Banned Books Week: Secretary of the Future to feature NPR Marketplace’s David Brancaccio

banned-books-weekOn September 30th, 2016, at 6:00 pm, join the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, and WFYI for an evening with NPR Marketplace’s David Brancaccio and a panel of local experts in a lively discussion revolving around the future of our planet.

Panelists include Nanny Vonnegut, Terrian Barnes, Jason M. Kelly, Sam Van Aken, and Aman Brar. The event will be held at Shortridge High School, and catering is sponsored by Bluebeard restaurant.

To register for this event, please click here.

Panel of experts to discuss sports law, business and college athletics at IU McKinney School of Law

INDIANAPOLIS — Sports law and college athletics will be the topic for discussion as four Inlow Hall (IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law) Imageadministrators with almost a century of enforcement, financing, legal and sports-business experience — not to mention playing time — among them sit down for an upcoming panel presentation at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

“Business, Law, and Intercollegiate Athletics” will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14 in Wynne Courtroom of Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. Following the panel discussion, a reception will take place at 7 p.m. in the Inlow Hall atrium.

Panelists will include NCAA Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Oliver Luck; IU Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass, McKinney Class of ’84; Horizon League Deputy Commissioner Julie Roe Lach, McKinney Class of ’04; and Gene Marsh, of counsel at Jackson Lewis, who has focused on collegiate sports work for 20 years.

Luck, who joined the NCAA national office in early 2015, oversees the day-to-day operations for NCAA regulatory functions in a position that combines academic and membership affairs, the Eligibility Center, and enforcement. The former director of athletics at West Virginia University, Luck has held various positions in collegiate and professional sports, including serving as quarterback for the Houston Oilers from 1982 to 1986. He is the father of two-time Heisman Trophy finalist and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.

Glass is in his seventh year as IU athletics director and is credited with cutting administrative overhead and increasing fundraising to help generate financial resources for the department’s priorities. He secured funding for several facilities, including Cook Hall, Bart Kaufman Field and Henke Hall of Champions.

Roe Lach is in her second year as deputy commissioner with the Horizon League, having brought 20 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics to the position. That experience includes 16 years at the NCAA, working her way from an intern to vice president of enforcement.

USA Today called Gene Marsh a “go-to college sports attorney” in a 2013 article when Marsh joined Jackson Lewis as part of the national law firm’s professional sports industry practice group. Marsh has represented clients including Penn State University and former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel in NCAA infractions cases. He is also the former chair of the NCAA Committee on Infractions, on which he served from 1999 to 2008.

“Business, Law, and Intercollegiate Athletics” is free and open to the public; registration is required and online. Attendance offers 1.5 hours of continuing legal credit to eligible attorneys. For questions, contact Beth Young at or 317-274-8036.

The panel discussion is made possible through the Alan and Linda Cohen Family Foundation Sports and Entertainment Law Fund, established in 2011 at IU McKinney Law on behalf of Alan H., Class of ’73, and Linda M. Cohen and their daughter Lauren Cohen Edmundson, Class of ’05. The program is an activity that is part of the Sports Innovation Institute on the IUPUI campus.

To learn more about this and other upcoming events at the law school, visit the IU McKinney website.

Ask an Expert: How to Live / How to Die

Date: April 15, 2016
Time: 12:00PM-1:00PMAsk An Expert Before I Die Festival Image
Location: Calvin Fletcher’s Coffeehouse, 647 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN

Everybody is an expert in something.

“Ask an Expert” is an event series that brings together community members to share their expertise and learn from each other.

We believe that when we do this, we not only educate each other, but we also strengthen our communities.

As part of the Before I Die Festival, we will host two experts who will tackle the subject, “How We Live / How We Die.” Please join us, ask a question of our experts, and share your expertise with them.

“Ask an Expert” is a project of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute and presented in collaboration with Big Car.

This event is part of the Before I Die Festival of the IU School of Nursing and powered by Spirit & Place. The festival is an event for the living about dying, to be held April 15-17, 2016.

Danicia Monet and Pamela Napier Talk about Good Design

Pamela Napier and Danicia MonetOutpost Indy and the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute invite you to join us for weekly one hour discussions on all things design and community in Indianapolis.

