Events of Interest for Senior Academy Members

Playing as We Age

Can making snow angels, playing Monopoly, building sandcastles or chasing fireflies improve your well-being as you age? Get the facts from informative presentations by Dr. NiCole Keith, faculty member of the IU Department of Kinesiology, and Margaret Burlingame, President of Fitness and More for Seniors, LLC.

Then explore new ways to experience the joy of play – and re-visit playful activities which you left behind when you became an adult. Kit Newkirk, an IUPUI instructor of English for Academic Purposes, will draw on her knowledge as co-founder of The Game Preserve to describe the different types of board game designs . . . which may help attendees understand why they like playing some games and hate others! Kit will also engage interested participants in trying out some new board games. Carolyn Lausch, retired educator will offer interested participants time to try a brief activity from her class series for older adults, I’ve a Story To Tell. Dr. David Ford, a retired professor from the IUPUI Department of Sociology, will share his experiences working with a therapy dog and discuss opportunities to provide a temporary home for dogs awaiting adoption. There will be several other presenters and exhibitors offering information about topics such as Master Gardening, Tour Group Travel, Music, etc.

This free program is part of the 2012 Spirit and Place Festival. The program is co-hosted by the IUPUI Senior Academy and the Pike YMCA. Food will be provided by Humana.

Date: Wednesday, November 7, 10:00 AM-Noon
Location: Pike YMCA, 7114 Lakeway Dr West
Enter from Zionsville Road onto 73rd Street – MAP

The John D. Barlow Lecture in the Humanities
“Cry the Cosmos”
Ray Bradbury and the American Imagination

Thursday, November 8, 2012 – IUPUI Campus Center

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Reception. First Floor Atrium
6:15 – 7:30 p.m. Lecture. Theater

Featuring Professor Jonathan R. Eller , Professor of English and Director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies Institute for American Thought, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI

Professor Eller first met Ray Bradbury in 1989, eventually developing a working relationship that lasted until Mr. Bradbury’s death in June 2012. Professor Eller is the author of Becoming Ray Bradbury (2011), which centers on Bradbury’s early life and development as a writer.

Presented by:
IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI
Liberal Arts Student Council

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012, 11:00 A.M. (check-in at 10:45 A.M.)
Guided Tour: Beauty and Belief: Crossing Bridges with the Arts of Islamic Culture
Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road
Reservations: Mary Grove ( or 291-8759). Please reserve to assure an adequate number of docents.
Cost: Free admission to IUPUI group.
The exhibit features more than 250 Islamic artifacts from Spain to Indonesia from the seventh century to the present, including calligraphy, ceramics, paintings, woodcarvings, and textiles. It offers an overview of Islamic culture throughout history. Pieces in the exhibition would have been cherished in the homes of royalty as well as modest levels of society. The exhibition draws from collections across the United States and other countries such as Kuwait, Great Britain, France, Denmark, Morocco and Italy.

Judy Chicago – The 2012 Jane Fortune Outstanding Woman Artist Lecture

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 6:00 p.m.

In Herron’s Basile Auditorium in Eskenazi Hall, 735 West New York Street
(Herron is arranging for parking –see link below).

Judy Chicago is an artist, author, feminist, educator, and intellectual whose career now spans over five decades. Her influence both within the beyond the art community is attested to by her inclusion in hundreds of publications throughout the world.

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The Last Lecture–Call for Nominations

The Last Lecture
Lessons for Life from a Lifetime of Learning

The Last Lecture offers the university community the opportunity to hear reflections on life’s lessons and meaning from a retired or current IUPUI colleague of exceptional merit. The lecturer will be asked to share with students, staff, faculty, and the general public the wisdom she or he gained through academic pursuits and life experiences; and to distill a life of inquiry, reflection, and service into guidelines and advice for successive generations.
Nominations: All IUPUI faculty, retired faculty, staff, and students are invited to submit nominations for The Last Lecture speaker. Nominators should submit a brief justification why his/her nominee deserves the consideration. Nominators should also confirm the nominee’s availability on the date of the lecture.
Eligibility: All current and retired IUPUI based faculty and staff are eligible.
Speech Guidelines: 30-40 minute speech on the general subject of the speaker’s accumulated wisdom of a lifetime.
Date and Place: March 22, 2013, IUPUI Campus Theatre
Sponsors: The Last Lecture is co-sponsored by the IUPUI Senior Academy, the IUPUI Administration, and the IU Foundation.
Remuneration: The IU Foundation will offer a remuneration of $1,500.00.
Information: Golam Mannan, Committee Chair, at 317-228-0324 or by e-mail:
Deadline: Nominations should be submitted no later than December 15, 2012.
Nominations should be sent to: Golam Mannan, IUPUI Senior Academy, 355 North Lansing – AO 109, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202 or via e-mail to
Selection process: All nominations are considered by a committee of the Senior Academy. Selected nominees are invited to submit a synopsis of their proposed presentation for review by a committee of current and retired faculty, staff, and students. The committee’s selection of the speaker will be announced in early February. The names of previous speakers and their presentations are available on the IUPUI Senior Academy website at

