Giving to religion makes up a third of all giving in America, and over half of all Americans say their religious or spiritual values motivate their philanthropic giving. If this is the case, why do religion and money remain such taboo topics in our society?
The full philanthropic impact of religious communities goes far beyond finances. The story of religious philanthropy speaks to when, why, and how religious institutions engage their broader communities in volunteering, advocacy, and cultivating a civil society.
Is philanthropy primarily meant to take care of those within one’s own community or the larger society? Does philanthropy provide for basic needs or promote institutional change? Should religious giving develop an individual’s character or shape the morality of society, or are such purposes off limits in a pluralist society?
Two leading historians will share their reflections on what we can learn from the intersections of religion and philanthropy in the past and what issues might define the topic into the future: Jim Hudnut Buemler, Anne Potter Wilson Distinguished Professor of American Religious History at Vanderbilt University, and David Hammack, Hiram C. Haydn Professor of History at Case Western University. The event will be moderated by David P. King and Philip Goff.
This public talk will be held on Thursday, May 17, at 5:30pm, at the Damenvervein Room of the Athenaeum, 410 E. Michigan Street.
Service, partnership, and research. The Robert G. Bringle Civic Engagement Showcase recognizes the impact of each of these things on the IUPUI campus and in the community.
Held in the IUPUI Campus Center (420 University Boulevard) on Tuesday, April 10, the showcase will honor faculty, staff, and community partners who exemplify IUPUI’s commitment to deepening community engagement. The showcase will highlight the contributions of four IUPUI honorees. Poster presentations will show the various and diverse contributions IUPUI students, faculty, staff, and organizations are making to this commitment. Finally, the event will conclude with a formal recognition of the graduating students who have been awarded the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion for exemplary commitment to serving their community.
Indiana’s Management Performance Hub (MPH) provides analytics solutions tailored to address complex management and policy questions enabling improved outcomes for Hoosiers. They empower partners to leverage data in innovative ways, facilitating data-driven decision making and data-informed policy making.
On March 6, MPH is hosting Data Day 2018 at the Indiana Statehouse. The MPH Data Day is an open event for people who want to share ideas and learn how Indiana is leading the nation with data and innovation. MPH partners who use Indiana data to positively impact the lives of Hoosiers will present their projects.
Presentations will run from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the North Atrium of the Statehouse. Food, refreshments, and data success stories will be shared.
A public conversation with local artists about art and race in Indianapolis takes its start from the 1989 essay “Ethos and Creativity: The Impulse as Malleable” by Indianapolis writer Mari Evans. This essay combines autobiography, history, and conceptual analysis to relate local conditions to a broader understanding of the significance of artistic creation. Join a panel of Indianapolis artist to consider the essay’s continuing relevance to art, justice, and community.
The conversation will take place on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Basile Auditorium of Eskenazi Hall, 735 West New York Street. Visitor parking is available in the Sports Complex Parking Garage, 875 West New York Street.
Panelists will include Phyllis Boyd, an urban designer and former gallery director who trained as a landscape architect and now serves as executive director of Groundwork Indy; David Hoppe, writer, editor, and playwright who edited the book in which Evans’ essay originally appeared; Adrian Matekja, Poet Laureate of Indiana and Ruth Lilly Professor at Indiana University; Carl Pope, a critically acclaimed, Indianapolis-based conceptualist whose museum installations and public art interventions explore the intersections between conceptual art, American Literature, hidden histories, and social justice; and LaShawnda Crowe Storm, a visual artist, activist, and community builder who uses the making of art to create space and place for difficult conversations promoting healing and change.
The Critical Conversations series is hosted by a partnership of IUPUI, the Concerned Clergy of Indianapolis, and the Baptist Minister’s Alliance. The partnership seeks to bring together the IUPUI campus and the faith-based community organizations around public health issues, providing a safe space to educate, inform, and strategize around these issues, leading to positive social change in the community.
The conversation will be held on February 15, 2018, at 6:30 pm in the IUPUI Hine Hall Auditorium, 875 W. North Street. Doors will open at 6 pm, and free parking will be available in the garage located under the building.
