Indy Community Innovation Lab seeks independent researchers, artist facilitators

An independent researcher is needed to support a Community Innovation Lab, a collaborative effort between EmcArts and local conveners: Kheprw Institute, GroundWork Indy, and Spirit & Place (a project of The Polis Center, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI). The Cultural Asset Landscape Researcher will identify local organizations and individuals working in and around Indianapolis at the intersection of the arts/culture and economic inclusion issues, as well as identify and summarize national and international case studies of exceptional arts practices addressing economic inclusion.

A national initiative managed by EmcArts, the Community Innovation Labs facilitate an unconventional approach that supports a group of local change agents in making progress on a complex challenge. Community stakeholders from different sectors work together in innovative ways in response to a specific local challenge. Arts-infused practices are central to the CIL approach to build trust, explore new possibilities, and advance strategies for complex adaptive systemic change. The Indy Star recently published an article about the Indianapolis lab.

The upcoming lab will take place from August 2017-April 2018. Applicants need not be available for the entirety of the lab. For more information or instructions on how to apply, visit the Indy Community Innovation Lab website. Applications are due July 14, 2017.

Video installation by Ragnar Kjartansson and The National headlines summer exhibitions at the Herron Galleries

This summer, the Herron School of Art and Design will feature the first Indiana exhibition of “A Lot of Sorrow,” a video installation by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson and indie-rock band The National.

“A Lot of Sorrow,” one of Kjartansson’s most well-known and acclaimed works, is a six-hour, single-channel video of a performance recorded at MoMA PS1 in 2013. For this piece, Kjartansson, best known for his durational performance and video work, invited The National to play their hit song “Sorrow” live on stage repeatedly and continuously for six hours, nine minutes, and 35 seconds. As hours pass and fatigue sets in, the band members experiment and improvise, yielding unexpected outcomes while Kjartansson periodically steps on stage to offer food and drink.

Kjartansson explores the creative potential of repetition by stretching a single pop song into a six-hour concert. Filmed with multiple cameras, Kjartansson’s large-screen video projection becomes an immersive experience that ARTnewscalled “astonishingly riveting,” and The New YorkTimes critic Roberta Smith described as “unimaginably expansive.”

The video will start from the beginning each day, allowing interested visitors to watch the entire 6-hour performance during gallery hours.

“A Lot of Sorrow” debuted at Luhring Augustine Bushwick in New York City in 2014 with more recent screenings at The Art Institute of Chicago, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

An opening reception will take place from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 7 in conjunction with the Indianapolis Downtown Artists & Dealer’s Association’s (IDADA) monthly First Friday art tour. The exhibition runs June 14 to September 2, 2017 in Herron’s Berkshire, Reese, and Paul Galleries. All Herron exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Also on view this summer in the Herron Galleries:

  • “Mirror Mirror,” featuring new paintings and a site-specific installation by New York-based artist Jaqueline Cedar (June 14 to September 2) in the Marsh Gallery;
  • “Fold, Staple, Riot: The Art and Subculture of Zine Making” highlighting local and national self-publishing communities (June 14 to July 15) in the Basile Gallery;
  • New work by Herron alumnus Samuel Levi Jones (B.F.A. Photography ’09) from July 26 to September 2 in the Basile Gallery.

Parking is available courtesy of The Great Frame Up Indianapolis in the visitor 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. Bring your parking ticket to the Herron galleries for validation.

To view the original press release for this event, visit the Herron School of Art and Design website.

The Key Limitation and Danger of the Electronic Health Record

Dr. Alice Dreger

Please join the IU Center for Bioethics for a special seminar on Electronic Health Records by Alice Dreger, Ph.D., author of Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science. The seminar discusses a key limitation and danger of the electronic health record (EHR), “In Which Winnie the Pooh Teaches Us Something Important about the EHR’s Central Lesion.”

The seminar will take place in the Glick Eye Institute, Room 103, on June 6 at 2pm.

The electronic health record (EHR) holds the potential to be a fantastic technology in many ways. It promises better patient access to records, the ability to look more systematically for risk before harm happens, a way for health care professionals to more accurately track patients longitudinally, and a means to kinds of medical research we could never do before. But the EHR also has the potential to obscure the importance of cohesive narrative in patients’ lives.

This talk uses A.A. Milne’s story of Owl’s house being blown down, along with research from clinical psychology, cross-cultural anthropology, and evolutionary biology, to suggest that, unless we think about the great big narrative holes the EHR is leaving in patients’ lives, we may not be healing people as well as we could. Drawing on her experiences as an historian of medicine and science—including as one who has composed short, private, client-centered medical histories for victims of iatrogenic trauma—the speaker will suggest that the macrohistory of science and medicine that helps us understand the power of the EHR also compels us to consider the need for a micro history of medicine that makes up for one of the EHR’s worst unintended consequences.

