Entanglement Series | How Do We (re)Make Our Planet?

Date: April 12, 2016Professor James Syvitski Image
Time: 7:30PM-9:00PM
Location: Indianapolis Central Library, Clowes Auditorium

The IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute presents The Entanglements Series:

How have humans reshaped our planet?  Professor Stephanie Kane Image
How do we address the social and environmental consequences of our carbon economy?
What will the future of planet earth look like?

James Syvitski and Stephanie Kane visit Indianapolis on April 12 for the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute’s Entanglements Series. Entanglements brings together scientists, humanists, and artists to discuss “big questions” that affect all of us.

James Syvitski , Executive Director of the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System and the former Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, will join Stephanie Kane, ethnographer and ecologist of the IU School of Global and International Studies, in a conversation that will take us on a journey to answer one of humanity’s most pressing questions: “how do we (re)make our planet?”

Over the course of this evening, Syvitski and Kane will discuss climate change, environmental justice, and how the relationship between biology, society, culture, and technology determines the future of humanity. This will be an event that changes the way you think about your place in the world.

James Syvitski

Professor James (Jai) Syvitski received doctorate degrees (Oceanography & Geological Science) from the University of British Columbia in 1978. James held various appointments within Canadian universities (1978-95) and while working as a Senior Research Scientist within the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (1981-95). James was Director of INSTAAR – a University of Colorado Institute from 1995-2007, and presently holds CU faculty appointments in Geological Sciences, Applied Mathematics, Atmosphere & Ocean Sciences, Hydrological Sciences, and Geophysics. Professor Syvitski is presently Executive Director of the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System, an international effort in 68 countries to develop, support, and disseminate integrated computer models to the broader Geoscience community.  Jai chaired ICSU’s International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (2011-16) which provided essential scientific leadership and knowledge of the Earth system to help guide society onto a sustainable pathway during rapid global change. Professor Syvitski received the Royal Society of Canada 2009 Huntsman Medal for Outstanding Achievements in Marine Science, is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and will accept the SEPM Francis Shepard Medal and an Honorary Doctor of Science in Sustainability from Newcastle University in 2016.

Stephanie Kane

Professor Stephanie Kane received her doctorate degree in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986. Previously an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Gender Studies at IU Bloomington, Professor Kane is currently a Professor in the Department of International Studies in the School of Global and International Studies. Stephanie is a cultural anthropologist and ecologist whose ethnographic work brings social science and humanities perspectives into the domains of science and technology. She researches, writes, and teaches about environmental and social justice with a focus on urban water issues. Her current work in the Port City Water Project focuses on urban water ecology, infrastructure, and culture in Latin America and Asia. Her recent scholarly writing has been published by Temple University Press (Where Rivers Meet the Sea: A Political Ecology of Water, 2012), as journal articles (in Human Organization, PoLAR: Journal of Political and Legal Anthropology, Crime Media Culture, Journal of Folklore Research) and as chapters in edited volumes (Comparative Decision Making, Oxford; Routledge International Handbook of Green Criminology). Kane also experiments with modes of visual representation that combine text with photography and drawing.

This event is a collaboration between the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, IUPUI School of Science, Indiana Humanities, and the Indianapolis Public Library.

Award-winning Photographer Greg Constantine Visits Indianapolis on March 22

Dalit children from Nowhere PeopleJoin the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute for a presentation, discussion and book signing by award-winning photographer and Indianapolis native, Greg Constantine about his critically acclaimed photography book Nowhere People.

DATE: March 22
TIME: 7:00pm
LOCATION: IUPUI Campus Center Theater; 420 University Blvd.; Indianapolis, IN 46202
PARKING: Vermont St. Garage (1004 W. Vermont St.) or Barnhill Garage (345 Barnhill Dr.)

Nowhere People is a ten-year project that documents individuals and ethnic communities around the world who have had their citizenship stripped or denied from them by governments (mostly because of discrimination, racism, and intolerance). These individuals—up to ten million worldwide—are denied almost all fundamental rights and do not have citizenship to any country and are stateless.

Nowhere People is the third and capstone book of the project and was published in November 2015.  The book was named a Notable Photo Book of the Year by Photo District News Magazine and was also named one of the 10 Best Photo Books of 2015 by Mother Jones Magazine.

Greg Constantine will talk about the book and present a slideshow of images from the project, which Mother Jones Magazine has described, as “among some of the best, most ambitious documentary projects of our time.”


