Herron Design Student Goes New School

Aleicha Ostler used 17 years of experience working in Indianapolis Public Schools as well as three IUPUI programs to gain approval to start her own charter school for the fall of 2019.

An IUPUI alumna in both education and educational leadership, Ostler is also using her current graduate-level studies in design thinking to put the finishing touches on the Invent Learning Hub, a charter school for kindergartners to fourth-graders, which will open in August 2019 on the southeast side of Indianapolis. The school, which will be supported by The Mind Trust its first two years, will extend to eighth grade as the first students move up grade levels. Between 200 to 300 children will be the first Invent Learning Hub pupils.

Aleicha Ostler’s Invent Learning Hub charter school will benefit from the design thinking classes she took at IUPUI. Photo by Tim Brouk, Indiana University

Mathematics, reading and design thinking will make up the three foundations of the Invent Learning Hub.

“My goal when I designed this school was to perform very well academically but also produce students who could think critically and solve problems on their own,” said Ostler, a former principal at Frederick Douglass School 19.

Ostler is finishing up her third stint at IUPUI; this time she’s studying design thinking under visual communication design associate professor Youngbok Hong. Her current project focuses on the Invent Learning Hub’s use of design thinking. She wants to enrich how students think when tackling a project.

Ostler is finishing up her third stint at IUPUI; this time she’s studying design thinking under visual communication design associate professor Youngbok Hong. Her current project focuses on the Invent Learning Hub’s use of design thinking. She wants to enrich how students think when tackling a project.

“They’re working more on thematic projects,” Ostler explained, “that are taking the science and social studies standards infused together into projects. They are then taking in a community aspect to solve a community-based problem.”

For example, Ostler recently worked with middle-school students to help solve Indianapolis’ hunger crisis. She and the students studied Second Helpings, a local culinary job-training and hunger-relief organization, and Super Micro Greens, a local urban farm, to help understand the problem.

“Design thinking starts with empathy,” Ostler said. “The first stage of solving problems is to understand other people’s perspectives, which to me adds a whole new element to problem-solving.”

Invent Learning Hub’s school day will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., about an hour longer than most school days. The extra time is to make sure that the part of the day focused on design thinking does not take away from math and reading. Each subject is given equal blocks of time.

“We are making sure the students get that intentional, critical thinking piece of their education,” Ostler said.

Hong is thrilled by Ostler’s new use of design thinking in education. Though the professor has taught many future and current educators in the last 10 years, Ostler is the first to take the concepts and apply them to schooling for kindergarten through eighth grade.

“She’s forced me to think of breadth and depth in this way of thinking — to expand the practice enough to include these age levels,” Hong said. “It helps for research, curriculum development and teachers. I’m really, really excited to see how she will change her local community and students by introducing these concepts.”

Getting started

Before her time as a principal, Ostler was an elementary school teacher at Otis E. Brown School 20 and Eleanor Skillen School 34. She credits IUPUI for exposing her to — and getting her hooked on — molding young minds at city schools. A connection was made, and she hopes to grow that connection in a new way.

“I essentially grew up in a small town,” said Ostler, a first-generation high school and college graduate in her family. “By the end of my student teaching, I had been exposed to inner-city schools and developed a heart for them. I saw a greater need here, and I felt like I could have more of an impact staying in the city.”

As the Invent Learning Hub students advance, Ostler will prepare them for high school and beyond. Sixth- and seventh-graders will be introduced to career paths, and eighth-graders will have opportunities to job shadow. The goal is to help the students choose the right classes to take in high school and to get them thinking about higher education.

“We will then follow them through high school to make sure the family’s following along with the plan,” Ostler said. “This isn’t just a plan for the student, but the whole family.”


Ostler wants her students to gain ACCESS — agency, creativity, communication, empathy, stamina and self-efficacy. This will come from Invent Learning Hub’s personalized learning style of classes: Blended learning will utilize technology suited for the children’s education level, while small-group instruction will ensure attention is given to each student.

Read the original article by IUPUI News’ Tim Brouk

Making a Career in History: Perspectives From IUPUI History Graduates

A panel of four graduates of the IUPUI history and public history programs will share their experiences in the history department; discuss the career paths that led them to their current jobs in the Indiana historical community; and talk about what their day-to-day work looks like, what they love about working with history, and what they wish they’d known as students. students will have the opportunity to ask questions!

