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Alumni Associations planning Weekend U of ‘Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll’

February 18 | News Categories: Campus News | Event Announcements | Women's Studies

The theme of “Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll” will be explored by Indiana University Bloomington and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis faculty at Weekend U, a half-day continuing education conference offered by the IU and Purdue alumni associations.

The event will take place March 8 in the NCAA Hall of Champions and Conference Center. It begins at 8 a.m. and concludes with lunch. The cost is $25 for members of the IU and Purdue alumni associations and $30 for nonmembers. Registration is required at www.myiupui.com/weekendu by Feb. 28.

Some sessions offered at Weekend U will examine sex, drugs and rock and …

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In the News - November 2013

December 12 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Centers | Event Announcements | Economics | English | General News | Medical Humanities | Philosophy | Political Science | Religious Studies | Student Accomplishments | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

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.

Have We Taken Exam Security Too Far?The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 21, 2013 From medical license exams to the GRE, intensive security surrounds academic testing. One test-taker compared the lengths taken to those he experienced as a marine in Fallujah. Richard Gunderman, professor …

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IUPUI professor explores evolution of black masculinity in new book

November 18 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Books by Faculty | English | Faculty and Staff | Women's Studies

'Searching for the New Black Man' cover

A new book by Ronda Henry Anthony, associate professor of English and Africana studies in the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, examines black masculinity and looks at modern black male and female feminists who are reshaping the ideals and values commonly associated with black men.

"Searching for the New Black Man: Black Masculinity and Women’s Bodies" studies such texts as the slave narratives of Henry Bibb and Frederick Douglass; the work of James Baldwin, Walter Mosley and W.E.B. Du Bois; and even the writings of President …

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‘Woman President’ authors examine factors that have kept women out of the White House

November 15 | News Categories: Books by Faculty | Communication Studies | Faculty and Staff | Political Science | Women's Studies

'Woman President' book cover

In an age when women have held the highest position of government in other countries around the world, America has yet to elect a woman to the nation’s No. 1 or No. 2 job.

While Hillary Clinton was the early frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 and Sarah Palin was the first female Republican vice-presidential nominee, their bids for office were discredited on grounds other than overall qualifications for the jobs, argue two experts in a new book on women who would be president.

In "Woman President: Confronting Postfeminist Political Culture," Indiana …

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IUPUI lecture to focus on religious movements’ impact on gender roles in early North America

October 16 | News Categories: Event Announcements | Religious Studies | Women's Studies

James F. BrooksThe IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute will continue its 2013-14 lecture and performance series with a presentation on the impact of religious movements on male-female relationships in early North America.

American historian James F. Brooks will present "Women, Men and Evangelism in the American Southwest" from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Room 409 of the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd.

Based on a recent article in the American Historical Review, Brooks discusses four "big ideas" related to evangelical movements that swept across the borderlands of the North American Southwest from …

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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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Wokeck named director of the Institute for American Thought

May 09 | News Categories: History | Institute for American Thought | Women's Studies

Marianne S. WokeckMarianne S. Wokeck has accepted an appointment as the next director of the Institute for American Thought (IAT), effective July 1, 2013. Wokeck is currently associate dean for academic affairs in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI; she will step down from this post to become director of the IAT. Wokeck will continue in her role as senior editor of the Santayana Edition, a part of the IAT, chancellor’s professor of history, adjunct professor of American Studies and Women’s Studies

The IAT is a research facility focused on the fundamental strongholds of American …

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Wokeck receives Women’s Leadership Award; Others with Liberal Arts ties also recognized

May 03 | News Categories: Alumni Accomplishments | Faculty and Staff | History | Institute for American Thought | Student Accomplishments | Women's Studies

Marianne S. Wokeck, chancellor's professor of history and associate dean for academic affairs in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUIMarianne S. Wokeck, chancellor’s professor of history and associate dean for academic affairs in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, was selected as one of two Outstanding IUPUI Woman Leaders in the "veteran" faculty category for the 2013 Women’s History Month Leadership Awards.

