CALL FOR POSTER PROPOSALS: The 24th Annual Joseph Taylor Symposium presented by the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI in conjunction with the Department of Philosophy

It Takes a City: Toward a Diverse and Humane Community
February 27, 2013 – IUPUI Campus Center

Students, faculty and staff, and members of the Indianapolis community are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentations at the 24th Annual Joseph Taylor Symposium, February 27, 2013. The symposium honors Dr. Joseph T. Taylor, Professor of Sociology from 1965 to 1983 and the first Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, for his many contributions to the university and the community.

Increasingly, we are witnessing a shift from our sense of community responsibility to a form of “hyper-individualism,” where individuals place self-interest first, above those of the community as a whole. The alternative, working together for a common good, facing problems as a community, and through mutual support and respect forging more lasting solutions, ensures that none of us must bear societal burdens alone. The first panel will explore the challenge of fostering tolerance and respect among young people, focusing on the problem of bullying. The second panel will examine ways in which we might reinforce a sense of community in our cities; our luncheon speaker will reflect on these themes from her standpoint as an activist in both the civil rights and gay liberation movements.

To complement those discussions, we invite posters and electronic and other visual presentations that showcase community-engaged research, teaching, and learning.  In addition to presenting their own work, faculty members are encouraged to integrate relevant poster projects into their classes to promote student submissions or to invite their students to participate on an individual basis. Participants from educational institutions other than IUPUI are most welcome. The following is a list of some possible approaches to the symposium’s theme that poster submissions might take:
 Demonstrations of research, teaching, scholarship, or other projects on Indianapolis; its neighborhoods, people, politics, culture, or history·         Presentations about service learning projects or approaches·         Examples of civic engagement initiatives

·         Projects or tools developed for Indianapolis partners, clients, or organizations

·         Questions about addressing bullying and intolerance among our youth

·         Suggestions for fostering a sense of community in our city – or in others
To submit a poster presentation proposal, please fill out the attached form and return it by February 1, 2013. Additional details about expectations for accepted proposals are also included in the form. Return forms by email to Victoria Rogers ( in the Department of Philosophy. More information about the symposium is available from theTaylor Symposium website.