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Alums Hobson-Prater, Ward selected for HERS Institute

May 12 | News Categories: English | Sociology

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. Study in the IU School of Medicine and Ward serves as the executive director …

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IU consortium creates new seminar series on religion and ethics

January 24 | News Categories: History | Medical Humanities | Religious Studies | Sociology | World Languages and Cultures

Brian SteenslandBrian Steensland

Seminars to address Islam, environment, economic justice and more

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—The Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society at Indiana University has launched its inaugural round of Religion and Ethics Seminars, a yearlong series of faculty-led seminars taking place on a number of IU campuses.

The Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society, founded in 2013, is an interdisciplinary group of scholars, academic programs and research centers from all eight Indiana University campuses.

The consortium’s goal is to connect faculty, incubate research and creative activity, and promote awareness of IU scholarship in …

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Liberal Arts Sabbatical Series Spring schedule announced

January 09 | News Categories: Communication Studies | English | Sociology

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.

 

Julie FreemanJulie FreemanWednesday, Feb. 1 (CE 307): Julie Freeman, English, “Ready or Not? Students Self-Assess Readiness for Online Learning.” Online classes are …

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Call for Nominations: Liberal Arts Alumni Association Awards - Due 11/18/16

September 13 | News Categories: Communication Studies Admin | Academic Calendar | Africana Studies | Alumni Accomplishments | Anthropology | Books by Faculty | Campus News | Centers | Civic Engagement | Commencement | Communication Studies | Dean Search | Event Announcements | Economics | English | Faculty and Staff | Front Page | E-Learning | General News | Geography | Grants | History | Individualized Major Program | Institute for American Thought | International | Lectures and Seminars | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | Multimedia | News | Opportunities | Philanthropic Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Research | Sociology | Student Accomplishments | Teaching | Technology | Technology Admin | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

The IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI Alumni Association invites nominations for the 2017 Liberal Arts Alumni Awards.

The Indiana University School of Liberal Arts Alumni Association (IUSLAA) annually recognizes alumni, friends, and faculty who have brought distinction upon themselves, their profession, and the IU School of Liberal Arts in three separate categories: Honorary Alumnus Award; the Career Achievement Award; and the highest distinction awarded by the Alumni Association, the Distinguished Alumni Award.  For the purpose of the second two awards, an alumnus is defined as any graduate of the School of Liberal Arts; for the first alumni status is not …

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Twelve Liberal Arts students among IUPUI Top 100, students to be honored April 8

March 07 | News Categories: Communication Studies | English | History | Medical Humanities | Political Science | Sociology | World Languages and Cultures

The IUPUI Alumni Council and the Student Organization for Alumni Relations will recognize the campus’s top 100 juniors and seniors during the 17th Annual IUPUI Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner on Friday, April 8, 2016 at the Indianapolis Marriott. The event begins with a reception at 6:00 pm followed by the dinner and ceremony at 6:30.

Students will be recognized for scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, and civic and community service. During the dinner, the most outstanding female student and the most outstanding male student will be announced, as well as the Top 10 female and Top 10 male students. A panel …

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Second-eight-week courses give students mid-semester options

January 29 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Communication Studies | Economics | Geography | Religious Studies | Sociology

Second-eight-week courses give students mid-semester options

The School of Liberal Arts offers a variety of classes during the second 8-week period of the spring semester. Second 8-week classes begin Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

There are limited spaces available in a variety of disciplines, including Africana Studies, Communication Studies, Economics, Geography, Latino Studies, Religious Studies, and Sociology.

Enrollment options include submitting an eAdd through One.iu.edu. Students also may enroll over the phone for classes that have not begun by calling the Office of the Registrar (317-274-1519). If a class has started or is full, students must fill out an Add form with signatures from …

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Taylor Symposium to focus on social impact of American prison system, mass incarceration

January 21 | News Categories: Sociology

Retired Major Neill FranklinRetired Major Neill Franklin

INDIANAPOLIS—While it bills itself as "the land of the free," the United States is home to nearly 25 percent of the world’s prison population. A disproportionate number of those incarcerated individuals are people of color and people from lower-income communities. The issue of mass incarceration is attracting national and international media attention and is being considered by policymakers in local, state and federal offices.

The 2016 Joseph T. Taylor Symposium at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis offers participants the opportunity to understand the wide-ranging effects of the American prison …

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Sociology professor receives national honor for work as an HIV/AIDS activist, survivor

November 20 | News Categories: Sociology

Carrie E. FooteCarrie E. Foote

INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis professor Carrie E. Foote is among an elite group of individuals being honored as long-term gladiators in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

POZ magazine has named Foote to its "2015 POZ 100" list for her work teaching "countless students how to think about HIV—compassionately and unconventionally—and how to get involved in HIV activism."

Once a homeless injection-drug user addicted to heroin, Foote, 46, is now a respected sociology scholar and director of graduate studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. She was diagnosed with HIV in 1988.

"I am …

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HIV/AIDS survivor and advocate Sean Strub coming to IUPUI as World AIDS Day speaker

November 20 | News Categories: Sociology

Sean StrubSean Strub

INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis professor Carrie E. Foote and students in her sociology class AIDS and Society, offered in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, will host longtime HIV survivor and advocate Sean Strub as a World AIDS Day guest speaker.

"An Evening with Sean Strub" will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in Room 450C of the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. Strub, founder of POZ magazine, will present "The Criminalization of HIV," a talk on how HIV-specific laws hurt public health and why reform …

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Call for Nominations: Liberal Arts Alumni Association Awards - Due 11/13/15

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The IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI Alumni Association invites nominations for the 2016 Liberal Arts Alumni Awards.

The Indiana University School of Liberal Arts Alumni Association (IUSLAA) annually recognizes alumni, friends, and faculty who have brought distinction upon themselves, their profession, and the IU School of Liberal Arts in three separate categories: Honorary Alumnus Award; the Career Achievement Award; and the highest distinction awarded by the Alumni Association, the Distinguished Alumni Award.  For the purpose of the second two awards, an alumnus is defined as any graduate of the School of Liberal Arts; for the first, alumni status is not required.

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More than 40 universities to offer graduate school information to public at IUPUI Expo

September 15 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Geography | History | Individualized Major Program | Institute for American Thought | International | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | News | Philanthropic Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Research | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

Grad Expo Grad Expo

INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is offering a one-stop shop for information about graduate programs offered at IUPUI and 40 other universities, including Ball State University, Butler University, Indiana State University, Marian University, University of Notre Dame and Valparaiso University Law School.

Hosted by the IUPUI Graduate Office, the Graduate Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 24 at the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged.

Other universities attending include Bowling Green State University; International American University, College of Medicine; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; University …

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IUPUI to host program of digital technology courses geared for humanities scholars

July 08 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Geography | History | Individualized Major Program | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

'Crowdsourcing Our Cultural Heritage'‘Crowdsourcing Our Cultural Heritage’ editor to teach a HILT course.

INDIANAPOLIS—Graduate students who want to explore new ways of thinking, university faculty and staff interested in expanding their digital skills and any cultural heritage scholars looking for new tools for their research can find a course of interest during a summer institute at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

IUPUI will host the Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching Institute on July 27 to 31. Courses include crowdsourcing for cultural heritage projects; designing and adapting digital projects for diverse users; digital storytelling; text mining; …

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Thomas J. Davis selected as dean of IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI

June 18 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Centers | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Geography | History | Individualized Major Program | Institute for American Thought | International | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Research | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

Thommas DavisThomas Davis

INDIANAPOLIS—Thomas J. Davis has been selected the next dean of the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis effective July 1, pending approval by the full Indiana University Board of Trustees, IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz has announced.

The chancellor’s recommendation for the appointment has been approved by the board’s academic affairs committee.

