TEDxIndianapolis: Scale It Up

The IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute is proud to be one of the presenting sponsors of this year’s TEDxIndianapolis. On April 25, 18 incredible speakers from around the world will share big ideas from the stage of the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University. Get your tickets today.

This year’s theme — Scale It Up — is all about how ideas, efforts, approaches, and programs may start small but shift and expand, replicate, multiply, innovate, and drive positive change. Topics will range from education reform to brain hacking to Latin American cinema. Don’t miss it!

As you may have experienced in one of our first four conferences here, TEDxIndianapolis is a day of cross-pollination featuring local and national speakers and performers; passionate, unique, and captivating people sharing ideas from the fields of technology, business, education, art and design, and more.

The Schrott Center is a one-of-a-kind community-focused facility. With 454 seats, the venue is designed to optimize acoustics and sightlines, and is equally suited for music, dance, and theatre. And attendees will enjoy experiencing the Butler campus during lunch.

Visit TEDxIndianapolis.com for more. And get your tickets quick!

21st Century Great Conversations in Neuroscience, Art, and Related Therapeutics


A range of global and local experts will present their insights on how brain science and artistic processes inform one another during a one-and-half day symposium, 21st Century Great Conversations in Neuroscience, Art, and Related Therapeutics. The symposium will take place on April 8 from 8am-4pm and April 9 from 9am-12pm in Hine Hall Auditorium. Seating is limited, so please register for the symposium if you plan to attend.

This international symposium, organized by Juliet King, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, LMHC, of the Herron School of Art and Design and the Indiana University School of Medicine, will feature presentations by three international experts and three panel discussions with a mix of Indianapolis-based and global leaders in the fields of neuroscience, art, and related therapeutics.

Aimed at supporting the overall health and amelioration of disease for patients and their caregivers, families, and friends, the symposium highlights the collaborative approach of the IUPUI schools of Art and Design, Medicine, Engineering, Informatics, Health and Rehabilitation Services, Nursing, and Liberal Arts.


Anjan Chatterjee, MD is the Elliot Professor and Chief of Neurology at Pennsylvania Hospital. In 2002 he was awarded the Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology by the American Academy of Neurology. His current research focuses on spatial cognition, language, neuroethics, and neuroaesthetics.

Arne Dietrich, PhD is a cognitive neuroscientist and Professor of Psychology at the American University of Beirut, in Lebanon. Professor Dietrich’s research focuses on the neuroscience of creativity, altered states of consciousness, and the psychological effects of exercise.

Klaus Gramann, PhD is the Head of the Department of Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology Ergonomics at the Berlin Institute of Technology in Berlin, Germany. With a  doctorate in Psychology, Dr. Gramann has a concerted interest in the neuroscience of embodied and spatial cognition. His particular specialty is in Mobile Brain/Body Imaging.


Presented for the first time, the artwork will feature slow-motion video portraits of four brain tumor patients from Indiana as they speak about how their diagnoses have changed their outlook on life. The artwork, funded by Indiana University’s New Frontiers Exploratory Grant, is part of a unique study bridging art, science, and medicine to generate both scientific data and artistic documentation of the human condition for patients being treated for brain tumors. 

IUPUI Symposium on Civil Discourse: Join the Movement to End Harassment

Blue Square
Emily May

March 6 in the IUPUI Campus Center Theatre, the keynote presentation of the 2017 IUPUI Symposium on Civil Discourse will be “Online, On Campus, and On the Streets: You Have the Right to Be in Public Space.”

Learn from social entrepreneur Emily May, co-founder and executive director of Hollaback and Heartmob, how to respond to, fight and end online, public and street harassment.

The keynote address is scheduled for 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., followed by a panel discussion from 3 to 4:15 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Literacy, Capacity and Engagement; the Division of Student Affairs; the Office of Equal Opportunity; the Office for Women; the Department of Psychology in the School of Science; and the Office of International Affairs.

Joseph Taylor Excellence in Diversity Award Call for Nominations

Dr. Joseph T. Taylor

The Office of Equal Opportunity is excited to accept nominations for the Joseph T. Taylor Award for Excellence in Diversity. The awardee(s) will be selected from nominations or applications submitted by faculty, staff, or students recognizing exemplary IUPUI individuals, academic and support programs, events, policies, and activities that have led to one or more of the following:

  • Institutional Leadership and Commitment
  • Curricular and Co-Curricular Transformation
  • Campus Climate
  • Representational Diversity
  • IUPUI Community

The 2017 award will be conferred upon the recipient(s) during the 28th Annual Joseph T. Taylor Symposium on February 23, 2017. Application forms must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on January 6, 2017. For more information and to access this year’s nomination form, click here.

