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Bill Blomquist stepping down as dean to pursue his passion for water resource management and polic

October 09 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Centers | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Geography | History | Individualized Major Program | Institute for American Thought | International | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

Bill BlomquistBill Blomquist

INDIANAPOLIS—Bill Blomquist, dean of the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, has announced he’s stepping down effective summer 2015 to return to regular faculty duties and pursue projects at IUPUI that align with his research interests concerning water resources management and policy.

An internationally recognized expert in water institutions and policies, Blomquist wants to contribute to the research-informed development of state water policy and planning for Indiana. According to a six-month study recently released by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, there is a critical need for a state-driven …

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2014 Barlow Lecture in the Humanities explores ‘The Future History of the Book’

September 19 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Campus News | Centers | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Geography | History | Individualized Major Program | Institute for American Thought | Lectures and Seminars | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Research | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

INDIANAPOLIS—Is there a need to fear the death of the book in this age of digital readers?

This is the question that will guide the 2014 John D. Barlow Lecture in the Humanities at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis on Oct. 29. The event is free and open to the public.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, director of scholarly communication of the Modern Language Association and visiting research professor of English at New York University, will present the lecture, "The Future History of the Book: Time, Attention, Convention."

The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus …

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Frederick Douglass scholars, IUPUI to celebrate publication of Douglass’ ‘The Heroic Slave’

September 12 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Centers | English | History | Institute for American Thought

Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass

INDIANAPOLIS—University scholars from the U.S. and Europe will gather at an Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis event next month celebrating a new publication of an “underappreciated gem” – a novel authored by famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

The Frederick Douglass Papers Edition, a documentary editing project in the Institute for American Thought of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, will host the conference, "Frederick Douglass’s ‘The Heroic Slave’ and the American Revolutionary Tradition" on Oct. 9 and 10. The conference takes place in conjunction with the Second Annual Madame C.J. Walker/Frederick …

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IUPUI hosts fifth annual Graduate Expo

August 25 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Centers | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Geography | History | Individualized Major Program | Institute for American Thought | International | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | Philanthropic Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Research | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

Graduate Expo 2014

INDIANAPOLIS—Representatives from more than 40 universities and nearly 20 graduate programs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will be at the fifth annual Graduate   Expo, hosted by the IUPUI Graduate Office.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 11 on the fourth floor of the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. Registration is encouraged for the free event.

“Understanding what admissions committees are seeking and successfully meeting those requirements is the beginning of a fruitful graduate career,” said Janice Blum with the Graduate Office.

Among other suggestions, recruiters from …

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Liberal Arts celebrates successful 2014 Campus Campaign

August 05 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Campus News | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Faculty and Staff | General News | Geography | Institute for American Thought | Museum Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology | World Languages and Cultures

Campus Campaign 2014Members of the Planning Committee at the 80’s-Themed Faculty/Staff Campaign Kick-off Party

  One hundred and thirty-four Liberal Arts faculty and staff members contributed to the 2014 Liberal Arts Campus Campaign raising $88,142 for scholarships, research, departmental and school initiatives, and events.  Thanks to the generosity and commitment of the faculty and staff, 2014 totals were up from last year in both donors and donations, and toppled the 2013 donation record of $77,734.23. To date, IUPUI has raised over one million dollars as part of the 2014 …

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IUPUI to significantly bolster its journalism/public relations program

June 25 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Campus News | Communication Studies | Economics | English | General News | Geography | History | Individualized Major Program | Institute for American Thought | International | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | Multimedia | News | Philanthropic Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Research | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

William BlomquistIndianapolis bachelor’s/master’s program moves from Bloomington-based School of Journalism management to IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI

INDIANAPOLIS—Graduate and undergraduate journalism and public relations students at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will have access to an array of new resources beginning July 1, when the long-established Indianapolis location of the IU School of Journalism shifts management from IU Bloomington to the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. The program will be known as the IU Department of Journalism and Public Relations at IUPUI.

