Community competition to prevent Islamophobia – Apply through 9/1/2017

The Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts at IUPUI announces ten awards of $1,000 each to prevent Islamophobia, or anti-Muslim prejudice, discrimination, and violence, in Greater Indianapolis.

Highly original projects are sought from local writers, community activists, artists, religious congregations, public school teachers, dancers, community volunteers, philosophers, amateur historians, linguists, musicians, healers, social workers, poets, non-profit groups, and others.

Projects can include performance, social media, debate, dialogue, the production of objects, sound, consciousness-raising, teaching, websites, and so on. They might focus on the political, social, cultural, or religious roots of Islamophobia, including anti-Muslim think tanks, federal surveillance and counter-intelligence, …


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Wood named Liberal Arts associate dean of student affairs

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Elizabeth “Elee” Wood, director of the museum studies program and associate professor of museum studies and adjunct associate professor of education, has been named associate dean of student affairs in the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis by Dean Thomas J. Davis. The appointment is effective July 1, 2017.

A member of the IUPUI faculty since 2005, Professor Wood is also public scholar of museums, families, and learning for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, where she focuses …


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Kandris appointed associate director at Polis Center

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The Polis Center within the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI has named Sharon Kandris as its new associate director.

Kandris will lead center-wide initiatives, cultivate the development of new initiatives and project opportunities, expand community partnerships to further the Center’s mission, direct the community informatics area as a special focus of attention for the Center, address operational issues, and oversee strategic planning.

“This is an exciting time to take on fresh challenges because The Polis Center is undergoing a new …


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Alums Hobson-Prater, Ward selected for HERS Institute

Tara Hobson-PraterTara Hobson-Prater

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. …


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‘A few minutes with’: Bantz Community Fellowship recipients Susan Hyatt and Paul Mullins

InvisibleIndianapolis2017The "Invisible Indianapolis" project traces the history of parts of the city that have been ignored or have vanished entirely—like this house at 725 W. Vermont St. in the middle of the IUPUI campus in 1980.

Susan Hyatt and Paul Mullins, anthropology professors in the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis School of Liberal Arts, received the first Charles R. Bantz Chancellor’s Community Fellowship Award for their work on "Invisible Indianapolis: Race, Heritage and Community Memory in the Circle City."

The project examines the history …


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