Davis, a prolific religious studies scholar who has served as a department chair and associate dean in the School of Liberal Arts, succeeds William Blomquist, who is stepping down to return to regular faculty duties. Blomquist …

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Veteran IU leader Nasser Paydar selected as new IUPUI chancellor

June 18 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Centers | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Geography | History | Individualized Major Program | Institute for American Thought | International | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Research | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

INDIANAPOLIS – The Academic Affairs committee of the Indiana University Board of Trustees today accepted a recommendation from IU President Michael A. McRobbie that Nasser H. Paydar, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, be selected as the next chancellor of IUPUI. The full board is expected to confirm his selection at its business meeting Friday afternoon.

Paydar, whose appointment will begin Aug. 16, succeeds Charles R. Bantz, who retires as chancellor after 12 years in the position.

“Nasser is an ideal candidate to build on the considerable momentum the IUPUI campus has generated over the …

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IUPUI listed on 2014 President’s Honor Roll

June 15 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Geography | History | Individualized Major Program | Institute for American Thought | International | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

2014 President's Education Communiy Service Honor Roll2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis continues to rank among the institutions of higher education receiving federal recognition for supporting exemplary community service programs and achieving meaningful outcomes in their communities.

IUPUI is listed "With Distinction" on the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in the general community service category. The campus is also named on the honor roll in the education category.

The Corporation for National and Community Service has administered the honor roll since 2006, when it selected IUPUI as one of …

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Liberal Arts students, student services staff, organizations honored

May 22 | News Categories: Communication Studies | English | Geography | International | Political Science | Sociology | World Languages and Cultures

Liberal Arts Faculty Medal of Academic DistinctionLiberal Arts Faculty Medal of Academic Distinction

As the 2014-15 school year came to a close, liberal arts students, student service, and organizations were recognized for their achievement in the classroom, on campus, and in the community with a variety of awards and recognitions.

Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner, April 10, 2015

Nine Liberal Arts majors were selected as part of the IUPUI Top 100 for 2015:

  • Elizabeth Alexander, Chemistry and Spanish, Junior
  • Mary Ankenbruck, Global and International Studies and Political Science, Senior
  • Joseph Dobbs, Biology and Sociology, …

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Taylor Symposium at IUPUI shares city’s religious diversity through performances

January 21 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Religious Studies | Sociology

2015 Joseph T. Taylor Symposium Flyer2015 Joseph T. Taylor Symposium Flyer

INDIANAPOLIS—The practice of one’s religion isn’t limited to beliefs and sacred texts, according to contemporary religious studies scholars.

The 2015 Joseph T. Taylor Symposium at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis offers participants the opportunity to explore Indianapolis’ religious diversity through performances inherent in the practices of various religious groups.

The symposium, "Encountering Religions Through Performance," takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd.

"Much of the recent scholarship on religion has emphasized that religious …

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Decisions about sex activate different brain regions in adolescent girls

January 14 | News Categories: Sociology

Tom Hummer, Ph.D.Tom Hummer, Ph.D.

INDIANAPOLIS—In a first-of-its-kind study, Indiana University researchers have shown that teenage girls use different parts of their brain when making hypothetical low- and high-risk decisions about sex.

In a pilot study reported Jan. 13 in the Journal of Adolescent Health, researchers Devon J. Hensel, Ph.D., and Tom Hummer, Ph.D., analyzed the brain activity and self-reported behaviors of 14- and 15-year-old girls using a functional magnetic resonance image and 30 days of daily diary reports.

Recent studies have demonstrated the advantages of using functional MRI to understand how reward- and control-related regions …

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Bill Blomquist stepping down as dean to pursue his passion for water resource management and polic

October 09 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Centers | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Geography | History | Individualized Major Program | Institute for American Thought | International | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

Bill BlomquistBill Blomquist

INDIANAPOLIS—Bill Blomquist, dean of the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, has announced he’s stepping down effective summer 2015 to return to regular faculty duties and pursue projects at IUPUI that align with his research interests concerning water resources management and policy.

An internationally recognized expert in water institutions and policies, Blomquist wants to contribute to the research-informed development of state water policy and planning for Indiana. According to a six-month study recently released by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, there is a critical need for a state-driven …

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2014 Barlow Lecture in the Humanities explores ‘The Future History of the Book’

September 19 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Campus News | Centers | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Geography | History | Individualized Major Program | Institute for American Thought | Lectures and Seminars | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Research | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

INDIANAPOLIS—Is there a need to fear the death of the book in this age of digital readers?

This is the question that will guide the 2014 John D. Barlow Lecture in the Humanities at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis on Oct. 29. The event is free and open to the public.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, director of scholarly communication of the Modern Language Association and visiting research professor of English at New York University, will present the lecture, "The Future History of the Book: Time, Attention, Convention."

The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus …

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IU study links skipping school, failing tests to more sex, less condom use in teenage girls

September 12 | News Categories: Sociology

Devon Hensel Devon Hensel

What do skipping school, failing tests and engaging in risky sexual behavior have in common? Lots, according to Indiana University researchers who combed through 80,000 daily reports written by 14- to 17-year-old girls.

Although the findings are intuitive, this is the first study to examine the day-to-day relationship between teenage girls’ reports about school-related events, how they felt and the sexual behaviors they participated in. Published Sept. 9 in the Journal of Adolescent Health, the findings are based on a 10-year study of the development of 387 teenage girls’ …

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Rev. Harold Good to speak on peace in Northern Ireland and Indianapolis roots

September 09 | News Categories: Sociology

Harold Good Rev. Harold Good

INDIANAPOLIS—The Rev. Harold Good, an internationally renowned peacemaker, will be at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis on Sept. 10 to speak about Indianapolis and the road to peace in Northern Ireland.

Once president of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Good played a key role in Northern Ireland’s peacemaking process. 

The lecture, at 1 p.m. in the Lilly Auditorium of University Library, is free and open to the public. 

“Rev. Good is in a unique position to speak about issues of peace, justice and reconciliation," said Robert White, chair of …

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IUPUI hosts fifth annual Graduate Expo

August 25 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Centers | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Geography | History | Individualized Major Program | Institute for American Thought | International | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | Philanthropic Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Research | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

Graduate Expo 2014

INDIANAPOLIS—Representatives from more than 40 universities and nearly 20 graduate programs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will be at the fifth annual Graduate   Expo, hosted by the IUPUI Graduate Office.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 11 on the fourth floor of the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. Registration is encouraged for the free event.

“Understanding what admissions committees are seeking and successfully meeting those requirements is the beginning of a fruitful graduate career,” said Janice Blum with the Graduate Office.

Among other suggestions, recruiters from …

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Liberal Arts celebrates successful 2014 Campus Campaign

August 05 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Campus News | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Faculty and Staff | General News | Geography | Institute for American Thought | Museum Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology | World Languages and Cultures

Campus Campaign 2014Members of the Planning Committee at the 80’s-Themed Faculty/Staff Campaign Kick-off Party

  One hundred and thirty-four Liberal Arts faculty and staff members contributed to the 2014 Liberal Arts Campus Campaign raising $88,142 for scholarships, research, departmental and school initiatives, and events.  Thanks to the generosity and commitment of the faculty and staff, 2014 totals were up from last year in both donors and donations, and toppled the 2013 donation record of $77,734.23. To date, IUPUI has raised over one million dollars as part of the 2014 …

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IUPUI to significantly bolster its journalism/public relations program

June 25 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Campus News | Communication Studies | Economics | English | General News | Geography | History | Individualized Major Program | Institute for American Thought | International | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | Multimedia | News | Philanthropic Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Research | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

William BlomquistIndianapolis bachelor’s/master’s program moves from Bloomington-based School of Journalism management to IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI

INDIANAPOLIS—Graduate and undergraduate journalism and public relations students at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will have access to an array of new resources beginning July 1, when the long-established Indianapolis location of the IU School of Journalism shifts management from IU Bloomington to the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. The program will be known as the IU Department of Journalism and Public Relations at IUPUI.