Community Competition to Prevent Islamophobia

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The Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts at IUPUI announces ten awards of $1,000 each to prevent Islamophobia, or anti-Muslim prejudice, discrimination, and violence, in Greater Indianapolis.

Highly original projects are sought from local writers, community activists, artists, religious congregations, public school teachers, dancers, community volunteers, philosophers, amateur historians, linguists, musicians, healers, social workers, poets, non-profit groups, and others. Projects can include performance, social media, debate, dialogue, the production of objects, sound, consciousness-raising, teaching, websites, and so on. They might focus on the political, social, cultural, or religious roots of Islamophobia, including anti-Muslim think tanks, federal surveillance and counter-intelligence, media bias, U.S. foreign policy, and cultural and religious stereotypes. Collaborations between Muslims and non-Muslims are especially welcome.

All individuals who are not currently employed by or enrolled at IUPUI are eligible to apply. Applicants must submit three- to four-page, double-spaced, carefully crafted proposals that outline (1) what the project is, (2) who will be involved, (3) who the audiences will be, (4) how the project will be accomplished, (5) where it will take place, (6) how it will be marketed, and (7) why it is likely to reduce anti-Muslim prejudice and discrimination. A timeline should be included.

Proposals are due by Sept. 1, 2017, with notification of awards expected by Sept. 15, 2017. All projects must be implemented sometime between October 1, 2017, and May 1, 2018. Please send inquiries and/or final proposals to Prof. Edward Curtis, Proposals must be sent as a Microsoft Word file or PDF attachment to an email. The email must include the applicant’s address and phone number. Half of the award will be payable immediately, with the other half contingent upon completion of the project.

The Entanglements Series: What is the Future of Farming?

Along with the Wenner-Gren Foundation and Indy Reads Books, the IAHI is proud to present “What is the Future of Farming?” as a part of the Entanglements Series. Join us on Friday, May 19, at 7pm to discuss the local and global cultures of farming. The forum will be held at Indy Reads Books, 911 Mass Ave., and hopes to answer numerous questions.

What does it mean to be a farmer in the 21st century? How can we cultivate enough food to feed 9 billion people? How do changing economic and political conditions shape food production and distribution? In what ways are we preparing our food systems for the effects of climate change?

Support for the Entanglements Series is provided by the IU Office of the Vice President for Research and the New Frontiers Grant Program.

Free tickets are available via Eventbrite at

Book on the Bible in American life co-edited by IUPUI professors

American Christians view the Bible as their spiritual guide. But as an everyday, usable volume, is it something a bit different?

Three Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis School of Liberal Arts religious studies professors set out to answer that question through nationwide surveys and explored the results with the help of other preeminent religion and history scholars. The culmination of that work is a new book, “The Bible in American Life,” published by Oxford University Press.

Philip Goff, Peter J. Thuesen, and Arthur E. Farnsley II (pictured from left to right) served as co-editors and the driving forces behind the book, which explores how the Bible is used by Americans in their personal lives.

“People are always interested in the Bible, but usually it’s more in public life — how it might show up in film or in literature, certainly in politics,” said Goff, executive director of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at IUPUI. “We wanted to see how it worked out in people’s personal lives. That really had never been done.”

With a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., the professors were able to add questions to the General Social Survey and the National Congregations Study in 2012. Participants were asked to name which translation of the Bible they most often read, if they had read the Bible outside of worship services within the last year, the extent and purpose of their usage, if they read it on electronic devices, and more. The answers, combined with participants’ demographic information, provided a baseline for study.

“This isn’t exactly a surprise in the survey, but one response was 50 percent — exactly half of the people had read the Bible outside of a worship service in the past year,” said Farnsley, director of the Indiana University Center for Civic Literacy at IUPUI and associate director of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture. “There have been people who said to us, ‘Wow, I would have thought it would be a lot more,’ and people who said ‘I thought it would be a lot less.’ It turns out, it depends on where you’re coming from — what 50 percent looks like.”

Among the findings were that African-Americans read the Bible at a higher rate than other races; women read it more often than men; older citizens read it more than younger; and the American South had higher readership than the Midwest, West, and Northeast. Also, the 400-year-old King James Bible is the most-read version.

“The extent to which people are still attached to a 17th-century translation of the Bible indicates that people are not necessarily looking for clear meaning or teaching; what’s also important is the actual sound of Scripture,” Thuesen said.