The move comes as the IU School of …

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IUPUI faculty experts and collections offer treasure trove of Black History Month resources

February 11 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Campus News | Centers | Institute for American Thought | International

Academic personnel as well as literary holdings on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus are invaluable resources for media coverage of Black History Month topics.

 Sources may be contacted directly. For additional assistance from IU Communications, contact Richard Schneider at 317-278-4564 or rcschnei@iu.edu; or Diane Brown, 317-274-2195 or habrown@iu.edu .

 Faculty experts are available for interviews on aspects of the African American experience:

Carleton Waterhouse

 Legacy of Jim Crow: ‘Everyone got the message that America was a country for whites’

 The Beatles and the African American music scene

 “Searching for the New Black Man” …

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New Fahrenheit 451 Edition has Liberal Arts Connection

September 17 | News Categories: Centers | Faculty and Staff | Institute for American Thought

When Simon & Schuster’s editorial staff began to prepare their 60th anniversary edition of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, they contacted Jonathan Eller, director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies and Chancellor’s Professor of English in IU’s School of Liberal Arts. The resulting volume has a hundred pages of new back matter that opens with Eller’s illustrated background essay, followed by his selection of Bradbury’s published commentaries as well as other voices-influential writers and critics who found Fahrenheit 451 to be a compelling cautionary tale for the modern world. The volume concludes with excerpts from the 1966 diary kept by French …

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Liberal Arts Alumni Association invites nominations for the 2014 Liberal Arts Alumni Awards

September 05 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Alumni Accomplishments | Anthropology | Centers | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Geography | Grants | History | Individualized Major Program | Institute for American Thought | International | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

The Indiana University School of Liberal Arts Alumni Association annually recognizes alumni, friends, and faculty who have brought distinction upon themselves, their profession, and the IU School of Liberal Arts in three separate categories: Honorary Alumnus Award: the Early Career Achievement Award; and the highest distinction awarded by the Alumni Association, the Distinguished Alumni Award.  For the purpose of the second two awards, an alumnus is defined as any graduate of the School of Liberal Arts; for the first alumni status is not required.Award recipients will be recognized during events staged by the School of Liberal Arts and its Alumni Association.  …

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Calling All Extraordinary Students – Liberal Arts Student Ambassador Call Out

August 27 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Geography | History | Individualized Major Program | Institute for American Thought | International | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

Student AmbassadorsThe School of Liberal Arts seeks passionate, dedicated, responsible majors for the 2013-2014 Student Ambassadors Program. If that is you or someone you know, apply now (through September 18th) or nominate (through September 3rd) someone else for this honor.

Liberal Arts Student Ambassadors represent the School of Liberal Arts on campus and off. Serving the university as honorary representatives, Ambassadors regularly interact with prospective and current students, faculty and staff of IUPUI, and the Indianapolis community.

Selection into the prestigious Ambassadors program is highly regarded and makes a noteworthy addition to any resume.For more information or to complete …

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Institute for American Thought named an IUPUI Signature Center

July 24 | News Categories: Campus News | Centers | Institute for American Thought | Research

The Institute for American Thought in the IU School of Liberal Arts has been selected to receive the IUPUI Signature Center designation. Also selected was the Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training Center in the School of Nursing. This distinguished recognition is based on the centers’ achievements during three-year funding under the Signature Centers Initiative Grant Program.

“The formal designation of the RESPECT Center and the Institute of American Thought as IUPUI Signature Centers is well-earned by the internationally recognized work of the faculty and staff,” IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz said. “The two centers together illustrate …

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Faculty/Staff Fundraising Campaign ends on a high note

July 10 | News Categories: Anthropology | Centers | Economics | Faculty and Staff | Geography | History | Institute for American Thought | Museum Studies | Philosophy | Religious Studies | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

Involved members of the campaign holding the final total.One hundred and eighteen Liberal Arts faculty and staff members participated in the 2013 Liberal Arts Faculty/Staff Campus Campaign raising $77,734.23! Donations support scholarships, research, department and school initiatives, and events. Thanks to the generosity and commitment of the faculty and staff, 2013 totals were up from last year in both donors and donations, toppling the 2012 total of $55,054.52.