The move comes as the IU School of …

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In the News - May 2014

June 02 | News Categories: Centers | Philosophy | Political Science | Sociology

Experts from Liberal Arts departments and centers are regularly cited in the local, national, and international media. A selection from online sources provides a sampling of the types of issues and kinds of research Liberal Arts faculty are called upon to talk about in the public sphere. Also included is general Liberal Arts news covered by the media.

Josh Kaufman to be 500 Festival Parade grand marshal Indianapolis Star, May 23, 2014

Liberal arts alum Josh Kaufman, the new winner of "The Voice," was named the Grand Marshal of the 2014 IPL 500 Festival Parade. "It’s amazing! Unbelievable!" Kaufman said. | Read …

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In the News - April 2014

May 14 | News Categories: Anthropology | Centers | Economics | English | Geography | Museum Studies | Sociology

Experts from Liberal Arts departments and centers are regularly cited in the local, national, and international media. A selection from online sources provides a sampling of the types of issues and kinds of research Liberal Arts faculty are called upon to talk about in the public sphere. Also included is general Liberal Arts news covered by the media.

Favorite sins New York Times, April 25, 2014 Kyle Minor wants you to know that "Praying Drunk" - his second story collection, after "In the Devil’s Territory" - is not actually, or only, a collection. In the epigraph, he warns: "These stories are …

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Lopez-Owens top female IUPUI student, 3 other Liberal Arts majors in IUPUI Top 20

April 20 | News Categories: Campus News | Communication Studies | English | Philosophy | Sociology | Student Accomplishments | World Languages and Cultures

Pictured: Chancellor Charles Bantz with Mariana Lopez-Owens and Ben Judge, named the 2014 Most Outstanding Students

Mariana Lopez-Owens, a School of Liberal Arts senior majoring in Spanish and international studies, was named the most outstanding female student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis for 2014. Lopez-Owens serves as a Liberal Arts Student Ambassador and is also a member of IUPUI’s cross country team.

Her selection was announced at the Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner on April 11. Benjamin Judge, a School of Science senior, was named the most outstanding male student.

Three School of Liberal Arts students joined …

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Liberal Arts students among Plater Civic Engagement honorees

April 12 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Campus News | History | Sociology | Student Accomplishments | World Languages and Cultures

Six IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI students are among the 34 recipients of the 2014 William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion. The awards will be presented by the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning at the annual Civic Engagement Showcase on April 23, 2014, at the IUPUI Campus Center.

Recipients are graduating IUPUI students who have made commitments to improving the community and have developed an ethic of civic mindedness. For the first time, the process was open to students who are graduating with doctorate or professional degrees.

The medallion honors students who are engaged in a variety …

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Taylor Symposium marks 25th year by exploring ‘Politics. Race. Place.’

January 15 | News Categories: Campus News | Centers | Event Announcements | Faculty and Staff | Political Science | Sociology

Keynote speaker Byron D’Andra Orey

The 25th Joseph T. Taylor Symposium, hosted by the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will focus on how 25 years of demographic and social change has shaped Indianapolis while exploring the topic, “Politics. Race. Place."

The symposium will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd.

Leading local practitioners, politicians, policy-makers and researchers will come together with symposium attendees to examine how shifting demographics and an increasingly diverse population have contributed to the direction of the …

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IUPUI Liberal Arts faculty discuss projects during Sabbatical Speaker Series

October 03 | News Categories: Anthropology | Event Announcements | English | Faculty and Staff | History | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology

Susan B. HyattRamla BandeleIn a lecture series during this month and November, professors in the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will discuss their sabbatical projects, including persona in memoir writing, the mafia and Estonian folk music.

All Sabbatical Speaker Series lectures will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. Room locations vary. The series is free and open to the public.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 8: Susan Brin Hyatt, professor of anthropology, will present “Poverty Warriors: Tales From Britain’s War on Poverty” in …

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Liberal Arts Alumni Association invites nominations for the 2014 Liberal Arts Alumni Awards

September 05 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Alumni Accomplishments | Anthropology | Centers | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Geography | Grants | History | Individualized Major Program | Institute for American Thought | International | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

The Indiana University School of Liberal Arts Alumni Association annually recognizes alumni, friends, and faculty who have brought distinction upon themselves, their profession, and the IU School of Liberal Arts in three separate categories: Honorary Alumnus Award: the Early Career Achievement Award; and the highest distinction awarded by the Alumni Association, the Distinguished Alumni Award.  For the purpose of the second two awards, an alumnus is defined as any graduate of the School of Liberal Arts; for the first alumni status is not required.Award recipients will be recognized during events staged by the School of Liberal Arts and its Alumni Association.  …

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Calling All Extraordinary Students – Liberal Arts Student Ambassador Call Out

August 27 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Geography | History | Individualized Major Program | Institute for American Thought | International | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

Student AmbassadorsThe School of Liberal Arts seeks passionate, dedicated, responsible majors for the 2013-2014 Student Ambassadors Program. If that is you or someone you know, apply now (through September 18th) or nominate (through September 3rd) someone else for this honor.

Liberal Arts Student Ambassadors represent the School of Liberal Arts on campus and off. Serving the university as honorary representatives, Ambassadors regularly interact with prospective and current students, faculty and staff of IUPUI, and the Indianapolis community.

Selection into the prestigious Ambassadors program is highly regarded and makes a noteworthy addition to any resume.For more information or to complete …

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Faculty/Staff Fundraising Campaign ends on a high note

July 10 | News Categories: Anthropology | Centers | Economics | Faculty and Staff | Geography | History | Institute for American Thought | Museum Studies | Philosophy | Religious Studies | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

Involved members of the campaign holding the final total.One hundred and eighteen Liberal Arts faculty and staff members participated in the 2013 Liberal Arts Faculty/Staff Campus Campaign raising $77,734.23! Donations support scholarships, research, department and school initiatives, and events. Thanks to the generosity and commitment of the faculty and staff, 2013 totals were up from last year in both donors and donations, toppling the 2012 total of $55,054.52.

The Department of Sociology, with the help of campaign volunteers Louise Watkins and Wan-Ning Bao, once again achieved the highest participation rate with an 84% participation rate among department …

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2013 Celebration of Scholarship - Photos, PowerPoint, Program Now Available

May 17 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Faculty and Staff | Geography | History | Individualized Major Program | Institute for American Thought | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | News | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology | Student Accomplishments | Teaching | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

Pictured: Mohamad Saltagi (left) and Jennifer Kash (second from right), recipients of the Rowland A. Sherrill Awards in Religious Studies with Joy Sherrill and Professor Peter ThuesenOn Friday, April 19, the School of Liberal Arts recognized student excellence at A Celebration of Scholarship: The Liberal Arts Honors Convocation. At the event Liberal Arts faculty and staff celebrated the accomplishments of Liberal Arts students. During the celebration, the School awarded its most prestigious named scholarships and awards. Additionally, departments named the recipients of the year’s awards for academic excellence, and the winner of the School’s highest honor, The …

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Survey Research Center chosen to run Indiana Adult Tobacco Survey

May 09 | News Categories: Centers | Research | Sociology

Tamara LeechAnne MitchellThe Survey Research Center (SRC) in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI has been selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct the Indiana Adult Tobacco Survey (ATS). 