We will bring you experts from all over Indy to have real conversations on the state of our community as it pertains to connectivity, environmental awareness, and good design.

This week, Danicia Monet and Pamela Napier talk design.

Date: December 3, 2015
Time: 12-1 pm
Location: Outpost Indy at Circle Centre (across from H&M), 49 W. Maryland St.
Register for free

Danicia Monet: Danicia Monet is an Interaction Designer, challenging traditional urban planning and development ideas to encourage social commentary on people-centric culturally competent design.

Pamela Napier: Assistant Professor, Visual Communication Design, Herron School of Art and Design | IUPUI Co-founder & Design Strategist, Collabo Creative

So come on down to the Circle Centre Mall (yes we did say the mall), bring your lunch and join us to discuss how we can make Indy a cooler, more beautiful and greener place to live.

Panel and Workshop: RISE Day

Date: November 6, 2015IUPUI Logo
Time: 10:30 AM-2:30 PM
Location: University Library, Lilly Auditorium
Get your free tickets here.

RISE Day will be a gathering of students, faculty/staff, and community partners that will include a keynote address by Dr. Paul Mullins, lunch, a student poster session highlighting a variety of RISE experiences, and a Q&A panel featuring RISE instructors and community partners.

The conference will be followed by a student workshop about how to market RISE participation to employers and graduate schools. Registration for the workshop is separate.

The RISE to the IUPUI Challenge initiative engages students more deeply in their learning and contributes to their intellectual and professional development in unique ways. Each undergraduate student is challenged to include at least two of the four RISE experiences—research, international, service learning, and experiential learning—into their degree programs.

The RISE to the IUPUI Challenge initiative enhances the teaching and learning process that occurs during formal classroom course work. The initiative builds on IUPUI’s long tradition and commitment to experiential learning. Each RISE category incorporates qualified experiences, integration of knowledge, reflection, and assessment and will be documented on students’ transcripts.

The IUPUI undergraduate educational experience is distinctive because it intentionally uses experiential learning to prepare students for graduate school, careers, and citizenship. It provides skills, knowledge, and experiences that are highly prized by employers and establishes the foundation for future leaders.

Discussion: Vietnam War protestors, reporter to share story of how they exposed FBI secret surveillance program

Date: Monday, Nov. 9, 2015John Raines, Vietnam Protestor and Activist
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00Pm
Locaton: Phoenix Theater, 749 N. Park Ave.

INDIANAPOLIS — It was 1971. The nation was gripped by anti-war and civil-rights protests.

John and Bonnie Raines were part of an eight-member group Bonnie Raines, Vietnam Protsor and Activistof anti-Vietnam War protestors who broke into an FBI office outside of Philadelphia and stole as many as 1,000 documents. The group leaked the files to journalists, who used them to produce months of headlines. The stolen documents would expose COINTELPRO, a secret FBI surveillance program that targeted Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Angela Davis and many others.

The Raineses will take the stage in Indianapolis next month to share their story of civil disobedience, civil rights and the role of government surveillance in modern society during a public panel discussion. A related film will be shown the next day at the Central Library location of the Indianapolis Public Library.

Betty Medsger, the Washington Post reporter who broke the COINTELPRO story and revealed the identities of the burglars in her 2014 book, “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI,” will join the Raineses for the panel discussion, titled “Surveillance, Resistance, and Civil Rights,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9 at the Phoenix Theater, 749 N. Park Ave.

The IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute is the event’s sponsor. Free registration is available online.

Surveillance, Resistance, and Civil Rights

IUPUI Arts And Humanities Institute presents a discussion on Surveillance, Resistance, and Civil Rights.John and Bonnie Raines image

Date: November 9, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Location: Phoenix Theatre Indianapolis, 749 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Click here for free tickets.

During the 1960s and 70s, thousands asked why the American Dream was out of reach to so many. They organized. They protested. They sought to make a more equal America and entrenched interests fought back. The FBI, led by J. Edgar Hoover, spread paranoia and distrust by use of surveillance, infiltration, and misinformation.

