Conference explores service learning in the community

May 12-16, 2014
Indianapolis, IN

The Center for Service and Learning and Indiana Campus Compact, invite those interested in enhancing their service learning courses or advancing their research on service learning to the Connecting Campuses with Communities conference.

The conference is a two-part event that focuses on building a network of scholars and practitioners and offers the following opportunities:

The Service Learning Institute (May 12-14) is ideal for those interested in gaining strategies used to improve the quality of a service learning course;

The Research Academy (May 14-16) is designed to strengthen one’s research on service learning while advancing their scholarship of teaching and learning.

Visit the conference website for further details.

Student-orgnaized exhibit opens documenting community history of Near Southside

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Split but Not Separated: Recapturing the Legacy of the Near Southside, a new exhibit designed by students in the Museum Methods class, will open on Sunday, April 27, at the Concord Neighborhood Center, 1301 South Meridian.

This pop-up exhibit originates in a class taught by Professor Modupe Labode (History and Museum Studies), and was inspired by an earlier student research project. In 2010, Anthropology students from IUPUI began collecting oral histories, photographs, and other memorabilia from African American and Jewish elders who had grown up together on the Near Southside. This research is captured in the oral history book The Neighborhood of Saturdays, by Professor Sue Hyatt, which was published in 2013 by Dog Ear Press. The exhibit presents another view of the history of the community and moves the story into the future by involving the views of children who are currently participating in programs at the Concord Neighborhood Center. The exhibit is open from 2-4 p.m., and the program begins at 2:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Modupe Labode, Assistant Professor of History and Museum Studies,, 274-3829.

Sarah Banks to discuss ethical challenges in research partnerships

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Thursday, April 24th, 2014
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Education/Social Work (ES) Building, Room 2126, Global Crossroads Classroom

Dr. Sarah Banks, Durham University, UK, will deliver a lecture entitled “Tackling Ethical Challenges in Community-based Participatory Research.”

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) often involves community organizations and universities working together. The work of CBPR can help build community capacity in a time of austerity, generate new perspectives on social and economic issues and result in better implementation of research findings. CBPR is growing in popularity yet, both practically and ethically challenging are present in the work of CBPR.

In the work of CBPR, it is not always clear:

  • When people are in the role of researchers and/or research subjects;
  • When people’s work should be credited and when anonymity is important;
  • Who owns and has rights to the data/findings;
  • How to navigate the institutional ethical review process;
  • How to guard against exploitation of one party by another;
  • How to be open about unequal power relationships; and
  • How to achieve greater equality and mutual respect.

During the session, Dr. Sarah Banks will discuss the types of ethical issues that arise in CBPR, the practical challenges that community organizations and universities confront when they collaborate on research projects, and useful strategies for tackling these issues in practice. Reference will be made to Community-based Participatory Research: A Guide to Ethical Principles and Practice (2012) and accompanying case materials, films, podcasts, and exercises for promoting ethical awareness, reflection and action. More information about CBPR can be found on the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement website (UK).

Register for this event here.

Co-sponsored by the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning, IUPUI Department of Anthropology, IUPUI Solution Center, IUPUI Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP), IUPUI Office of External Affairs.

Indy Reads Spring 2013 Calendar

Indy Reads Bookstore

Be sure to attend the events our friends at Indy Reads Bookstore.  Here’s their 2013 calendar.

Feb 1st 6pm – 9pm – Get excited about this year’s Alphabet Affair! Indy Reads presents, in preparation for the annual Alphabet Affair, our first ever One Liners competition. Come deliver your best movie lines for a chance to win two tickets to the Alphabet Affair.

Feb 2nd 1pm – 4pm – Trade School presents a Letter Writing Social, led by Brittany West. Participants will revive the lost art of writing letters. This event requires registration through Trade School Indianapolis.

Feb 4th 7pm – Indy Word Lab presents a creative writing workshop, open to the public.

Feb 6th 7 pm– Trade School presents a class on cuddling, led by Mayowa Tomori. This event requires registration through Trade School Indianapolis.

Feb 9th 2-4pm – Typography enthusiasts are invited to come to the first call out meeting for anyone interested in guided exploration of the art of typography.

Feb 9th 6 pm – Brett Wiscons book launch for the novel “Friend or Foe,” first in the Bear Whitman mystery series

Feb 14th 7 pm – Michaal L. L. Collins, poet and former student of Etheridge Knight, will read.

Feb 18th 7 pm – Indy Actors’ Playground performs.

Feb 21st 7 pm – IUPUI Student Reading Series

Feb 23rd 4-7 pm – Brad LaMar launches the first of his new young adult series, titled “The Obsidian Dagger.”