SRC will collect 1600 landline and 400 cell phone samples to report on attitudes and behaviors related to smoking in Indiana. Data is collected on tobacco use, smoking cessa­tion, secondhand smoke exposure, risk perception and social influences, health influences, and tobacco-related policy issues. The Indiana ATS will consist of core questions used nationally in all state surveys, …

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10 IUPUI Students to Present at IU Women’s and Gender Studies Undergraduate Conference

April 03 | News Categories: Event Announcements | English | Faculty and Staff | History | Sociology | Women's Studies

2013 Women's Studies Undergraduate Student ConferenceThe Indiana University Women’s and Gender Studies Undergraduate Student Conference is the longest running program of its kind within the Indiana University system. When the conference reconvenes at Indiana University-Bloomington on April 11-12, 2013, the occasion will mark the conference’s 25th installment.

Ten IUPUI students will be in Bloomington to help celebrate the milestone, presenting their work with almost 100 student speakers from throughout the IU academic system.

The IUPUI students will present on a wide range of topics that include matriarchal roles in Native American cultures; classic literature from …

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17 Liberal Arts students among IUPUI Top 100, students to be honored April 12

March 26 | News Categories: Anthropology | Campus News | Communication Studies | English | Individualized Major Program | International | Philosophy | Sociology | Student Accomplishments | World Languages and Cultures

The IUPUI Alumni Council and the Student Organization for Alumni Relations will recognize the campus’s top 100 juniors and seniors during the 14th Annual IUPUI Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner on Friday, April 12, 2013 at the Indianapolis Marriott.  Jimmie McMillian, Jr, a law partner at Barnes & Thornburg will serve as the keynote speaker.  Mr. McMillian is an IUPUI alumnus and a recent recipient of the Hine medal which is awarded based significant contributions of individual alumni in support of the IUPUI campus and its alumni programs.

Students will be recognized for scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities on campus, and civic …

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Alum appointed by President Obama to National Council on Disability

February 07 | News Categories: Alumni Accomplishments | Campus News | English | Sociology

[photo]: Alice Wong, BA in Sociology/English, 1997President Barack Obama has appointed IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI alum Alice Wong (BA, English and Sociology, 1997) to the National Council on Disability (NCD).

Wong is a staff research associate at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing’s National Center for Personal Assistance Services, which focuses on helping disabled people live in communities, as opposed to nursing homes. She is also the president of the San Francisco In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority Governing Body and a board member for Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California. …

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2013 “It Takes a City” Taylor Symposium explores creating a diverse, humane community

January 28 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Campus News | Centers | Civic Engagement | Event Announcements | Philosophy | Sociology

Gaye Todd AdegbalolaExploring strategies to prevent bullying and encourage tolerance and respect is just one of the topics for discussion as Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis presents the 24th annual Joseph T. Taylor Symposium.

The 2013 symposium takes place from 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. The theme is “It Takes a City: Toward a Diverse and Humane Community.”

The symposium also focuses on the use of art, architecture, city planning and the Internet to bridge ethnic, religious, professional and lifestyle differences in order to bring back a …

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Taylor Symposium part of the 2013 IndyTalks series

January 17 | News Categories: Centers | Event Announcements | Faculty and Staff | News | Philosophy | Sociology

The 24th Annual Joseph T. Taylor Symposium: 'It Takes a City' - Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The 24th Annual Joseph Taylor Symposium will be a part of the 2013 IndyTalks series, with a special panel on the problem of bullying and intolerance. During the session, a group of panelists will provide strategies for teaching children and teenagers to respect others.

The theme for the 24th Annual Joseph Taylor Symposium is "It Takes a City: Toward a Diverse and Humane Community."  Hosted by the IU School of Liberal Arts, in conjuction with the Department of Philosophy and the IUPUI …

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Call for Posters - The 24th Annual Joseph T. Taylor Symposium

January 14 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Communication Studies | Event Announcements | Economics | English | Faculty and Staff | Geography | History | Individualized Major Program | Institute for American Thought | International | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | Philanthropic Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

The 24th Annual Joseph T. Taylor Symposium

Presented by the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI in conjunction with the Department of Philosophy

It Takes a City: Toward a Diverse and Humane CommunityFebruary 27, 2013 - IUPUI Campus Center

Students, faculty and staff, and members of the Indianapolis community are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentations at the 24th Annual Joseph Taylor Symposium, February 27, 2013. The symposium honors Dr. Joseph T. Taylor, Professor of Sociology from 1965 to 1983 and the first Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, for his many contributions to the university and …

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IUPUI professor’s new book underscores Internet’s negative impact on organized religion

January 07 | News Categories: Faculty and Staff | Religious Studies | Sociology

 Patricia WittbergReligious groups aren’t capturing the hearts of the millennial generation, and the Internet is partly to blame, says the author on a new book on building strong religious communities.

As part of her research for writing “Building Strong Church Communities: A Sociological Overview,” Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis professor Patricia Wittberg examined nearly 700 surveys of Catholic parishes completed by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University.

Some of the questions Wittberg’s book asks include: How close do Catholics feel to their parish community and how close do they want to feel? …

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New graduate scholarship celebrates life of sociology professor Sue Steinmetz

November 05 | News Categories: Sociology

Sue SteinmetzThe Department of Sociology has created a new graduate scholarship fund in honor of their late colleague, Professor Suzanne Steinmetz, who was a member of the faculty from 1989 until her sudden passing in 2009.

Professor Steinmetz’s influence on the department was significant and long-lasting, says Robert White, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.  As department chair and director of graduate studies she played a key role in setting the department’s course, particularly in shaping its graduate program.  She was always concerned about the health …

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Faculty in the News - Decision 2012

October 22 | News Categories: Campus News | Communication Studies | Economics | Faculty and Staff | History | Philanthropic Studies | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology

During the 2012 presidential election, Liberal Arts faculty have regularly served as expert commentators for the media. A sampling of their appearance is included on this page.

Oct. 25 Peter Thuesen, Professor and Chair of the Department Religious Studies at IUPUI, comments in The Christian Science Monitor article about the Senatorial debate fall-out.The Christian Science Monitor

Oct. 24 Edward Curtis IV, Professor of Religious Studies at IUPUI, comments in this front-page Indianapolis Star article about the Senatorial debate fall-out.Indianapolis Star

Oct. 22 Kristina Sheeler, chair of the Department of Communication Studies at IUPUI, comments on …

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Liberal Arts Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

August 30 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Centers | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Geography | History | Institute for American Thought | Medical Humanities | Philanthropic Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Research | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

This fall, Liberal Arts welcomed new full and part-time faculty across its departments and programs and in a variety of capacities as well as a group of new staff. Please click on the faculty or staff member’s name to learn more about their interests, background, and responsibilities.

Chinese students arrive at IUPUI for joint sociology study-abroad program

August 13 | News Categories: Centers | English | International | Sociology

Sun Yat-Sen Study Abroad Students

A group of Chinese students from Sun Yat-Sen University arrived in Indianapolis on Monday for a two-week study abroad opportunity at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

The students, led by Sun Yat-Sen professor Yuxin Pei, will attend seminars and immerse themselves in American culture and society during their stay. Their visit is the second phase of a two-way student exchange under a new partnership between IUPUI and Sun Yat-Sen University, in Guangzhou, China.

Earlier this summer, eight IUPUI and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne students, with their advisor, IUPUI professor Wan-Ning Bao, Ph.D., spent three weeks …

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IUPUI lecturer to share insights gained on trip to China with students

July 30 | News Categories: Centers | Faculty and Staff | International | Sociology | Teaching

David Strong, with colleagues, on trip to China

When the subject turned to China and globalization in his introductory sociology classes at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, David Strong realized two things: His students wanted to learn more about China, and so did he.