The award, sponsored by the IUPUI Office for Women, recognizes women faculty and staff who have been outstanding leaders in their department, schools, or who have demonstrated significant leadership at …

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IU experts available to discuss ‘Great Gatsby’ in advance of new film

April 24 | News Categories: Centers | English | Faculty and Staff | Women's Studies

Karen JohnsonIn advance of the May 10 release of director Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of author F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, "The Great Gatsby," Indiana University has several faculty experts who can provide insights on various aspects of the author, the book’s themes and other details.

Sources may be contacted directly. If you need further assistance, contact Bethany Nolan with IU Communications at 812-855-6494 or nolanb@indiana.edu, or contact Diane Brown with IU Communications at 317-274-2195 or

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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Alison Bechdel to be featured in Rufus & Louis Reiberg Reading Series

February 04 | News Categories: Event Announcements | English | Women's Studies

Alison BechdelThe Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Arts and Humanities Institute Lecture Series and the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI Rufus & Louis Reiberg Reading Series are co-hosting a lecture featuring nationally acclaimed cartoonist/writer and LGBT advocate Alison Bechdel. Bechdel’s presentation takes place Thursday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., in the Dean and Barbara White Auditorium at the Indiana State Museum.

Bechdel is best known for the long running comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For,” a landmark work published over 20 years.  In 2006, she published “Fun Home,” which Time magazine called a “stunning …

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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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Japanese Students Explore Women’s Leadership Issues In Unique IUPUI English Program

October 04 | News Categories: Centers | English | International | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

Tsuda Certificate CeremonyA record number of students from Japan traveled to Indianapolis this summer for an intensive, three-week English language program that also taught them real-world lessons on women’s leadership issues.

The unique program is sponsored by the Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication (ICIC) a language and cultural training center that is part of the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

ICIC developed the program nearly eighteen years ago, noted ICIC Director Ulla Connor. The program has proved so popular that ICIC is considering expanding it to other universities.

 "Students like our …

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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.

Tezanos-Pinto inducted into North American Academy of the Spanish Language; Order of the Discoverers

May 29 | News Categories: Faculty and Staff | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

Dr. Rosa Tezanos-Pinto recently became a member of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language, one of the highest honors for Hispanic writers and academics living in the U.S., and was inducted into Sigma Delta Pi’s "Order of the Discoverers." Tezanos-Pinto is an associate professor of Spanish and director of graduate studies in the Department of World Languages and Cultures in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. She is also an adjunct associate professor in the women’s studies program and an affiliated faculty member with IU-Bloomington’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

The Royal Academy of Spanish …

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Women’s Leadership Awards Honor Three Liberal Arts Faculty and Staff Members

April 20 | News Categories: Africana Studies | English | Faculty and Staff | Philanthropic Studies | Student Accomplishments | Women's Studies

Photo: Amy Jones Richardson, Nancy Robertson and Sarah Nathan (from left) with Chancellor Charles Bantz at the Women’s Leadership Awards

The 2012 Women’s Leadership Awards recently honored three IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI faculty members. Nancy M. Robertson, (History, Philanthropic Studies, Director of Women’s Studies Program) was awarded the Veteran Faculty Award and Ronda Henry Anthony (English, Africana Studies, Director of Olaniyan Scholars Program) received the Faculty Newcomer Award. Amy Jones Richardson (Assistant Director of Recruitment, Retention, And Academic Services) was honored with the 2012 IUPUI Inspirational Woman Award. Liberal Arts students Sarah Nathan and Kimberly …

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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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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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New Books on Africa Examine Economy and Women’s Issues

February 28 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Books by Faculty | Faculty and Staff | Women's Studies

Two newly released books on contemporary Africa—one on its economic ties to other nations, the other on women’s roles to family and society—reveal intricate relationships affecting the continent’s sustained growth and development. The volumes are Gender, Sexuality, and Mothering in Africa (Africa World Press) and Globalization and Sustainable Development in Africa (University of Rochester Press).

