Expert panel considers future of higher education

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Tuesday Nov. 26th, 2013
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Scottish Rite Cathedral, Indianapolis, IN

The Indy Chamber and Indianapolis Rotary Club are co-sponsoring a luncheon panel exploring the world of education and what’s to come.

Moderator:

Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO Lumina Foundation

Panelists:

Dr. Kathleen F. Lee, Chancellor Ivy Tech Community College‒Central Indiana

Robert L. Manuel, Ph.D., President University of Indianapolis

Nasser Paydar, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer IUPUI

Dr. Dennis A. Trinkle, Provost and Chief Academic Officer Harrison College

To register for the luncheon, please visit the Indy Chamber event site.

2013 call for proposals: Educational and Cultural Affairs Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars and Secondary Educators

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Limited Submission URL can be found here.
IU Internal Deadline: 11/20/2013
Bureau’s Proposal Deadline: 12/18/2013

Brief Description: Study of the U.S. Institutes are intensive academic programs whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty, secondary educators, and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, and institutions. The ultimate goal is to strengthen curricula and to improve the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad.

Themes:
  • The Study of the U.S. Institute on on Contemporary American Literature
  • The Study of the U.S. Institute on Religious Pluralism in the United States
  • The Study of the U.S. Institute on U.S. Political Thought
  • The Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary Educators
Award Amount:
  • Approximate Total Funding: $3,690,000
  • Approximate Number of Awards: 5
  • Approximate Average Award:$240,000-$280,000
  • Cost Sharing or Matching Funds: There is no minimum or maximum percentage required for this competition. However, ECA encourages applicants to provide maximum levels of cost sharing and funding in support of its programs.
Limitation: One per Indiana University

Applicants may submit only one proposal under this competition. If multiple proposals are received from the same applicant, all submissions will be declared ineligible and receive no further consideration in the review process.

To apply for IU Internal competition: For consideration as an institutional nominee, submit the following documents electronically to limited submission, limsub@iu.edu by November 20, 2013 for internal coordination. Please contact Donna Carter at limsub.iu.edu indicating your interest in this program to help expedite the review process.

1. 1-page Executive Summary (double spaced) containing: Name of organization/participating institutions Beginning and ending dates of the program Proposed theme Nature of activity Scope and Goals

  • a. Number and description of participants
  • b. Wider audience benefiting from program (overall impact)
  • c. Geographic diversity of program, both U.S. and overseas
  • d. Fields covered
  • e. Anticipated results (short and long-term)

2. 1-2 page Project Narrative (single-spaced, limitation does not include references). Vision (statement of need, objectives, goals, benefits) Program Activities (advertisement, recruitment, orientation, academic component, cultural program, participant monitoring)

3. A Letter of Nomination from Chair or Dean 4. Abbreviated CV for the PI (not to exceed 3 pages)

IUPUI applicants must copy Etta Ward, emward@iupui.edu.

EU ambassador to discuss EU-U.S. transatlantic trade agreement in IUPUI lecture

The head of the European Union’s delegation to the United States will speak at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis this month.

EU Ambassador Joao Vale de Almeida will deliver a guest lecture from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the IUPUI Campus Center theater, on the lower level of the center at 450 University Blvd. The ambassador’s talk will focus on current negotiations for a transatlantic trade agreement between the European Union and the United States.

“The proposed trade agreement would bring together the two biggest economies and trading powers in the world,” said John McCormick, professor in the Department of Political Science at IUPUI. “Combined, the EU and U.S. economies account for almost half of global economic output and about a quarter of global trade.”

Indiana is the EU’s biggest trade partner after Canada, according to McCormick. During Vale de Almeida’s visit to Indiana, the ambassador will also hold meetings at Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s office Nov. 22.

Before presenting his credentials as ambassador to President Barack Obama in 2010, Vale de Almeida served as the director general for external relations at the European Commission, the EU’s executive body. In this position, he helped formulate and execute the EU’s foreign policy and played a key role in preparing for the new European External Action Service introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon.

Vale de Almeida has held several positions with the European Commission, which he joined in 1982 after spending seven years as a journalist. He holds a degree in history from the University of Lisbon and has studied and received training in journalism and management in the United States, France, Japan and the United Kingdom.

The ambassador’s talk, sponsored by the Department of Political Science in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, is sponsoring the event, which is free of charge and open to the general public. Parking, fee applicable, is available in the Vermont Street garage, 1004 W. Vermont St., west of the IUPUI Campus Center.

2013 call for proposals: Democracy, Human Rights, and Rule of Law in Europe and Eurasia

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Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL)
Democracy, Human Rights, and Rule of Law in Europe and Eurasia (Azerbaijan, Moldova and Turkey)

Limited Submission URL can be found here.

