bursts as an unprecedented resource.”

NEA Director of Research & Analysis Sunil Iyengar said, “We’ve long understood that the arts and design can beautify a place and attract new residents and businesses. This report is unique in showing these attributes as closely linked to innovative business practices in rural communities nationwide.” [Read More]