The Department of Sociology, with the help of campaign volunteers Louise Watkins and Wan-Ning Bao, once again achieved the highest participation rate with an 84% participation rate among department …

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Eller and two others bestowed with the distinguished Chancellor’s Professor appointment

May 23 | News Categories: Campus News | Centers | English | Faculty and Staff | Institute for American Thought

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Chancellor Charles R. Bantz recently bestowed the distinguished appointment of Chancellor’s Professor to three outstanding faculty: Dr. Asok Antony, professor of medicine, IU School of Medicine; Jonathan Eller, professor of English, IU School of Liberal Arts; and Marjorie Lyles, professor of international strategic management, IU Kelley School of Business.

The Chancellor’s Professor is the most notable appointment a faculty member can attain at IUPUI. It recognizes senior faculty members who display a record of extensive accomplishment and leadership in teaching, research and campus/professional service.

“The Chancellor’s Professors are faculty members who have distinguished themselves as researchers and …

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2013 Celebration of Scholarship - Photos, PowerPoint, Program Now Available

May 17 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Faculty and Staff | Geography | History | Individualized Major Program | Institute for American Thought | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | News | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology | Student Accomplishments | Teaching | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

Pictured: Mohamad Saltagi (left) and Jennifer Kash (second from right), recipients of the Rowland A. Sherrill Awards in Religious Studies with Joy Sherrill and Professor Peter ThuesenOn Friday, April 19, the School of Liberal Arts recognized student excellence at A Celebration of Scholarship: The Liberal Arts Honors Convocation. At the event Liberal Arts faculty and staff celebrated the accomplishments of Liberal Arts students. During the celebration, the School awarded its most prestigious named scholarships and awards. Additionally, departments named the recipients of the year’s awards for academic excellence, and the winner of the School’s highest honor, The …

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Wokeck named director of the Institute for American Thought

May 09 | News Categories: History | Institute for American Thought | Women's Studies

Marianne S. WokeckMarianne S. Wokeck has accepted an appointment as the next director of the Institute for American Thought (IAT), effective July 1, 2013. Wokeck is currently associate dean for academic affairs in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI; she will step down from this post to become director of the IAT. Wokeck will continue in her role as senior editor of the Santayana Edition, a part of the IAT, chancellor’s professor of history, adjunct professor of American Studies and Women’s Studies

The IAT is a research facility focused on the fundamental strongholds of American …

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Wokeck receives Women’s Leadership Award; Others with Liberal Arts ties also recognized

May 03 | News Categories: Alumni Accomplishments | Faculty and Staff | History | Institute for American Thought | Student Accomplishments | Women's Studies

Marianne S. Wokeck, chancellor's professor of history and associate dean for academic affairs in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUIMarianne S. Wokeck, chancellor’s professor of history and associate dean for academic affairs in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, was selected as one of two Outstanding IUPUI Woman Leaders in the "veteran" faculty category for the 2013 Women’s History Month Leadership Awards.

The award, sponsored by the IUPUI Office for Women, recognizes women faculty and staff who have been outstanding leaders in their department, schools, or who have demonstrated significant leadership at …

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Bradbury center director headlines Ray Bradbury Weekend events, March 22-23

March 06 | News Categories: Centers | Event Announcements | Institute for American Thought

Jon EllerJon Eller, professor of English, director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, and senior textual editor of the Institute for American Thought in the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will be the featured speaker during a weekend-long celebration of Ray Bradbury. All events are free and open to the public.

Ray Bradbury Weekend kicks off at 7 p.m., Friday, March 22, at Indy Reads Books, 911 Massachusetts Ave., in downtown Indianapolis, where Eller will discuss Bradbury’s 1950 breakthrough book, The Martian Chronicles.

