Events & Dates

Funded Projects




Edward Curtis IV, Religious Studies
National Endowment for the Humanities
"Muslim-American Identities, Past and Present"
$108,969; one-year project ending September 2017.
This is the second award the NEH has given to Dr. Curtis for a three-week summer seminar for K-12 educators. The purpose of the seminar is to strengthen teaching about Muslim American history and contemporary life. Seminar participants will examine the diverse facets of Muslim American identity, both as grounded in the past and as experienced in the present. Focusing on primary sources and supplemented by visits to two mosques in the greater Indianapolis area, the seminar will prepare sixteen participants to teach about a key question of our historical moment: what does it mean to be both Muslim and American? The seminar will emphasize the richness and diversity of Muslim American voices, offering balanced, complex, and informed answers to this question. By inspiring teachers to engage students in these discussions, this seminar will also demonstrate the essential role that the humanities play in nurturing our national life and the common good.

Holly Cusack-McVeigh, Anthropology and Museum Studies
Alaska Humanities Forum
"Te Sha Kee: Klingit Warrior"
$9,000; two-year project ending April 2018
. This oral history project aims to document and widely share the story of Ken A. (Te Sha Kee), a Tlingit man from the Village of Hoonah. Born in 1934 aboard the purse seiner "Washington" in Icy Straits of Southeast Alaska at a time when the world was rapidly changing, he was chosen to live with his maternal uncle to learn the old ways and cultural knowledge needed to someday lead his clan and become a Tlingit warrior. Instead, recruited by the U.S. Army, he served an unbelievable nine tours in Vietnam before returning to his home in Alaska. What makes his story compelling is not just the experiences he survived in Vietnam, but the ways that his own cultural values and traditions defined his experiences in that distant land. Through Ken’s rich and powerful stories, we will better understand our collective history and the complex issues surrounding identity. 

Jennifer Guiliano, Digital History
National Endowment for the Humanities
"Digital Native Studies Project"
$249,817; two-year project ending January 2018. The Digital Native American Studies Project will offer three three-day workshops that will educate participants on issues of digital humanities research and methodology in the context of Native American Studies. Native American Studies, an interdisciplinary field of study exploring the history, culture, politics, issues, and contemporary experience of indigenous peoples of America, intersects with a number of issues related to access, preservation, and methodology that are problematized through the development and deployment of digital tools and methods and the conduct of digital research. These workshops seek to pay attention to the ways in which digital objects, practices, and methods function within Native communities and through Native American Studies scholarship. SLA’s Charli Champion-Shaw, Holly Cusack-McVeigh, and Larry Zimmerman are also leaders on the project. 

Marianne Matthias, Communication Studies
National Institutes for Health
"Identifying Communicative Factors Affecting Opioid Management for Chronic Pain"
$324,281; two-year project ending March 2018
. Opioids prescribed to manage chronic pain can lead to misuse, serious medical complications, and even death. In 2009-2010, over 5 million Americans reported using opioids for non-medical purposes in the past month. In 2008, opioid analgesics were involved in nearly 15,000 deaths-more than from heroin and cocaine. It is a public priority to discover successful opioid management strategies for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain (CNCP) and to translate these strategies into practice. Our long-term goal is to develop and test tailored interventions for physicians to improve their communication with patients about opioid treatment. The purpose of this pilot study is to identify communication strategies patients with CNCP and their physicians use to manage opioids.



Fewer SLA Researchers have applied for internal funding in AY2016-2017 than usual. Why not apply for internal funding for your project?   

Chancellor’s Community Fellowship 2016

Paul Mullins and Susan Hyatt, Anthropology
"Invisible Indianapolis: Race, Heritage and Community Memory in the Circle City,"
examines the history and material culture in a series of Indianapolis neighborhoods that are currently effaced, ignored, or misrepresented in public discourse. The goal of the project is to use ethnographic interviews and documentary research to illuminate how otherwise "invisible" neighborhoods provide powerful insights into challenging the histories of the class, cultural, religious and racial inequalities that continue to shape our city.

IAHI, Categories D and E

Joseph Tucker Edmonds, Africana Studies and Religious Studies
"The Other Black Church: Christianity, Democracy, and the Struggle for Freedom"
will fund the completion of Dr. Tucker Edmonds’ first monograph. The book is about a specific subset of African American alternative Christian projects throughout the twentieth century and their relationship to African American’s struggle for full democratic participation.  Unlike previous works that explore alternative Christian movements as outside of mainstream African American culture and life, Tucker Edmonds’ book views them as central to African and African American culture and life.  Particularly, it addresses the relationship between these alternative Christian projects and African Americans’ struggle for full citizenship in the twentieth century.

New Frontiers of Creativity and Scholarship

Owen Dwyer, Geography, on A. Yoon’s "Virtual Bethel: Underrepresented History and Primary Source Education through Virtual Reality." The 3D Virtual Bethel will be used as a learning space for undergraduate students’ history and primary source education, as users can interact with various types of primary sources (e.g., photographs, videos, audios, and text) to learn about the underrepresented history of African Americans associated with the church. The funding is requested to build a prototype of Virtual Bethel, which will be evaluated for its development methods and its contributions to students’ learning experiences.

New Frontiers/New Currents

Jason Kelly, Department of History
"Anthropology and the Anthropocene: Structures, Theories, Practices."
This workshop will mobilize current collaborative research and critical inquiry to move beyond both the siloed disciplinary debates and the "two cultures" divide that have dominated so much scholarship on the Anthropocene. It will engage with the Anthropocene as a conceptual system, central to new ways of imagining the humanity’s relationship with the planet, as well as a lived reality, in which sociocultural systems and biophysical systems are entangled in feedback loops that manifest unequally across the globe.