Mentoring collaborative media projects that connect classroom to community: a workshop

This faculty teaching showcase will feature a conversation between Zeb Wood, lecturer in the Media Arts and Sciences program of the School of Informatics and Computer Science, and Doug Jerolimov, a CTL instructional consultant. Zeb will share how he systematized the professional and portfolio development of undergraduate students who worked with real-world clients and their media projects.

The webinar will take place on Monday, November 27 at noon. Click here to learn more or to register for this online workshop.

This webinar is part of the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Faculty Teaching Showcase webinar series, a venue for faculty to share their teaching practices with one another. Each interactive webinar features a conversation with a faculty member about how they implemented a successful teaching technique. Each webinar is 30 minutes long with an optional 15-minute follow-up discussion period.

IU Collaborative Research Grants

The 2017-18 Indiana University Collaborative Research Grants program is now accepting proposals through 5pm on January 18, 2018. Click here for full application details.

The IUCRG program is a university-wide program designed to jump-start revolutionary research projects that stand outside disciplinary bounds. It encourages new faculty collaborations across traditional disciplinary, campus, school, or departmental boundaries.

Teams will include experts from a minimum of two and a maximum of five different disciplinary areas. The maximum funding per project is $75,000. IUCRG recipients are required to apply for external funding within 18 months from the date that IUCRG funds are disbursed.

IUPUI introduces micro-scholarships for high school students

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Indiana high school students looking to learn more about scholarships and financial aid have a free resource at their fingertips to prepare for admission to college: RaiseMe scholarships. IUPUI has begun a partnership with the online college-readiness platform to give high school students the ability to earn micro-scholarships for college starting as early as ninth grade.

On RaiseMe, high school students interested in IUPUI are able to earn incremental micro-scholarships from the university for each of their individual achievements throughout high school. The scholarships range from academic to extracurricular and more.

“At IUPUI, there is no question that a college education is a major investment. When students select IUPUI, they can feel confident they’re getting a great value for their tuition dollars. We strive to make their college education affordable by keeping tuition low, offering substantial amounts of financial aid and providing programs designed to help students minimize their college debt,” said Boyd Bradshaw, IUPUI’s associate vice chancellor for enrollment management.

“Our exciting partnership with RaiseMe is one more way we can help provide educational opportunities for future Jaguars who choose to make their college home here at IUPUI,” Bradshaw said.

Students can also earn RaiseMe micro-scholarships for college-readiness activities, like visiting IUPUI’s campus, attending a college fair, or receiving 21st Century Scholar or Frank O’Bannon honors from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Over time, as students progress through high school, RaiseMe’s accumulating micro-scholarships are designed to encourage students’ personal and academic development while providing them with a new way to track expected scholarships and financial aid from the university.

Already, high school students have cumulatively earned more than $12 million in scholarships from IUPUI through RaiseMe – money that is guaranteed upon applying to, being accepted by, and committing to IUPUI.

This fall, Indiana University South Bend also launched a micro-scholarship program on RaiseMe. In total, two IU campuses and 11 other Indiana colleges and universities are currently offering these micro-scholarships to eligible high school students. Nationwide, nearly 1 million high school students have earned micro-scholarships on RaiseMe.

IUPUI Limited Submission Research Notice

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Seeking to advance public understanding of religion and theology, the Henry Luce Foundation’s Theology Program invites inquiries for university-based projects that are centrally animated by faculty members based at research institutions. Through competitively-awarded grants to research universities, the Luce Foundation’s Theology Program aims to support collaborative, experimental, and field-shaping initiatives that enliven the practice of public scholarship.

The Foundation welcomes inquiries for public scholarship projects that cross religious, geographic, and academic boundaries; advance scholarship that critically examines received assumptions about religion, secularity, and public culture; and/or work inventively at the intersections of theological inquiry and the multidisciplinary study of religion.