Feb 23rd 7 pm – Jen Tucker reads and signs her new comic memoir, “The Day I Lost My Shaker of Salt.”

Feb 28th 7 pm – Roving Cinema presents “The Neverending Story.”

March 1st 7 pm – Indy Jazz Fest’s High School All Stars will perform for First Friday.

March 4th 7 pm – Indy Word Lab presents a creative writing workshop, open to the public.

March 5th 7 pm – Dan Wakefield comes to Indy Reads Books to host a screening of “Going All the Way,” based on Wakefield’s novel.

March 7th, 5:30-7:30 pm – IN Conversation records their regular podcast at Indy Reads Books.

March 13th 7 pm – Courtney Elizabeth Mauk, author of “Spark,” will read from and sign copies of her book, published by local small press Engine Books.

March 14th 5 – 7 pm– Lorene Burkhart comes to speak and sign books, including her most recent, “Bootstraps: How Women Pull Themselves Up Through Tough Times.”

March 22nd 7 pm – Indy Reads Books hosts a reading and discussion of Ray Bradbury and “The Martian Chronicles,” as part of a weekend long celebration of the author in conjunction with Bookmama’s and the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies.

March 23rd 7 pm – Vouched Presents reading series

March 27th 7 pm – IUPUI Student Reading Series

April 5th 7 pm – The Indy Jazz Fest High School All-Stars perform for First Friday.

April 7th 7 pm – Indy Word Lab presents a creative writing workshop, open to the public.

April 13th 7pm – Butler University MFA Reading Series

April 18th 6 pm – 8 pm – Indiana Young Writers present a student reading.

April 25th 7 pm – IUPUI Student Reading Series

Grant: NEA Art Works Community-Based Projects

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NEA Art Works – Community-Based Projects

Limited Submission URL:
URL for complete guidelines:

IU Internal Deadline: 1/28/2013
NEA Application Deadline: 3/7/2013

Brief Description:

This program, as well as Art Works (L0468a &L0468b), fall under the Grants for Arts Project (GAP). Both programs share a limitation of only 1 for the entire University (IU as the lead applicant). Because of this, the internal deadline for all deadlines falling under these two programs is NOON, January 28th. Only those granted an exception as an independent component can submit separately.

Art Works encourages and supports the following four outcomes:

  • Creation: The creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence,
  • Engagement: Public engagement with diverse and excellent art,
  • Learning: Lifelong learning in the arts, and
  • Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts.

Community-based projects include activities and training in the arts that occur outside of the school system. Activities must occur outside of the regular school day, and may take place in a variety of settings. These activities may be offered by arts organizations or by other community-based, non-arts organizations or agencies in partnership with artists and/or arts groups. Projects could take place in locations such as arts organizations, community centers, faith-based organizations, public housing, tribal community centers, juvenile facilities, or school buildings.

While not formally linked to schools or their instructional programs, projects must be based on a curriculum that aligns with either national or state arts education standards and include assessment of participant learning.

Award Amount:

  • Grants generally will range from $10,000 to $100,000. Grants of $100,000 or more will be made only in rare instances, and only for projects that the Arts Endowment determines demonstrate exceptional national or regional significance and impact. In the past few years, well over half of the agency’s grants have been for amounts less than $25,000.
  • All grants require a nonfederal match of at least 1 to 1. For example, if an organization receives a $10,000 grant, the total eligible project costs must be at least $20,000 and the organization must provide at least $10,000 toward the project from nonfederal sources.
  • Grants awarded under these guidelines generally may cover a period of support of up to two years. The two-year period is intended to allow an applicant sufficient time to plan, execute, and close out its project, not to repeat a one-year project for a second year.

Limitation: One per Indiana University

An organization may submit only one application under these FY 2014 Grants for Arts Projects guidelines, with few exceptions:

  • One from the University with IU as the lead
  • One each for separately identifiable and independent components such as the IU Art Museum, Traditional Arts Indiana and WTIU

These shared limitations apply to L0404 Challenge America Fast-Track (5/23/2013 deadline) AND L0468a&b Art Works (both 3/7/2013 and 8/8/2013 deadlines).


To apply for IU Internal competition:

For consideration as an institutional nominee, submit the following documents electronically to limited submission,, by NOON, January 28, 2013 for internal coordination. Although not required, it is recommended that you contact Donna Carter at indicating your interest in this program to help expedite the review process.

  • 1-2 page Project Narrative (limitation does not include references)
  • A letter of support from Chair or Dean
  • Abbreviated CV for the PI (not to exceed 3 pages)

Applicants must copy Etta Ward,, on submissions.