The books are edited by Professor Bessie House-Soremekun, director of Africana studies in the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and Toyin Falola, Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

“Recent …

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Grove Receives National Women’s Studies Association Achievement Award

November 30 | News Categories: Faculty and Staff | Women's Studies

Kathleen S. GroveKathleen Surina Grove, J.D., director of the IUPUI Office for Women, is the 2011 recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Women’s Studies Association Women’s Center Committee.

Grove, who began her tenure with the IUPUI Office of Women in 2004, is an associate faculty member for the Women’s Studies Program in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

The National Women’s Studies Association award, presented Nov. 11 at the association’s national conference, recognizes "women working in women’s centers/gender equity centers who have accomplished a significant endeavor to improve the lives of women, and have addressed gender …

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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

House-Soremekun Appointed Director of Africana Studies

September 06 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Faculty and Staff | International | Political Science | Women's Studies

/_Assets/uploads/images/Speech_Night_Finalist.jpgWilliam Blomquist, dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), has appointed Bessie House-Soremekun, Ph.D., as the new director for the Africana Studies Program. House-Soremekun assumes the position previously held by Monroe Little, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History and founding director of the Africana Studies program, who recently stepped down after directing the program for 30 years.  

House-Soremekun is also the Public Scholar in African-American Studies, Civic Engagement and Entrepreneurship; professor of political science; professor of Africana studies; and the founding executive director of the Center for Global …

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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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Professor Karen Kovacik Receives NEA Literature Translation Fellowship

August 11 | News Categories: English | International | Research | Women's Studies

IUPUI Professor Karen KovacikThe National Endowment for the Arts recently awarded IUPUI Professor Karen Kovacik a $12,500 NEA Literature Translation Fellowship. The fellowship will support Kovacik’s translation into English of the work of Polish poet Agnieszka Kuciak.

Kovacik is professor of English and director of creative writing in the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). She is translating a 120-page selection of Kuciak’s work, drawing from two of the Polish poet’s books and also including some previously uncollected poems.

Polish poet and critic Bronislaw Maj characterized Kuciak’s debut as …

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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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In the News - May 2011

June 06 | News Categories: Centers | Economics | English | Faculty and Staff | History | International | Medical Humanities | Philanthropic Studies | Political Science | Religious Studies | Research | Women's Studies

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.

The Civil War and NursingNurse.com April 29, 2011The work of Civil War nurses proved that contrary to Victorian notions of the time, women could provide excellent care for men they weren’t related to without damaging delicate sensibilities or reputations, say nursing and Civil War …

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Connor named IUPUI Chancellor’s Professor

May 16 | News Categories: Centers | English | Faculty and Staff | International | Research | Women's Studies

Ulla ConnorUlla Connor, Ph.D., Professor of English and Director of the Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication (ICIC) in the School of Liberal Arts, has been named a Chancellor’s Professor of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), an honor which recognizes a record of extensive accomplishment by senior faculty at IUPUI.

Chancellor’s Professors are faculty who show commitment to the mission of the campus and contribute in concrete ways to the development of IUPUI as an academic community of exceptional quality and integrity as well as to their disciplines through the creation and application of knowledge. …

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Kovacik Named State’s Poet Laureate

May 10 | News Categories: Civic Engagement | English | Faculty and Staff | Women's Studies

IUPUI Professor Karen KovacikThe Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) recently announced the selection of IUPUI Professor Karen Kovacik as the Indiana State Poet Laureate. Kovacik, who teaches English and creative writing in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, will serve a two-year-term beginning January 2012.

"This extraordinary accomplishment and distinction recognizes the prominence of Dr. Kovacik not only as a superb poet herself but as a representative of the creative field of poetry," said William Blomquist, dean of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. "Her service as Indiana’s poet laureate …

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In the News - April 2011

May 05 | News Categories: Books by Faculty | Economics | English | Faculty and Staff | Individualized Major Program | Political Science | Religious Studies | Women's Studies

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.