Grants may fund a wide range of possible activities, including (but not limited to) publicly engaged humanities and social science research; support for the next generation of scholars, teachers, and public intellectuals; creative uses of digital technologies and new publication platforms; and multi-institutional collaborations of various kinds. Grant amounts between $250,000 and $750,000 will be considered. Projects should begin no earlier than July 1, 2018, and should typically be completed in less than 5 years.

Only one application from Indiana University may be submitted. To apply for the IU internal competition, view the limited submission listing.

ACLS extends, adds programs to support greater number of humanities scholars

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The American Council of Learned Societies, the largest private funder of individual fellowships and grants in the humanities in the United States, continues to expand its support for scholars in the humanities.

This fall, ACLS announced that it would increase the number of awards offered through the ACLS Fellowship program from 71 to up to 80 annually over the next four years. The growth of the program is designed to increase support for the research of scholars at teaching-intensive colleges and universities, where faculty have comparatively greater teaching responsibilities and both less time and fewer resources to advance their scholarship.

The ACLS Fellowship program is the oldest and largest of ACLS’s 14 fellowship and grant programs, through which ACLS supports nearly 350 scholars each year. The expansion is made possible by a grant from Arcadia—a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. The partnership with Arcadia will help ACLS, known for its rigorous standards of peer review, demonstrate an inclusive ideal of academic excellence. The ACLS Fellowship program provides awards ranging from $40,000 to $70,000 to scholars across all fields in the humanities.

“In the United States today, some see higher education as a private good: workforce training that rewards individuals with job placements upon graduation. Our view is that education prepares individuals for a lifetime of both productive work and thoughtful citizenship,” said Pauline Yu, president of ACLS. “Such an education requires teacher-scholars who are dynamically engaged with humanities research. We are incredibly grateful that this contribution from Lisbet and Peter will help more faculty at a wider range of colleges and universities fulfill that role.”

Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin co-founded Arcadia in 2002. Peter Baldwin is the Global Distinguished Professor in the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at New York University. His latest book is a trans-national legal history of copyright from 1710 to the present. He is also a member of the ACLS Board of Directors. Lisbet Rausing did her PhD at Harvard University, where she was also a lecturer and assistant professor. She has written two academic monographs as well as numerous scholarly articles. Lisbet founded, and remains a director of, Ingleby Farms & Forests, which today owns and farms more than 100,000 hectares in nine countries.

This year ACLS also continued its tradition of strengthening individual fields of inquiry through a new partnership made possible by a major grant from the Getty Foundation. The Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art program, which began accepting applications this year, succeeds the Getty Foundation’s earlier postdoctoral fellowship program that named its last fellows in 2009. The 10 annual awards of $60,000 are designed to enable early career scholars to carry out ambitious research projects that broaden the understanding of art and its history. The fellowships are fully portable, allowing fellows significant latitude to visit the places necessary to conduct their research. This is a global program, accepting applications from scholars throughout the world. The Getty/ACLS program joins other ACLS initiatives that advance particular fields of study, including China Studies, Buddhist Studies, and American art.

ACLS draws on the perspectives of its member learned societies and other leaders in the academic humanities as it designs new funding programs. Over the past year, ACLS hosted a series of meetings with community college presidents and faculty, who offered advice about how ACLS might support scholars teaching in two-year colleges with targeted programming.

IUPUI hosts sci-fi master Ray Bradbury artifacts, awards in Cavanaugh Hall

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Bradbury Center Director Jon Eller stands in recreation of Bradbury’s office

In a lower level of Cavanaugh Hall, one of the most prolific and renowned 20th-century American science fiction writers’ memory – and his many, many works – are preserved in impressive and sometimes spooky detail.

The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies is packed with the author’s publications, awards, personal artifacts and many Halloween-worthy souvenirs, like a grotesque and demonic mask that is displayed on one of the author’s many bookcases. The mask was used in conceptual work for the character Moundshroud for the 1993 Hanna-Barbera animated version of “The Halloween Tree.”

