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My name is Becky Acker, and I am an English Studies major, IUPUI class of 2020. I just started my internship with a non-profit organization called “Word As Bond” which provides free writing workshops to writers in high school and above. This organization came across my radar when I attended the IUPUI Career Week Panel, “The Write Career for You.” One of the founders of  “Word As Bond” was speaking on the panel, and after the event I went up and introduced myself, we set up a meeting, and now I am an intern! My internship involves communication, social media management, and web design, and you can check us out at We’re always looking for new writers to participate in our events! I’m so grateful that the career programming here at IUPUI granted me access to this wonderful opportunity. 

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IUPUI's English Week: Community in Action

What’s a way to boost majors and credit hours, bring increased attention to the English department, and excite faculty?

A celebration called “English Week”
brings all these benefits and more, according to Robert Rebein, chair of the English department at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Rebein offered his thoughts on all this at the ADE-ADFLSummer Seminar Midwest in a preseminar workshop called “Reversing the Decline in English Majors and Enrollments.” Rebein recently answered questions about the event and its benefits.

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Professors in the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis will discuss their sabbatical projects throughout the fall semester. Topics include Indianapolis life in the 19th and 20th century; online language courses for Spanish heritage speakers; providing feedback to students; and orphans, adolescents, and intergenerational dynamics in Kenya.

The series is free and open to the public. The lectures will take place from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus Center (420 University Boulevard, Indianapolis).

Thursday, Oct. 12 (CE 305): Paul Mullins, Anthropology, "Invisible Indianapolis: Heritage and Memory in the Circle City." Travel through an “invisible” Indianapolis and learn how the histories of immigrant communities, red light districts, incarceration, and urban displacement illuminate life in the cities’ contemporary and historical memory.

Thursday, Oct. 19 (CE 305): Daniela Schuvaks Katz, World Languages and Cultures, "It's all in the cloud now: Lessons Learned in Creating an Online Writing Course for Spanish Heritage Speakers." Learn what technologies IUPUI’s first online language course used to help develop the writing skills of this linguistically unique student population of Spanish Heritage speakers.

Thursday, Nov. 16 (CE 305): Estela Ene, English, "Let’s Chat: Best Practices in Teacher Electronic Feedback." Feedback on written assignments is crucial. Teachers feel obligated to offer it and students expect it. See the results of research and best practices for providing students feedback in face-to-face and online courses.pu

Friday, Dec. 1 (CE 305): Jeanette Dickerson-Putman, Anthropology, "One Anthropologist's Journey in Western Kenya." Hear about lessons learned concerning orphan care-giving, adolescent stigma, and intergenerational dynamics in Western Kenya acquired through a ten-year partnership with Moi University. Professor Dickerson-Putman will share her ethnographic research and her personal journey.

Visitor parking is available for a fee in the Vermont Street Garage.

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Two IUPUI employees and liberal arts alums will attend the Higher Education Resources Summer (HERS) Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration this summer, continuing a tradition that began in 1987.

Tara Hobson-Prater (BA, MA, Sociology) and Etta Ward (AA, Arts & Humanities; BA, English; MA, Philanthropic Studies) will take part in the two week residential training program that focuses on current issues in higher education and administration.

Hobson-Prater is the director of the Indiana Biomedical Gateway Program for Ph.D. Study in the IU School of Medicine and Ward serves as the executive director of research development for the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. Ward is also the president elect of the Liberal Arts Alumni Association Board.

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The HERS Institute’s mission is to create and sustain “a community of women leaders… with a special focus on gender equity within the broader commitment to achieving equality and excellence in higher education.”

Hobson-Prater and Ward’s participation is a result of IUPUI’s strategic plan to “develop our faculty and staff” and “promote an inclusive campus climate.

Dr. Terri Tarr (director of the Center for Teaching and Learning), was also selected to attend the institute. This year’s selections make 53 the total number of IUPUI women to attend the prestigious leadership development program across 30 years.

More than half of the women employed by IUPUI who have attended the institute during the 30-year time frame have remained on campus and continue to contribute their leadership skills to the school.

The program has trained over 5,000 women from 1,200 campuses around the world in its 40 years of existence.

The faculty of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI recognized three of their own with the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Awards. The awards recognize faculty who have distinguished themselves in teaching, research, and/or service over multiple years and are selected by the faculty affairs committee of the Liberal Arts Faculty Assembly based on nominations.