When an opportunity to see China first-hand came along, Strong seized it. The sociology lecturer in the IU School of Liberal Arts applied for and was selected, along with other educators from Indiana colleges and universities, to visit China in May 2012. The trip was designed for faculty members who don’t specialize in issues surrounding …

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IUPUI Hosts International Conference On Language And Culture

July 30 | News Categories: Campus News | Centers | Faculty and Staff | International | Research | Sociology

Dr. Ulla Connor

Yairam Perez left Cuba and worked in the hotel industry in Indianapolis while he put himself through school at IUPUI, eventually earning a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in organizational leadership.

He now works as a college admissions director and business instructor, as well as a consultant to companies hiring Hispanic employees. His goal is to help managers to bridge cultural and language gaps.

Perez will share what he has learned from research on his master’s thesis as well as his own real life experiences at an upcoming conference at IUPUI for …

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$1.6 million study of HIV transmission reaches final phase

June 04 | News Categories: Campus News | Communication Studies | Faculty and Staff | Research | Sociology

David BellSince the initial cases of HIV infection in 1981, approximately 1.7 million people have contracted the disease in the United States, of which 619,000 have lost their lives. An estimated 1.2 million were alive in 2008, but one in five of those infected are unaware they carry the virus, reports the Center for Disease Control. There are nearly 50,000 newly reported cases each year.

David Bell, professor of sociology in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, is the principal investigator on a study, Networks of Heterosexual Risk and HIV, which …

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STeleR study: Telerehab improves functioning after stroke

May 31 | News Categories: Centers | News | Sociology

Neale Chumbler, Ph.DResearchers led by Regenstrief Institute investigator Neale Chumbler, Ph.D., a research scientist with the Center of Excellence on Implementing Evidence-Based Practice at the Richard Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, have developed STeleR, a home telerehabilitation program that they report improves lower body physical functioning even two years after a stroke. Participating in STeleR also increased the likelihood of maintaining a regular fitness routine, enhanced money management skills, and improved the capability to prepare meals and take care of personal needs such as bathing.

“Effects of Telerehabilitation on Physical Function and Disability for Stroke Patients” …

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Liberal Arts Research Receives $386,217 in External Grants and Contracts

May 22 | News Categories: Centers | English | Grants | History | News | Research | Sociology

A total of $386,217 in grants has been awarded to faculty members of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI by several government agencies and Indiana Humanities. The grants support a wide range of projects that included developing historical tours guided by a smart phone app, researching the history of women’s voting rights in Indiana, improving workplace writing skills, and studying adolescent pregnancy and parenting. Faculty, students, and researchers in history, English, and sociology received the awards.

Anita Morgan, senior lecturer of history, received an Indiana Legal History Grant ($2,000) for a project called "Indianapolis Women Working for the Right …

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Leech Named William T. Grant Foundation Scholar

April 23 | News Categories: Faculty and Staff | News | Research | Sociology

Tamara Leech

The William T. Grant Foundation has long been interested in research that works to improve the lives of young people. The research interests of Dr. Tamara Leech, assistant professor of sociology in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, include adolescent health risk behavior in urban communities. Leech’s research project, "Pockets of Peace: Investigating Urban Neighborhoods Resilient to Adolescent Violence," has recently been recognized by the Foundation through an invitation to join their Scholars Program

Leech’s project explores why some low-income, high minority urban neighborhoods have extremely low rates of youth violence. Over the next five years, she …

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Four Liberal Arts students selected as 2012 Plater Civic Engagement Recipients

April 19 | News Categories: Anthropology | Campus News | General News | International | Sociology | World Languages and Cultures

The 2012 William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion awardees have been announced by the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning.

This year’s Plater Civic Engagement Medallion recipients represent a broad variety of backgrounds, majors, and types of engagement that have had a major impact both on the IUPUI campus and within the Indianapolis community. Four of the twenty recipients are Liberal Arts majors: Danielle Davis (Spanish), Mary Kate Dugan (Sociology), Ryan Logan (Anthropology), and Taylor Rhodes (International Studies).

The William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion is designed to honor IUPUI students that are most dedicated to civic engagement. This engagement could …

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The History of Cardenio Ticket Prices Reduced

April 18 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Campus News | Communication Studies | Event Announcements | English | Faculty and Staff | Geography | History | Individualized Major Program | International | Lectures and Seminars | Museum Studies | Opportunities | Philanthropic Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

Alys Dickerson is Violenta in Cardenio

Ticket prices for the performances of The History of Cardenio this month at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis have been reduced.

Cardenio, a “lost play” by William Shakespeare and his younger contemporary John Fletcher, is the inaugural performance in the new IUPUI Campus Center Theater. Florida State University professor Gary Taylor has recreated and reimagined the script for the play, directed by IUPUI associate professor Terri Bourus, who teaches in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

Tickets are now $10 for students, $20 for general admission, and $15 for groups of …

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Exhibit Showcases Health Careers for Liberal Arts Students

April 03 | News Categories: Alumni Accomplishments | Communication Studies | Event Announcements | Geography | Individualized Major Program | Medical Humanities | News | Opportunities | Sociology | Student Accomplishments

Health Careers for Liberal Arts Exhibit: April 5, 2012 in the second floor lobby of Cavanaugh Hall

The secret of a Liberal Arts degree is that it can be applied to many careers. Employers of all kinds, including those in health fields, need the strong communication and critical thinking skills that Liberal Arts students hone through their coursework.

To illustrate how Liberal Arts majors can translate these skills to health professions the Liberal Arts Career Development Office has created a special exhibit, “Exploring Skills & Passion: Liberal Arts and Health Careers,” which will open on April 5, 2012, and …

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Tickets on Sale for Performances of ‘History of Cardenio,” Rarely Seen Shakespeare Play

March 08 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Campus News | Communication Studies | Event Announcements | English | Faculty and Staff | Geography | History | Individualized Major Program | International | Lectures and Seminars | Museum Studies | News | Opportunities | Philanthropic Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

Tickets are now on sale at IUPUI for the April performances of The History of Cardenio, a “lost play” by William Shakespeare and his younger contemporary John Fletcher. The play is recreated and reimagined by Professor Gary Taylor, a prize-winning editor of both Shakespeare and Fletcher, and directed by IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI Associate Professor of English drama, Terri Bourus.

The world premiere of the reconstructed play is the result of 20 years of research by Taylor, who presented a public reading of his most advanced and refined iteration of the script at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London …

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Sociologist explores making personal health records more usable

January 09 | News Categories: Centers | Research | Sociology

IMAGE:David Haggstrom, M.D. is a Regenstrief Institute investigator and assistant professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Although personal health records are now securely accessible online to a large and growing number of individuals, little research has been conducted on opinions about their ease of use.

A new study coauthored by Sociology faculty member Dr. Neale Chumbler recruited patients into a human-computer interaction laboratory to determine the user experience for several popular functions of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ My HealtheVet, the most widely disseminated personal health record system in the United States. The study appears …

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In The News - November 2011

December 09 | News Categories: Anthropology | Centers | Faculty and Staff | General News | History | Museum Studies | Philanthropic Studies | Political Science | Religious Studies | Research | Sociology

Experts from Liberal Arts departments and centers are regularly cited in the local, national, and international media. A selection from online sources provides a sampling of the types of issues and kinds of research Liberal Arts faculty are called upon to talk about in the public sphere. Also included is general Liberal Arts news covered by the media.

Kennington Common, the Occupy Movement & the Freedom of Assembly

History Workshop Online, November 3, 2011 Jason Kelly, Professor of British History, writes about the historical development of the park and the effects this development had on the working class.  This event represents a …

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In the News - October 2011

November 07 | News Categories: Alumni Accomplishments | Anthropology | Centers | History | Institute for American Thought | Philanthropic Studies | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology

Experts from Liberal Arts departments and centers are regularly cited in the local, national, and international media. A selection from online sources provides a sampling of the types of issues and kinds of research Liberal Arts faculty are called upon to talk about in the public sphere. Also included is general Liberal Arts news covered by the media. 