The mask is one of thousands of artifacts Professor Jonathan Eller, Director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies and Chancellor’s Professor of English, and the School of Liberal Arts have stored and displayed in the center, which also curates a re-creation of Bradbury’s basement office that he maintained for decades in his Los Angeles home while creating masterworks like “Fahrenheit 451,” “Something Wicked This Way Comes” and “The Illustrated Man.”

The Center opened in Cavanaugh a decade ago and has since become an October hub for annual Bradbury commemorations. IUPUI pays tribute to Bradbury every October with exhibits on campus. Last month, many of the center’s space-related artifacts were on display in the new “Infinite Voyages: Ray Bradbury and the Space Age” exhibit in the Campus Center’s Cultural Arts Gallery.

From the moon to Mars, Bradbury was enthusiastic for space exploration, according to Eller. The Bradbury expert said 1930s sci-fi pulp magazines like Amazing Stories, Wonder Stories, and Astounding had the future author often looking to the skies in wonderment. By the 1940s, his stories began to appear in the same magazines, and in many others as well. Many of Bradbury’s personal copies of these magazines are on display in the center.

In the 1960s, Bradbury helped keep his fans interested in NASA’s developments. “Ray Bradbury loved the Apollo missions and all of the manned space missions that followed,” said Eller, noting Bradbury’s collection of awards and mementos given to him by NASA. “He also got behind the space shuttle program; he worked to promote the program and knew a number of the key players and crews.”

NASA paid tribute to Bradbury shortly after the Curiosity rover landed on Mars in August 2012. The rover, which is still collecting data from the Martian surface, touched down at Gale Crater, just south of Mars’ equator. The site was renamed Bradbury Landing on Aug. 22 to coincide with what would have been the author’s 92nd birthday. Bradbury had died just months before, on June 5, but had lived long enough to see the launch of this landmark achievement in Martian exploration.

Bradbury’s classic 1950 novelized collection of short stories, “The Martian Chronicles,” will forever link the author to the Red Planet, and now the planet is linked to the legendary writer. Some of the “Martian” tales are eerily prophetic and carry much impact, according to Eller. “Curiosity has told us that Mars is a little bit like what Ray Bradbury always thought it would be,” he explained. “We have planetary dynamics in evidence. We have evidence of earlier times of water. All of these things that Ray Bradbury hoped for and dreamed of might have been there at one time.”

In 2016, Eller represented the Bradbury family at the Hugo Awards ceremony. It was a momentous occasion for Eller, as Bradbury was given posthumous awards for his work that predated the Hugos, which honor the top works in science fiction and fantasy.

Eller earned the distinction to accept the award as he and Bradbury struck up a decades-spanning friendship after meeting when Eller was an English professor at his alma mater, the United States Air Force Academy, in the late 1980s. Bradbury was a guest speaker at a weeklong science fiction convention, and then-Major Eller was his host. Over time, Eller learned Bradbury’s “stories behind the stories,” eventually publishing three books on the author.

“Pretty much for the last 15 years of his life, I interviewed Bradbury in depth,” Eller said. “He was a great inspiration for people who loved to write, loved to read and loved to put their finger on the pulse of the human heart.”

While the Martian stories ring with some prescience, “Fahrenheit 451” continues to inspire on Earth’s soil. Proponents for freedom of speech and anti-censorship still look to the classic dystopian tome. Through science fiction and terror tales, Bradbury’s words helped teach millions of eyes to read and millions of brains to think.

“He was a great defender of the freedom of imagination,” Eller said. “He was always a protector of libraries and the precious gift of literacy.”

Limited Submission Research Notice for IUPUI

A funding opportunity is available for IUPUI faculty and staff interested in designing a Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary Educators.

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators are intensive academic programs whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary educators (administrators, curriculum developers, education ministry officials, teachers, teacher trainers, or textbook writers) the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, education, culture, and institutions. The ultimate goal is to promote the development and improvement of courses and teaching about the United States at secondary schools and teacher training institutions abroad.