Outstanding Tenure-Track Faculty Award

Elizabeth Goering, Professor of Communication Studies

Professor Elizabeth Goering’s commitment to IUPUI is demonstrated not only in her leadership efforts in the Department of Communication Studies but also in her efforts to advance the school and the campus by participating in curriculum building and international teaching opportunities. Professor Goering has an impressive record of peer-reviewed scholarship across teaching, research, and service. In 2015 she published the book “Understanding Patients’ Voices: A Multi-method Approach to Health Discourse.” Professor Goering has earned the Trustees Teaching award 6 times and was selected into Indiana University’s Faculty Colloquium for Excellence in Teaching (FACET). She is known for being active in curriculum and program development, incorporating civic engagement and service learning into her classes, and mentoring students. “She exemplifies the type of scholar, teacher, and colleague that IUPUI values and depends on to keep us a cutting edge urban university,” said one of the nominators.

Outstanding Lecturer Award

Amy Bomke, Lecturer in Spanish

Professor Amy Bomke’s contributions to student education include the creation of environments conducive to learning, cultural engagement, and inclusion of technology. She is responsible for the curriculum and assessment of multi-section courses that enroll over 1,000 students per year. Professor Bomke’s accomplishments include her addition of a service-learning component to a 300-level Spanish conversation class, and her collaboration in a Themed Learning Community on Latinos in the US. A strong mentor to students and faculty alike, she has been a member of numerous capstone committees, directed honor's projects, and mentored many in the MAT program in Spanish. “Amy's record in teaching and service is long, multifaceted, and impressive. She has demonstrated leadership in curriculum development, a high level of teaching and mentoring, and engagement in the scholarship of teaching. She has also proven her strong commitment to serving the department, the school, and the campus through a variety of activities,” wrote a nominator.

Outstanding Associate Faculty Award

Milena Mileva, Associate Faculty, English

Professor Milena Mileva began teaching within the Department of English as a graduate student earning her master's degree in education. She has been praised for her deep concern for students’ wellbeing both within and outside the classroom. Working with many international students, Professor Mileva teaches IUPUI bridge courses and tutors in the University Writing Center. She has dedicated herself to aiding first-year students who are learning collegiate reading and writing skills and new ways of thinking. Professor Mileva is sought out by students and her classes fill quickly each semester. “Milena has a profound impact on the international and American students,” said one letter of nomination. “Milena, as a non-native speaker of English herself, is especially sensitive to these students’ needs.”

Members of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI were among the faculty and students honored at the Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation, part of IUPUI’s annual recognition for achievements, held April 21 in the Hine Hall Auditorium. Chancellor Nasser Paydar hosts the event.

Each year those who best represent IUPUI in its core values (teaching and learning; research, scholarship and creative activity; civic engagement; and diversity, collaboration and best practices) are recognized for their efforts.

Liberal Arts honorees include:

Jennifer Guiliano (assistant professor of history) received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Multicultural Teaching.

Modupe Labode (associate professor of history and museum studies, public scholar of African American history and museums, public scholar of Africana Studies, adjunct professor of Africana Studies, director of undergraduate studies in history) received the Chancellor's Diversity Scholar Award.

Scott Pegg (professor and chair of Political Science) received the Chancellor's Faculty Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement.

Many liberal arts faculty members were recognized with Trustee Teaching Awards. These included Holly Cusack McVeigh (assistant professor of anthropology and museum studies), Elizabeth Goering (associate professor of communication studies), Karen Kovacik (professor of English), John McCormick (professor of political science), Honner Orlando (lecturer in English, EAP coordinator), Mike Polites (senior lecture in communication studies), Jennifer Thorington Springer (associate professor of English, Africana studies), Jing Wang (associate professor of Chinese language and culture), and Scott Weeden (senior lecturer in English).

Krista Hoffman-Longtin was recognized for external achievement as a 2016 member of the Indiana Business Journal’s “40 under 40” list.

Ayobami Egunyomi (Senior, French/global and international studies; minor, political science) was also named the Liberal Arts Chancellor’s Scholar.

“What an honor to be present at the Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation,” said Thomas J. Davis, IU School Liberal Arts dean. "To see our outstanding faculty and students honored reminded me how fortunate I am to work with such dedicated people and serve such wonderful students."

