Secret Cures of Slaves: People, Plants, and Medicine in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World

As part of the History Talks! series, join Dr. Londa Schiebinger for a presentation on “The Secret Cures of Slaves: People, Plants, and Medicine in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World.” The talk will take place at the IUPUI Campus Center Room 450 C, 420 University Boulevard, on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm.

Dr. Londa Schiebinger is the John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science at Stanford University. She currently directs the EU/US Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment project. She is a leading international expert on gender in science and technology and has addressed the United Nations on the topic of “Gender, Science, and Technology.” She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize and Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work on Gendered Innovations harnesses the creative power of sex and gender analysis to enhance excellence and reproducibility in science and technology.

To register for this event, or for more information, click here.

This event is hosted by the IUPUI History Department and the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute.

Translational Research and Institutional Responsibility: Owning Up to Historical Atrocities

Dr. Dean Saitta, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Denver, will be the keynote speaker for the Center for Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) 7th Annual Keynote Address.

All across the nation, colleges and universities are taking responsibility for controversial aspects of their institutional histories. The University of Denver is one such example. In its founding year, 1864, a massacre of peacefully camped Native Americans by a US military force at Sand Creek, Colorado, shook the nation and raised questions about the complicity of the university’s founder, Governor John Evans, in the atrocity. In 2014, an interdisciplinary group of scholars decisively established Governor Evans’s culpability for this event. In his speech, Dr. Saitta will discuss the challenges of the translational work that was then undertaken by the University of Denver, work that was aimed at acknowledging and redressing the injuries and inequalities engendered by the enduring legacy of the Sand Creek Massacre.

The address will take place on Monday, February 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450B. Parking is available in the Vermont Street Parking Garage. A Q&A session and informal reception will follow the address. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here.

Professor Barbara Mills will speak at the IAHI next month

As part of the 2017 Midwest Archaeological Conference, Barbara Mills invites you to her lecture, “Current Debates in the Archaeology of the Chaco World.” The talk will be held at the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute on October 19th at 7pm. Mills is the Professor of Anthropology and American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona and Curator of Archaeology at the Arizona State Museum.

Chaco Canyon’s dense concentration of monumental architecture, along with the millions of objects that have been excavated, pose challenges to traditional models of Southwestern societies. The ways in which archaeologists interpret regional systems of interaction like Chaco’s has led to a number of debates. Some of these are about Chaco’s origins, while others focus on its most extensive “Classic” period, and still others consider Chaco’s reorganization and fragmentation. The questions asked are as hotly debated as their answers. This presentation will outline several important debates about inequality, historical memory, economy, migration, and religious ritual that are guiding exciting new research on Chaco.

This event is sponsored by the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute and The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in collaboration with the 2017 Midwest Archaeological Conference.

Free tickets are available at

About the Speaker
Professor Mills is an anthropological archaeologist with broad interests in archaeological method and theory, especially (but not exclusively) as applied to the North American Southwest. Her work has focused on ceramic analysis and, more broadly, material culture as a tool to understand social relations in the past. She is interested in the way depositional practice can be used to understand memory, materiality, and relational logics. Her research on ceramic technology, craft specialization, and accumulations research has led to a series of papers and edited volumes on social inequality, identity, feasting, and migration.

Mills’s interests were fostered by more than a decade of work in the Silver Creek area of east-central Arizona, including a multi-year collaborative project with the White Mountain Apache Tribe. She also has field and research experience in a number of other areas of the Southwest, including Zuni, Chaco, Mimbres, Grasshopper, and most recently the Greater Hohokam area. Outside the U.S. she has research experience in Guatemala (Postclassic Maya), Kazakhstan (Bronze Age), and Turkey (Neolithic). She is currently a lead researcher on the Southwest Social Networks Project, which brings together data and a talented group of scholars to apply social network analysis (SNA) to archaeological data from the Southwest.

Polio: A Look at America’s Most Successful Public Health Crusade

Join Pulitzer Prize winning author and New York University professor David Oshinsky for an in-depth look at the largest public health experiment in American history. Oshinsky will focus on the events leading up to the 1954 Salk polio vaccine trials and the ways in which the polio crusade revolutionized philanthropy and medical research. Oshinsky’s book Polio: An American Story won the Pulitzer Prize for History, among other awards, and influenced Bill Gates to make polio eradication the top priority of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

A part of the “History Talks! Engage the Past, in the Present, about the Future” presented by IUPUI Department of History, with support from IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, IU School of Medicine, Spirit and Place, and JBS Society. The talk will be held from 4-5:30pm on Thursday, October 19 at the Frank and Katrina Basile Theater of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 W Ohio Street. Reserve your free tickets now before they run out!

