Reiberg Reading Series | James Still

The IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute and the IUPUI English Department are delighted to present the Rufus and Louise Reiberg Reading Series featuring playwright James Still, who will read from his collected works at the Lilly Auditorium on February 23, 2018, at 7:00pm.

Free tickets are available here.

James Still’s plays have been produced throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, South Africa, China, and Japan. This year he is celebrating his 20th season as Playwright-in-Residence at Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT), where audiences have seen 15 of his plays on all three of its stages. His recent work includes a trilogy of linked-plays: The House that Jack Built (IRT), Appoggiatura (Denver Center Theatre), and Miranda (Illusion Theater, Minneapolis). Other recent work includes April 4, 1968: Before We Forgot How to Dream (IRT); two plays about the Lincolns, The Window Lincoln and The Heavens are Hung in Black (both premiering at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.); a play for one actor about culinary icon James Beard called I Love to Eat (Portland Center Stage); a play for 57 actors called A Long Bridge over Deep Waters (Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles); Looking Over the President’s Shoulder about Indiana native Alonzo Fields (premiered at IRT, produced at theaters across the country); Amber Waves (The Kennedy Center and IRT); and And Then They Came for Me, which has been produced at theaters around the world.

Playwright James Still

Still’s short play When Miss Lydia Hinkley Gives a Bird the Bird was a winner of Red Bull Theater’s Short New Play Festival and performed at many festivals. His new plays include (A) New World and Black Beauty (Seattle Children’s Theatre). James is an elected member of both the Nation Theatre Conference in New York and the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center. He received the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award from the William Inge Festival and the Todd McNerney New Play Prize from Spoleto. He grew up in a tiny town in Kansas and is a longtime resident of Los Angeles.

Support for the Reiberg Reading Series is provided by the Reiberg family, the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the IUPUI University Library, the IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs, and the IUPUI Division of Undergraduate Education.

From card catalogs to computers, 50-year IU Libraries employee has changed with the times

Ron Hafft is celebrating his 50th year as a full-time employee of IU Libraries. Photo by James Brosher, IU Communications

Original article by Marah Harbison from News at IU Bloomington

In 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson was president of the United States, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, and Ron Hafft got his first part-time job with Indiana University Libraries. At that time, the main campus library was in Franklin Hall, a paper card catalog system helped students check books out, and Hafft was studying to be a high school English teacher.

In 2017, Hafft is celebrating his 50th year as a full-time employee of IU Libraries. In his current role as computer coordinator, he travels around campus to maintain and update public workstations and staff computers for the many library branch locations. But over the half century he’s spent serving the university’s libraries, he’s done everything from managing the stacks to helping IUPD integrate library security into training for cadets. He’s transitioned with the library from a mainly print world to a digital world and helped others along the way.

His first full-time gig was as a circulation desk supervisor for the night shift. The library had just expanded hours to close at midnight instead of 10 p.m. Hafft was drafted into the army in 1968, and when he returned in 1971, construction on the Wells Library was complete, and his position had been expanded to include stack supervision duties.

Hafft also spent time working in interlibrary loans. When another library wanted to borrow something from IU’s collection, Hafft would coordinate lending the requested materials and billing for any overdue materials. “We would send stuff literally around the world to places like Japan, Australia and Russia,” Hafft said. “We were often lending much more than we were borrowing because our collection is so vast.” That is still true today, with thousands of materials loaned by IU Libraries to other libraries in the state, in the country, and around the world.

Most of Hafft’s contribution to the libraries, though, have come through his willingness to embrace new roles and learn new skills. It would be an understatement to say that libraries have gone through a transformation over the past 50 years, and while many find change to be scary, Hafft has found it exciting. He’s been called on more than once to share his excitement and ease the apprehensions of his colleagues.

When the library began automating the catalog system, Hafft managed the team tasked with barcoding nearly 2 million books. A team made of about 20 students and 20 staff members worked in two-hour shifts to chip away at the work and ultimately finished the task in just eight summer weeks. Once the catalog was fully automated, he helped train staff on computer software. “They asked me to help because I could work with people,” Hafft said. “It helped that I knew the circulation system, but it was even better that I knew what staff needed translated from computerese to something more generally understood.”

Hafft helped advocate for a print quota for students and a print release system in the library that required students to log in one at a time to print instead of overwhelming printers with multiple jobs at once. He saw the number of public work stations in the library dramatically increase, and then just as dramatically decrease as more and more students arrived on campus with their own laptops. Recently, he’s seen a dramatic decrease in pages printed thanks to more online assignments and submissions.

Throughout all of the changes, though, Hafft said, the reason he remains at the library has stayed constant. “The students are what has kept me here,” he said. “In my duration I have seen a major change in basically everything at some time or another, but the bits and pieces that hold the library together and the reasons we are here will always be the same. If it weren’t for the students, the university wouldn’t exist.”

Hafft expects he’ll retire within the next few years but will stay engaged with the university by possibly taking a photography course or attending the Little 500, an event he has volunteered for as a field judge for nearly 20 years. He will continue to see nearly every movie that comes to town and plans to read more spy and young adult novels.