The weekend celebration of Ray Bradbury continues with …

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Call for Posters - The 24th Annual Joseph T. Taylor Symposium

January 14 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Communication Studies | Event Announcements | Economics | English | Faculty and Staff | Geography | History | Individualized Major Program | Institute for American Thought | International | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | Philanthropic Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

The 24th Annual Joseph T. 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 CommunityFebruary 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 …

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Ray Bradbury biographer to present lecture in the humanities

October 25 | News Categories: Centers | Event Announcements | Faculty and Staff | Institute for American Thought

Jonathan Eller standing with Ray BradburyLegendary American science-fiction and fantasy writer Ray Bradbury will be the subject of the 2012 John D. Barlow Lecture in the Humanities at IUPUI on Nov. 8.

"Becoming Ray Bradbury" author Jonathan R. Eller, professor of English and director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies in the Institute for American Thought, a research component of the IU School of Liberal Arts, will present the illustrated lecture, “Cry the Cosmos: Ray Bradbury and the American Imagination.”

The lecture will begin at 6:15 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus Center Theater, …

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Midwest Pragmatist Study Group Meets at IUPUI

September 25 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Centers | History | Institute for American Thought | Philosophy | Research

The fourteenth annual meeting of the Midwest Pragmatist Study Group (MPSG) was held on Saturday 22 September and Sunday 23 September at Cavanaugh Hall on the campus of IUPUI. The event was hosted by the American Studies Program, the Santayana Edition, the Institute for American Thought, and the Department of Philosophy in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

The MPSG was founded by Professor Hans Seigfried at Loyola University Chicago to promote interaction among scholars and students interested in classical and contemporary pragmatism broadly conceived. The MPSG welcomes interested persons from any field and students and faculty from any discipline. …

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National experts gather at IUPUI to celebrate publication of Frederick Douglass autobiography

September 14 | News Categories: Centers | Event Announcements | English | History | Institute for American Thought | Research

David W. BlightOne of the nation’s foremost authorities on the U.S. Civil War is the keynote speaker for a conference next month on the life and work of Frederick Douglass – best known historically as a runaway slave turned abolitionist in antebellum America.  Douglass subsequently became one of the most influential writers and thinkers of the Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

The Frederick Douglass Papers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will host the conference, “Rediscovering the ‘Life and Times of Frederick Douglass’: A Public Symposium” on Oct. 4 and 5 at the IUPUI Campus Center, …

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Book of quotations highlights work, lasting relevancy of Frederick Douglass

September 10 | News Categories: Campus News | Centers | English | History | Institute for American Thought | Research

A new book of quotations, edited by two Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis researchers, compiles the words of one of America’s most pre-eminent 19th-century orators and writers into an easy-to-read, insightful yet critical commentary on America’s historic path.

The publication of “In the Words of Frederick Douglass: Quotations From Liberty’s Champion” is a prelude to a landmark public symposium, taking place next month at IUPUI, on Douglass as a teaching resource and research subject.

In writing “In the Words of Frederick Douglass,” John R. McKivigan and his wife and co-author,  Heather L. Kaufman, have created a …

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Liberal Arts Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

August 30 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Centers | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Geography | History | Institute for American Thought | Medical Humanities | Philanthropic Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Research | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

This fall, Liberal Arts welcomed new full and part-time faculty across its departments and programs and in a variety of capacities as well as a group of new staff. Please click on the faculty or staff member’s name to learn more about their interests, background, and responsibilities.

Author Ray Bradbury will be remembered for style and emotional intensity

June 07 | News Categories: Centers | English | Institute for American Thought | News

Jonanthan EllerThe director of the nation’s first center for the study of Ray Bradbury said the author will be remembered for the richly poetic style and emotional intensity of his best stories.

Bradbury, 91, the fantasy and science fiction author behind such classics as "Fahrenheit 451," died June 5 in Los Angeles.

Bradbury’s early stories formed the basis for such enduring works as "The Martian Chronicles" (1950), "Dandelion Wine" (1957) and "Something Wicked This Way Comes" (1962), and such perennially popular story collections as "The Illustrated Man" (1951) and "The October Country" …

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In the News - October 2011

November 07 | News Categories: Alumni Accomplishments | Anthropology | Centers | History | Institute for American Thought | Philanthropic Studies | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology

Experts from Liberal Arts departments and centers are regularly cited in the local, national, and international media. A selection from online sources provides a sampling of the types of issues and kinds of research Liberal Arts faculty are called upon to talk about in the public sphere. Also included is general Liberal Arts news covered by the media. 