Fraser honored as “Most Outstanding” IUPUI student; Fifteen Liberal Arts students among Top 100
April 7, 2017

Sarah Grace Fraser, a senior English major in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, was named the 2017 Nelle Godio Most Outstanding Student at the 18th Annual IUPUI Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner.

Sarah Grace Fraser, a senior English major in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, was named the 2017 Nelle Godio Most Outstanding Student at the 18th Annual IUPUI Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner.

Each year, the IUPUI Alumni Council and the Student Organization for Alumni Relations recognize the campus’s top 100 juniors and seniors. Students are recognized for scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, and civic and community service.

More than 1,600 students were nominated. From the top 100 students, the “most outstanding” and the top 10 students were chosen by a panel of alumni, faculty and staff.

Fraser is a Bepko Scholar, an Honors College scholar, and a Sam H. Jones Community Service Learning Assistant. She studied abroad in Costa Rica and China. She served the IUPUI Office of International Affairs through both the International Peer Mentor Program and the Program for Intensive English. Fraser, whose English major concentration is language and linguistics, maintained an outstanding GPA and was named the IUPUI English Department’s top linguistics student in 2016.

“I am not exaggerating when I say Sarah Grace has been the strongest, most focused undergraduate student I have ever worked with as an English professor at IUPUI,” said Thom Upton, director of the Program for Intensive English (PIE), professor of English, and Fraser’s academic advisor. “While Sarah Grace’s excellent grades speak to her intelligence, reliability and her strong personal initiative, she has an intense desire to serve and make a difference.”

Upton recalls that as an international peer mentor, Fraser did such an amazing job interacting with the non-native speakers of English in the Program for Intensive English, students asked specifically for her help, both with their English skills and with navigating cultural differences.

Fraser’s recognition as “Most Outstanding” student marks the first time that two students from the same family have received the honor. Fraser’s brother, Andrew, was also recognized in 2012 while a junior studying Biomedical Engineering.

Top 10 students

Jenny Yang, a junior double majoring in biology and Spanish, was also announced as one of the top 10 students at IUPUI. “[Yang] is a thoughtful and dedicated student, has participated in study abroad programs, and is involved in community service projects,” said Amy Bomke, Spanish lecturer and coordinator of First Year Spanish Program in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. “Jenny is good at seeing the big picture and how she fits into it and does what she needs to get there. For example, Jenny recognizes the importance of personal contact with native Spanish speakers in their own environment as vital in her understanding of culture and language which will allow her to better serve Hispanic patients in her future career as a physician. This has driven her to add study abroad to her already packed academic schedule. All of these attributes have also led to her being awarded this year's Spanish Academic Award.”

A complete listing of Liberal Arts students in the Top 100 follows.

Sarah Bahr, Junior, English, Journalism, Spanish
Priya Dave, Junior, Medical Humanities and Health Studies, Neuroscience
Abigail Delph, Senior, History
Sarah Grace Fraser, Senior, English
Daniel Kinsey, Junior, Medical Humanities and Health Studies
Kelly Moors, Senior, French, Neuroscience
Maria Paez, Senior, Communication Studies
Abigail Parker, Senior, Biology, Spanish
Matthew Preston, Senior, Philosophy and Political Science
Jennifer Rojas, Senior, English
Brittany Sherrill, Senior, Communication Studies, English
Megan Smith, Junior, French, Ceramics
Lynette Taylor, Senior, History and Sociology
Edward Vaughan, Senior, Global and International Studies, German
Jenny Yang, Junior, Biology, Spanish

To view the complete 2017 list of Top 100 students, click here.

To be named a top student, from which the most outstanding students are selected, a student had to meet several criteria, including being a degree-seeking junior or senior at IUPUI; completed a minimum of 56 credit hours applicable to her/his degree program; and achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

The 18th Annual IUPUI Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner was held on Friday, March 31, 2017 at the Indianapolis Marriott.

The IUPUI Alumni Council and the Student Organization for Alumni Relations sponsored the event.

Two IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI alums have been named to the Indianapolis Business Journal's 2017 Forty Under 40 list.

Tiffany Kyser (MA English) and Tom Hanley (BA General Studies) were honored by the IBJ for their accomplishments and contributions to Indianapolis.