No, I Don’t Owe My Yoga Mat to Vivekananda

Religion Dispatchers October 4, 2011

Andrea R. Jain, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, analyzes an article by Ann Louise Bardach in the New York Times magazine called, “How Yoga Won the West”.  Jain argues …

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In the News - September 2011

October 13 | News Categories: Centers | Communication Studies | Economics | English | History | Philanthropic Studies | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology

Experts from Liberal Arts departments and centers are regularly cited in the local, national, and international media. A selection from online sources provides a sampling of the types of issues and kinds of research Liberal Arts faculty are called upon to talk about in the public sphere. Also included is general Liberal Arts news covered by the media.

Which of the tribes does this man claim?Cumberland Times-News September 6, 2011In this opinion piece, Professor Johnny Flynn (Religious Studies)  responds to an article which appeared in this paper on Aug. 21, titled "Eagle White Feather brings people back to the faith," written by …

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IUPUI, IUPUC Sociology Students Raise $1,900 for AIDS Fund, Earn Team Award

October 12 | News Categories: Civic Engagement | Sociology | Student Accomplishments

The IUPUI and IUPUC Sociology R385 AIDS and Society classes, taught by IU School of Liberal Arts Associate Professor of Sociology Carrie Foote and IUPUC faculty member Ben Drury, joined forces this year to raise funds for the 2011 Indiana AIDS Walk held on Oct. 8, 2011.

The 34-member team, named IU AIDS & Society Class Team, raised a final total of $1,900, winning the walk’s award for the college team who raised the most money for the Indiana AIDS Fund.

Sociology students participating in the 5K event included walkers and students who worked as volunteers to help stage the …

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Cavanaugh 40th Anniversary Photos, Exhibit, Remarks Now Online

October 10 | News Categories: Anthropology | Centers | Communication Studies | Economics | English | General News | Geography | History | Museum Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

Liberal Arts 40th AnniversaryRelive the fun of the Cavanaugh Hall 40th Anniversary Open House and Reunion by viewing photos from the event, seeing the exhibit online, and reading the remarks from the post-event dinner. The events, held on September 23rd, 2011, commemorated the dedication of one of the three original IUPUI buildings and those who have made their home in the building during the last 4 decades.

Photo Gallery

Online Exhibit

Remarks

Cavanaugh Hall Celebrates 40 Years of Impact - September 23rd

August 29 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Centers | Communication Studies | Event Announcements | Economics | English | General News | Geography | History | Institute for American Thought | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

Liberal Arts 40th AnniversaryCavanaugh Hall will celebrate its 40th anniversary with an open house and reunion on Friday, September 23, 2011, 4:30-6:30 pm. The event will feature a special six-story exhibit, "Cavanaugh Hall: 40 Years of Impact," exploring the building’s history, a reception, and comments from Dean William Blomquist at 6:00 pm.

Originally conceived to be 9-stories tall with windows all around, Cavanaugh, the Lecture Center (now Lecture Hall) and the Library (now Taylor Hall) were the first undergraduate buildings on what became the IUPUI campus. Named in honor of Robert E. …

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In the News - July 2011

August 09 | News Categories: Centers | Communication Studies | English | History | International | Philanthropic Studies | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology

Experts from Liberal Arts departments and centers are regularly cited in the local, national, and international media. A selection from online sources provides a sampling of the types of issues and kinds of research Liberal Arts faculty are called upon to talk about in the public sphere. Also included is general Liberal Arts news covered by the media.

After 2-year dip, gifts to charities up in 2010Columbus Dispatch June 23, 2011Charitable giving grew last year for the first time since 2007, but American generosity still has a long way to go to catch up to pre-recession levels, experts say. "It would take …

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Liberal Arts Faculty/Staff Break Campus Campaign Record!

June 16 | News Categories: Anthropology | Centers | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Faculty and Staff | History | Institute for American Thought | Medical Humanities | Museum Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

133 Liberal Arts faculty and staff members contributed to the 2011 Liberal Arts IMPACT IUPUI Faculty and Staff Campaign raising $55,702.19 for scholarships, research, departmental and school initiatives, and events! Across campus 856 faculty and staff donors have given $340,898 during the campaign that ran from February 28th to May 31st. Thanks to the generosity and commitment of the faculty and staff it was a record-setting year of support for the School of Liberal Arts. Liberal Arts faculty and staff giving also broke a campus record, collectively giving more than any unit in the campaign’s recorded history.

A record number of faculty …

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Leech Receives Service Award from University College

May 03 | News Categories: Faculty and Staff | Sociology

/_Assets/uploads/images/wost-brand.jpgDr. Tamara Leech, Assistant Professor of Sociology in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, is the 2011 recipient of the Tonja ConourEagan Faculty Service Award from IUPUI’s University College.

Named in honor of Tonja Conour Eagan, an IU School of Liberal Arts and SPEA alumna, and the co-founder of a peer mentoring program for undergraduate students, the award is presented to one faculty member each year who is extensively involved in working with mentors, or mentoring research, in University College.

Leech, whose academic interests include violence and …

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19 Students Among IUPUI Top 100

March 28 | News Categories: Anthropology | Campus News | Communication Studies | Economics | Individualized Major Program | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology | Student Accomplishments | World Languages and Cultures

Nineteen Liberal Arts students are among IUPUI’s "Top 100" Students.  The IUPUI Alumni Council and the Student Organizations for Alumni Relations (SOAR) sponsor the "Top 100" Student Recognition Awards, which are based on academic success, extracurricular activities, and community engagement.  Liberal Arts students selected are:

  • Jenna Baughman, Junior, Religious Studies & Biology (LaPorte)
  • Capri Copp, Senior, Communication Studies (Sharpsville)
  • Meghan Cross, Senior, Spanish & International Studies (Fishers)
  • Dillon Etter, Junior, Biology & Spanish (Greenwood)
  • Stephanie Harris, Senior, Anthropology & Philosophy (Fishers)
  • Brittaney Humphrey, Senior, Sociology (Rolling Prairie)
  • Patricia Jordan, Senior, Anthropology (Indianapolis)
  • Abigail Mills, Senior, Chemistry & German (Indianapolis)
  • Sarah Mohlke, Junior, Psychology & Religious Studies (Valparaiso)
  • Claudia Montes-Salinas, Senior, …

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Exhibit Displays Religion from the Bottom Up

January 26 | News Categories: Anthropology | Centers | Multimedia | Opportunities | Religious Studies | Sociology

Photo by Rick Nahmias

Religion from the bottom up is the focus of an exhibit currently on display in the Cultural Arts Gallery in the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd.

Featuring the photography and research of Rick Nahmias, the multi-media exhibit "Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited," is on display through Feb. 28, 2011, in the gallery located in Room 240 of the Campus Center.

Using California as the lens, Nahmias documents the religious practices of 11 marginalized communities at prayer in eight different faith traditions. It presents a rarely seen look at the sacred worlds …

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Haas Named Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs

December 16 | News Categories: Campus News | Faculty and Staff | International | Sociology | Women's Studies

Linda HaasLinda L. Haas, Ph.D., professor of sociology and adjunct professor of women’s studies, has been appointed interim associate vice chancellor for international affairs at IUPUI and interim associate vice president for international affairs for the Indiana University system.

In these roles, Haas will serve as key cabinet member for the IU system-wide division of International Affairs as well as chief international officer for IUPUI, heading the Office of International Affairs.