No, I Don’t Owe My Yoga Mat to Vivekananda

Religion Dispatchers October 4, 2011

Andrea R. Jain, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, analyzes an article by Ann Louise Bardach in the New York Times magazine called, “How Yoga Won the West”.  Jain argues …

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In the News - August 2011

September 12 | News Categories: Anthropology | Centers | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Geography | History | Institute for American Thought | Philanthropic Studies | Political Science | Religious Studies

Experts from Liberal Arts departments and centers are regularly cited in the local, national, and international media. A selection from online sources provides a sampling of the types of issues and kinds of research Liberal Arts faculty are called upon to talk about in the public sphere. Also included is general Liberal Arts news covered by the media. 

Reflections on summer readingThe Immanent Frame August 31, 2011In this compilation of summer reading Edward E. Curtis, IV, Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts and Professor of Religious Studies says, "Some of the books that I read this summer were for my fall course …

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Liberal Arts Welcomes New Faculty

September 09 | News Categories: Communication Studies | English | Geography | History | Institute for American Thought | Philanthropic Studies | Religious Studies | World Languages and Cultures

This fall, Liberal Arts welcomed new full and part-time faculty across its departments and programs. The new full-time teaching faculty and those faculty accepting new appointments are listed below. Please click on the faculty member’s name to learn more about their interestsand background.

Cavanaugh Hall Celebrates 40 Years of Impact - September 23rd

August 29 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Centers | Communication Studies | Event Announcements | Economics | English | General News | Geography | History | Institute for American Thought | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

Liberal Arts 40th AnniversaryCavanaugh Hall will celebrate its 40th anniversary with an open house and reunion on Friday, September 23, 2011, 4:30-6:30 pm. The event will feature a special six-story exhibit, "Cavanaugh Hall: 40 Years of Impact," exploring the building’s history, a reception, and comments from Dean William Blomquist at 6:00 pm.

Originally conceived to be 9-stories tall with windows all around, Cavanaugh, the Lecture Center (now Lecture Hall) and the Library (now Taylor Hall) were the first undergraduate buildings on what became the IUPUI campus. Named in honor of Robert E. …

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In the News - June 2011

June 30 | News Categories: Centers | Communication Studies | English | History | Institute for American Thought | Philanthropic Studies | Political Science | Religious Studies | Research

Experts from Liberal Arts departments and centers are regularly cited in the local, national, and international media. A selection from online sources provides a sampling of the types of issues and kinds of research Liberal Arts faculty are called upon to talk about in the public sphere. Also included is general Liberal Arts news covered by the media.

More job opportunities available for college gradsWTHR.com 13 Eyewitness News May 18, 2011\The job outlook is the best it has been in four years for college graduates. That is the word from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. "I would say I am …

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Liberal Arts Faculty/Staff Break Campus Campaign Record!

June 16 | News Categories: Anthropology | Centers | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Faculty and Staff | History | Institute for American Thought | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

133 Liberal Arts faculty and staff members contributed to the 2011 Liberal Arts IMPACT IUPUI Faculty and Staff Campaign raising $55,702.19 for scholarships, research, departmental and school initiatives, and events! Across campus 856 faculty and staff donors have given $340,898 during the campaign that ran from February 28th to May 31st. Thanks to the generosity and commitment of the faculty and staff it was a record-setting year of support for the School of Liberal Arts. Liberal Arts faculty and staff giving also broke a campus record, collectively giving more than any unit in the campaign’s recorded history.