Farrakhan Using Libyan Crisis to Bolster His Nation of IslamNew York Times April 9, 2011When Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Chicago-based Nation of Islam, staunchly defended Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi recently, he seized headlines for an organization that has made little news in recent …

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“Holy Harlots” Book by IUPUI Professor Examines How People Draw on Religious Resources

April 13 | News Categories: Books by Faculty | Faculty and Staff | International | Religious Studies | Research | Women's Studies

What does the disembodied spirit of an unruly harlot in Brazil have to do with religion? As readers of a new book by Kelly E. Hayes, an associate professor of Religious Studies in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI discover: everything.

The book, "Holy Harlots: Femininity, Sexuality, and Black Magic in Brazil," focuses on an Afro-Brazilian spirit entity, Pomba Gira, that plays a central role in the life of a Brazilian priestess with whom Hayes has worked in Brazil for the past decade.

It will be published by University of California Press in May, 2011. A DVD of …

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Henkel and Spaulding Honored with IUPUI Hine Medal

March 29 | News Categories: Alumni Accomplishments | Campus News | Communication Studies | Women's Studies

Daniel HenkelDiane E. SpauldingThe IUPUI Office of Alumni Relations recently honored three outstanding Indiana University alumni as Maynard K. Hine Medal recipients. The Hine Medal acknowledges significant contributions of individual alumni in support of the IUPUI campus and its alumni programs.

Two alumni with Liberal Arts ties are among the recipients. Media strategist Daniel J. Henkel, is a 1984 School of Liberal Arts graduate with a degree in communication and theatre who has served Liberal Arts in multiple volunteer capacities. Diane E. Spaulding, a 1972 IU …

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IUPUI to Host University Student Conference on Women/Gender Studies

March 24 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Campus News | Lectures and Seminars | Opportunities | Research | Student Accomplishments | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) will host the 23rd Indiana University Annual Women’s & Gender Studies Undergraduate Student Conference March 31 and April 1, 2011. The conference allows undergraduate students from all eight IU campuses to present their original research, artwork, or performances on women, gender and sexuality issues to peers, faculty and community.

Sponsored by the women’s studies program in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the conference will open with a reception at 6:30 p.m., March 31, 2011, in the University Library Lilly Auditorium.

The opening day reception will take place in conjunction with the IUPUI International Women’s …

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2011 Reiberg Series Begins Feb 24. with Cartoonist and Author, Lynda Barry

January 31 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Event Announcements | English | Opportunities | Women's Studies

A cartoonist and illustrator, a nationally recognized poet, a lecture and poetry suite, and a celebration of women make up the program for the Spring 2011 Rufus and Louise Reiberg Reading Series. Founded in 1997 in honor of former English Department chair Rufus Reiberg and his wife Louise, the series annually brings national and regional writers to the IUPUI campus to present their work.

Lynda Barry, cartoonist and authorThursday, February 24, 20117:30 p.m. Herron School of Art and Design, Basile Auditorium,735 West New York StreetA painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, and teacher, Barry is the creator of the syndicated strip …

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Taylor Symposium Offers Present, Future Perspectives of Indianapolis

January 26 | News Categories: Africana Studies | Anthropology | Communication Studies | Economics | English | Geography | History | Opportunities | Political Science | Religious Studies | Women's Studies

The 22nd Annual Taylor SymposiumPlanning a future with green spaces that enrich lives, energy-friendly transportation networks for accessing work and play, and renovated structures with safe sidewalks and gardens are the focus of the 26th annual Joseph Taylor Symposium.

"Imaging + Imagining the City: Perspectives on Indianapolis" is the theme for the Joseph T. Taylor Symposium, hosted by the IU School of Liberal Arts, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, in the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd.

Workshops, which run from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., will feature …

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Kostroun Recognized for Excellence in Collaboration

January 24 | News Categories: Books by Faculty | History | Religious Studies | Research | Women's Studies

/_Assets/uploads/images/iupui_black.gifBefore Daniella Kostroun became a historian in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the UCLA Clark Memorial Library in Los Angeles, California, studying the involvement of French women in Jansenism-a splinter movement within the Roman Catholic Church between the 16th and 18th centuries. At the Clark Library she met Lisa Vollendorf (Professor of Spanish, California State University, Long Beach) who was studying Spanish women writers from the same time period. As Kostroun and Vollendorf discussed commonalities and differences between these two groups of women, they embarked on …