Greg Constantine is an independent documentary photographer originally from Carmel, IN. He has spent much of the past fifteen years living and working in Asia. In 2005, he began work on his long-term project, Nowhere PeopleConstantine has spent the past ten years documenting stateless communities in eighteen countries, including Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Dominican Republic, Ukraine, Serbia, Italy, Iraq, Kuwait and Lebanon. His work has been featured in various publications including the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Newsweek, The Atlantic, The New Republic, CNN and Al-Jazeera.

Exhibitions of work from Nowhere People have been held in over twenty cities around the world. In 2011, a series of books from the Nowhere People project was released with the aim of not only chronicling and spreading more awareness of the plight of stateless people but also to help engage policy makers. Nowhere People is the third book in the series.

Roundtable Speaker Series | Anthropomorphic Techniques in the Worship of Mount Govardhan

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016 Haberman Anthropomorphic Techniques in the Worship of Mount Govardhan Flyer
Time: 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Location: IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute UL 4115P

This presentation examines the worship of stones from Mount Govardhan, a sacred hill in north-central India. Particular emphasis will be given to the anthropomorphic ritual process of dressing the revered stones and adding a face to them for the purpose of establishing and enhancing intimate relationships with them. Consideration will be given to the difference between such anthropomorphism and anthropocentrism. The ornamentation of stones will be illustrated with the use of powerpoint slides.

David L. Haberman is Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University Bloomington and author of several scholarly articles and books, including Journey Through the Twelve Forests: An Encounter with Krishna (Oxford University Press, 1994), River of Love in an Age of Pollution: The Yamuna River of Northern India (University of California Press, 2006), and People Trees: Worship of Trees in Northern India (Oxford University Press, 2013). His interests, research, and teaching include human conceptions of and interactions with the nonhuman world as well as the manner in which religious worldviews shape human attitudes and behavior toward the environment and nonhuman world and deep ecology.

This talk is part of a roundtable speaker series sponsored by the Indiana University Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society. The talk is co-sponsored by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.

Lecture | The 13th Annual Thomas H. Lake Lecture

Date: March 31, 2016Jonathan Walton Image
Time: 4:30PM Lecture, 6:00PM Public Reception
Location: The Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

Register here.

While scholars of American religions are beginning to pay increasing attention to the spread of the Prosperity Gospel at home and abroad, less attention has been spent on the dimensions of American life that support this theological worldview. This lecture introduces listeners to the Prosperity Gospel, also known as the Health and Wealth Gospel, and demonstrates how it has its roots, in part, in the industrial revolution and valorization of business enterprise.

The Thomas H. Lake Lecture is presented by Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Learn more about the Lake Lecture, Lake Institute, and the school by visiting our website.

Lecture | Understanding Public Scholarship in Promotion and Tenure

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016
Time: 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.Imagining America Logo
Location: Hine Hall (IP) Room 206

Register and learn more here.

Public scholarship and community engaged research are strategies for faculty work on engaged campuses. Our own campus guidelines now include “public scholar” and “public scholarship.” But what do these terms mean for faculty and for members of promotion and tenure committees? How does one best document and evaluate the quality and impact of public scholarship?

Join senior scholars from Imagining America (IA): Artists and Scholars in Public Life to discuss documenting quality in public scholarship and strategies to foster the development and retention of faculty committed to public scholarship.

Sponsored by Public Scholarship Faculty Learning Community, Office of Academic Affairs, Center for Service and Learning.

Lecture Series | Phillip Tennant Furniture Artisan Lecture presents Don Miller

Date:February 16, 2016Don Miller Image
Location: Eskenazi Hall, HR 144
Time: 6:00 PM

Herron School of Art and Design announces today that Don Miller, associate professor of crafts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, will provide the first artist’s talk in the new Phillip Tennant Furniture Artisan Lecture series. The talk will take place in the Room 144 of Eskenazi Hall beginning at 6:00 p.m. on February 16 and is free and open to the public.

The series name honors the founding instructor of Herron’s Furniture Design Program, Professor Phillip Tennant, who retired in 2013. Donors James W. and Nancy C. Smith created the endowment that will fund an annual visiting artist-scholar from a field related to furniture design and fabrication.

Miller’s talk, “Bending the Grid,” will center on his life as a woodworker and educator, exploring the need to create. It will include a visual presentation he described as “Some inspiration, some risks and failures, but mostly … the work that continues to challenge me to start the next piece.”