IUPUI Chancellor Nasser Paydar and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will give opening remarks, followed by an introduction by Dr. Molly Rosenberg, author of Black Homicide Report. Dr. Leah Gunning Francis, author of Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community will give a presentation.
The culminating panel discussion will include moderator Rev. David Greene, President of the Concerned Clergy of Indianapolis and Pastor of Purpose of Life Ministries Indianapolis; criminal justice and best practices expert Dr. Tom Stucky, Executive Associate Dean of the IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs; clergy member Rev. Dr. Wayne L. Moore, President of the Baptist Minister’s Alliance and Pastor of Olivet Missionary Baptist Church; community member Gregory L. Wilson, Executive Director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission; youth representative Anthony Beverly, Director of Stop the Violence Indianapolis; policymakers Rep. Greg Porter of the State of Indiana and Rep. Stephen Clay, President of the City-County Council of the City of Indianapolis; law enforcement representative Chief Bryan Roach, IMPD; and media member Steve Jefferson, Crimebeat Report from WTHR-Channel 13.
Religion is often considered a taboo subject, so how do we engage in inclusive dialogue on important, yet often controversial, topics involving religion, tradition, and spirituality? A courageous group of individuals representing a diversity of religious traditions, including individuals without such traditions or beliefs, will share their journey through such a dialogue.
Discussion will focus in on questions like how we dialogue on religion in a group setting, the parameters for employees’ engagement in religion in the workplace, how to have meaningful dialog on religion in a safe space, and finding common ground among divergent religious views.
This event is open to all IUPUI faculty, staff, and students of any religion, tradition, spiritual practice, or belief – including those who neither hold nor practice any form of religion or spiritual belief. Support is provided by the IUPUI Office of Intercultural Literacy, Capacity, and Engagement, a part of the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
It will be held in University Library 1126 on Wednesday, December 6th from noon to 1 pm. The moderator will be Dan Griffith, Director of IUPUI’s Conflict Resolution and Dialogue Programs. Feel free to contact him with questions in advance at email@example.com.
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.
This panel discussion will include light refreshments. While the doors open and refreshments start at 5:30, the discussion begins at 6:00 p.m. on March 7 in the IUPUI Campus Center, Room 305.
This discussion is sponsored by the IUPUI Women’s Studies Program in the School of Liberal Arts, the IUPUI Office of Intercultural Literacy, Capacity, and Engagement, the IUPUI Office for Women, the IUPUI Department of World Languages and Cultures in the School of Liberal Arts, and the American Friends Service Committee.
March 6 in the IUPUI Campus Center Theatre, the keynote presentation of the 2017 IUPUI Symposium on Civil Discourse will be “Online, On Campus, and On the Streets: You Have the Right to Be in Public Space.”
Learn from social entrepreneur Emily May, co-founder and executive director of Hollaback and Heartmob, how to respond to, fight and end online, public and street harassment.
The keynote address is scheduled for 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., followed by a panel discussion from 3 to 4:15 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
Poster presentations will once again be a part of the Robert G. Bringle Civic Engagement Showcase held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to submit an application. Presenting a poster is a great opportunity to obtain interesting and valuable feedback for projects, research, or practices from a knowledgeable crowd. It also allows presenters to network with other scholars who are interested in the same topic area(s) and to practice public speaking in a low-pressure, informal setting.
Some suggested topics include:
Impact of reciprocal campus-community partnerships
Student learning and development in service-learning courses or co-curricular engagement opportunities
Synopsis of research data collection and/or analysis
Mentoring models for working with students as service-learning assistants.
Tools and resources developed to aid in the plannign or execution of community engagement initiatives (curricular or co-curricular)
Institutionalization of service learning or community engagement in higher education
Models of intra- and inter-campus partnerships
Methods to increase the number of effective campus-community partnerships
Teaching methods or strategies utilized in community engaged classrooms.
Innovations and/or strategies to improve health, life, and well-being.
Other topics are welcome as they relate to community engagement, campus partnerships, and strategies to address health, life, and well-being.