Haas is replacing Susan Buck Sutton, the first administrator to assume full-time leadership of the IUPUI Office of International Affairs. Under Sutton’s leadership IUPUI has established a program …

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Call for Nominations: Taylor Award for Excellence in Diversity

November 08 | News Categories: Campus News | Faculty and Staff | Opportunities | Sociology

/_Assets/uploads/images/wtgp_head.jpgDr. Joseph T. Taylor Award for Excellence in Diversity2011 Call for Nominations

In honor of Dr. Joseph T. Taylor, the first dean of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, this is a call for nominations and applications for the 11th annual IUPUI Excellence in Diversity Awards.  The awards will be conferred by Chancellor Charles R. Bantz during the 22th Annual Joseph T. Taylor Symposium on February 24, 2011.  Award recipient(s) will be selected from nominations or applications submitted by faculty, staff or students in recognition of exemplary IUPUI individuals, academic and support …

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Dean Blomquist Appoints 22 New Student Ambassadors

November 01 | News Categories: Anthropology | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Individualized Major Program | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology | Student Accomplishments | World Languages and Cultures

/_Assets/uploads/images/wtgp_head.jpg22 Liberal Arts majors have been newly appointed as Student Ambassadors for 2010-2011. The students will represent the School at special events and functions and participate in student recruitment efforts as well as alumni and donor relations. Applicants for the program, now in its fourth year, must be nominated by a faculty or staff member, complete an application, and participate in an interview before being appointed by the dean.

The new Student Ambassadors are:

  • Rebecca Ansen, Spanish/International Studies - Senior
  • Megan Byrne, English-Writing/Philosophy - Senior
  • Oaksoon Callahan, English - Sophomore
  • Purdey Egnew, Political Science - Senior
  • Stephanie Gross, Health Policy …

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Leech’s Research Recognizes and Supports Positive Behavior among Black Urban Youth

October 19 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Civic Engagement | Faculty and Staff | Research | Sociology

Dr. Tamara Leech, AssisTamara Leech, Ph.D.tant Professor of Sociology in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, conducts research on violence and risky sex among Black urban adolescents. Her work typically examines these health risk behaviors as part of a multi-level process, including the consideration of individuals’ gender role attitudes and neighborhoods’ community ties. According to Dr. Leech, the very definition of violence and risky sex is socially constructed, such that a complete understanding of these behaviors has to take into account how and why we attempt to address them as social problems.

Dr. Leech’s …

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Liberal Arts Welcomes New Faculty and Staff for 2010-2011

October 07 | News Categories: Anthropology | Centers | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Faculty and Staff | Institute for American Thought | Philanthropic Studies | Philosophy | Political Science | Sociology | World Languages and Cultures

This fall, Liberal Arts welcomed new full and part-time faculty across its departments and programs. From language acquisition and instruction to Economics and American Studies, the interests of these faculty span the humanities and social sciences. Several staff members also joined the Liberal Arts team. Please click on the individual’s name to learn more.

Full-Time Teaching Faculty/Full-Time Teaching Faculty in New Appointments

Campus Center to honor Sherrill and Pratt

August 30 | News Categories: Alumni Accomplishments | Campus News | Faculty and Staff | Religious Studies | Sociology

This fall, the Campus Center will honor the memory of two members of the IUPUI community who contributed to the rich history of IUPUI and Indianapolis.  Two meeting rooms in the Campus Center have been named to honor Dr. Rowland A. "Tony" Sherrill, late professor of religious studies and Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts, and the late Mr. Yale Pratt, a Bachelor of Arts in sociology alumnus.  

Under the direction of Campus Center director Daniel Maxwell, the Campus Center Names Project Committee collected, reviewed and recommended Sherrill and Pratt from among the 23 nominations representing faculty, staff, students, alumni and …

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Chumbler Appointed Sociology Chair

August 09 | News Categories: Faculty and Staff | Sociology

/_Assets/uploads/images/wost-brand.jpgNeale Chumbler, professor of sociology, has been appointed chair of the Sociology Department in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

Chumbler, a faculty member in Sociology at IUPUI since 2008, also has served as the Associate Director of a national Research Center of Excellence and as director of the postdoctoral research fellowship program, both at the Indianapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Chumbler calls the appointment as chair a great honor. "I’ll be continuing the great success of my predecessors," he says. "It’s an important position because you are helping facilitate the success …

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Lend Your Support: Grad Kelly Funk Struck By Lightning

August 03 | News Categories: General News | Sociology

Kelly & Laila2002 sociology graduate Kelly Funk was struck by lightning on July 8th. Since graduating, Kelly had married and became a farmer and a mom; she was injured while harvesting onions after a storm had passed. Her husband, John Ferree, was able to resuscitate her with CPR.

Kelly has now been moved from Methodist critical care to an acute care facility where she continues to struggle against unconsciousness. John continues to run the farm and care for their 1 year old daughter, Laila. You can learn more about Kelly’s status at their farm’s website-http://seldomseenfarm.com/.

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Carrie Foote (Sociology) Named to National Institutes of Health Advisory Council

July 06 | News Categories: Civic Engagement | Faculty and Staff | General News | News | Sociology

IUPUI Associate Professor of Sociology Carrie Foote

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has named Carrie Foote, Associate Professor of Sociology in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI,  to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) advisory council that serves an important role in setting scientific priorities, enhancing collaboration, and ensuring that research dollars are invested in the highest priority areas of scientific opportunity that will lead to new tools in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. This appointment is recognition of Foote’s national leadership in the social scientific dimensions of HIV/AIDS.

In July …

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Discovering the Biology of Caring

June 22 | News Categories: Books by Faculty | Faculty and Staff | Research | Sociology

book cover imageWhen Professor David C. Bell held his newborn child, he realized for the first time what emotions were. "When I looked into my child’s eyes he looked back at me," he remembers. Coming from a family that did not discuss their emotions, Bell operated instead on logic. "I thought everything was intellectual. I thought I could go through life intellectually." But holding his son changed all that.

Now, in his new book, "The Dynamics of Connection: How Evolution and Biology Create Caregiving and Attachment" (Lexington Books, 2010), Bell explores the biology of caring and …

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11 Faculty Promoted By IU Trustees

June 11 | News Categories: Anthropology | English | Faculty and Staff | History | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology | World Languages and Cultures

This spring, the Indiana University Board of Trustees approved the promotion of eleven faculty in the School of Liberal Arts. Faculty from eight of the school’s eleven departments were awarded a promotion in rank; four faculty members also received tenure. The promotions become effective July 1, 2010.

Promoted to Professor

  • Enrica Ardemagni, World Languages and Cultures (Spanish)
  • Bob Barrows, History
  • Ain Haas, Sociology
  • Paul Mullins, Anthropology

Promoted to Associate Professor with tenure

  • Ramle Bandele, Political Science
  • Kelly Hayes, Religious Studies
  • Jason Kelly, History
  • Jennifer Thorington Springer, English

Promoted to  Senior Lecturer

  • Sharon Henriksen, English
  • Susan Stamper, English
  • Victoria Rogers, Philosophy

Congratulations!


Five Students Receive Civic Engagement Medallion; Faculty/Staff also Recognized

April 09 | News Categories: Anthropology | Communication Studies | English | History | Sociology | Student Accomplishments | World Languages and Cultures

Out of the twenty-four William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallions given by IUPUI this year, five have gone to Liberal Arts majors. Chad Bracken (History),  John Burkhardt (Communication Studies), Molly Dagon (Anthropology), Whitney Grout (English), and Whitney Mansfield (Sociology) were recognized for depth and diversity of commitment in serving their communities at the 6th Annual Showcase of Civic Engagement on Tuesday, April 6th. This event is organized by the IUPUI Center for Service & Learning.