IU Internal Deadline: 11/20/2013

Bureau Proposal Deadline: 12/18/2013

Brief Description: The DRL announces a RFP from organizations interested in submitting proposals for projects that promote democracy, human rights, and rule of law in Europe and Eurasia outlining program concepts and capacity to manage projects targeting one of the following issues:

  • Moldova Minority Empowerment in Moldova (approximately $300,000 available)

DRL’s objective is to strengthen the capacity of minorities in Moldova to advocate for and improve their social, economic and political conditions. This program should focus on one of three areas: Civic Engagement, Social Inclusion or Education. Proposals should focus on more than one minority group and may include the Roma, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Gagauz, Jewish or other communities.

  • Turkey Connecting Civil Society, Citizens and Government (approximately $500,000 available)

DRL’s objective is to build the voice of civil society in ongoing debates about public policy and increase citizens’ awareness that they should be informed about and participate in the political process. The program should support civil society in advocating for stable democratic institutions, the rule of law, and protection of fundamental freedoms; and educate citizens on their right to participate in the political process.

  • Azerbaijan Civil Society Empowerment in Azerbaijan (approximately $500,000 available)

DRL’s objective is to strengthen the role of civil society in enhancing government accountability and respect for fundamental freedoms and rule of law in Azerbaijan. The program will encourage more collaboration among civil society efforts to promote an inclusive, accountable, just and participatory democratic system of government. The program should also support the efforts of civil society in human rights and anti-corruption advocacy, while assisting civil society leaders and NGOs in increased public outreach.

Limitation: Three per Indiana University (one per country)

An organization may submit no more than three proposals (one per country). Proposals that combine target countries and/or themes will be deemed technically ineligible.

To apply for IU Internal competition: For consideration as an institutional nominee, submit the following documents electronically to limited submission, limsub@iu.edu, by November 20, 2013 for internal coordination. It is highly recommended that you contact Donna Carter at limsub.iu.edu indicating your interest in this program to help expedite the review process.

  • 1-2 page Project Narrative indicating the country of interest at the top (limitation does not include references)
  • A letter of support from Chair or Dean
  • Abbreviated CV for the PI (not to exceed 3 pages)

IUPUI applicants must copy Etta Ward, emward@iupui.edu.

Call for submissions: The Journal of Civic Literacy

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America’s low levels of civic knowledge have been repeatedly documented. The Journal of Civic Literacy is a project of the Center for Civic Literacy at IUPUI. It is a new open-access, online interdisciplinary journal focused upon publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed articles on issues of American civic literacy, defined as that level of public knowledge necessary for informed civic participation.

Civic literacy for our purposes encompasses an acquaintance with:

  • American history, both episodic and intellectual;
  • An understanding of the nation’s constituent documents, their roots and their subsequent amendment and interpretation, and;
  • Sufficient familiarity with and comprehension of basic economic, scientific and policy terminology to permit the formation of reasonably informed opinions on matters of policy disputation.

We are interested in articles addressing:

  • The causes and consequences of low levels of literacy,
  • The role of public education, the comparative efficacy of available curricula and programs (what is working? why and how?),
  • Connections between the current media environment and deficient civic understandings,
  • The role of civic literacy in holding public servants accountable for ethical and trustworthy public service, and
  • Theoretical submissions that consider the role of civic knowledge in the multiple arenas of our common American life.

The Journal’s editorial staff recognizes that practitioners, community members, engaged citizens and others add much value to the ongoing conversation around these issues. Accordingly, in addition to the research articles that will form the basis of each issue, we will welcome contributions to a separate section, the Citizenship Conversation, in which we hope to highlight contributions from government figures, lawyers, political actors, nonprofit administrators and board members, schoolteachers and others concerned about the effects of our civic deficit. Those contributions can take the form of opinion pieces, “best practices” reports, reviews of pertinent books, descriptions of programs and other essays consistent with the Journal’s focus.

The journal will initially be published twice a year by the Center for Civic Literacy at IUPUI. Its editorial board includes scholars representing a wide range of disciplines: political science, public administration, education, science, religious studies and business.

Additional information about the Journal and the submission process can be accessed at on the journal’s website. Questions about this Call for Papers or the Journal of Civic Literacy should be directed to Sheila Kennedy (shekenne@iupui.edu) or jcivlit@iupui.edu.

