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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."

This April, States of Incarceration, the first national traveling multi-media exhibition and coordinated public dialogue to explore the history and future of mass incarceration in the United States will travel to Indianapolis to be displayed at the Indianapolis Public Library.

IUPUI museum studies and public history students and faculty partnered with a New School's Humanities Action Lab which led a coalition of 500 university students and formerly incarcerated individuals from 20 cities to create the traveling exhibition. IUPUI students developed local programming and content as part of the national collaboration. The IUPUI programs were designed to engage diverse audiences in the history and enduring consequences of incarceration.

The students grew up in a country that incarcerates more of its people, including immigrants, than any country in the world – and at any point in its history. Recently, they have witnessed a new bipartisan consensus that the criminal justice system is broken and yet there is intense conflict over how to fix it.

States of Incarceration explores the roots of mass incarceration through stories rooted in our own communities and its goal is to open national dialogue on what should happen next.

The exhibit will be on display at the Central Library Atrium, 40 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis, April 13- May 14, 2017.

Public Programs
For more information visit:

Screening of the documentary “13th” with panel discussion
March 18, 2017, 2:00-5:00, Central Library, Auditorium

This public screening of the documentary “13th” by director Ava DuVernay, will be followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Ivan Douglas Hicks with experts Dr. James Kilgore, Dr. Terri Jett, Dr. James Dix, III, and Marshawn Wolley. The audience is invited to be part of a public conversation about the impact of mass incarceration on Indianapolis communities. The film screening begins at 2 pm with the panel discussion following at 4 pm. Free. Registration:

Inside Out with Lori Pompa: A public conversation about social change through transformative education
April 13, 2017, 6:30-8:30, Central Library, Riley Room

Lori Pompa, founder of The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, an educational program that facilitates dialogue across difference, will lead a conversation with Inside Out instructors, students, and graduates, about innovative approaches to engaging a wide range of stakeholders committed to social justice. Participants will also have the opportunity to view the newly installed Sates of Incarceration exhibit.

Pages to Prisons book drive workshop
Tuesday, April 18th 1:00-2:30, Central Library, Riley Room and Knall meeting rooms.
Registration required (call 317-275-4807).

This workshop conducted by Midwest Pages for Prisoners (a nonprofit based in Bloomington) offers training for librarians about how to organize book drive to collect books for people who are incarcerated. Participating librarians will gain two LEU's from the workshop

Pages to Prisons book drive
April 10-May 14, 2017, Collections boxes at the IUPUI University Library and at States of Incarceration exhibit at the Central Library

Donors are asked to bring new or like new books which will be given to prisons for their libraries and educational programs. Particular needs include Spanish language books, GED test prep books, and high school level text books for math and science, as well as mystery, adventure, westerns, and sci-fi fiction. For a more detailed list, Please visit:

States of Incarceration Exhibit Opening Reception and public conversation with Anne Parsons and others
Thursday, April 20; Central Library, 6:00 reception in the atrium and 7:00 program in the auditorium

Official opening of the exhibit with a reception with opportunities to view the exhibit and participate in hands-on art response activities. Anne Parsons, Department of History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will offer some remarks on the intersections of the rise of mass incarceration with the deinstitutionalization of mental hospitals. A panel moderated by Dr. Modupe Labode including Kenneth J. Falk, (Legal Director, ACLU of Indiana) and Maurice Young (founder, Creative Change Project) will offer perspectives on the implications of these issues for Indianapolis.

"Voices of Incarceration: Spoken Word, Art & Dialogue"
Friday, April 21, 7-10 pm at Fletchers Place Arts and Books, 642 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN

Spoken word poetry and art making combine to create a space for creative responses and thought provoking conversations about mass incarceration and its impact on our community.

Mental Health First Aid Certification
Friday, April 28th, Cavanaugh Hall, room 411, IUPUI campus, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Registration is required

This program is an 8-hour course that offers training and certification for those responding to persons affected by mental illness (similar to the traditional Red Cross First Aid training). Cost is $10. To register,

Mass Story Lab: Public Conversation About Re-entry
Saturday, April 29th, 10 am – 1:00 pm, Central Library
Pre-registration preferred

This dialogue-based program brings together people with diverse perspectives and experiences to explore re-entry issues in central Indiana. It uses the “Mass Story Lab” model developed by Piper Anderson (Create Forward) in which the stories of people directly impacted by mass incarceration become the lens through which communities imagine a world beyond prisons.Reservations recommended as space is limited:

Support has been generously provided by: The New School Humanities Action Lab, National Endowment for the Humanities, Indiana Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Netflix, Circle City (IN) Chapter of Links, Inc., Create Forward, LLC, Mental Health First Aid, Midwest Pages for Prisoners, IUPUI Museum Studies Program, Cultural Heritage Research Center, IU School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI Social Justice Education, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, Inside-Out Center, and The Indianapolis Public Library

By John Schwarb, IU Communications specialist:

In the annals of Indiana crime, Nancy Clem has a singular place in history: first woman convicted of murder. She was believed to have been a loan shark and a Ponzi schemer (long before the term was invented), and her role in a double murder — and subsequent multiple trials — made her a celebrity criminal.

One hundred and fifty years later, she’s one of three inviting subjects for a museum exhibit.

“New Women of the Harrison Era,” a new exhibit running through Oct. 31 at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site in Indianapolis, features Clem and two other women with connections to the former president. The exhibit was conceptualized by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis students in the School of Liberal Arts museum studies program, with the collection, compiling and displaying of artifacts by Katelyn Coyne, 2016 curatorial fellow and museum studies MA candidate.

It’s the first Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site “New Century Curator” exhibit, the result of a partnership with IUPUI.

“When the Presidential Site came to us with the idea to partner, it was an easy decision to get on board,” said Elee Wood, director of museum studies at the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts. “Our objective is to help grow a new generation of museum professionals through collaborative training and hands-on experience with innovative exhibit planning, curatorial research, education and collections, so this was a great opportunity to do just that.”

In addition to Clem (whose trials were handled by Harrison’s law firm), also spotlighted are Frances Benjamin Johnston, who pioneered the role of official White House photographer beginning with Harrison’s term; and Belva Lockwood, who ran against Harrison for the presidency in 1888 and became the first woman to receive votes for the nation’s highest office.

“This timely exhibit gives an important glimpse into that era,” said Charles Hyde, president and CEO of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. “It defies expectations for what women were doing at that time to assert their own rights. It’s surprising to see the common thread and how each story intertwines with Harrison’s at the dawn of the modern era.”

Another common thread, however, was a need to find proper major artifacts for each woman. That’s where Coyne earned her stripes as a first-time exhibit curator, partnering with Presidential Site staff, researching and working contacts to build a compelling exhibit from more than just photographs — all while heeding a budget.

“The largest challenge was the lack of 3-D objects related to the women,” Coyne said. “We wanted to bring that interactive element in, to figure out how to design some interactives that were low-impact and didn’t need a lot of upkeep, yet would still engage people.”

Visitors will be able to take a selfie alongside a portrait of Johnston in her studio, as it might have looked in the period. A promotional puzzle from 1888 featuring Harrison and presidential opponents such as Lockwood and Grover Cleveland has been reproduced and are available for guests to play with. As for Clem, Coyne called on colleagues at her workplace, the Indiana State Museum, to borrow a double-barreled shotgun from the 1860s, a pistol and a pair of ladies’ shoes similar to what Clem would have worn. Fun fact: She was connected to the murder scene by footprints.

For more information on the exhibit, visit the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site website.