2016 Walker Douglass Symposium

frederick-douglass-symposium-2016-posterThe topic of this year’s Walker/Douglass Symposium is “Frederick Douglass and the Role of Oratory in African American Leadership.” It will be held at IUPUI in the University Tower Ballroom on October 20, 2016, and the Jewel Center on October 21, 2016.

Among the interdisciplinary presenters on the symposium’s first day are many prominent scholars in the field of Africana Studies. In the evening there will be a reception, followed by a lecture by Dean Gene Jarrett of Boston University. Thanks to grants from Indiana University, the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute, and Indiana Humanities, all of these events are completely free, including parking and food served.

On Friday the venue shifts to the Jewel Center at 3333 N. Illinois Street, where an all-day public Madame C.J. Walker and Frederick Douglass Symposium will be held. The event will include dramatic readings from Douglass’s speeches, a poetry contest (open to all Indiana high school and college students), live music, videos, a panel of IUPUI student presentations, and a scholarly panel on Douglass’s contribution to the African American Oratorical Tradition. 

To register for the symposium, please visit the Eventbrite site.  For additional information, contact event organizers by email at douglass@iupui.edu or visit the Douglass Papers project Facebook page.

Symposium | E.C. Moore Symposium on Excellence in Teaching

Date: Friday, March 25, 2016Randy Bass Image
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: IUPUI Campus Center
Register here.

Join faculty from across the state of Indiana in a discussion of teaching and learning at the 2016 E.C. Moore Symposium on Excellence in Teaching in the IUPUI Campus Center. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Randy Bass, Vice Provost for Stephen Fox ImageEducation and Professor of English at Georgetown University. His talk is entitled “Liberal Education Re-Bound: Designing Learning in the Emerging Digital Ecosystem.” This year’s plenary speaker is Dr. Stephen Fox, Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing at IUPUI. His talk is entitled “Audiences, Purposes, and Projects: Making Writing Assignments Matter.”

For full session and schedule information as it becomes available, please visit website and click the appropriate tab.

Faculty-Led Workshops:

  • Teaching with Student Texts: Employing Digital Technologies and Learning Outcomes – Andre Buchenot, IU School of Liberal Arts, Indianapolis
  • The Privileged Status of Story: Using Story Structure in Course and Lesson Design For Engagement – Ryan Erbe, Fairbanks School of Public Health, Indianapolis
  • Multicultural Competence 101 – Paul Porter, IU School of Medicine, Indianapolis
  • Reading Compliance without Quizzes: A Discussion Strategy for Engaging Students— Linda Wright-Bower, IU Department of Music, Fort Wayne

Keynote: Liberal Education Re-Bound: Designing Learning in the Emerging Digital Ecosystem by Dr. Randy Bass

How might the new digital context—the whole of the emerging learning ecosystem—help us make higher education widely available to and meaningful for an expanded population of college students? Designing for that question compels us to look beyond the impulse to scale or automate current practices to a broader paradigm for learning, one that is native to this moment and is focused on the kind of graduates we are trying to produce for the year 2025 or 2030 or beyond. This keynote presentation will explore concrete approaches to this challenge through the lens of educating the whole person, where the role of digitally-enhanced learning is much broader than teaching targeted knowledge and skills. Approaches to educating the whole person ask that we join the best of what we know about deep and durable learning with the capacities that are intrinsic to the emerging digital ecosystem.

Randy Bass is Vice Provost for Education and Professor of English at Georgetown University, where he leads the Designing the Future(s) initiative and the Red House incubator for curricular transformation. For 13 years he was the Founding Executive Director of Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS), and he also served as Director and Principal Investigator of the Visible Knowledge Project, a five-year scholarship of teaching and learning project involving 70 faculty on 21 university and college campuses. He is currently a Senior Scholar with the American Association for Colleges and Universities.

When registering for the symposium, participants can opt to attend one of the faculty-led workshops listed above. The workshops will run from 3:15 to 4:00 p.m. (You can change your workshop selection at a later date by cancelling your original event registration, re-registering, and selecting another workshop to attend.)

IUPUI Symposium | Civil Discourse: April 4, 1968

Date: April 4, 2016 April 4, Before We Forgot How To Dream Play Image
Time: 1:00 to 4:15 p.m.
Location: Campus Center, CE 450

Keynote Address:

James Still, Playwright |  April 4, 1968: Before We Forgot How to Dream, 1:00 to 2:45 p.m.

James Still is Playwright-in-Residence at the Indiana Repertory Theater. His play, April 4, 1968: Before We Forgot How to Dream, which premiered at the IRT last fall, is an intimate look at an Indiana family’s collisionwith history when Bobby Kennedy delivered his powerful speech in Indianapolis on the night of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Inspired by true stories of those who were there, Mr. Still will share what he learned from interviewing them and researching this historical event during a turbulent time and how these experiences influenced the play. He will also explore what we can learn from April 4, 1968 as we experience and respond to significant political, social and cultural change today. A brief presentation to provide historical context to April 4, 1968 will precede the keynote.