September 24th, 2018
1:00-2:00 pm
Campus Center (CE) 305
420 University BLVD
Indianpolis, IN 46202

Studying Black Catholics: Testing My Patience, Faith, and Community

Despite a history of conflict and racial marginalization in the Church, Black Catholics are among the most engaged and religious groups. Black Catholics have had to struggle to be recognized as authentic Catholics. Based on his book, Perseverance in the Parish? Religious Attitudes From A Black Catholic Perspective, Dr. Davis will highlight the important findings and examine the challenges involved in researching and writing about Black Catholics.

Start: Thursday September 27, 2018 06:00 PM
End: Thursday September 27, 2018 07:00 PM
Location: Holy Angels Catholic Church 740 W 28th St, Indianapolis, IN 46208
Contact: lauren chism
Contact Email: lchism@iupui.edu 

Build employable skills with IUPUI’s new multidisciplinary certificate

The hardest conversations to have are often the most important. It’s vital to be able to face conflict, communicate across differences and work through difficult situations. To gain the skills to help you do that, and make you more employable in the process, IUPUI now offers the intergroup dialogue certificate, the first undergraduate interdisciplinary certificate on campus.

What is intergroup dialogue?

Being able to communicate with people of different backgrounds is a valuable skill to have in your personal life, in the classroom and in the workplace. Photo by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

Simply put, intergroup dialogue is a tool to help guide conversations between people with different backgrounds, including gender, race, socioeconomic status, cultural background or any other characteristic that would differentiate one group from another.

You can probably identify a number of different groups within your classes at IUPUI. The diversity you see on a daily basis is likely to grow as you graduate and enter the workforce, making skills in intergroup dialogue even more valuable to your professional success.

“A big part of studying intergroup dialogue is asking what employers look for, like ‘Am I employing someone who has good communication skills?'” said Dan Griffith, director of conflict resolution and dialogue programs. “And not just communication skills, but being able to work through differences and being confident with relationships; being able to confidently talk about race/gender/whatever without apology — and with humility as well.”

That the intergroup dialogue initiative is multidisciplinary in its approach is no accident. Your exposure to people across campus, in other areas of study, contributes to developing the leadership and conflict-resolution skills learned through the certificate.

“It’s better to have that broader perspective,” said Corinne Renguette, assistant professor of technical communication and director of the technical communication program in the School of Engineering and Technology. “You don’t go to work in one place and have contact with only the people you know in the same field. You have to have contact with other people too, even if it’s within the same organization. It’s good to practice those skills starting now.”

Earn The Certificate

All majors are eligible to pursue the certificate, which is now in its second year. Among people who might find skills in intergroup dialogue particularly helpful are those who want to go into health care, where nurses, doctors and other clinicians must frequently communicate with patients of varying backgrounds. Renguette highlighted the value for information technology and engineering students based on the diversity of the individuals who enter those fields.

Intergroup dialogue also plays an increasingly vital role in law enforcement and social work, according to Tamra Wright, director of diversity, equity and inclusion in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

“I think particularly when you look at my class, because it’s about diversity issues in criminal justice, a lot of my students want to be police officers. We see such a great emphasis on community policing. This type of class is really helpful for those who want to be police officers and engage communities, specifically communities of color, and also for those who want the skills to have conversations with people who are different from themselves, from different backgrounds, different cultures.

“One of the things I’m really looking at is better connecting criminal justice and social work, because those are two areas that work with marginalized and underrepresented communities but might see it from very different angles,” Wright continued. “If we can have those students come together and have more conversations, this certificate is a way to do it.”

Requiring 12 credit hours, the certificate includes four classes: a dialogue-intensive general education course, a leadership development and communications course that will train you to facilitate dialogue, a social identity and diversity course to help you uncover how those themes are relevant to your field of study, and a 400-level capstone course.

To learn more about intergroup dialogue or the certificate, visit igd.iupui.edu. You can also attend the Inclusion through Dialogue Showcase from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 18 in University Hall 2041 to meet with faculty and other students involved in the program, see recorded interviews from previous intergroup dialogue experiences, and get a taste of intergroup dialogue by participating in short exercises. Register for the showcase online.

Read the original article by IUPUI New’s Becky Hart

Medical Humanities and Health Studies Presents: Medicine and the Liberal Arts: Essentials for the Health Professions

Get great tips and have your questions answered by MHHS faculty, community practitioners and alumni about thoroughly preparing for careers in medicine, dentistry, nursing, clinical and non-clinical health- related professions using the unique wealth of health-focused courses in the

  • What courses will help me prepare for the MCAT?
  • Am I on a career path that’s right for ME? What else is out there?
  • Why should I do volunteer service and other extra– and co-curricular activities?
  • How can I prepare for interviews and write meaningful personal statements?
  • Who will be my patients? How do their socio-economic,/cultural/historical backgrounds impact the effectiveness of medical therapy?

IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

Doughnuts & Coffee begin at 10:15 a.m. Panel Starts promptly at 10:30 a.m. Tai Chi & Pizza at Noon

For more information contact:
Judi Izuka Campbell
jizukac@iupui.edu; ph. 317-274-4740

    Emily Beckman, DMH 
    Director & Asst. Professor, MHHS, IUSLA; embeckma@iupui.edu
    Kevin Cramer, PhD
    Chair & Assoc. Professor, History IUSLA kcramer@iupui.edu
    Kenzie Latham Mintus, PhD, FGSA
    Advisor for Medical Sociology Asst. Professor, Sociology, IUSLA keelatha@iupui.edu
    Rosa Tezanos-Pinto, PhD
    Chair, World Languages and Cultures Assoc. Professor, Spanish
    Jing Wang, PhD
    Director, Chinese Language
    Assoc. Professor, Chinese Language & Culture
    Luonna M. Lancaster
    Volunteer Service Manager, Kindred Hospice
    Brittany Andrea Brown
    BA, MHHS, 2015
    BSN (Accelerated), IU School of Nursing, 2018
    Chad Childers
    BA, MHHS, 2017; pre-medicine
    2017 IUSLA Faculty Medal of Academic Distinction; Plater Medallion recipient

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018
10:30 am – 1:00 pm
IUPUI Campus Center: CE 305
420 University Blvd,, Indianapolis 46202

Applications are now open for the 2019-20 Young Scholars in American Religion program!

Young Scholars in American Religion will include a series of seminars devoted to the enhancement of teaching and research. The aims of the program are to develop ideas and methods of instruction in a supportive workshop environment, stimulate scholarly research and writing, and create a community of scholars that will continue into the future.

Please click here to apply

The dates for these seminars are:

Session I: March 20-24, 2019
Session II: October 2-6, 2019
Session III: April 1-5, 2020
Session IV: October 14-18, 2020


Come join Crossroads IUB for a two-day celebration of how the arts and humanities catalyze science in support of environmental sustainability! Crossroads IUB includes an evening performance of “Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project,” at the IU Cinema, a special Crossroads First Thursdays festival at the Fine Arts Plaza, and a day-long Symposium with lectures, a workshop, and a panel discussion.

The two day event kicks off with the First Thursdays Festival (including special Crossroads-themed activities and guests), leading up to the Rising Tide: Crossroads Project performance at the IU Cinema. On Friday, October 5 the Crossroads IUB Symposium will welcome local experts, researchers, and artists to learn best practices for art-science collaboration in environmental sustainability.

image credited to Andrew McAllister

First Thursdays Festival is a free celebration of the Arts & Humanities at IU and is well attended by students, faculty and staff, as well as the Bloomington community. The Rising Tide performance is also free, made possible by the IU Cinema, but tickets are required: click here.

All are welcome to register and attend the Symposium on Friday, October 5, 2018 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. The goal of the Crossroads IUB Symposium is to explore how the arts, humanities and sciences synergize to inform and motivate sustainable changes. Using the Rising Tide: Crossroads Performance project as a successful model, symposium participants will learn best practices for interdisciplinary collaborations.

The Symposium will be in 2 sessions. The morning session will include keynote addresses from Rising Tide’s Dr. Rob Davies and IUPUI’s Dr. Jason M. Kelly, as well as a panel discussion featuring all Rising Tide performers and contributors. The panel will collectively address how the arts and humanities best synergize with sciences to catalyze environmental sustainability by describing the evolution of their work and detailing best practices for art-science collaboration. The afternoon session will allow participations to workshop interdisciplinary, Rising Tide-like projects.

Crossroads IUB is presented by the Integrated Program in the Environment (IPE), Environmental Resilience Institute, Jacobs School of Music, Arts and Humanities Council, and IU Cinema. The event is made possible through a New Frontiers Grant from the IU Office of the Vice President for Research.

The Integrated Program in the Environment (IPE) is the forefront of innovation in environmental studies at IU Bloomington, as outlined in the New Academic Directions report. IPE is the first place to discover what IUB offers in academics, research, creative activities and organizations focused on the environment. IPE serves under the Office of the Provost and is jointly administered by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the School of Public Health, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

If you wish to register for the symposium, click hereRegistration will close Friday, September 28. Participants wishing to attend the Afternoon Workshop will describe their own Crossroads- like, interdisciplinary project (combining arts and humanities with science) in their registration. The projects should address global or local sustainability and/or environmental change. We encourage interested participants to collaborate on project proposals and attend the workshop together. Project proposals will be posted to the Crossroads IUB page as they’re accepted; interested parties can register to help workshop any of the accepted projects.

