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IUPUI professor receives major NEH award to build online platform for digitization of scholarly editions

Professor André De Tienne (Philosophy, IU School of Liberal Arts) received a $277,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities. A level-III Advancement grant, the award will allow the Peirce Edition Project, which he directs, to finish developing over the next two years an online platform that lets scholars collaborate to produce scholarly critical or documentary editions.

André De Tienne, Ph.D.

André De Tienne, Ph.D.

The Scholarly Text-Editing Platform, STEP for short, is to reproduce online, in a cloud-based open-source implementation, the full workflow of the production of such editions, from transcription to critical editing, annotations, bibliographical research, and layout for print or digital output. STEP facilitates the decentralization of the entire chain of operations and decisions affecting the making of simple or complex editions. STEP complies with the guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium, an international organization that for 25 years has been setting best-practice standards for the XML encoding of scholarly texts (including transcriptive, editorial, descriptive, semantic, and linguistic encodings). STEP is designed to facilitate the daily work of all platform users: transcribers/encoders, textual editors, annotators, and scholars specializing in any discipline of the humanities, social sciences, and even the hard sciences, when their concern lies in the preservation and dissemination of essential texts.

NEH-ODH panelists endorsed STEP development enthusiastically, giving the proposal top ranking. One reviewer argued that STEP stood “to revolutionize academic publishing” by imagining “a scholastic world that is not bound by geographic barriers where scholastic editions could be created and managed online. . . . Overall, this is an incredibly well-composed proposal that stands to revolutionize humanistic discourse.”

The fact that STEP was being designed from the ground up to serve not only the needs of the Peirce edition but also of the entire profession in all its diversity was a central argument. STEP is supported by an international advisory board constituted to provide guidance regarding institutional and strategic matters (sustainability, network broadening, inter-university collaborations); data management, server infrastructure, scalability; TEI-XML guidance; digital humanities and interface design/testing; and web and application development.

The search for a full-time platform developer and programmer is currently underway. Interested candidates and recommendations should be directed to

Ray Bradbury Wins Two 1941 Retrospective Hugo Awards at MidAmeriCon II 2016

Posted on August 19, 2016

The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies is happy to report that Ray Bradbury was honored with two 1941 Retrospective Hugo Awards at MidAmeriCon II, 2016: one for Best Fanzine, Futuria Fantasia, edited by Ray Bradbury; and one for Best Fan Writer. The 74th World Science Fiction Convention announced the winners of the 1941 Retrospective Hugo Awards at a ceremony on the evening of Thursday, August 18, 2016. Bradbury Center Director, Dr. Jonathan R. Eller, was at the convention in Kansas City, Missouri, to accept Mr. Bradbury’s awards. For more information see http://www.thehugoawards.org/and https://midamericon2.org/home/hugo-awards-and-wsfs/1941-hugo-award-winners/.

IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award goes to Liberal Arts Professor

Dr. Wokeck & Dr. Davis

Dr. Wokeck & Dr. Davis

The Spirit of Philanthropy Award: It’s one of the most prestigious philanthropy honors given by IUPUI. And at an April 13th ceremony at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, one of the 2016 awards went to the School of Liberal Arts’ Marianne S. Wokeck, chancellor’s professor of history, adjunct professor of American studies and women’s studies, and director of the Institute for American Thought.

Spirit of Philanthropy Awards recognize those who have made a profound impact on IUPUI’s growth and development through gifts and voluntary service. Thirty recipients from across campus were honored at this year’s ceremony.

Wokeck and her late husband, Professor P.M.G. “Mike” Harris, had life-changing international experiences as young people. Because of the importance of international immersion experiences for students in our global society, they created the P.M.G. and M.S.W. Harris Study Abroad Scholarship. The scholarship is one expression of Professor Wokeck’s many philanthropic acts, both large and small, in support of the School of Liberal Arts and IUPUI.

“Marianne Wokeck has left an indelible mark on the School of Liberal Arts and on IUPUI,” said Thomas J.Davis, dean of the IU School of Liberal Arts. “This award is truly a celebration of the spirit of philanthropy that Professor Wokeck exemplifies, in all walks of her life. Because of that spirit, she simply makes of us a better school, campus, and university.”

“These gifts play an important role in the success of IUPUI,” said IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar. “Philanthropy creates a legacy of opportunity, enables dreams to be achieved and supports innovation across Indiana.”

Each 2016 Spirit of Philanthropy honoree received a silkscreen print of “Archetypes of Philanthropy,” a drawing created by Herron School of Art and Design student Briqlyn Paige Mohrman for this year’s celebration.

Bradbury center to celebrate master storyteller’s birthday and legacy with August events

July 15 | News Categories:Books by Faculty | Centers | Institute for American Thought | Museum Studies

Three of the NASA artifacts in the Bradbury collections, including a Mars globe presented by NASA from the Mariner 9 photographic missions (1971).

Three of the NASA artifacts in the Bradbury collections, including a Mars globe presented by NASA from the Mariner 9 photographic missions (1971).INDIANAPOLIS—Aug. 22 marks the 95th anniversary of visionary science fiction and fantasy writer Ray Bradbury’s birth.


In Memoriam: Ray Bradbury
August 22, 1920-June 5, 2012

Ray Bradbury was a child of the Midwest, a small-town dreamer who was determined to become a writer from the age of twelve. He realized these dreams in Los Angeles, where his parents found a new life in 1934, the fifth year of the Great Depression. Ray turned fourteen that summer, and went on to graduate from Los Angeles High School in 1938. But the core of his education came from library books; he would spend his long life celebrating the written word, and safeguarding the books and libraries that define our humanity and our values.

He hated intolerance, and those who deny the existence of intolerance. He was not afraid to write about and condemn the evils of prejudice and racial inequality at a time when such stories were hard to publish in America. In 1953, his stories about societies that destroy the precious gifts of imagination and creativity by destroying books culminated in Fahrenheit 451, a modern classic that, more than any other novel, has come to symbolize the importance of preserving literacy and literature in an age dominated by multi-media entertainments.

Ray Bradbury’s enduring early story collections and novels, often transcending genre boundaries, have remained in print for more than half a century. Aldous Huxley called him a prose poet, recognizing his rich metaphorical language and lyric style. Four generations of school children have read his stories; many of today’s astronauts and scientists first turned their eyes to the skies after reading The Martian Chronicles and such stories as “R Is for Rocket” and “The Golden Apples of the Sun.”

All his life, Ray Bradbury firmly believed that Humanity is destined to reach the stars. He would often tell students that his job was “to find the metaphor that explains the Space Age, and along the way to write stories.” Above all, he celebrated the celestial grandeur of the Cosmos, and called us all to consider our place in it. In June 2000, he urged Caltech’s graduating class “to witness, to celebrate, and to be part of this universe . . . you’re here one time, you’re not coming back. And you owe, don’t you? You owe back for the gift of life.”
Jon Eller
Director, Center for Ray Bradbury Studies