The IBJ annually recognizes the awardees based on “the level of success a nominee has achieved in his or her chosen field, accomplishments in the community, and the likelihood the nominee will stay in Indianapolis and build on those achievements.”

This year, 60 percent of those honored had ties to Indiana University.

Tiffany Kyser is the Associate Director of Engagement & Partnerships at the Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center within The Great Lakes Equity Center. Along with coordinating publications and resources, she works with United States Department of Education technical assistance and dissemination network and helps to ensure civil rights laws are followed by schools and education state departments.

Kyser is also active in the Indianapolis community, acting as a block leader for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and as a Near East Side Area Renewal board member.

Tom Hanley is the CEO and Executive Director of Nine13sports, a non-profit that works with children from the ages of 5 and up to teach them about health and exercise through a cycling program called Kids Riding Bikes. Nine13sports uses technology to monitor the children’s progress while they complete digital courses on stationary bikes that replicate the feel of peddling a real bike. When the children reach an uphill section on the course map, it becomes harder to peddle, and they face less resistance as they head downhill.

Hanley, a multiple USA Cycling National Champion, retired from racing after experiencing a severe injury. Since founding Nine13sports, he’s expanded the program to Portland, Oregon and Minneapolis.

You can learn more about Kyser and Hanley in the IBJ “Forty Under 40” profile section.

Andy Buchenot remembers the “A-ha!” moment when he realized that top-down instruction to students is not the way he wants to teach.

Mosaic Faculty Fellow Andy Buchenot is using collaboration and tech to teach his students how to write.

He was in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, working on a doctorate in rhetoric and composition. It was his first semester as an instructor when a tenured professor came to review his teaching.

“I had been studying collaborative teaching strategies for years, but—faced with putting them into practice in front of a seasoned pro—I froze up,” Buchenot said. He arranged the students into rows, stood at the front of the classroom, and taught from behind a podium. “It was awful. The review I got was…unflattering,” he remembered with a grimace.

He swiftly changed his approach. For the next class, he arranged the desks in a circle. He passed out an assignment that asked students to discuss a challenging essay. Then, from a spot in the circle of desks, he asked students what they thought. Nobody said anything.

Instead of running back to the front of the room, he reminded students that they had been doing this work for the past four weeks and that they could do it again. “I trusted them enough to take over and, sure enough, they just started talking. It was on topic, relevant, and smart. Turns out these students knew a lot. They just hadn’t been put in situations where they could show it.”

Ever since, Buchenot has worked to teach in a way that allows his students to show what they can do. Now an English professor in the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis School of Liberal Arts, Buchenot teaches scores of students every semester.

Active, collaborative learning has played a huge role in Buchenot’s teaching methods since his grad school days, especially now that he is a Mosaic Faculty Fellow. That fellowship program is a key part of IU’s Mosaic Active Learning Initiative, launched in 2015. It brings together faculty who, over the course of an academic year, teach in Mosaic classrooms, share approaches to active and collaborative learning, engage in research related to active learning classrooms, and contribute to the development of learning spaces across IU.

Portable dry erase boards, flexible seating, video walls—Buchenot considers each a form of technology, and he uses them all in his teaching.

“Throughout my teaching career, I’ve become more and more interested in thinking about how technology shapes what it is we mean when we say ‘writing,’” he said. “I love to remind people that writing is a technology—one of our oldest. Thinking about writing as a technology opens up a lot of different ways of approaching it.”

Buchenot first considered applying to the Mosaic Faculty Fellows program after meeting with Tracey Birdwell, Mosaic principal instructional technology consultant, during a tour of new active learning classrooms at IUPUI.

“I remember thinking, ‘This is so great; they are speaking my language,’” he said. “I’m already interested in how to get students more active in class, and the Mosaic Initiative and its staff are experts in doing just that. And they have the resources to create spaces to make it happen.”

Buchenot especially enjoys being part of a community of fellows, sharing ideas and perspectives on active learning. He’s made connections with colleagues outside the English department. These relationships have broadened his perspective and made him a more thoughtful teacher.

“Mosaic is an example of Indiana University at its best,” he said. “It’s a forward-looking, progressive initiative that makes me proud to be part of this university.”

This story, by Ceci Jones, originally appeared in the IU IT Connections publication.