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Schultz Edits Journals of Civil War Nurse; One of Only Five “True Diaries” by Female Relief Workers

January 19 | News Categories: Books by Faculty | English | History | Medical Humanities | Women's Studies

/_Assets/uploads/images/wost-brand.jpgJane E. Schultz, Professor of English, first came across the journals of Harriet Eaton, a traveling Civil War nurse, in 1991 while researching her book, Women at the Front (University of North Carolina Press, 2004). "There are so few true diaries kept by female relief workers during the Civil War that I was certain there would be an audience for [the journals]," she says.

In the recently released This Birth Place of Souls: The Civil War Nursing Diary of Harriet Eaton (Oxford University Press), Schultz assembled and edited Eaton’s journals alongside a collection …

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Bulen Symposium to Examine Midterm Election Impact on State, National Politics

January 19 | News Categories: Civic Engagement | Communication Studies | Lectures and Seminars | Opportunities | Political Science | Research | Women's Studies

Leslie Sanchez

Former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton and groundbreaking Hispanic author and political analyst Leslie Sanchez will headline the Ninth Bulen Symposium on American Politics at IUPUI. They join a program of academics, media and party representatives to examine how midterm election results will impact state and national politics, including the 2012 race for the White House.

The symposium will be held February 18, 2011, in Room 450 of the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Boulevard. It is presented by the Department of Political Science in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

For more information about the …

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Liberal Arts Sabbatical Speaker Series Begins January 14th

January 10 | News Categories: Anthropology | Communication Studies | English | Faculty and Staff | Lectures and Seminars | Opportunities | Philosophy | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

The history of an Irish guest house, how financial crisis are information failures, the nature of science and truth, religion and sexuality in Nigeria, Shakespeare and London’s West End, and diversification of the biomedical profession: these areas of faculty research will be explored during the Spring 2011 School of Liberal Arts Speaker Series. Faculty members from Economics, English, Communication Studies, Philosophy, Anthropology, French and Women’s Studies are featured in this portion of the annual series which kicks off Friday, January 14th. All events in are held at 4:30 pm in the IUPUI Campus Center Room 268.

Friday, January 14Gail Gráinne Whitchurch, Communication …

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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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Sutton Appointed Senior Advisor for International Initiatives at Bryn Mawr College

November 23 | News Categories: Anthropology | Campus News | Faculty and Staff | International | Philanthropic Studies | Women's Studies

Dr. Susan Buck Sutton

Dr. Susan Buck Sutton, Chancellor’s Professor of Anthropology in the IU School of Liberal Arts, IU Associate Vice President for International Programs, and IUPUI Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs, will leave IUPUI in 2011 to lead Bryn Mawr College’s international initiatives.

IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz said, "As IUPUI’s first full-time international programs leader, Susan Sutton built the infrastructure to expand our services to students, faculty, and staff. But most importantly, she is a visionary who was the architect of the campuswide infrastructure for strategic international partnerships. This has allowed IUPUI to develop …

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“19 Stars of Indiana” Author to Join Vera Bradley Creator for IUPUI Lecture

November 16 | News Categories: Communication Studies | Event Announcements | Opportunities | Student Accomplishments | Women's Studies

/_Assets/uploads/images/iupui_black.gifWhat was to be a classroom lecture featuring talks by an author and a successful entrepreneur, is now a campuswide event for Monday, Nov. 22, 2010.

Author Mickey Maurer, and Patricia Miller, co-founder of Vera Bradley, will be special guest presenters on Nov. 22 at IUPUI as an outreach of Rachel Davidson’s and Emily Deering’s Themed Learning Community (TLC) class .

Davidson and Deering, communication studies graduate students in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, were approached by Professor Catherine Dobris about becoming instructors in a new …

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Communication Students Organize Program Highlighting Indiana Women

October 29 | News Categories: Communication Studies | Event Announcements | Opportunities | Student Accomplishments | Women's Studies

Rachel Davidson and Emily DeeringRachel Davidson and Emily Deering, Communication Studies graduate students were approached by Professor Catherine Dobris about becoming instructors in a new Themed Learning Community (TLC) that would focus on women’s portrayal in the media. Without hesitation Rachel and Emily accepted the challenge.