A record number of faculty …

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Bradbury Center Publications Provide New Insight into American Icon

March 30 | News Categories: Books by Faculty | Centers | English | Institute for American Thought | News | Research

Ray Bradbury is best known as the author of Fahrenheit 451, a book found in high school English curriculums across the country. Among science fiction scholars and enthusiasts, Ray Bradbury is revered as nothing less than an American icon, an artist and master of the short story in his chosen genres, science fiction, fantasy and horror.  He was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for his "deeply influential" contributions to these genres.  As the first center of its kind in the United States, the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies in the IU School of Liberal Arts at …

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Liberal Arts Welcomes New Faculty and Staff for 2010-2011

October 07 | News Categories: Anthropology | Centers | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Faculty and Staff | Institute for American Thought | Philanthropic Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Sociology | World Languages and Cultures

This fall, Liberal Arts welcomed new full and part-time faculty across its departments and programs. From language acquisition and instruction to Economics and American Studies, the interests of these faculty span the humanities and social sciences. Several staff members also joined the Liberal Arts team. Please click on the individual’s name to learn more.

Full-Time Teaching Faculty/Full-Time Teaching Faculty in New Appointments

Peirce Edition Project Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

September 30 | News Categories: Centers | Grants | Institute for American Thought | Philosophy | Research

[Photo]: Charles PeirceThe Peirce Edition Project (PEP), an IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI center located in the Institute for American Thought, has received a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The grant provides the project, for research related to the works of the seminal American philosopher and scientist Charles S. Peirce (1839-1914), with $140,000 in outright funds and $30,000 in matching funds over the next two years.

This grant will in part provide the salary for a full-time assistant textual editor. This faculty will, in collaboration with Textual Editor Jon Eller, …

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Ray Bradbury Volume Named MLA Approved Edition

August 13 | News Categories: Centers | English | Institute for American Thought | Research

/_Assets/uploads/images/wtgp_head.jpgThe Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury, Vol. 1, a critical edition edited at The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, was recently awarded the seal of The Modern Language Association’s (MLA) Committee on Scholarly Editions.  This establishes and recognizes that the level of scholarship in the volume meets the highest professional standards. The Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury, Vol. 1 will be published by Kent State University Press in the fall of 2010.

The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies was established in the spring of 2007 by the IU School of Liberal Arts …

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Faculty Couples Share 2010 Spirit of Philanthropy Award

June 09 | News Categories: Centers | Faculty and Staff | Institute for American Thought | World Languages and Cultures

/_Assets/uploads/images/iupui_black.gifThe School of Liberal Arts honored philanthropic leaders Drs. Giles and Dolores Hoyt and Drs. Ruth and Eberhard Reichmann at the annual IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon and Awards Ceremony this spring. Eberhard Reichmann, who died in October 2009, received the award posthumously.

The Spirit of Philanthropy awards recognize individuals, corporations, and foundations that have supported and contributed to university programs and departments through their gifts and voluntary service.

During the Campaign for IUPUI, the two couples partnered to create the Hoyt-Reichmann Faculty Chair in German American Studies and German Language and Culture in the School …

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Shipps Gives “Last Lecture” - 4/30

April 27 | News Categories: Campus News | Event Announcements | History | Institute for American Thought | Lectures and Seminars | Religious Studies

Jan ShippsJan Shipps, professor emeritus of history and religious studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, will present the second annual Last Lecture at 1 p.m., Friday April 30, 2010, in the Lilly Auditorium of University Library. Shipps, also research associate at The Polis Center, is generally regarded as the foremost non-Mormon scholar of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

The Last Lecture Series is presented by the Senior Academy and offers the university community the opportunity to hear reflections on life’s lessons and meaning from a …

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Volume 8 of “Writing of Charles S. Peirce” Published

January 19 | News Categories: Books by Faculty | Centers | Institute for American Thought | Philosophy | Research

Writings of Charles S. Peirce: A Chronological EditionThe Peirce Edition Project announces with great pride the publication of volume 8 of Writings of Charles S. Peirce: A Chronological Edition. Known as the founder of pragmatism, Charles S. Peirce (1839-1914) is acknowledged worldwide as one of America’s most rigorous, versatile, and original thinkers. He has become a stimulating influence on philosophers, scientists, and humanists on every continent. He left behind a large corpus: more than 12,000 pages in publications and ten times as many …

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Former College President to Head Institute for American Thought

June 22 | News Categories: Centers | Faculty and Staff | Institute for American Thought | Philosophy

/_Assets/uploads/images/Speech_Night_Finalist.jpgDr. David Pfeifer will become Director of the Institute for American Thought (IAT) on July 1, 2009. The IAT is a unique research facility that unites the teaching faculty, editing specialists, and research holdings of the Peirce Edition Project, the Santayana Edition, the Frederick Douglass Papers Project, and the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies with related academic programs in American Studies, Professional Editing, and American philosophy.