About the play: (Note: Play was presented at IRT in October/November 2015)
Bio for James Still.

Other Events:

Concurrent Sessions: Models for Civil Discourse
3:00 to 4:15 p.m.
Campus Center (various rooms)

Making the Dream a Reality: April 4th Annual Festival
Starts at 5:00 p.m.
Landmark for Peace Memorial, 17th Street and Central Avenue

Participants are invited to stay after the keynote to participate in concurrent sessions which will provide additional context to April 4, 1968 as well as models for civil discourse for students and others to consider as they raise awareness of and respond to situations and events on campus or across the nation and world. Individuals are also encouraged to attend in the evening the Making the Dream a Reality: April 4th Annual Festival at the memorial site of Kennedy’s speech.

Information about the Festival.

The IUPUI Symposium on Civil Discourse is a collaboration of various campus units, including Office of Equal Opportunity, Office for Women, IU School of Dentistry, IU School of Medicine, Office of Diversity Affairs, Office for Intergroup Dialogue and Civil Community, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, University Library, and IU School of Liberal Arts.
For more information, call: 317.278.4230.

27th Joseph T. Taylor Symposium | Mass Incarceration and the Destruction of Community: Beyond the Post-Racial Myth

Date:Thursday, February 25, 2016Mass Incarceration Flyer
Time: 8:45 am – 2:00 pm
Location: IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd.Theater (lower) Level

Register here.

The Joseph T. Taylor Symposium honors Dr. Taylor for his many contributions to the university and the community by hosting informed discussion on issues of interest in urban America, particularly among communities of color. The Joseph T. Taylor Symposium is offered in celebration of all Dr. Taylor stood for during his lifetime and stands as a lasting legacy to his vision and life work
Mass Incarceration and the Destruction of Community: Beyond the Post-Racial Myth.

As inequality widens and opportunities narrow for the bottom 90 percent of the American population, the disenfranchised face mass incarceration and social isolation. In a nation where nearly 25 percent of the world’s prisoners reside, can we still continue to be the land of the free? The American dream is increasingly at risk and is becoming unattainable for many hard-working people. What can be done to break this pattern and create opportunity, particularly for African Americans?

The 2016 symposium is presented by the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI in partnership with the Department of Sociology.

IUPUI University Library to cohost Digital Public Library of America’s national conference

With 90-plus digitized collections of unique and historically important materials accessible to any user via the Web, the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis University Library is gaining recognition as a national leader in digital scholarship.image courtesy of fotos.starmedia.com

That leadership role will expand this month as the library co-hosts the Digital Public Library of America’s national conference.

The conference, DPLAfest 2015 takes place April 17 and 18 in Indianapolis.

As co-hosts, IUPUI University Library, the Indianapolis Public Library, the Indiana State Library and the Indiana Historical Society are helping to organize and staff the event and will serve as meeting sites for conference workshops, presentations and discussions. The four local groups had submitted a proposal to host the conference, which 300 people from across the country are currently registered to attend.

“We are excited to be given the opportunity to share the city of Indianapolis with members of the Digital Public Library of America and showcase some of the work that we have done in preserving the history of Indianapolis,” said Jennifer A. Johnson, digital scholarship outreach librarian in the University Library Center for Digital Scholarship.

With its community partners, the IUPUI University Library has created over 90 digital collections, covering topics in local history such as Crispus Attucks High School, poet James Whitcomb Riley and Indiana artists.

The Digital Public Library of America offers open online access to almost 9 million items through partnerships with national-caliber content providers such as the HathiTrust and the Library of Congress, plus a network of member archives, museums, cultural heritage centers and libraries such as the IUPUI University Library, all of whom operate under state-based DPLA service hubs. As such, the two-year-old DPLA is a goldmine for researchers around the globe, making the riches of America’s libraries and museums freely available online to the worldwide public.

“For example, a basketball fan in Texas could view Oscar Robertson’s high school scrapbook about the 1954-55 Crispus Attucks state championship team by searching the Crispus Attucks Museum digital collection,” Johnson said.

The DPLAfest conference offers a mix of interactive workshops and hands-on activities, as well as presentations and discussions for a range of professionals including librarians, archivists, museum staff, developers, technologists, publishers and authors, teachers, students and others.

While the conference will feature several national speakers, the IUPUI and Bloomington campuses will be represented in a wide range of presentations.  Presenters include:

David Lewis, Kristi Palmer and Jenny Johnson, IUPUI University Library.

Andrea Copeland, IUPUI School of Informatics and Computing.

Jason Kelly, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.

Lea Shaver, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Benjamin Keele, Ruth Lilly Law Library.

Robert McDonald, Indiana University associate dean for library technologies.

Dirk Herr-Hoyman, Indiana University Bloomington, HathiTrust Research Center operations manager.