But even as he looks forward to retirement, Hafft feels fulfilled by his 50 years at IU. “I’m finding out that as I look back on my career, it’s all been very worthwhile.”

Iraq Study Group Papers of former US Rep. Hamilton now available digitally through IU Libraries

From News at IU Bloomington

The Iraq Study Group Papers of former US Representative Lee Hamilton are now available in digital format from Indiana University Libraries, providing researchers and the public with a behind-the-scenes look at a bipartisan panel that influenced US policy in Iraq.

The collection, donated by Hamilton, consists of the electronic and paper files created by Hamilton and by his senior advisor and special assistant to the study group. The files document the formation of the group, its work, the creation of its final report, and follow-up activities.

“The Iraq Study Group marked a serious effort by Congress to examine the conduct of the Iraq War and to play its proper role by providing oversight of American foreign policy,” Hamilton said. “I am grateful to Indiana University Libraries for digitizing these records and making them accessible, and I hope that students of government and history will learn from them for years to come.”

The papers include notebooks, working papers, office files, meeting minutes, memos, and records of news media coverage of the study group’s work. Archivists have prepared an extensive guide allowing users to find and view a digital image of individual documents from the collection.

“This is an invaluable addition to IU Libraries’ collection of political papers on a topic that dominated the foreign policy debate at the time,” said Lee Feinstein, founding dean of the School of Global and International Studies. “This influential bipartisan commission, whose original membership included two future defense secretaries, gave voice to growing concern about the scope and intensity of the U.S. military commitment in Iraq and the importance of broader diplomatic engagement in the region.”

Carolyn Walters, the Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries, said she appreciates Hamilton’s continued commitment to preservation of committee documentation. She said the Iraq Study Group papers represent the third fully digitized collection in the Modern Political Papers Collection held at the Bloomington campus.

“This digitization and description work – while time-intensive – is important because it makes original, primary-source documents directly available through online access,” Walters said.

The Iraq Study Group was launched in March 2006, growing out of concerns that the United States was on the wrong path three years after it began military involvement in Iraq. Hamilton and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III chaired the 10-member, bipartisan task force, made up of former senators, cabinet members, and presidential advisers.

The group’s final report, issued in December 2006, was 160 pages long and included 79 recommendations. The report had a significant impact on American foreign policy in Iraq.

Four working groups of 44 foreign policy analysts, including staff of the U.S. Institute of Peace, among others, examined American policy in Iraq. The work included nine plenary sessions, a four-day trip to Baghdad, and interviews with over 170 experts, military officers, and political players in Iraq and the region.

Hamilton represented Indiana’s 9th District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1965 to 1999. He gained a reputation for foreign policy expertise, statesmanship, and a nonpartisan approach to solving problems. He served as co-chair of the joint House and Senate committee investigating the Iran-Contra Affair in 1987-88 and as vice chair of the 9/11 Commission in 2002-04. He is founder and senior advisor at the Center on Representative Government at IU Bloomington.

The Iraq Study Group papers are part of the IU Libraries’ Modern Political Papers Collection. The collection also includes Hamilton’s congressional papers and 9/11 Commission papers as well as congressional papers of former Senators Richard Lugar and Birch Bayh, press and political files of former Governor and Senator Evan Bayh, and other sets of documents.

Critical Conversations: Talking Religion on Campus

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

Bethel AME Church is now available in virtual reality

The original press release is available through the IUPUI Newsroom.

Bethel AME Church

The 3-D digital re-creation and preservation of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest African-American church in Indianapolis, was unveiled to the public on October 6. The Bethel AME Church played vital roles in the Underground Railroad and the founding of Indiana’s NAACP and the School for Black Children in Indianapolis.

“Many people have visited or attended special events at the Bethel AME Church, once located at 414 W. Vermont St., and now they have the opportunity to revisit the church in virtual reality,” said Andrea Copeland, associate professor and chair of the Department of Library and Information Science.

Students and faculty at the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI have protected the church’s history and legacy with 3-D digital preservation techniques using virtual reality. The church was 3-D scanned for reference to become an interactive, informal, and formal educational space that instigates innovative, collaborative learning opportunities.

The Reiberg Reading Series will feature poet Maggie Smith this October

The IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute and the IUPUI English Department are pleased to present the Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series featuring poet Maggie Smith. Smith will read from her selected works in the IUPUI Lilly Auditorium on October 11th at 7:30pm, with a Q&A session and book signing to follow.

Smith is the author of three books of poetry: Good Bones, which is making its debut on shelves on October first; The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, winner of the Dorset Prize and the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal in Poetry; and Lamp of the Body, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award. The poem “Good Bones,” after which her new book is titled, went viral internationally. It was called the “Official Poem of 2016” by the BBC/Public Radio International and has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Advance praise for Good Bones (the book) says it is written “with such a clean, aching clarity of lyricism that I discover now frequently exhausted human touchstones freshly, with real surprise.”

Support for the Reiberg Reading Series is provided by the Reiberg family, the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute, the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the IUPUI University Library, the IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs, and the IUPUI Division of Undergraduate Education.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite.

IUPUI Center for Digital Scholarship goes 3D

View the original press release by reporter Vanessa Richards at the IUPUI newsroom.