Both Rachel’s and Emily’s interests lie in feminist rhetorical criticism with an emphasis on women’s experiences portrayed in media, making this TLC perfect for them both.

Within the TLC, Emily teaches Introduction to Women’s Studies and Rachel teaches First Year Seminar and Fundamentals of Public Speaking.

The …

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On-line Exhibit and Archive Honors IUPUI Women

June 21 | News Categories: Anthropology | Communication Studies | English | History | Multimedia | Opportunities | Philosophy | Religious Studies | Technology | Women's Studies

"Women Creating Excellence at IUPUI" is now available for viewing online at the University Library website.  A joint project of the Office for Women and the University Library, this online exhibit features the biographies of over 90 women who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of IUPUI since 1969.

Numerous notable Liberal Arts women from the past and present including Barbara Jackson (Anthropology), Miriam Langsam (History/Student Affairs), Gail Plater (Development/External Affairs) and Marianne Wokeck (History/Academic Affairs) are part of the exhibit. Public History graduate Mary Owens conducted much of the research for this significant undertaking and Women’s Studies …

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Peg Brand’s exhibit in the IUPUI Campus Center’s Cultural Art Gallery in CE 240

September 08 | News Categories: Faculty and Staff | General News | News | Women's Studies

WOST is happy to share the following information about Peg Brand’s exhibit in the IUPUI Campus Center’s Cultural Art Gallery in CE 240. Please do share with your students and interested colleagues. Dr. Brand will be holding an Artist’s Talk during the run with time and date TBA.

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August 28 - October 2Pose in a painting.Snap a photo.Be part of a well-known masterpiece from the history of art.Picture Yourself Here is a project that consists of a series of visual parodies of famous, recognizable paintings by artists such as Willem de Kooning and Pablo Picasso: well-known artists routinely revered …

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Campus Recognizes Liberal Arts Faculty and Students

May 18 | News Categories: Anthropology | Campus News | Civic Engagement | English | Faculty and Staff | Geography | History | Museum Studies | Political Science | Women's Studies | World Languages and Cultures

Rick Ward, Professor of Anthropology, along with Frederick Bein, Professor of Geography, were among several School of Liberal Arts faculty and students honored at the IUPUI Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation on Friday, April 17th, at the University Place Conference Center Auditorium.

Ward was given one of the top honors of the night with the Alvin S. Bynum Award for Excellence in Academic Mentoring. Named after Alvin Bynum, former IUPUI Dean of the University Division, the award recognizes faculty who put extra effort towards helping students succeed. ""Dr. Ward provides mentoring for students as a researcher and teacher in his discipline; as 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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Liberal Arts in the News

October 31 | News Categories: Anthropology | Books by Faculty | Commencement | Economics | Faculty and Staff | History | News | Political Science | Religious Studies | Research | Women's Studies

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. 

William Blomquist, Dean of Liberal Arts and Professor of Political Science

Spending Priorities Show Indy Values Frugality and Small GovernmentIndianapolis Star, October 5, 2008 - Indianapolis’ spending choices underscore two core community values: thrift and an affinity for small government. "Our real value here is a desire to keep the cost of government low," says Bill Blomquist, dean …

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Robertson Book Wins Wentworth Prize

April 28 | News Categories: Books by Faculty | History | Women's Studies

/_Assets/uploads/images/YMCA.NMR.jpgChristian Sisterhood, Race Relations, and the YWCA (1906-1946) by Nancy Marie Robertson, Associate Professor of History and Philanthropic Studies and Director of the Women’s Studies Program, has won the Wentworth Prize from the University of Illinois Press.

The book, published in 2007, focuses on the first major national biracial women’s organization, the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), which provided a unique venue for women to respond to American race relations during the first half of the twentieth century. In it, Robertson shows how women of both races employed different understandings of "Christian sisterhood" in their responses. Although …

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