Since 2005, Professor Pfeifer has been a faculty member in Philosophy at IUPUI. Previously, Pfeifer was on the faculty and an administrator at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. His thirty-one year …

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Santayana Edition Releases “The Essential Santayana”

April 07 | News Categories: Books by Faculty | Centers | Institute for American Thought | Research

/_Assets/uploads/images/Deans_Day_06.jpgAlthough he was born in Spain, George Santayana (1863-1952) became known as an American philosopher, critic, poet, and best-selling novelist. As a student and later a colleague at Harvard of William James and Josiah Royce he made a unique critical contribution to the tradition of American pragmatism and is recognized for his insights into the theory of knowledge, metaphysics, and moral philosophy.

The Essential Santayana: Selected Writings, edited by the Santayana Edition in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, presents a selection of Santayana’s most important and …

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First of The New Ray Bradbury Review Available Now

November 12 | News Categories: Books by Faculty | Centers | English | Institute for American Thought | Research

/_Assets/uploads/images/Touponce_2008.jpgAn annual dedicated to the life and writings of one of America’s most prolific and popular authors *

Like its pioneering predecessor, the one-volume review published in 1952 by William F. Nolan, The New Ray Bradbury Review contains articles and reviews about Bradbury but has a much broader scope, including a thematic focus for each issue. Since Nolan composed his slim volume at the beginning of Bradbury’s career, Bradbury has birthed hundreds of stories and half a dozen novels, making him one of this country’s most anthologized authors. While his effect on the genres …

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Science Fiction Giant’s Screenplay for Moby Dick Ends Half Century of “Invisibility”

October 29 | News Categories: Books by Faculty | Centers | English | Faculty and Staff | Institute for American Thought | Research

/_Assets/uploads/images/bradbury04_b.2.jpgUnseen for 50 years, Ray Bradbury’s screenplay for John Huston’s 1956 film Moby Dick has been published with an introduction by William Touponce, Ph.D., director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at IUPUI and an internationally known Bradbury scholar.

Bradbury is the recipient of a 2007 special citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board for his "distinguished, prolific and deeply influential career as an unmatched author of science fiction and fantasy."

"Bradbury, like Edgar Allan Poe, was initially not regarded as a canonical writer - one who should be taught in schools - …

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Institute for American Thought Announces Lecture Series

February 07 | News Categories: Centers | Event Announcements | Institute for American Thought | Philosophy

The Liberal Arts’ Institute for American Thought (IAT) is proud to announce a spring lecture series featuring scholars from around the country and across the globe and considering philosophical topics ranging from pluralism to naturalism and semeiotics. Two of the lectures will also explore the thought of the nineteenth century psychologist and philosopher William James.

The IAT is a unique research facility bringing to IUPUI and Central Indiana an internationally acclaimed concentration of resources and scholarship that focuses on fundamental strongholds of American thought and culture. It unites the teaching faculty, editing specialists and research holdings of the Peirce Edition …

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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

 


 

The newest addition to the critical editions edited at the Institute for American Thought is The Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury,  Volume One (1938-1943).  Edited by William F. Touponce, the Director of The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, and Jonathan R. Eller, the IAT’s senior textual editor, the edition is published by Kent State University Press.  Inaugurating a series of volumes on this celebrated American science fiction and fantasy author, the edition bears the MLA’s seal of approval for scholarly editions.  

The Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury: Volume One
(click to view a PDF of the whole dust jacket)

 

Senior Fellows Meeting with Institute Staff, June 2010