LGBTQQIA Pride Month

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Pride Month, which happens every October, celebrates the culture, contributions, and value of the LGBTQQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bixsexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual) communities. One highlight is Coming Out week, which is a time of empowerment for individuals who might not have previously felt ready or able to embrace their identity and live openly.

Imaging symposium presents opportunities to learn from IUPUI experts, build collaborative research

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The IUPUI Imaging Research Symposium takes place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the Lilly Auditorium of University Library, 755 W. Michigan St.

Academic and industrial researchers and investigators are invited to learn more about the imaging technologies available at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis during a daylong event that includes 20-minute talks, poster displays, special guest lectures and opportunities to tour IUPUI imaging laboratories.

Presentations by campus researchers will highlight several IUPUI imaging capabilities as well as the applications of advanced imaging methods to address current scientific, medical and engineering questions. The goal of the symposium is to promote knowledge of the IUPUI imaging community and to foster collaborative research opportunities.

Experts from the Indiana Institute for Biomedical Imaging Sciences, the Indiana Center for Biological Microscopy, the Nanoscale Imaging Center, The 3D Imaging of the Craniofacial Complex Center and the Electron Microscopy Center, all members of the IUPUI Imaging Research Initiative, will discuss their imaging facilities and their research.

Invited guest speakers include Dr. Daniel C. Sullivan from Duke University Medical Center and Andrew J. Bowling of Dow AgroSciences, Indianapolis.

Sullivan will discuss “Quantitative Imaging in Medicine” from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. and Bowling will discuss “Imaging & Crop Development” from 2:15 to 3 p.m. Guided tours through several IUPUI imaging laboratories will be available from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

More information and a registration form are available on the IUPUI Imaging Research Initiative website or by emailing Mark Holland at

Mental Health Awareness Day

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Mental Health Awareness Day

Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Campus Center Atrium. We will have musicians, speakers, and a Democracy Plaza Pass the Mic on stigma surrounding mental health. There will be free pizza from noon to 1 p.m. for those who participate in the Pass the Mic. There will also be local nonprofits tabling that work with mental health. Free Depression Screenings will be provided by IUPUI CAPS. Visit the event site for more details.

Sponsored by TWLOHA-IUPUI Chapter, IUPUI CAPS, and Health and Wellness Promotion Committee.

Free depression screenings

Feeling sad, overwhelmed, trapped and not up to the challenge of classes, work, or family responsibilities? You could be experiencing symptoms of depression. On Tuesday Oct. 8, IUPUI CAPS will offer free screenings for depression from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Campus Center Atrium as part of Mental Health Awareness Day. Fill out a brief questionnaire and go over the result with a CAPS counselor. If you can’t make it, visit this link to take a free online assessment.

Herron well-represented in upcoming Indiana State Museum’s exhibit “Fearless Furniture”

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Nearly 85 percent of Indiana’s dentists were trained on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. Nearly half of the state’s lawyers have their legal roots on the IUPUI campus. Now an upcoming museum exhibit reveals many of the state’s “best of the best” furniture artists also have IUPUI academic roots.

The “Fearless Furniture” exhibit opens Oct. 5 and runs through May 2014 at the Indiana State Museum, just south of Eskenazi Hall, Herron School of Art and Design’s main academic building and home to its furniture making department.

Hundreds of furniture craftspeople either born, trained or living in Indiana submitted proposals to have their works displayed in the exhibit. Eleven of the 24 artists have ties to Herron: Six are students or graduates; one is faculty/staff; and four are both.

“So many of the people who submitted pieces were Herron graduates. … When you look at how many (Herron graduates) were accepted, it is pretty much obvious Herron has an exceptional program,” said David Buchanan, the museum’s curator of decorative objects and furniture.

The selected artists include recent students as well as graduates from as early as 1982, reflecting Herron’s history of success in training students over the years. “Herron’s built an incredible furniture design program. It’s at the very pinnacle now,” Buchanan said.

The exhibit’s name reflects a trait considered essential for anyone making a career of designing and building furniture in a studio. “We were commenting on the idea that people who do this must have a strong sense of fearlessness. They are creating one-of-a kind pieces and trying to make a living,” Buchanan said.

Cory Robinson, associate professor and fine arts department chair at Herron, is one of three artists the museum invited to anchor the show. Robinson, also a Herron alumnus, was chosen “because of the program Herron has built and the direction it’s going,” said Meredith McGovern, the Indiana State Museum’s arts and culture collections manager.

Another show anchor is Laura Drake, assistant professor of industrial design at Purdue University. Drake, also a Herron alumna, was chosen because of Purdue’s industrial design program and its furniture component, the museum said.