Student descriptions from the event follow:

  •  "Chad Bracken has pursued an independent research project on the History of the Canal Towpath. The goal of the project is to incorporate …

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Liberal Arts In the News

March 19 | News Categories: Books by Faculty | Centers | English | Faculty and Staff | News | Philanthropic Studies | Political Science | Religious Studies | Sociology

Experts from Liberal Arts departments and centers are regularly cited in the local, national, and international media. A selection from online sources provides a sampling of the types of issues and kinds of research Liberal Arts faculty are called upon to talk about in the public sphere. Also included is general Liberal Arts news covered by the media.

March 2010

Pence: Not Enough Votes to Pass HealthcareWIBC.com, March 15, 2010Mike Pence addressed a crowd of 650 "Kill the Bill" healthcare protestors on the Statehouse lawn this week.  Brian Vargus, IUPUI political science professor,  takes a hard line against the grassroots Tea Party protestors, …

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Call for Poster Proposals - The Twenty-First Annual Joseph Taylor Symposium - “Voices in the City: Language, Literacy and Urban Life”

January 13 | News Categories: Campus News | Event Announcements | English | News | Sociology

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Voices in the City: Language, Literacy, and Urban Life

Call for Poster Proposals - The Twenty-First Annual Joseph Taylor Symposium

The organizing committee of the Twenty-First Annual Joseph Taylor Symposium at the IU School of Liberal Arts invites all students, faculty members, and researchers to submit abstracts for poster presentation at the upcoming 21st annual Joseph Taylor Symposium on February 25, 2010. The Joseph Taylor Symposium honors Dr. Joseph T. Taylor, Professor of Sociology from 1965 to 1983 and the first Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, for his …

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Howard honored for service to teaching

June 04 | News Categories: Faculty and Staff | Sociology

[Photo]: Jay R. HowardIUPUC Vice Chancellor and Dean and Professor of Sociology Jay Howard, Ph.D., was recently honored with the P.A. Mack Award for Distinguished Service to Teaching at the 2009 Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching Retreat.

The PA Mack Award is given annually to an individual who has an extensive career of demonstrated excellence and distinguished service to teaching consistent with the goals and ideals of the Faculty Colloquium for Excellence in Teaching (FACET). To qualify for the award, service must extend beyond an individual’s own disciplinary unit and/or campus.

"I can think of no one …

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Liberal Arts Faculty Included in Delegation Headed to Moi University, Kenya

May 13 | News Categories: Anthropology | Campus News | English | Faculty and Staff | Geography | International | Religious Studies | Research | Sociology

Ray Bradbury | PHOTO BY PHOTO BY ALAN LIGHT, 1975Ray Bradbury |  PHOTO BY ALAN LIGHT, 1975Three of the NASA artifacts in the Bradbury collections, including a Mars globe presented by NASA from the Mariner 9 photographic missions (1971).Three of the NASA artifacts in the Bradbury collections, including a Mars globe presented by NASA from the Mariner 9 photographic missions (1971).

INDIANAPOLIS—Aug. 22 marks the 95th anniversary of visionary science fiction and fantasy writer Ray Bradbury’s birth. The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will …

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Ford Uses Facebook to Add International Twist to Course

April 01 | News Categories: Faculty and Staff | International | Sociology | Technology

David Ford, Professor and Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Programs in the School of Liberal Arts, has added a new twist to a sociology course he is teaching one last time before he retires in the fall.

To engage students through technology and add an international element to the class that examines social problems, Ford turned to Facebook, a social networking website, as a platform to connect his students in Indianapolis with students in Mexico, China and Kenya.

Ford came to Facebook accidentally. A discussion at an international affairs meeting about the use of the social networking site to …

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Telehealth for Diabetes Promotes Aging at Home, Not in the Hospital

March 17 | News Categories: Civic Engagement | Faculty and Staff | Research | Sociology

[Photo]: Neale R ChumblerA large study of ethnically and racially diverse individuals with diabetes has found that home telemonitoring of their health resulted in significantly fewer deaths than in a similar group that was not monitored. Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

The study of 387 diabetics and 387 individuals without diabetes appears in the March 2009 issue of the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare.

The researchers, led by Neale Chumbler, Ph.D., professor of sociology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’s School of Liberal Arts and a Regenstrief Institute research scientist, used …

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Taylor Bust Unveiled as University College Marks 10th Anniversary

March 10 | News Categories: Campus News | Faculty and Staff | Sociology

About 200 people attended the IUPUI celebration marking the 10th anniversary of University College, the 40th anniversary of IUPUI, and the unveiling of the portrait bust of Dr. Joseph T. Taylor, the first dean of the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

Guests attending the February 25, 2009, event included Herron School of Art and Design graduate and Taylor bust sculptor Casey Eskridge, and keynote speaker Eugene White, superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools.

In an interview prior to the event, Eskridge, who earned his bachelor’s degree from Herron in 1997, talked about his work creating the …

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In Memory: Professor Suzanne Steinmetz

March 06 | News Categories: Faculty and Staff | Sociology | Women's Studies

[Photo]: Suzanne K. SteinmetzSociology Professor Suzanne K. Steinmetz passed away suddenly on Thursday morning, March 5, 2009. 

Professor Steinmetz joined the Faculty of the IU School of Liberal Arts in 1989 and has touched many lives in our community through her work on marriage and family relationships.  The editor of the journal Marriage and Family Review and numerous books including Fatherhood: Research, Interventions and Policies, Steinmetz was a respected scholar and beloved teacher.

The School extends heartfelt sympathy to Sue’s family, fellow faculty members, staff, students, and friends.  If you need help dealing with this difficult time for our …

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Bell Book Provides Tools for Contructing Social Theory

November 11 | News Categories: Books by Faculty | Research | Sociology

/_Assets/uploads/images/Bell.2008.jpgIn Constructing Social Theory, David Bell discusses the nature of social theory and theoretical orientations.

Bell, a professor of sociology in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, organizes forty-three theoretical orientations in seven domains (1) exchange (2) power (3) adaptation/reinforcement (4) social bond (5) altruism (6) functionalism (7) identity.

The text also includes a tutorial on how to identify an appropriate theoretical orientation and create a theory given a particular research question. Bell separates the theoretical orientation of causal logic from theory itself, illuminating the mechanisms of scientific revolutions where new …

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Howard Wins National Sociology Teaching Award

September 11 | News Categories: Faculty and Staff | Sociology

[Photo]: Jay R. HowardJay Howard, vice chancellor and dean of IUPUC, has been awarded the 2008 Hans O. Mauksch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Sociology.

The award was presented by the American Sociological Association Section on Teaching and Learning at its annual conference in Boston on August 1. Dr. Howard, also Professor of Sociology and former head of the Division of Liberal Arts, is an active member of the ASA as well as many other professional associations.

In his 16-year career at IUPUC, Howard has earned 15 teaching-related honors and awards, presented nearly 40 papers …

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Faculty Receive $1.6 Million Grant to Study HIV

April 21 | News Categories: Communication Studies | Faculty and Staff | Research | Sociology

The National Institutes of Health have awarded $1.6 million over 5 years to Liberal Arts faculty member David Bell for his project, "Networks of Heterosexual Risk and HIV." He will study HIV-positive people and their HIV-negative heterosexual partners to determine motivations for risk reduction behaviors. The overall objective is to develop interventions to reduce the transmission of HIV. Bell, a Professor of Sociology and the lead researcher, will be joined by Assistant Professor Carrie Foote (Sociology) and Professor Sandra Petronio (Communication Studies) in the completing the project.

 

 


Sociology Department Wins School Category for AIDS Walk

October 16 | News Categories: Front Page | News | Sociology

aidswalk_sociology-flagweb.jpgThe Department of Sociology raised more than $1100 in support of the Indiana AIDS Walk &Ride on Sunday, October 14th. The Department raised more than any other participating school group and was recognized at the event. The AIDS Walk & Ride supports services and programs serving the 10,000+ Indiana residents with HIV/AIDS.