Herron Professor Robert Horvath presents new exhibition of sculptures

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New is Better, on view from November 1 – 27, 2013
Gallery 924
924 N. Pennsylvania St
Indianapolis, IN  46204

Robert Horvath, Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Herron School of Art and Design, is primarily known for his high-gloss and refined, large-scale oil paintings that represent our cultural obsession with the appearance of luxury, celebrity, and consumption. In his practice, he begins with an abstract, almost other-worldly sculpture that then serves as inspiration for the resulting highly polished and detailed painting, often mistaken for a digital image.

His most recent body of work explores these sculptures with greater depth and detail. Horvath has now escalated his practice of creating a preliminary sculpture by using more substantial materials. Through the use of porcelain, his sculptures have become more permanent and thus represent works in their own right instead of simply a preliminary work or reflection of the grander oil painting. A large collection of his new porcelain sculptures at Gallery 924 have never been seen before outside of his studio.

Call for nominations: 2013 Dr. Joseph T. Taylor Award for Excellence in Diversity

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In honor of Dr. Joseph T. Taylor, the first dean of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, this is a call for nominations and applications for the 14th annual IUPUI Excellence in Diversity Awards. The awards will be conferred by Chancellor Charles R. Bantz during the 25th Annual Joseph T. Taylor Symposium on February 25, 2014. Award recipient(s) will be selected from nominations or applications submitted by faculty, staff or students in recognition of exemplary IUPUI individuals, academic and support programs, events, policies and activities that have led to one or more of the following:

  • Institutional Leadership and Commitment – Clarity of expectations, resource investment, and accountability at all levels of leadership.
  • Curricular and Co-Curricular Transformation – Incorporation of principles of multiculturalism, pluralism, equity and diversity into the curriculum and co-curriculum.
  • Campus Climate – The degree to which the events, messages, symbols, values of the campus make it a welcoming and inclusive environment.
  • Representational Diversity – The degree to which the campus attracts, retains, and develops students, faculty, and staff of color.
  • IUPUI Community in issues related to race, class, or gender through innovative curriculum, research, programs or events.

For applications, nomination forms and additional information, visit the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website.

IUPUI University Library joins with community partners to share perspectives on Muslim culture

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Lilly Auditorium, IUPUI University Library

Faculty, students and community members are invited to “Muslim Journeys, Human Journeys,” an exploration of the people, places, histories, beliefs and cultures of Muslims in the U.S. and beyond. IU School of Liberal Arts professor Edward Curtis will speak about key themes from a series of books highlighted by a current program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The NEH’s “Muslim Journeys” program engages the power of the humanities to promote understanding of and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures and perspectives within the United States and abroad. Through the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, NEH and the American Library Association are providing a collection of 25 books, three documentary films, a one-year subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online, and a DVD of short films titled “Islamic Art Spots” to a variety of libraries across the country, including University Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Curtis is Millennium Chair of the School of Liberal Arts and professor of religious studies at IUPUI. He is the author or editor of several books, including Muslims in America: A short history, which was named one of the best 100 books of 2009 by Publishers Weekly. A former NEH Fellow at the National Humanities Center, Curtis has been awarded Carnegie, Fulbright and Mellon fellowships. He is also a founding co-editor of the Journal of Africana Religions.

The Ivy Tech Community College library and the Center for Interfaith Cooperation are co-sponsoring this event with the IUPUI University Library. Parking will be provided for community guests in the North Street garage at the corner of Michigan and Blake streets.

Newberry Library Long-Term Fellowships 2014-2015

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Deadline: December 1, 2013

The Newberry’s fellowships support humanities research in residence at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Its collection is wide-ranging, rich, and sometimes eccentric. Some of the resources offered at the Newberry are a lively interdisciplinary community of researchers; individual consultations on your research with staff curators, librarians, and scholars; and an array of scholarly and public programs. All applicants are strongly encouraged to examine the Newberry’s online catalog before applying.

For more information, visit the Fellowship website.

These fellowships support research and writing by post-doctoral scholars. The purpose is to support fellows as they develop or complete larger-scale studies which draw on our collections, and also to nourish intellectual exchange among fellows and the Library community. Fellowship terms range from four to twelve months with stipends of up to $50,400.

Roundtable on the Civic Function of the Arts and Humanities

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Monday, November 18, 2013
5:00 p.m.
University Club, Indiana Memorial Union

Featuring IUB Provost Lauren Robel, Professor Sara Guyer (Wisconsin), and Associate Professor Jason Kelley (IUPUI). What does research in the arts and humanities contribute to civic life in our society? The release of the AAAS Report of the Humanities and Social Sciences this past summer, IUB’s own ongoing reflection for its Strategic Plan, and the active national dialogue about the values and contributions of humanities scholarship and artistic practice—all make this a very timely event. The Roundtable will be structured to allow for generous conversation.

Co-sponsored by the IU College of Arts and Humanities Institute.