In addition to Robinson and Drake, Herron-related artists in “Fearless Furniture” are Erin Behling, BFA ’99; Ray Duffey, MFA ’11 and Herron shop technician; Reagan Furqueron assistant professor and director of foundations; Matt Hutton, BFA ’99; James Lee, BFA ’82; Phillip Tennant, retired professor; Steven Sander, BFA ’12; Robert Sibley, completed foundation studies at Herron; and Colin Tury, second-year MFA degree candidate.

Fifty-eight artists submitted a total of 139 pieces for the juried component of the exhibition. Wendy Maruyama, professor emerita of woodworking and design at San Diego State University, juried “Fearless Furniture.” Maruyama will present a lecture at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the Indiana State Museum, followed by a reception celebrating the opening of the exhibition. Museum admission tickets are not required to attend the lecture or reception, which are free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To reserve seats for Maruyama’s talk, call the museum at 317-232-1637.

Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Regular admission tickets, which include admission to the “Fearless Furniture” exhibit, are $5.50 each for children 12 and under; and $10 each for adults.

Bolivian author and poet María Cristina Botelho presentation

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María Cristina Botelho, renowned author of several books of poetry and short stories, will give two presentations on Monday, October 7, 2013. From 12:00 – 1:15 she will be presenting on the culture and politics of her native Bolivia, “Cultura y política de Bolivia,” in CA 211. From 1:30 – 3:00 in CA 508, Ms. Botelho will be speaking on her own literary works, especially her latest book of short stories, and her inspiration as an author and how she acquired a love for reading and writing from her father.

Ms. Botelho is the daughter of famed Raúl Botelho Gosálvez, who wrote eight novels and was the winner of the highest literary award in Bolivia, but who is known also for his diplomatic appointments. Both presentations will be in Spanish.

Sponsored by the Spanish Club and the Program in Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. For information please contact

Artist and activist iO Tillett Wright to keynote Harvey Milk Dinner at IUPUI

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The artist whose photographs have kick-started conversations on issues of sexuality and gender across the U.S. will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Harvey Milk Dinner at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Activist iO Tillett Wright is the featured speaker for the fourth annual Harvey Milk Dinner at IUPUI. The event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in Room 450 of the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd.

Traveling across the country, Wright is photographing anyone “who is anything other than 100 percent straight” for inclusion in a photographic project titled ”Self-Evident Truths.” Using photos, Wright hopes to introduce people who are against the idea of gay marriage to a vast number of people who are LBGTQ in order to promote the rights of the latter.

“This is my contribution to the civil rights fight of my generation. I challenge you to look in the faces of these people and tell them that they deserve anything less than any other human being,” Wright says in a video based on her first 300 photographs.

The Harvey Milk Dinner celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community at IUPUI. It is named in honor of Harvey Milk, who served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors from 1977 to 1978 as the nation’s first openly gay elected official.

The dinner is one of a dozen events being sponsored by IUPUI in observance of October as Pride Month. Other activities include a panel discussion at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, in the Campus Center featuring clergy sharing how their various faith traditions fully welcome LGBT families. A complete list of activities is available online.

The 2013 Harvey Milk Dinner is supported by the IUPUI Advocates for Sexual Equality, the IUPUI LGBT Faculty Staff Council, the IUPUI Office of Alumni Relations and the IU Alumni Association.

Online registration for the dinner is open through Friday, Oct. 4. Tickets are $20 for IUPUI students and $45 for all others, including community guests.

IU experts available to discuss arts issues related to Detroit bankruptcy

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When the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy this year, the resulting fiscal morass prompted a question that is reverberating through arts circles: What will happen to the Detroit Institute of Arts?

While the institute is run by an independent, nonprofit organization, the city owns the property and much of the art. The Detroit Institute of Arts has said the museum holds its collection in the public trust; that position is endorsed in a formal legal opinion issued by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette that forbids selling the art to settle city debts. The museum has also criticized Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr for hiring Christie’s auction house to appraise part of the collection. Orr has said he doesn’t intend to sell the art and is valuing other city assets as well.

Indiana University has several faculty experts who can provide insight into the topic and the issues surrounding it. Sources may be contacted directly. For further assistance, contact Bethany Nolan with IU Communications, 812-855-6494 or

Objects part of public trust

For many years, the American Alliance of Museums debated and finely hammered out guidelines and suggested policy regarding deaccessioning. Though a highly contentious subject among museum professionals, the one issue on which everyone seemed to agree was that deaccessioning in order to raise capital was both short-sighted and unethical.

