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Past Symposia

The Taylor Symposium is proud to address a variety of topics of interest to urban communities. To explore past symposia, we invite you to review the promotional mailers. Please note, the final event schedule may have changed following the publication of these materials.

YearSymposium ThemePresented byLuncheon SpeakerVideo and Photos Brochure and Program


It’s not foreign. It’s U.S.      

IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and Department of World Languages and Cultures, in partnership with Spirit & Place and the Office of International Affairs

Kim Potowski, Professor of Spanish, Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies, The University of Illinois at Chicago

2016Mass Incarceration and the Destruction of Community: Beyond the Post-racial MythPresented by School of Liberal Arts, Department of SociologyLuncheon speaker Major Neill Frankling, executive director for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)  
2015Encountering Religions Through PerformanceSchool of Liberal Arts, Department of Religious StudiesSancocho Music and Dance CollageVideo
2014Politics. Race. Place.School of Liberal Arts, Department of Political Science, The Polis CenterByron D’Andra Orey, professor and chair of political science, Jackson State University Brochure
2013It Takes a City: Toward a Diverse and Humane CommunitySchool of Liberal Arts, Department of Philosophy, Center for Service and LearningGaye Todd Adegbalola  
2012The Campus for the CommunitySchool of Liberal Arts, Department of HistoryCharlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow, acting president, Martin University  
2011imaging + imagining the city:
Perspectives on Indianapolis
School of Liberal Arts, Department of GeographyGilbert Rochon, president and professor, Tuskegee University  
2010Voices in The City:
Language +  Literacy + Urban Life
School of Liberal Arts, Department of EnglishPatricia Smith, National Slam Poetry Champion  
2009Renewing the American PromiseSchool of Liberal Arts, Department of EconomicsNgina Chiteji, Darrick Hamilton | facilitated by Barbara Boyd, WRTV Channel 6 News Anchor  
2008"You Talkin to Me?"
Political Messages/Multicultural Perspectives
School of Liberal Arts, Department of Communication StudiesMelissa Harris-Lacewell, associate professor of politics and African American studies, Princeton University  
2007Urban Universities ‚óŹ Urban Communities: Partners in Social JusticeSchool of Liberal Arts, Department of AnthropologyEdward E. Curtis, Millennium Scholar of the Liberal Arts, associate professor of religious studies, IUPUI
Dana-Ain Davis, assistant professor of anthropology, Purchase College (SUNY)
2006The Crisis in Urban Health CareSchool of Liberal Arts, Department of Sociology, The Polis CenterDavid R. Williams, Harold W. Cruse Collegiate Professor of Sociology, Institute for Social Research,  University of Michigan  
2005Faith-based initiatives: boon or bust?School of Liberal Arts,  Department of Religious Studies, Center for Study of Religion and American CultureSteven Goldsmith, chairman, Corporation for National and Community Service
Daniel Paul, professor of government, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government              
Mark Chaves, professor of sociology, University of Arizona
2004Arts in the City: The Power of CultureSchool of Liberal Arts, Department of HistoryRichard B. Pierce, Ph.D.,The Carl E. Koch Assistant Professor of History, University of Notre Dame  
2003Enviromental Justice-Resurrecting our NeighborhoodsSchool of Liberal Arts,  Department of Geography, The Polis Center, Center for Earth and the EnviromentOrrin Williams, Community Activist, Chicago, Illinois  
2002Community Building through CommunicationSchool of Liberal Arts, Department of Communication StudiesDr. Andrew Azukaego Moemeka,  Chair, Department of Communication,
Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut
2001Building Community: Civil Society in Urban AmericaSchool of Liberal Arts,  Department of Philosophy, IU Center on Philanthropy Obioma Nnaemeka,Director of  Women’s Studies and Professor of Foreign Languages and Cultures at IUPUI