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September 11         Downsizing and Moving – Rita Woll

October 4                 Making Your End-of-Life Wishes Known – Susan Hickman

November 7               Spirit and Place

December 5 or 12  Holiday Dinner

January                     Open

February                   Open

March 22                  The Last Lecture

April                          Open

May                          Overnight at New Harmony  

June                          Senior Academy Annual Meeting

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The Last Lecture

James A. Lemons, M.D.
Emeritus Professor
of Pediatrics
Indiana University
School of Medicine

The Last Lecture Series offers the university community the opportunity to hear reflections on life’s lessons and meaning from a current or retired IUPUI colleague of exceptional merit. Each speaker will share the wisdom gained from past experiences and distill a life of inquiry, reflection, and service into important guidance for successive generations.
James A. Lemons is Hugh McK. Landon Professor of Pediatrics emeritus and past director of neonatal-perinatal medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He has developed major research programs in fetal and neonatal metabolism with continuous NIH funding and other grant support for over 30 years. Under his leadership, the neonatal-perinatal section has burgeoned and acquired a faculty with unrivaled, internationally recognized clinical, teaching, and research accomplishments in stem cell biology, fetal and neonatal metabolism, clinical and translational research, and international health care research. His areas of focus include women’s and children’s issues, and he remains actively engaged in supporting the School of Medicine’s ongoing partnership with the Riley Mother and Baby Hospital of Kenya in Eldoret, Kenya, which he was instrumental in establishing.
RSVP online by March 23:
DATE: Friday, March 30, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Herron School of Art & Design
Eskenazi Hall—Basile Auditorium
735 W. New York Street

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Upcoming events

Programs/Social Events Planned (a work in progress):

March, 2012 Golam Mannan is coordinating this with the LL committee.
Date: March 30, 2012
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: INHR 101 (Eskenazi Hall). Parking in Lot 85, across the street from Eskenazi Hall, will be covered.

April, 2012 Harriet Wilkins is coordinating this event
Date: April 10, 2012
Time: Begins at 10:00 am
Event: Indiana Historical Society: View “You are there” exhibits and a presentation on the interactive style of
exhibits. Lunch. Option to visit more exhibits or take archives tour: “Behind the Scenes”.
Location Indiana Historical Society: 450 W. Ohio St. Free parking is available on site.

May, 2012 Jean Gnat is coordinating this event
Date: May 9 to 11, 2012 (Wed to Fri)
Location : Clifty Falls State Park (there is a one- time $5 entry fee when you enter the park)
Event: Overnights at a State Park
Registration: To register please contact Jean Gnat by phone or e-mail (317-872-3605) (
Each individual will make his/her own reservations at the Inn. Phone: 1-877-563-4371 or There is no elevator at the Inn, so if you need a first floor room, please
indicate that when you make your reservation. Please let Jean Gnat know if you are coming
as she needs to know numbers for some of the planned activities.

May, 2012
Date: May 31, 2012
Time: 2:30 pm
Location: Athenaeum (400 E. Michigan St.)
Event: Annual Meeting
Parking: There is parking immediately east of the Athenaeum. You may obtain a token inside the Athenaeum
for a nominal fee to be used to pay for parking as you exit the lot.

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Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 10:30am to 12:30
Program: Health Care Costs
Speakers: Dr. Richard Gunderman, professor of radiology, pediatrics,liberal arts and philosophy
Alex Slabosky, IU Health
Douglas Leonard, Executive Director, Indiana Hospital Association
Location: IUPUI Community Learning Network, 5980 W. 71st St., Indianapolis (in Park 100)
To Register: Call or e-mail Carlyn Johnson, Tel: 317/542-7234, e-mail


Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 5:30 pm
Event: Informal dinner at the Den in the IUPUI Hotel (formerly The Sports Bar), then attend IUPUI vs. Oakland basketball game.
Call or e-mail Carlyn Johnson, Tel: 317/542-7234, e-mail


Date: Tuesday. February 14, 2012 10 am to noon
Program: Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids
Location: Riley Hospital Auditorium
Speaker: Dr. Donna Segal, doctor of audiology, hearing aid program coordinator, University
Otolaryngology Associates/Riley Hospital. Park in Riley Garage or Wilson Street Garage, across the street from Riley Hospital.
To Register: Call or e-mail Marge Applegate, Tel: 31o7/821-9442, e-mail

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