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Frank Lewis

Most works that have come into public collections are there because of generous donors who made a decision to forgo the profit that could be gained in the marketplace and instead hand down a legacy to the public at large. But regardless of how an object came into a public collection — bequest, donation from a living donor or purchase — once there it is a part not only of a specific collection but of a public trust.

“To monetize that object at a later point not only displays shortsightedness but it also jeopardizes future gifts. Additionally because of market conditions, any work put on the block will invariably find its way into private hands, thus removing works from public access,” said Frank Lewis, a lecturer in the Arts Administration Program in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU Bloomington. “It is inevitable that an accountant may only see a number, and often a very large one, in the assets column of a spreadsheet, but what that number cannot account for is the variety of uses to which artworks can be employed and the sense of historical

connectedness and often the community pride that such an object engenders.”

Artworks frequently dazzle museum goers because of their rarity and their concomitant financial value, but the real value of artworks lies in the experience of its physical presence. Artworks are an expression of cultural, social and sometimes personal ideas. Their style, material, technique and subject matters are always unique, if not always beautiful, examples of humanity’s search for meaning and relevance.

“We cannot and do not put a price on the history, both good and bad, of the city of Detroit, and the works and their history should be considered equally priceless,” Lewis said. “A small print in the DIA collection depicts Esau selling his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of soup. What better parable for the present times could there be?”

Frank Lewis is a lecturer in the Arts Administration Program in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington. Lewis can be reached at 812-855-4944 or

Consider social value of collection

The Detroit Institute of Arts is an important public asset, but not just because the City of Detroit owns the collection and the building where it is exhibited. More significantly, the museum plays an important role in shaping civic identity. This function provides value that has an impact far beyond local financial matters.

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Laura Holzman

“I research visual culture and place-based identity in the United States,” said Laura Holzman, assistant professor of art history and museum studies at the Herron School of Art and Design and the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. “In my studies of heated public conversations about collecting and exhibiting art in Philadelphia, I have found that objects in local art collections can have strong connections to the ways in which residents and outsiders think about a place. Regardless of where and when they were made, objects collected and displayed in a particular city operate as vessels for individuals’ memories of that place and generate new visions of what the place can become.”

When institutions acquire or deaccession objects, they are not just making collections management decisions in a vacuum; they are also taking actions that have long-term effects on the actuality and reputation of the region in which they are located. As the city of Detroit moves forward with efforts to address its stark financial situation, Holzman said, it must also consider the tremendous social value of its public art collection.

Laura Holzman is assistant professor of art history and museum studies at the Herron School of Art and Design and the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, where she is also appointed as the Public Scholar of Curatorial Practices and Visual Art. Holzman can be reached at 317-278-9415 or

Potential sale based on ‘insidious assumptions’

In the spring of 2013, as the City of Detroit embarked on the convoluted process that led to its bankruptcy, museum professionals expressed concern about the Detroit Institute of Arts. Because Detroit owns the facilities and collections of the DIA, the bankruptcy has serious implications — which as yet remain unclear — for the institution. The American Alliance of Museums’ Code of Ethics declares that “disposal of collections through sale, trade or research activities is solely for the advancement of the museum’s mission” and states that any funds raised from sale of collections may only be used for “acquisition or direct care of collections.”

“Applying funds raised from sale of objects from the DIA’s collection to defray the city’s debts, then, would constitute a serious breach of professional ethics,” said Modupe Labode, assistant professor of history and museum studies at the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

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Modupe Labode

This policy has not stopped speculation about the money that could be raised by selling artwork from the DIA’s collection, she said. The contrast between the economically and politically ravaged city and the DIA’s exquisite art has led some commentators to wonder whether Detroit’s residents would be better served by allocating the money the city contributes to the DIA, as well as money potentially raised from selling its collections, to basic services and pensions.

“The trade-off appears commonsensical, but is based on insidious assumptions about the relationship between the public and culture: that the arts are luxuries; that the arts have little to contribute to the lives of those who cannot afford luxuries; and that the arts are not an essential aspect of civic life,” Labode said. “These assumptions are based on a narrow view of citizenship and public good. Over the decades, Detroit (and Michigan) taxpayers have implicitly asserted through their support of the DIA that this museum — and the arts — are an important aspect of civic life. Whether Detroit chooses to endorse or reject that history will have implications for others throughout the country who are also struggling to reconcile the arts, public funding and civic life.”