Each Institute should be designed as an intensive, academically rigorous seminar for an experienced group of educators from abroad. Institutes should be organized through an integrated series of lectures, readings, seminar discussions, regional travel, and site visits, and should also include sessions that expose participants to U.S. pedagogical philosophy and practice. The study tour and local site visits should directly complement the academic program and provide opportunities for participants to observe and partake in varied aspects of American life. In addition, all Institutes should foster ECA’s mission to promote mutual understanding between citizens of the United States and other countries. Thus, the programs should include robust opportunities for participants to meet Americans from a variety of backgrounds, to interact with their U.S. peers.

One award of approximately $1,050,000 for a base year and two non-competitive continuations of 12 and 18 months will be provided to awardees. Applications must be submitted through U.S. post-secondary education institutions, and only one application will be submitted from Indiana University. If more than one proposal is received from IU, all IU submissions will be declared ineligible.

To apply for IU Internal competition, submit the following documents electronically to limited submission, limsub@iu.edu, by November 27, 2017. Required documents include 1) a project narrative; 2) a letter of support from a Chair or Dean; and 3) an abbreviated CV or biosketch for the PI. To expedite the review process, we request that investigators who intend to submit a proposal send an email 1 week before the internal deadline with the intended investigator names/affiliations and proposal title to limsub@iu.edu with the subject line: L0443 Notice of Intent. IUPUI applicants must copy Etta Ward, emward@iupui.edu, on submissions.

Limited Submission URL: http://limsub.iu.edu/limsub/LimSubDetail.asp?Number=4146

LGBTQ Film Festival Indy will screen “Left on Pearl”

“Left on Pearl” is an award-winning documentary about a significant but little-known chapter in the history of the Women’s Liberation Movement. On March 6, 1971, International Women’s Day marchers turned left on Pearl Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts to seize and occupy a Harvard University building at 888 Memorial Drive and declare it a Women’s Center. Hundreds of women, veterans of the antiwar and civil rights movements – among them some of the earliest out lesbian rights activists – participated in this effective action.

The screening will be on Saturday, November 11, at 2pm at the DeBoest Hall of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. A Q&A session with the film’s executive producer will follow. More information is available at LGBTFilmFest.com.

Herron’s 2017 Undergraduate Student Exhibition

The Galleries at Herron School of Art and Design are pleased to present the 2017 Undergraduate Student Exhibition, located in Eskenazi Hall on the IUPUI campus.

The exhibition is an annual tradition featuring exceptional works produced by Herron students across a variety of artistic disciplines. Chris Reitz, gallery director of the Hite Art Institute, will serve as a guest juror and will award prizes for the top student entries.

Robert Horvath, Gold Room, 2017

Coinciding with the student exhibition is “Petit Mort,” a selection of oil paintings and digital compositions created by Associate Professor Robert Horvath during a recent sabbatical. Inspired by the complex nature of 18th-century figurative porcelain, Horvath’s newest body of work juxtaposes homoerotic imagery and Rococo style to raise questions of censorship in relation to present-day social issues for the LGBTQ community.

The exhibitions open with a public reception at Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York St., on November 29 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Undergraduate Student Exhibition will take place in the Berkshire, Reese, Paul, and Marsh Galleries, with “Petit Mort” showing in the Basile Gallery. During the reception, visitors can shop locally from a selection of affordable prints and ceramic wares made by Herron artists while supporting student clubs. The student sale will take place in the grand hallway of Eskenazi Hall from 4 to 8:30 p.m.

The Galleries at Herron are free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays until 8 p.m. For more information, visit HerronGalleries.org.

Parking is available courtesy of The Great Frame Up Indianapolis in the visitor’s section of the Sports Complex Garage (west of Herron’s Eskenazi Hall), or on the upper floors of the Riverwalk Garage (south of the Sports Complex Garage) until 6 p.m. Park on any floor after 6 p.m. and bring your parking ticket to the Herron galleries for validation.