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

Indiana Humanities seeking experts for Frankenstein-themed speakers bureau

Next year, Indiana Humanities is sponsoring an ambitious statewide read of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, which turns 200 in 2018. They’re looking for scholars and experts in the humanities and sciences to take part in a Frankenstein-themed speakers bureau. Like any enduring work of fiction, Frankenstein has been studied by generations of scholars and continues to inspire conversation and creativity in the present. The speakers bureau aims to offer talks that can help ordinary Hoosiers delve into the many layers of interpretation of the book, appreciate its extraordinary history, and consider the specific ways it may provide reflection and insight in our increasingly technological and interconnected world. Each talk should be about 45 minutes plus time for questions and/or discussion with the audience. Talks can be delivered with or without additional media such as slides, images, film clips, etc. Talks for adult, teen, or youth audiences are welcome. Scholars will earn $400/talk + mileage. See the full call for scholars, including how to apply, here (link PDF).

Expertise comes in many forms, but typically Indiana Humanities is looking for people with advanced training in relevant humanities fields or STEM fields as they relate to Frankenstein. They are open to full-time and adjunct faculty as well as graduate students. 

IU Professor Edward Linenthal to present a lecture on America’s Holocaust Museum

IUPUI’s Department of Religious Studies invites you to join one of the country’s foremost academic authorities on memorials and sacred spaces for a lecture on the development, building, and impact of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Edward T. Linenthal is author of Preserving Memory: The Struggle to Create America’s Holocaust Museum, The Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma City in American Memory, and Sacred Ground: America and Their Battlefields. A former visiting scholar of civic engagement and public history at the U.S. National Park Service, he has served on the Flight 93 Memorial Commission and has been a member of an advisory group for the memorial to those murdered in the terrorist attack in Norway in 2011.

Professor Linenthal will give a lecture on “The Struggle to Create America’s Holocaust Museum” on April 24, 2017, at 6pm in the IUPUI Campus Center, Room 409. If needed, parking is available in the Vermont Street Garage.

This event is sponsored by the IUPUI Department of Religious Studies.

God Around the Edges?: Wendy Cage

Dr. Wendy Cadge

On Friday, March 10, from 10-11:30a.m., Wendy Cadge of the Brandeis University departments of sociology and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, will present her talk, “God Around the Edges? Moral Frameworks in times of Crisis.” This discussion will take place in the IUPUI Campus Center Room 406.

Wendy will discuss her book-in-progress on religion and spirituality in public places and institutions: deep-sea ports, container ships, airports, halls of Congress. Wendy is an ethnographer who studies the intersections of religion with immigration, sexuality, and health care.

This talk is hosted by the Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society.

Lunch and Learn Lectures: Kraig Beyerlein

Dr. Kraig Beyerlein

Micro-Contextual Effects of Congregations on U.S. Residents’ Civic Activity

On Wednesday, March 8, from 3-4:30 p.m., Kraig Beyerlein of the University of Notre Dame’s sociology department will present on Social Justice in the Desert: Faith-Based Mobilizing to Save Lives Along the Arizona-Sonora Border. This talk will take place in Campus Center Room 305.

Through the course of the talk, Kraig will discuss his book-in-progress on the sanctuary movement in Arizona, a movement among religious congregations to provide safe haven for undocumented border crossers from Central America. Kraig is a scholar of social movements, religion, and civic engagement.

Turns out, who your neighbors are matters. Scholars have long looked at faith communities broadly as important predictors of giving, volunteering, and other forms of civic activity, but local contexts are underexplored.

By examining the density of congregations in small geographic areas, Beyerlein can make claims about the significance of congregations in promoting volunteerism and political activism. He considers the number of activities, amount of time, or types of activity with which residents are involved.

Using emerging geo-coding methodologies in the social sciences, Beyerlein’s approach and findings break new ground in the study of faith communities, philanthropy, and civic engagement.

This talk is hosted by the Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society and the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving. Seating for the event is limited, so please register here.