Modupe Labode is assistant professor of history and museum studies at the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, where she is also appointed the Public Scholar of African American History and Museums. Labode can be reached at 317-274-3829 or

genesis presents biennial literary editors panel

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On Thursday, October 3, 2013, genesis, the art and literary magazine of IUPUI, is proud to present our biennial literary editors panel to be held in room CE 309 at 4:30 PM. Join us to learn about literary editing, publishing, and writing through a panel discussion and Q&A session with these professionals in the field:

Katie Moulton serves as Editor of Indiana Review. Her fiction and nonfiction have recently appeared in Quarterly West, Ninth Letter, Post Road, Devil’s Lake, and others. In her life before the IU MFA, she was a music and culture critic for Village Voice Media and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Chad Redden is the author of Thursday (Plain Wrap Press, 2013). He is the creator and editor of NAP, an online literary press. Chad has worked in editing and layout design for other literary magazines such as genesis, Quarter, and POP SERIAL. He lives in Indianapolis. Links to some of his work can be found at

Barbara Shoup is the author of seven novels and the co-author of Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process and Story Matters. Her short fiction, poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared in numerous small magazines, as well as in The Writer and The New York Times Travel Section. She is the Executive Director of the Indiana Writers Center.

For more information, visit the genesis website.

IUPUI Student Readings Series

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Indy Reads Books
911 Mass. Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Join IUPUI students and community members as they perform their poetry, essays, short stories, original songs, and other spoken-word pieces in a casual, fun environment. Refreshments are served, and all audience members will be eligible to win prizes for brief writing activities.

To sign up for a spot on our stage, email Terry Kirts at or phone (317) 274-8929. The readings are free and open to the public. Participants need not be IUPUI students.

Readings Series event dates and times this semester:

Thu. October 3, 2013 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM

Wed. November 6, 2013 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM

Thu. Dec 5, 2013 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM

Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources

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About the Program

The Council on Library and Information Resources is now accepting applications for the 2014 Mellon Fellowships. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, November 15, 2013.

For further information, visit the CLIR Fellowship application website. (Link to the online application system, eligibility requirements, application contents, and FAQ).

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to offer fellowships generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences in original sources. The purposes of this fellowship program are to:

  • help junior scholars in the humanities and related social science fields gain skill and creativity in developing knowledge from original sources
  • enable dissertation writers to do research wherever relevant sources may be, rather than just where financial support is available
  • encourage more extensive and innovative uses of original sources in libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and related repositories in the U.S. and abroad, and
  • provide insight from the viewpoint of doctoral candidates into how scholarly resources can be developed for access most helpfully in the future.

The program offers about fifteen competitively awarded fellowships a year. Each provides a stipend of $2,000 per month for periods ranging from 9-12 months. Each fellow will receive an additional $1,000 upon participating in a symposium on research in original sources and submitting a report acceptable to CLIR on the research experience. Thus the maximum award will be $25,000.

Selection Policies

A special committee of scholars in the humanities, archivists, and special-collections librarians will select fellowship recipients.

The committee aims to select representatives from different fields of the humanities and related social sciences consistent with quality in the research proposals. The committee will assess quality with reference to the following criteria:

  • originality and creativity of the research proposal
  • importance of the proposed dissertation to the applicant’s field
  • appropriateness of the primary-source collection(s) and institutions in which the applicant proposes to do research
  • competence of the applicant for proposed research as indicated by references, transcripts, language skills, research experience, and other academic achievements
  • prospects for completing specified research within the time projected and funds awarded (not all dissertation work need necessarily be done within the fellowship period).

Traditional proposals for original source research in such fields as history will be welcome. But the committee will give preference to sound non-traditional projects in all eligible fields such as those that—

  • use newly available or little studied sources
  • make interdisciplinary use of sources
  • use sources in innovative, creative ways
  • use sources in repositories that cannot, themselves, provide financial assistance to researchers.

Fellows may propose to work in more than one repository during the fellowship period, including repositories abroad. Preference is given to applicants working away from their home institutions. The selection committee will assess the applicant’s need for working in multiple repositories, working abroad, or both.

For purposes of this program, eligible fields of the humanities and related elements of the social sciences include the following (this is not an exhaustive list; if you have questions about your eligibility, please contact us at

  • anthropology
  • archaeology
  • area studies
  • art history
  • classics
  • comparative literature
  • critical theory
  • cultural studies
  • drama, dance or theater
  • economic history
  • ethnic studies
  • history
  • history and philosophy of mathematics
  • history and philosophy of science and medicine
  • language and cultural linguistics
  • literature in any language
  • music history
  • musicology
  • philosophy
  • political theory
  • religion (exclusive of theological training for the ministry)
  • rhetoric
  • sociology
  • women’s studies
  • interdisciplinary studies involving fields above