Thurs., Oct. 4: 5:00-7:30 pm – First Thursdays Festival, Fine Arts Plaza
Thurs., Oct. 4: 7:00 pm – Rising Tide: Crossroads Performance, IU Cinema
Fri., Oct. 5: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm – Crossroads IUB Symposium, Indiana Memorial Union (lunch provided)


One State / One Story: Frankenstein

Adults and teens are invited to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Frankenstein, during the statewide initiative, One State / One Story: Frankenstein, taking place from September through November at Indianapolis Public Library and community locations.

Not only intended to encourage Hoosiers to read Frankenstein as it turns 200 in 2018, the initiative offers a variety of programs that examine questions raised by the book about the practice of science and its role in society. As a program partner, IndyPL will explore the complexities of scientific discovery through book discussions, lectures, theater and more.

For more information about One State / One Story: Frankenstein programs at IndyPL, call 317-275-4099.

One State / One Story: Frankenstein is an Indiana Humanities program and has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Indiana Center for the Book.

For more information on the events, click here

IUPUI Arts and Humanities Internal (IAHI) Grant

Award cycle:
FY 2018-19

Funding available:
varies by category

The IAHI Grant Program is designed to enhance the research and creative activity mission of IUPUI by supporting research projects and scholarly activities that are conducted by arts and humanities faculty. The program is intended to stimulate existing and new research and creative activity and to support faculty in becoming competitive in securing external funding and sponsorship.

The program has five categories of funding. They are:

  1. Small Travel Grants for Conferences and Exhibitions: up to $500 to support travel to a conference or exhibition related to a research or creative project. Applicants may receive only one award per year.
  2. Event Support Grants: up to $1,000 to support a public event at IUPUI related to a research or creative project. Applicants may receive only one award per year.
  3. Research/Creative Activity Grant: up to $5,000 for travel, equipment, materials, space, hourly assistance, etc. Applicants may apply and receive this grant on a yearly basis.
  4. Matching Grant for Research/Creative Activity: up to $15,000 total project that may be used for things such as release time, summer salary, research assistant support, or a research workshop or conference, as well as incidental expenses. This grant requires a 1 to 2 match from the school, department, and/or center sponsoring the faculty (i.e. $10,000 grant, $5,000 school). Salary requests are allowed and cannot exceed one month of salary per person. A matching grant recipient is eligible to apply for a new matching grant no sooner than two years from the previous grant proposal submission.
  5. Collaborative Grant for Research/Creative Activity: up to $30,000 to support research projects and scholarly activities that are conducted by a team of two or more arts and humanities faculty from different units on campus. Funds might be used for things such as release time, summer salary, research assistant support, or a research workshop or conference, as well as incidental expenses. A Collaborative Grant recipient is eligible to apply for a new Collaborative Grant no sooner than two years from the previous grant award. Funding preference in this category will be given to projects that correspond to one of the following themes: Social Justice and the Urban Environment or Global Exchange and a Changing Planet.


Eligible PIs

  • All full-time tenured and tenure-eligible faculty from all schools and units at IUPUI.
  • Under certain circumstances, non-tenure-track faculty members whose evaluation criteria include research or creative activity may also be eligible with an explanation in the letter of support from their chair or dean.
  • An associate member (or non-eligible member) of the IUPUI faculty can be a participant in a grant in collaboration with a PI who is an eligible member of the IUPUI faculty.

Ineligible PIs

  • Visiting faculty members
  • Associate faculty members
  • Postdoctoral fellows



  • See Categories.

Not Allowed

  • Funds will not be granted for a project currently supported by another internal funding mechanism unless a case is made in justifying the complementary funding.

Application requirements

  • All grants are intended for support of research and scholarly activity, not for support of teaching and/or service activities. Scholarship of teaching may be supported under this grant program, if it has strong and clearly articulated research outcomes.
  • Projects will be limited to one (1) year in duration.
  • An investigator may not serve as PI or Co-PI on more than one IAHI grant proposal in a given round.
  • Applications will be judged on the merit of the proposed research or creative activity, qualifications of the applicant, significance of the research to the field, the potential for additional external funding, and the project’s importance to the individual’s future research plans. Applications for new projects are encouraged.