Jenny Johnson demonstrates 3D scanner

The handheld Creaform 3D scanner looks like an old-school video game controller, a clunky throwback to the early days of Atari. But these mobile 3D scanners used by the staff in the IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship are very advanced, and they are changing the way we record recent history, ancient history, and even the future.

“About two years ago, we decided to explore 3D technology and what scanning could look like,” said Jenny Johnson, head of digitization services for the Center for Digital Scholarship. “Every community and cultural heritage institution that we work with has 3D objects. As the technology has gotten better, computer processing has gotten better, and because costs have been reduced a little bit with the technology, we decided to dive into the specifics and see what we could do. The Benjamin Harrison team was really interested in this, and they’ve got an eCollection initiative to document more of their items.”

This statue of Harrison has been 3D printed using the 3D scan file

The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site houses a large collection of former U.S. President Benjamin Harrison’s belongings in his former home, including furniture, pottery, silver, plates, and dresses. In collaboration with the Center for Digital Scholarship, these items will soon be scanned, and the digital files will be available online to view and to download. This means that anyone with access to a 3D printer will be able to create copies of the collection items. The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site eCollection initiative is planned to go online around November.

Archaeologists are using the technology, as well. The Lawrenz Gun Club is a Mississippian Period fortified Native American village and mound complex in the central Illinois River Valley, active between the years 1150 and 1425. Jeremy Wilson, associate professor of anthropology at IUPUI, studies it; he and his team have been working on the site since 2010. He works with the IUPUI 3D digital archivists to record what they have found. Wilson’s ultimate goal, in partnership with associate professor Dan Johnson from the geography department, is to build a virtual representation of the site and how the village changed over time.


The digital renderings of these items are available in the IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship’s online collection.

Reiberg Reading Series to feature Angela Palm

At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, Angela Palm will read from and discuss her new book, Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here. Riverine is a mesmerizing account of Palm’s childhood in rural Indiana on the banks of the Kankakee River, which flooded each year due to a man-made alteration of its course. The memoir is an Indie Next selection and winner of the 2014 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. Palm was awarded the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Axinn Foundation Fellowship in Narrative Nonfiction. Her work has been published in Ecotone, At Length Magazine, Brevity, Paper Darts, Essay Daily, and elsewhere. She lives in Vermont, where she works as a developmental editor and teaches creative writing at Champlain College and the New England Young Writers’ Conference.

The reading will take place in the Lilly Auditorium, IUPUI University Library UL 0130. Attendees are encouraged to register for free tickets, as seating will be limited.

Support for the Reiberg Reading Series is provided by the Reiberg family, the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the IUPUI University Library, the IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs, and the IUPUI Division of Undergraduate Education.

Critical Conversations: Free Speech v. Hate Speech – Where Do We Draw the Line?

Blue Square

critical-conversation-free-speech-v-hate-speech-dec-7-2016The ILCE Office sponsors monthly Critical Conversations like this one where participants can engage in a timely issue over the lunch hour.  These Critical Conversations provide informal collegial space to dialogue about issues of social justice, equity and inclusion and are open to IUPUI faculty, staff, students and the Indianapolis community.  More information about the ILCE Office can be viewed here.

The conversation on Free Speech v. Hate speech will be held in University Library room 1126 on December 7th from noon to 1:00pm. Bring your own lunch for this engaging event; light snacks will be provided.

Herron Art Library hosting public reception and lecture on papermaking in the Islamic world

31qnds3gwc_actualHerron Art Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is hosting a free reception and lecture Nov. 16 presented by Radha Pandey, papermaker and letterpress printer, on Islamic-world papermaking.

The event will begin with a reception at the Herron Art Library, 735 W. New York St., at 4:30 p.m., followed by the lecture in the Herron auditorium at 6 p.m. The lecture will conclude with a Q&A session with hands-on samples of traditional Islamic papers from India, dyestuffs, and tools used for burnishing and sheetforming.

The talk will cover traditional Islamic-world papermaking history and technique, with a focus on contemporary practices in India.

The Kagzi family will be used as a case study to illuminate the introduction of papermaking in India and how it changed under British rule. The discussion will also cover how papermaking affected printing, publishing and literacy, and why it is relevant today.

Pandey earned her MFA in book arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book, where she studied letterpress printing, bookbinding and papermaking with a focus on Western, Eastern and Islamic papermaking techniques. Her artist’s books are held in 25 public collections, including the Library of Congress and Yale University. Currently, Pandey is the lead papermaker and studio coordinator at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland.

The event is free to the public. RSVPs to are strongly encouraged, as space is limited. Paid parking is available at the Sports Complex Garage at West New York and Blake streets, as well as at the Riverwalk Garage, just south of the Sports Complex Garage.

About Herron Art Library at IUPUI: The Herron Art Library is a full-service branch of IUPUI University Library. The library serves IUPUI students, faculty and staff as well as the local community and beyond. The collections focus on the study of the fine arts with an emphasis on modern and contemporary areas as well as a notable fine press and artist’s book collection nearing 1,000 items.

See the original news release for this event from the IUPUI Newsroom.