Seven new academic programs coming to campus this fall
February 20, 2017

Take a look at seven new academic programs from a variety of schools across the IUPUI campus.

You might already know that IUPUI offers more than 350 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.

And come this fall, there will be a few more.

Here's a look at seven new academic programs from a variety of schools across campus:

Ph.D. in data science, School of Informatics and Computing: This degree -- the first of its kind in Indiana and in the Big Ten, and one of only a handful in the United States -- leads to positions in academia as well as in industry. In fact, Glassdoor, a job and employment-recruiting website, ranks data scientist as the No. 1 job in America based on the number of job openings, salary and overall job-satisfaction rating. According to Glassdoor, the median base salary for a data scientist is $116,840.

The field of data science involves collection, organization, management and extraction of knowledge and insights from massive, complex, heterogeneous data sets commonly known as "big data."

Ph.D. in American studies, School of Liberal Arts: This nontraditional doctoral program looks to recruit students interested in exploring issues through a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on courses already being offered across the School of Liberal Arts. A doctoral internship of at least a year will help students translate their research into a variety of careers.

"The Ph.D. program in American studies at IUPUI does not tweak the traditional Ph.D. model, but rather builds an infrastructure for a collaborative and applied graduate school experience in order to close the distance between academia and the world that surrounds it," said Raymond Haberski Jr., professor of history and director of American studies.

Graduate minor in communicating science, Department of Communication Studies, School of Liberal Arts: Scientists and health professionals today need to connect to and engage with the lay public, policymakers, funders, students and professionals from other disciplines. As a result, they find the need to tailor their communication for a variety of audiences. This program -- designed for future scientists, including researchers and practitioners, who find themselves increasingly responsible for public speaking and writing -- will increase students' career prospects, help them secure funding and help them serve as effective teachers.

"The courses will offer more than public speaking and writing tips," said Krista Hoffmann-Longtin, assistant professor of communication studies in the School of Liberal Arts and assistant dean for faculty affairs and professional development in the School of Medicine. "Scientists will learn to improvise messages; to tell relevant stories; and to connect effectively with students, collaborators and funders."

Liberal arts and management certificate, School of Liberal Arts: A 2013 study suggests that a liberal arts degree coupled with other skills can nearly double job prospects when those skills include marketing, business, data analysis and management -- just to name a few.

"This certificate offers a course of study from both liberal arts and business to better prepare the 21st-century liberal arts graduate to respond to the challenges of a more complex world," said Kristy Sheeler, associate dean for academic programs in the School of Liberal Arts and a professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Contact Sheeler with questions about this new program.

Doctor of public health in global health leadership, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health: The school already knows what some students in this new program will do when they graduate: They'll become state health commissioners; ministers of health; program officers; and mid- to senior-level managers in government agencies, foundations, nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations.

That's based on experiences of a similar program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The person who helped design and lead that program is now at IUPUI: Sue Babich, associate dean of global health, director of the doctoral program in global health leadership, and professor of health policy and management.

The degree prepares students to be leaders who can address the world's challenging and complex public health issues. The three-year degree is a distance program, with classes delivered in real time via internet video. Students meet face-to-face three times each year in years one and two, and they complete dissertations in year three.

Master of Science degree in product stewardship, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health: The only academic degree available today designed to prepare students for leadership roles in the emerging field of product stewardship will train professionals to help businesses in a wide range of industrial fields navigate increasingly complex regulations as they advocate for the production of products in ways that ease regulatory compliance, minimize risks to people and the environment, and boost profitability.

The online 30-credit-hour degree is expected to attract, among others, professionals who are already active in the product-stewardship field seeking formal training that will allow them to move up in their product-stewardship organizations and professionals from a wide range of other backgrounds, including environmental health, regulatory compliance, industrial hygiene, occupational health and safety, sustainability, product development, supply chain, and law.

Master of Arts in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), Department of English, School of Liberal Arts: This 31-credit-hour degree provides both a strong theoretical foundation and hands-on practical experience to prepare national and international graduate students to become effective teachers of English to adult learners who speak other native languages, both in the United States and abroad.

Working with IUPUI's award-winning faculty, students will experience rich opportunities in teaching practica, including not only English for academic purposes but also English for specific purposes -- for example, academic, legal, business and medical English. The program features a unique curricular strength in second-language research, materials preparation, curriculum design and the use of technology in second-language learning.