Amanda Friesen, an assistant professor of political science and faculty research fellow in the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, wrote a chapter exploring how American men and women read the Bible. Conclusions included that women, in reading the Bible more than men, do so with motives more toward personal devotion than political reasons.

Paul Gutjahr, the Ruth Halls Professor of English at Indiana University Bloomington, contributed a chapter on the use of production and reception studies to determine the most popular English-language translation of the Bible in contemporary America, reiterating that the King James Version is the most popular despite many newer translations.

View the original news release on the IUPUI Newsroom website.

Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is open for applications

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With great pleasure, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is announcing the availability of the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program.
 The fellowship program is open to scholars, scientists, and artists working on individual projects, or in clusters, to generate new research, publications, art, and more. The Fellowship supports the work of 50 leading artists and scholars and has rapidly become one of the most competitive programs of its kind in the world, with an acceptance rate of only 3 percent each year. Accepted scholars will receive stipends up to $77,500 for one year with additional funds for project expenses.

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Since the institute’s founding in 1999, many Harvard faculty members have participated in the Fellowship Program and pursued individual projects within the multidisciplinary and international community of fellows.

The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is available for creative writers, journalists, playwrights, screenwriters, film and video artists, musicians, visual artists, natural scientists, mathematicians, humanists and social scientists.

The deadline to apply as a cluster is May 15, 2017; the deadline for individual applications in the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences is September 14, 2017; and the deadline for individual applications in the natural sciences and mathematics, the deadline is October 5, 2017.

For more information or details on how to apply, please visit the program’s USA Scholarships listing.

Race, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Evangelicalism in the 1950s and 1960s

The Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture presents Dr. Randall J. Stephens. On April 21 at 10am in Cavanaugh Hall 435, Dr. Stephens will look at the ways evangelicals opposed rock ‘n’ roll music and rebellious youth culture in the 1950s and 1960s. Guest parking is available for a fee in the North Street Garage. Evangelical and fundamentalist leaders in the South and throughout the US targeted the big beat not just because it was disruptive and encouraged rebellion. Many also sensed that it broke down racial barriers and taboos. The discussion will look at how ministers, editors, parents, and others linked their efforts and challenges on the mission field among “natives” with the chaos rock ‘n’ roll unleashed on American soil. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Dr. Stephens is an Associate Professor and Reader in History and American Studies at Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne. He is the author of The Fire Spreads: Holiness and Pentecostalism in the American South (Harvard University Press, 2008) and The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age, co-authored with Karl Giberson (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011). He is currently completing a book on religion and rock music for Harvard University Press. In spring 2012, Dr. Stephens was a Fulbright Roving Scholar in American Studies in Norway. He has also written for the New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Independent, The Atlantic blog, Salon, and Christian Century.

IUPUI Secular Humanism Studies Speaker Series tackles complex topics this month

The IUPUI Secular Humanism Speaker Series kicks off tonight, April 13, with the University of Iowa’s Dr. Evan Fales‘s discussion of “The ‘Right to Believe’ and Bible-based Public Policy.” The next installment of the series will be the following week on April 20, when Purdue University’s Dr. Paul Draper will talk about “How to Argue for Atheism.” For the final engagement, the University of Toledo’s Dr. Jeanine Diller will discuss “Global and Local Atheisms: What the Multitude of Ideas of God Means for Atheism.” 

Each event will take place at the IUPUI University Tower, The Presidents’ Room (2nd floor), 875 W North Street, and begin at 6:30pm. Parking is available for a fee in the North Street Parking Garage, 819 W North Street. A campus map is available here.

This series is presented by the IUPUI Department of Philosophy and the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. If you have any questions or would like to request additional information on this series, please email

TEDxIndianapolis: Scale It Up

The IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute is proud to be one of the presenting sponsors of this year’s TEDxIndianapolis. On April 25, 18 incredible speakers from around the world will share big ideas from the stage of the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University. Get your tickets today.

This year’s theme — Scale It Up — is all about how ideas, efforts, approaches, and programs may start small but shift and expand, replicate, multiply, innovate, and drive positive change. Topics will range from education reform to brain hacking to Latin American cinema. Don’t miss it!

As you may have experienced in one of our first four conferences here, TEDxIndianapolis is a day of cross-pollination featuring local and national speakers and performers; passionate, unique, and captivating people sharing ideas from the fields of technology, business, education, art and design, and more.

The Schrott Center is a one-of-a-kind community-focused facility. With 454 seats, the venue is designed to optimize acoustics and sightlines, and is equally suited for music, dance, and theatre. And attendees will enjoy experiencing the Butler campus during lunch.

Visit for more. And get your tickets quick!