This event will introduce Indianapolis audiences to the story of a group of activists that broke into an FBI office in 1971. Their act of disobedience exposed COINTELPRO, a secret FBI surveillance program that targeted Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Angela Davis, and many others.

The eight individuals who took part in the burglary made their identities public in 2014. Two of them, John and Bonnie Raines, as well as Betty Medsger, the Washington Post reporter who broke the story, will be on stage to discuss the civil disobedience, civil rights, and the role of government surveillance in modern society.

Supported by the Phoenix Theatre and the Vonnegut Memorial Library.

Lecture: McKinney panel to discuss national, international responses to refugee crises

INDIANAPOLIS — Responses to the world refugee crisis are the focus of an upcoming 482544_w296public panel discussion at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, located on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. McKinney School of Law will present “World Refugee Crisis? Domestic and International Responses” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 in the Wynne Courtroom of the law school building, Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St.  The presentation is part of the McKinney Graduate Studies Lecture Series.

The informative panel discussion will address the domestic and legal frameworks for dealing with the issue of refugees, Bravo said. Panel members include Sam Sites, 2017 McKinney J.D. candidate, who through the law school’s Program in International Human Rights Law interned with the Legal Resources Centre in Accra, Ghana, and the Organization for Aid to Refugees in Prague. His internship assignments included weekly visits to a refugee camp and a refugee detention center. A better understanding of the world refugee crisis is invaluable for the typical American, Sites said.

“It’s important for Americans to have a better understanding of the world refugee crisis so that we can better aid refugees and countries that are helping them. Americans have always been generous, so it’s also important for them to know about organizations they can support to help refugees, even if they won’t necessarily meet any of the refugees,” Sites said. “There are many human-rights and refugee organizations that are based in the United States, so there are opportunities to serve and to respond within the U.S. You don’t have to travel or be fluent in a different language to help refugees.”

Other panel members are:

  • Mahja Zeon, deputy prosecutor, Marion County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Carleen Miller, executive director, Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc.
  • Bernard Trujillo, professor, Valparaiso University School of Law

The event is free, but registration is strongly encouraged. Additional information is available on the McKinney website.

Superintendents to discuss public education’s future at annual Cohen Lecture

INDIANAPOLIS — Superintendents from three Indiana school corporations, including the school of education'state’s two largest, will be part of a panel discussing the future of education during the second annual Michael R. Cohen Lecture on Meaning and Motivation in Education.

Presented by the Indiana University School of Education at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, the panel titled “The Future of Public Education” will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Indianapolis Public Library Central Library branch, 40 E. St. Clair St. The event is free and open to the public.

The panelists are actively involved in the administration of public education and have been outspoken advocates on behalf of their schools and education in general. The panel includes Lewis Ferebee, superintendent of the Indianapolis Public Schools, the largest district in Indiana. Before joining IPS in September 2013, Ferebee was the chief of staff for the Durham Public Schools and regional superintendent for Guilford County Schools, both in North Carolina.

Joining Ferebee will be Rocky Killion, superintendent of the West Lafayette Community School Corp. since 2007 and best known for championing public education through the documentary he commissioned, “Rise Above the Mark.” Killion has spoken often in conjunction with film screenings about the challenges facing public education both economically and politically. Last year the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents named him Superintendent of the Year.

Wendy Robinson, superintendent of Fort Wayne Community Schools, is also on the panel. Robinson is nationally recognized for expertise in urban education. In 2009, the National Alliance of Black School Educators presented her with the Superintendent of the Year award. She has led the state’s second-largest school district since 2003 and has been in the Fort Wayne schools for nearly four decades.

The discussion will be moderated by Scott Elliot, the founding bureau chief of Chalkbeat Indiana, a nonprofit news organization covering educational change in Indiana.

The Cohen Lecture began last year. It honors professor emeritus in science education Michael Cohen, faculty member at the School of Education from 1968 to 2003. Cohen was selected in 1984 as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor bestowed upon members by their peers in recognition of meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications. He wrote an influential elementary school textbook called “Discover Science,” and his research has focused on children and adults’ concepts and misconceptions of science and the environment.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Indiana Urban Schools Association, the Indiana Coalition on Public Education, and WFYI public radio and television in Indianapolis. More details and registration are available online.