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The IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI in conjunction with the Department of Anthropology,
in partnership with Spirit & Place, present

The 29th Joseph T. Taylor Symposium 
Thursday, February 15, 2018
IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Boulevard

INVISIBLE INDIANAPOLIS:  RACE AND HERITAGE IN THE CIRCLE CITY

History is all around us—in spaces and places that appear commonplace but that conceal stories from the past. “Invisible Indianapolis: Race and Heritage in the Circle City”  explores the histories and material culture of local neighborhoods, revealing lesser-known stories of American urban life. These presentations and workshops will illustrate how Midwestern post-industrial cities like Indianapolis have been transformed by such processes as disinvestment, urban renewal, highway construction, racial and religious discrimination, and, more recently,  gentrification.


8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. REGISTRATION
Campus Center Theater (lower level)
Coffee and light refreshments 


8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. WELCOME AND OPENING COMMENTS
Campus Center Theater (lower level) 
Thomas J. Davis, Dean; Professor of Religious Studies 
IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI


9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.  ARCHAEOLOGY AND URBAN LEGENDS IN 20TH CENTURY CITIES
Campus Center Theater (lower level)

As the industrial landscape changes, our cities become rife with possibilities for re-discovering the past. Urban archaeology helps us understand what cities were like in earlier decades and explores how people lived in those neighborhoods. What can archaeology teach us about how patterns of urban development have shaped our contemporary landscapes? Case studies from the Unearthing Detroit Project demonstrate the role that archaeology has played in understanding one city’s past and helping us imagine its future.

Krysta Ryzewski, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Wayne State University

Paul Mullins, Professor of Anthropology, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI


9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  BREAK


10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  THE CONSEQUENCES OF COMMUNITY HISTORIES: A DISCUSSION WITH RESIDENTS
Campus Center Theater (lower level)

“Invisible Indianapolis”  is a collaborative research project undertaken between the IUPUI Department of Anthropology and local communities. In this session, neighborhood residents will share their stories about how uncovering and commemorating their community’s history provides new insights into the less visible forces that have shaped our contemporary city.

Moderator Ronda Henry Anthony, Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI


10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  BREAK    


11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  SIMULTANEOUS WORKSHOPS (third floor)
DIGITAL HISTORY: ARE YOU READY TO RESEARCH INDY’S PAST?
Campus Center 305 (third floor)

IUPUI University Library is one of many Indianapolis cultural heritage organizations working to provide armchair, digital access to historic resources about Indianapolis. Satisfy your personal curiosity about how to research Indianapolis’s past by reviewing local and national digital resources such as Indianapolis Sanborn Maps and Baist Atlases; City Directories; images from newspapers; and much more.

Kristi Palmer, Associate Dean of Digital Scholarship, IUPUI University Library


WRITTEN IN STONE:  CEMETERY RESEARCH IN CENTRAL INDIANA
Campus Center 307 (third floor)

Little is carved in stone in life aside from our tombstones. Grave markers and other components of cemeteries reveal family and community histories in surprising ways. Piecing together a family history through cemetery research can be a starting point for using web resources to journey through Indianapolis’ past and your own.

Jeannie Regan-Dinius, Director of Special Initiatives, Indiana Department of Natural Resources


IF WALLS COULD TALK: ARCHITECTURAL AND NEIGHBORHOOD HISTORIES IN INDIANAPOLIS
Campus Center 309 (third floor)

Every building has stories to tell, but how do you uncover their secrets? Architectural histories connect historical tales about race and heritage to current day structural and planning choices. Various online resources and in-house collections at historic institutions make these discoveries easily available.

Jordan Ryan, Architectural Archivist, Public Historian, Indiana Historical Society


11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. BREAK


12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. LUNCHEON
Campus Center 450 (fourth floor)

Seating is limited. Reservations are required.

PRESENTATION OF THE JOSEPH T. TAYLOR EXCELLENCE IN DIVERSITY AWARDS

Nasser Paydar, Chancellor,  IUPUI; Executive Vice President, Indiana University

LUNCHEON KEYNOTE:  “WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MONEY? BLACK POWER AND BLACK CAPITALISM”

Dr. Richard Pierce, University of Notre Dame, Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies

Richard Pierce is an historian of twentieth century American history who specializes in the urban experience of African Americans. His research focuses on the political economy of race and race relations in the Midwest, particularly Indianapolis, during the 20th century. His approach is an interdisciplinary one, utilizing theory and methods from urban studies, political science, legal, sports, and education history. His first book project, Polite Protest: The Political Economy of Race in Indianapolis (Indiana University Press, Spring 2005), examined and African American urban community after 1945 and is one of the very few works to deal primarily with the political economy of African Americans within a particular city. It argued that African Americans pursued a strategy of negotiation and coalition building that attempted to alleviate their Jim Crow status while maintaining the gains they had made in the areas of housing and labor.

The Joseph Taylor Symposium

Dr. Joseph T. Taylor served as a Professor of Sociology from 1965 to 1983 and as first Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI from 1967-1978. Dr. Taylor is remembered for his commitment to dialogue and diversity. The Joseph T. Taylor Symposium honors Dr. Taylor for his many contributions to the university and to the community by hosting informed discussion on issues of interest in urban America, particularly among communities of color. The Joseph T. Taylor Symposium is offered in celebration of all Dr. Taylor stood for during his lifetime and stands as a lasting legacy to his vision and life work.