"It is thrilling to be able to launch the Master of Arts in TESOL at IUPUI," said Ulla Connor, director of the program. "This program is the culmination of TESOL and applied linguistics programming in the Department of English at IUPUI over the past 30 years. Our previous programs include the English for Academic Purposes Program for international students, which began in 1985; the International Center for Intercultural Communication, which started in 1998; and the Program for Intensive English that we began in 2015.”

INDIANAPOLIS -- Like millions of other viewers, English professor Jane Schultz can't wait to watch the second season of "Mercy Street," the PBS Civil War-era hospital drama, when it airs beginning Jan. 22.

Inspired by real events in Alexandria, Virginia, and based on diaries and letters of hospital staff, the series has the ring of authority. As one of four full-time advisors to "Mercy Street," Schultz, a literary scholar and cultural historian who has spent nearly 30 years revealing the world of Civil War hospitals and medicine, contributes her extensive knowledge of that period to make it so.

"Mercy Street" is PBS's first original drama in more than a decade. Nearly 6 million viewers watched the first season's premiere a year ago.

The series' producers invited Schultz to come to Richmond, Virginia, where "Mercy Street" hospital scenes are shot. She spent a week and a half last June watching scenes for the second season being filmed in an old girls school that serves as the show's Mansion House Hospital.

She not only watched, but joined the cast as an extra for one scene.

If the scene isn't cut, viewers will see Schultz for about 15 seconds in the background, talking to a patient in a wheelchair and then walking away from him.

While the scene is only seconds long, it took three hours for her to be dressed in a corset and hoop skirt and have her hair and makeup done.

Schultz plans to write about the insights that experience gave her into the position of women in the 19th century for the series' blog. "It gave me a new insight by walking in their shoes, quite literally," she said.

Schultz wrote six blog posts for the first season and will write six more for the second season. The first six posts are still on the PBS site.

The experience of being on a shooting set was "tremendously fun and interesting," Schultz said. "I'm a literary scholar, and I've worked in many archives and libraries, but I've never worked in a place where there was cinematic shooting going on.

"I gained a new respect and fascination for how hard these folks work to put out a quality piece of drama. It just floored me to see the extent to which people focus on the details of production -- from what sort of props are sitting in a hospital room to what the color of mud or blood needs to be in a particular situation.

"I was amazed at how much trouble all of the production staff go to, from the camera people to the people who dye the fabrics to look really old and worn to people who are managing wardrobe and hair and makeup and all of that.

"They spare no detail to make it look authentic, and the same thing happens with the script. We debate every nuance because they want it to look real," Schultz said.

The task confronting "Mercy Street" is to interpret from written text what things looked like during that period. There are some photographs from that era, but the richest field of representation is what people wrote at the time or a few years later, Schultz said: "And from that you have to construct a visual world."

In one scene, Schultz happened to notice that upper shelves in a room for patients were empty. She talked to the set designer, pointing out that the Civil War hospital would likely have filled the shelves with supplies because hospitals often didn't have places to put them.

"There were no storerooms, so they had to use every available bit of space to store all the stuff they did have," she said. "We worked it out, and the next day, there was stuff on those shelves."

"To see them re-create this world and pay such close attention to making it seem that it's really that Civil War place is quite wonderful and thrilling," Schultz said.

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Professors in the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will discuss their sabbatical projects throughout the spring semester. Topics include delinquent youth in China, the deaf community in Kenya, online classes, humor in the classroom, and white masculinity in the television drama Scandal.

The series is free and open to the public. The lectures will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus Center (CE), 420 University Blvd.

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Wednesday, Feb. 1 (CE 307): Julie Freeman, English, “Ready or Not? Students Self-Assess Readiness for Online Learning.” Online classes are here to stay, but are students making informed decisions about whether online learning is a good fit for them? This study involved encouraging students to assess their readiness for taking online composition courses before they register.

Friday, Feb. 3 (CE 309): Mike Polites, communication studies, “What If I’m Not Funny? Using Humor as a Teaching Tool.” Whether or not you are “funny”, you can be humorous in the classroom.

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Research has indicated a number of benefits including increased class cohesiveness, retention of material, and even stress reduction in students (Weimer, 2013). Learn how humor and teaching work together in the classroom from a faculty member who moonlights as a standup comedian.