Application sections include:

  • Cover page
  • Abstract
  • Project Plan not to exceed five pages
  • References cited
  • Budget and Justification
  • Biographical Sketch or CV not to exceed five pages, include funding history
  • Letters of support from collaborators and department chair
  • IRB, IACUC, and/or IBC forms if applicable

    Categories 1 and 2

    Submission deadlines: Open

    Categories 3, 4, and 5

    Submission deadlines: October 1 and February 1

Ready to apply?! Click here! 

Information from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR)

Themester 2018 explores the relationship between humans and nonhuman animals

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Indiana University Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ 10th annual Themester explores the interconnectedness of animals and humans with a fall lineup of public talks, workshops, films, exhibits and visiting speakers.

Peter Singer. Photo by Alletta Vaandering

“Darwin provoked human beings to reconsider the human place among living beings,” said Steven Wagshal, professor of Spanish and co-chair of the 2018 Themester Committee. “Perhaps we are nothing more or less than one species of animals who evolved on this planet. Yet human beings are also an extremely peculiar sort of animal; we have complex social and political systems, and we have radically changed the environment.

“The purpose of this Themester is to challenge us all to think about our connections to and differences from other animals. It is to explore how authors and artists have depicted animals, to work through our strange sort of animality and to inquire about what sorts of obligations flow from it for how we ought to treat each other, other animals and our environment.”

Philosopher Peter Singer, author of the groundbreaking book “Animal Liberation” and most recently known for his effective altruism model, will speak about ethics and animals on Sept. 12 at Presidents Hall inside Franklin Hall. A groundbreaking work first published in 1975, “Animal Liberation” popularized the term “speciesism” and changed the conversation about treatment of animals. The talk is co-sponsored by Union Board, IU’s largest student programming board.

Russ Mittermeier

Other scholars giving free public talks include Russ Mittermeier, the world’s pre-eminent primate conservationist and the 2018 winner of the prestigious Indianapolis Prize. On Oct. 2, Mittermeier will discuss the importance of conservation with a particular focus on nonhuman primates.

Jill Pruetz, professor of anthropology at Texas State University, will also focus on primates for her Oct. 26 public keynote talk, “Life on the Savanna,” for the Midwest Primate Conference. Pruetz will discuss her work with chimpanzees in the hostile savanna environment of Senegal.

The Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior will present a speaker series called “Man’s Best Friend: The Science of Dog Cognition.” The first lecture, scheduled for Sept. 20, will feature anthropologist Pat Shipman of Pennsylvania State University speaking on the domestication of dogs in Ice Age Europe. Themester will partner with IU Cinema and the IU Moving Image Archive Screening Room at Herman B Wells Library to present a series of free films, beginning Sept. 12 with Charles Burnett’s critically acclaimed but rarely shown “Killer of Sheep” at Wells Library. A counter to the “blaxpoitation” films of the early 1970s, the film focuses on everyday life in a black community. It was added to the National Film Registry and named one of the 100 Essential Films by the National Society of Film Critics.

Jill Pruetz

Other films include the documentary “Jane,” which draws on hours of previously lost National Geographic footage of primatologist Jane Goodall; and “Au Hasard Balthazar,” Robert Bresson’s classic look at cruelty and compassion. “Angry Inuk” presents Arctic seal hunting from an indigenous perspective.

Exhibitions include “Shapes of the Ancestors: Bodies, Animals, Art and Ghanaian Fantasy Coffins” at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. The exhibit will explore the historical development and contemporary use of figurative coffins, which are often in the shape of animals and communicate familial and personal attributes, values or identity. Mathers will hold a number of supporting events, including a curator’s talk, artist visit and family craft day at the museum. The exhibit runs through the fall semester.

In October, the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology will present a curated exhibit that explores the animal/human connection from historic, archaeological and Native perspectives.

Daniel Anum Jasper hand-paints details on the face of a lion palanquin used by a Ghanaian chief. Jasper is also well-known in Ghana for painting movie posters. Photo by Kristin Otto, Indiana University

IU Theatre presents Edward Albee’s “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (Notes toward a definition of tragedy).” A provocative play about loss, love and the limits of tolerance, “The Goat” is for mature audiences only. The show runs Nov. 29 to Dec. 8 and is a ticketed event.

For a complete list of Themester 2018: Animal/Human events and details, visit the Themester News and Events page. Most events are free and open to the public, though some require registration or tickets. Consult the Themester online calendar for more information.

Select events are limited to IU undergraduates, but most Themester events are open to the public and free.

College of Arts and Sciences Themester courses complement Themester 2018. Course include animal folklore and the behavior and evolution of animals.

Themester is an initiative of the Indiana University Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences.