The agenda for the 2018 Taylor Symposium

Invisible Indianapolis: Race and Heritage in the Circle City

Thursday, February 15, 2018
8 a.m.–2 p.m.
IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Boulevard

Guest parking is available in the Vermont Street garage, which is located at 1004 West Vermont Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

Note: Construction on East Michigan Street and University Boulevard are down to one lane of traffic. Please adjust travel time accordingly.

8–8:45 a.m.

Campus Center Theater (lower level)

Coffee and light refreshments

8:45–9 a.m.
Welcome and opening comments

Campus Center Theater (lower level)

Thomas J. Davis, Dean and Professor of Religious Studies, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI

9–9:45 a.m.
Archaeology and Urban Legends in Twentieth-Century Cities

Campus Center Theater (lower level)

  • Paul Mullins, Professor of Anthropology, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI
  • Krysta Ryzewski, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Wayne State University

As the industrial landscape changes, our cities become rife with possibilities for rediscovering the past. Urban archaeology helps us understand what cities were like in earlier decades and explores how people lived in those neighborhoods.

What can archaeology teach us about how patterns of urban development have shaped our contemporary landscapes? Case studies from the Unearthing Detroit Project demonstrate the role that archaeology has played in understanding one city’s past and helping us imagine its future.

9:45–10 a.m.

10–10:45 a.m.
The Consequences of Community Histories: A Discussion with Residents

Campus Center Theater (lower level)

Moderator: Dr. Ronda Henry Anthony, Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI

“Invisible Indianapolis” is a collaborative research project undertaken by the IUPUI Department of Anthropology and local communities. In this session, neighborhood residents will share their stories about how uncovering and commemorating their community’s history provides new insights into the less visible forces that have shaped our contemporary city.

10:45–11 a.m.

11–11:45 a.m.
Simultaneous workshops

Digital History: Are You Ready to Research Indy’s Past?

Campus Center 305 (third floor)

Kristi Palmer, Associate Dean of Digital Scholarship, IUPUI University Library

The IUPUI University Library is one of many Indianapolis cultural heritage organizations working to provide digital access to historic resources about Indianapolis. Satisfy your personal curiosity about how to research Indianapolis’s past by reviewing local and national digital resources such as the Indianapolis Sanborn Maps and Baist Atlases, city directories, images from newspapers, and much more.

Written in Stone: Cemetery Research in Central Indiana

Campus Center 307 (third floor)

Jeannie Regan-Dinius, Director of Special Initiatives, Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Little is carved in stone in life aside from our tombstones. Grave markers and other components of cemeteries reveal family and community histories in surprising ways. Piecing together a family history through cemetery research can be a starting point for using web resources to journey through Indianapolis’s past and your own.

If Walls Could Talk: Architectural and Neighborhood Histories in Indianapolis

Campus Center 309 (third floor)

Jordan Ryan, Architectural Archivist, Public Historian, Indiana Historical Society

Every building has stories to tell, but how do you uncover their secrets? Architectural histories connect historical tales about race and heritage to current-day structural and planning choices. Various online resources and in-house collections at historic institutions make these discoveries easily available.

11:45 a.m.–12 p.m.

12–2 p.m.

Campus Center 450 (fourth floor)

Seating is limited. Reservations are required.

Presentation of the Joseph T. Taylor Excellence in Diversity Awards

Nasser Paydar, Chancellor, IUPUI; Executive Vice President, Indiana University

Luncheon keynote: “What Happened to the Money? Black Power and Black Capitalism”

Dr. Richard Pierce, Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies, University of Notre Dame

Richard Pierce is an historian of twentieth-century American history who specializes in the urban experience of African Americans. His research focuses on the political economy of race and race relations in the Midwest, particularly Indianapolis, during the twentieth century.

His book Polite Protest: The Political Economy of Race in Indianapolis (Indiana University Press, 2005) examined how the city’s postwar African American community negotiated Jim Crow practices and attempted to maintain leverage in the city’s political economy. Dr. Pierce is currently studying the manifestations of Black Power in Indianapolis from 1970 to 1990. He seeks to better understand the process of acculturation African Americans undertook in transforming their experience in urban communities from that of domestic migrants to that of vital components of the political economy.