Wednesday, Feb. 8 (CE 405): Wan-Ning Bao, sociology, “Delinquent Youth in a Transforming China.” A sharp rise in youth delinquency has accompanied China’s profound economic, social, and cultural transition. How does dramatic social change lead to a higher rate of delinquency? Is delinquency a coping strategy for stress?

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Friday, March 3 (CE 405): Susan Shepherd, English, “We are here! Counteracting Stigma in the Kenyan Deaf Community.” Deaf individuals in Kenya are marginalized and denied their basic human rights. How do traditional beliefs affect attitudes and how can this be addressed? Activist research addresses counteracting stigma and issues of empowerment, identity and access to education, healthcare, and employment in the Kenyan Deaf community.


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Wednesday, March 8 (CE 405): Ronda Henry Anthony, English, “Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal and the Triumph of the White Masculine Ideal.” A socio-historical analysis of the philanthropic activities of African American entrepreneurs, the strategies that they used to achieve economic success in their business enterprises, and their ongoing struggle to attain economic independence and self-reliance.


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The New Oxford Shakespeare project at IUPUI -- led by professor of English drama Terri Bourus from 2009 to 2016 and supported by the IU School of Liberal Arts -- is attracting attention worldwide for a new edition of "The New Oxford Shakespeare Complete Works," now being published by Oxford University Press.

Terri BourusTerri Bourus, professor of English drama | PHOTO COURTESY OF TERRI BOURUS

The "Complete Works" is not only a collection of all of Shakespeare’s plays and poems in old and modern-spelling versions, but it also places on the front pages of each play the names of all the writers involved -- not just Shakespeare’s. The New Oxford Shakespeare team’s research confirms that Shakespeare collaborated actively with his fellow playwrights in early modern London.

The most notable perhaps is his collaboration with Christopher Marlowe. The three "Henry VI" plays carry strong evidence of Marlowe’s linguistic fingerprints.

Shakespeare scholars have long suspected that Marlowe's voice could be heard in the "Henry VI" plays, but the editors at the New Oxford Shakespeare project did more than simply speculate. Using massive linguistic databases, they applied computational stylistics to test the linguistic characteristics of specific writers by the words they used most frequently. Using this tool, New Oxford Shakespeare researchers have verified that the other voices in these plays include Marlowe, George Peele, John Fletcher, Thomas Kyd, Thomas Middleton and Thomas Nashe, to name a few.

"Our research will change the way we look at and study Shakespeare," said Bourus, who is one of the general editors on "The New Oxford Shakespeare," along with Gary Taylor, John Jowett and Gabriel Egan. "Shakespeare can no longer be taught or studied as a solitary genius writing alone in his attic room or the local pub. He was a genius, yes, and he did write most of what we recognize as Shakespeare, but it is clear now that he did not always create his plays alone."

While confirmation of Shakespeare’s collaboration with other playwrights is an important discovery, "The New Oxford Shakespeare" offers additional insights into all of Shakespeare’s works.

The new edition includes four print versions and an exciting and interactive digital edition. The "Complete Works" is the first multi-platform, multi-format edition of Shakespeare’s plays and the first to recognize the complicated issue of collaboration.

The New Oxford ShakespeareWhile confirmation of Shakespeare’s collaboration with other playwrights is an important discovery, "The New Oxford Shakespeare" offers additional insights into all of Shakespeare’s works. | IMAGE COURTESY OF OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

The modern-spelling edition was published to international acclaim in October. Not only is the spelling modernized and archaic words noted and explained, but in addition and for the first time, the plays include performance notes and bricolages, performance images and, perhaps the most exciting part, music as it was originally written and performed in Shakespeare’s theaters.

The editors scrupulously researched and then recorded the history of each play in performance, then added performance notes that describe staging and allow theater professionals to see possibilities in their own staged interpretations. Musicologist John Cunningham, of the University of Bangor in Wales, edited and provided the music now fully incorporated into the playtexts themselves -- another unique addition to "The New Oxford Shakespeare."

The modern spelling thus presents the plays as performances -- performing from the pages, as it were, what is seen on the stage. The bricolages raise the curtain on the plays with critical, cultural and artistic responses carefully selected by the editors to enhance the presentation of the plays and to add to the extensive theater history of the plays and poems.

The two-volume "Critical Reference Edition," which features the original spelling and language of the early modern period, includes scholarly introductions detailing even more about the origins, creation and development of the plays and poems.

Finally, the "Authorship Companion," to be released in January, will provide a collection of essays by scholars working on the important and innovative research on the authorship and collaboration questions.

Bourus, a textual scholar, editor, eight-time award-winning teacher and equity actor, led the IUPUI editing team. Under her guidance, the team of four post-doctoral fellows, 13 Master of Arts graduate students and 67 undergraduates learned the ropes of Shakespeare scholarship, text editing and acting drama. Bourus is the first theater professional to edit the plays of Shakespeare, lending her performance authority to plays that were written for and performed on the London -- and eventually the world -- stage.

IUPUI's New Oxford Shakespeare project aligns with priorities outlined in the university’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan, including catalyzing research, a vibrant community of scholars and global engagement.

The London Times says Jon Eller's sequel is "a fine biography of a fascinating man." Read the review here.

In our last e-newsletter we noted that Jane Schultz, Professor of English, was serving as a consultant on a new PBS drama series about two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the Civil War--New England, abolitionist Mary Phinney and Confederate supporter Emma Green. The series is called “Mercy Street” and had 6 episodes in its first season, which ran from January 17-February 21, 2016.

Since that time Schultz has become more involved with the show by contributing to a blog  on the PBS website discussing aspects of each of the episodes in the season.

Her blog posts also explain the history behind those aspects, such as the fifth episode’s dealings with dead bodies and how they disposed of them during the Civil War.

During English Week 2016, Schultz gave a presentation about her blog showcasing what she's done with the show, how she got started as a consultant, and what she is going to do in the future with the blogs. Schultz also mentioned that the show is the first PBS documentary drama made in the U.S. in 10 years.

PBS has announced that “Mercy Street” has been granted a second season and Schultz has confirmed that she will continue to blog, once a week, on each of the episodes. Schultz is very excited about the second season of “Mercy Street.”

“It’s a testimonial to the power of the story-telling that has been a part of Season 1 and to the really fine casting choices that the producers made,” said Schultz.  “I just love the actors who play Anne Hastings, Samuel Diggs, Byron Hale, Cyrus Bullen, Mary Phinney, and Dr. Foster.”

The second season will provide new topics for Schultz as she and PBS have discussed moving away from the hospital in Alexandria to show the range of places that hospital workers traveled to.  Viewers will visit a contraband camp in the field as well as an army encampment where a general is in need of very particular medical treatment.

Schultz’s love of Civil War hospitals started when she was in 4th grade from reading first-person narratives from the Civil War era. She found a lot of the narratives to be from relief workers, whose testimony about taking care of patients was, in her words, “gripping.” Schultz has used this interest and knowledge to help consult with PBS to make sure that “Mercy Street” is as accurate as possible.

Most of the inaccuracies that Schultz had to consult on were material-specific, such as explaining how soldiers bathed, where latrines were located, and how women would have addressed the soldiers and surgeons in hospitals and vice versa. She also has helped with wording of the script to make it sound more like it came from the 19th century. Schulz says that what she has learned, over the course of consulting for the show, is that her years of reading 19th century literature have trained her eyes and ears to know what doesn’t sound right in the script.

Schultz first became involved in “Mercy Street” when executive producer, Lisa Wolfinger, read Schultz’s Lincoln Prize finalist book Women at the Front: Hospital Workers in Civil War America(2004) and one of Schultz’s other books, This Birth Place of Souls: The Civil War Nursing Diary of Harriet Eaton(2012), and contacted Schultz wanting to know if she was interested in consulting for the show.

Schultz had a chance last fall to join the staff and crew of the show in L.A. but had to decline because the fall semester had already started. She has said, though, that she will be going on setor hospital and civilian scenes when “Mercy Street” resumes shooting in May. So now, not only will she be a consultant, Schultz will also be able to contribute to the mise-en-scène of the show by being present as the episodes are filmed.

“So all of the scholarship I have done on that subject during my career was read by others (books, articles, lectures),” said Schultz. “Including a filmmaker who thought it would make for interesting viewing by a wider public. Voila:  ‘Mercy Street’.”