Lecture | The Museum of Madness at the Villejuif Asylum in Paris in 1900

Date: February 9, 2016Indiana Medical History Museum Image
Time: 4:30 PM
Location: Medical Library, IB 301

Dr. Nelson will explore one of the first collections of artwork created by institutionalized mental patients, and how doctors interpreted patient art in terms of new, evolutionary understandings of mental illness. It will also analyze the importance of art-making and collecting at a time of significant institutional reform. Ultimately, this historical case study sheds light on the possibilities and limitations of integrating medicine and the arts.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of the presentation the participant should be able to:
• To understand the impact of social and institutional context on patients and health care providers.
• To critically examine tensions between scientific understanding and patient care in a historical case study.
• To recognize the dynamic interrelationships among medicine, and the human and social sciences.

Co-sponsored by John Shaw Billings History of Medicine Society, IU Student History of Medicine Interest Group, Ruth Lilly History of Medicine Series.


Date: February 4, 2016indianapolis museum of art image
Time: 4-8:00 PM
Location: Indiana Museum of Art, DeBeost Lecture Hall

So you decided to be an art major. Now what? We’ve brought together a wide array of local creatives working in a surprising variety of fields—marketing, curating, museums, graphic design, business, and more—all with one thing in common: they began life as an art major. Learn about new avenues for your future career, understand the current job market, and network with local leaders who have successfully challenged the stereotype of a “starving artist.” Join us for future College Nights on March 3 and April 7.

Each panel will be moderated by our Curator of Audience Experience and Performance, Scott Stulen.

The New Kids (4 – 4:45 pm)
Brandon Schaaf – Executive Director, Know No Stranger
Taylor Sitorius – Curatorial Assistant, IMA
Amber Mills – Graphic Designer, IRT
Elisabeth Smith – Curatorial Assistant, IMA

The Art Professionals (5 – 5:45 pm)
Sarah Green – Curator and creator of The Art Assignment
Mindy Taylor Ross – Owner, Art Strategies
Shannon Linker – Arts Council of Indianapolis
Richard McCoy – Landmark Columbus

The Entrepreneurs (6 – 6:45 pm)
Brian McCutcheon – Artist and co-founder of Indianapolis Fabrications
Joe Jarzen – Keep Indy Beautiful
Amanda Taflinger – Homespun Indy
Michelle Pemberton – Photographer, Indy Star
Join some of our panelists afterwards for an informal social gathering in the IMA Pop Up Park.

The IMA’s ARTx Series is made possible by a gift from the Efroymson Family Fund
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The Liberal Arts Sabbatical Speaker Series | War and Human Capital: Growing Up During the Nigerian Civil War

Presented by: Una Osili, Africana StudiesUna Osili 2015 Image
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016
Time: 4:30-5:30 PM
Location: IUPUI Campus Center Room 268

Civil conflict is an obstacle to development in the developing world. The Nigerian Civil War was the first modern civil war in sub Saharan Africa. Four decades later, this study documents the war’s significant, long-run economic impact. Those exposed to the war as children and adolescents exhibit reduced adult stature, as well as adverse education, health, and marriage outcomes.

RSVP: libarsvp@iupui.edu with Una Osili talk in the subject line.
Supported by the IU School of Liberal Arts and the Office of Development and External Affairs

Speaker: Activist Angela Davis to deliver keynote address at IUPUI Martin Luther King Jr. dinner

INDIANAPOLIS — Political activist, scholar, author and educator Angela Y. Davis will deliverAngela Y. Davis, 2016 MLK Dinner speaker the keynote address during the 2016 Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis dinner honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Organized by the Black Student Union in partnership with the Office of Student Involvement, the annual IUPUI Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner, now in its 47th year, will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, 140 W. Washington St., in downtown Indianapolis.

Davis, Distinguished Professor Emerita in both the History of Consciousness Department and the Feminist Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will continue the King Dinner legacy of addressing civil-rights issues of equality, freedom, justice and opportunity. The theme for this year’s dinner is “A Time to Break the Silence.”
Professor Davis’ extensive research has focused on race, gender and mass incarceration. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She is the author of eight books, including the new edition of “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,” “The Meaning of Freedom,” “Abolition Democracy” and “Are Prisons Obsolete?”

Davis is also a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison system. Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, an Australia-based organization that works for solidarity with women in prison. For 25 years, she has lectured across the United States to urge her audiences to think seriously about the possibility of a world without prisons.
Tickets for the King Dinner, on sale now through Dec. 23, are available in the Office of Student Involvement, located in Suite 370 at the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. Tickets are $25 for IUPUI students; $65 for IUPUI faculty, staff and alumni; and $75 for community guests.

To purchase tickets, please contact dinner@iupui.edu or complete the Ticket Reservation form online and return the form with payment (cash or check only) to the following address:
2016 King Dinner Committee
420 University Blvd, Suite 370
Indianapolis, IN 46202
For questions, email dinner@iupui.edu or call the Office of Student Involvement at 317-274-3931.