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Members of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI were among the faculty and students honored at the Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation, part of IUPUI’s annual recognition for achievements, held April 21 in the Hine Hall Auditorium. Chancellor Nasser Paydar hosts the event.

Each year those who best represent IUPUI in its core values (teaching and learning; research, scholarship and creative activity; civic engagement; and diversity, collaboration and best practices) are recognized for their efforts.

Liberal Arts honorees include:

Jennifer Guiliano (assistant professor of history) received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Multicultural Teaching.

Modupe Labode (associate professor of history and museum studies, public scholar of African American history and museums, public scholar of Africana Studies, adjunct professor of Africana Studies, director of undergraduate studies in history) received the Chancellor's Diversity Scholar Award.

Scott Pegg (professor and chair of Political Science) received the Chancellor's Faculty Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement.

Many liberal arts faculty members were recognized with Trustee Teaching Awards. These included Holly Cusack McVeigh (assistant professor of anthropology and museum studies), Elizabeth Goering (associate professor of communication studies), Karen Kovacik (professor of English), John McCormick (professor of political science), Honner Orlando (lecturer in English, EAP coordinator), Mike Polites (senior lecture in communication studies), Jennifer Thorington Springer (associate professor of English, Africana studies), Jing Wang (associate professor of Chinese language and culture), and Scott Weeden (senior lecturer in English).

Krista Hoffman-Longtin was recognized for external achievement as a 2016 member of the Indiana Business Journal’s “40 under 40” list.

Ayobami Egunyomi (Senior, French/global and international studies; minor, political science) was also named the Liberal Arts Chancellor’s Scholar.

“What an honor to be present at the Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation,” said Thomas J. Davis, IU School Liberal Arts dean. "To see our outstanding faculty and students honored reminded me how fortunate I am to work with such dedicated people and serve such wonderful students."

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Kathy E. Johnson has announced the appointment of Gina Sanchez Gibau as associate vice chancellor for faculty diversity and inclusion.

Gibau has served as associate dean for student affairs in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI since 2011. She will begin her new position in April.

As associate vice chancellor for faculty diversity and inclusion, Gibau will provide leadership and vision for the recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty, particularly faculty of color, as well as the diversification of the graduate student pipeline into the academy. She will also support leadership development and networking among underrepresented faculty and engage in research and scholarly activity related to faculty diversity and inclusion.

"As an urban campus with a diverse student body, we must consistently strive to build a more welcoming and inclusive campus culture," Johnson said. "The creation of this position speaks to the importance of this work to faculty affairs at IUPUI. Recruiting -- but also retaining and advancing -- diverse faculty is an important goal in our campus diversity plan, and this position will help provide strategic leadership for this work. I'm delighted that Gina is taking on this role, which builds on her impressive 16 years of scholarship and service to the campus community."

As associate dean for student affairs in the School of Liberal Arts, Gibau managed recruitment, orientation and retention, academic advising, career development, scholarships, and commencement and graduation processes for the school, which has more than 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students.

She expanded student services and coordinated the implementation of a new centralized advising system in the school. She also developed and implemented -- with Karen Bravo, professor of law and associate dean for international affairs at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law -- the IUPUI Next Generation 2.0 faculty and staff leadership-development program for women and underrepresented minorities, sponsored in part by the Office of Academic Affairs and managed by the Office for Women

"I believe this role is critical to the continued vitality of the campus," said Gibau, who is also currently an associate professor of anthropology, a senior faculty member in University College and an adjunct faculty member in Africana studies. "For IUPUI to stand poised to welcome a more diverse student population, it is important to cultivate an environment that reflects and enacts its institutional value of diversity. Students need to see more people like themselves in faculty and leadership roles. I am excited for the opportunity to move the campus forward toward these goals."

Gibau arrived at IUPUI in 2000 as an assistant professor of anthropology. During her 16 years on campus, she has served as a co-chair for the campus Foundations of Excellence Transfer Focus self-study, as a member of the IUPUI task force on Latino student recruitment and retention, and as an at-large representative and University College representative on the IUPUI Faculty Council. She was the acting chair for the Department of Anthropology in 2010.

Gibau earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American and Caribbean affairs from Rollins College in 1991; a Master of Arts in Latin American studies from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1993; and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999.

INDIANAPOLIS -- After escaping slavery, Frederick Douglass became a champion of equality for all people. He shared his experiences and fought for social change through speaking and writing that commanded international attention. His commitment to a wide range of reform causes, including abolitionism, temperance, women's rights and civil rights, was aptly summarized in Douglass' declaration "I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong."

The Frederick Douglass Papers and the Africana Studies program, units in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, will examine the importance of African-American leadership in Douglass' lifetime, while also reflecting on the continued need for such leadership today, when they co-host the Madame C.J. Walker/Frederick Douglass 4th Annual Symposium. The symposium will focus on the theme "Frederick Douglass and the Role of Oratory in African-American Leadership" and will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the University Tower Ballroom, 850 W. Michigan St. The event continues Oct. 21, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Jewel Center, 3333 N. Illinois St.

Gene Andrew Jarrett, author and associate dean of the faculty (humanities) and professor of English at Boston University, and James Trotman, professor emeritus of English and founding director of the Frederick Douglass Institute at West Chester University, Pennsylvania, will deliver keynote addresses.

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"Better remembered today as an autobiographer, Frederick Douglass was best known in the 19th century as the most powerful African-American orator on behalf of antislavery, women's rights, temperance and civil rights reform. This symposium will gather scholars from numerous disciplines to examine the legacy of Douglass' oratory," said John Kaufman-McKivigan, Mary O'Brien Gibson Professor of History and editor of the Frederick Douglass Papers.

Thursday's program begins at noon, with a scholars workshop featuring a luncheon and opening remarks presented by Kaufman-McKivigan; Marianne Wokeck, Chancellor's Professor of History and director of the Institute of American Thought; and Ronda Henry Anthony, director of the Africana Studies program. The day's itinerary includes:

  • 1-1:30 p.m.: Plenary session: "The Making of the Critical Edition of the Oratory of Frederick Douglass."
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Session 1: "Frederick Douglass the Post-Civil War Orator"
  • 3:45-5:45 p.m.: Session 2: "Assessing Frederick Douglass' Impact on African-American Oratory"
  • 6-7 p.m.: Public reception featuring Civil War-era songs performed by Freetown Village Singers
  • 7-8:30 p.m.: Concluding keynote address by professor Gene Jarrett: "'Bend Down and Measure Him': Frederick Douglass on Racial Civilization at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893."

The symposium continues Friday, with registration from 8 to 9 a.m. A continental breakfast will be served. Opening remarks begin at 9:15 a.m. with Henry Anthony and Kaufman-McKivigan. The opening remarks will include a dramatic reading of Douglass' speech "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?"

Additional highlights for the Friday session include:

  • 10-10:45 a.m.: Session 1: "Frederick Douglass' Oratory in the Digital Age"
  • 10:45-11:15 a.m.: Poetry contest on "the world of Frederick Douglass"
  • 11:30-12:15 p.m.: Session 2: Scholars, panel on the legacy of Frederick Douglass' words
  • 12:30-2:15 p.m.: Luncheon and awards presentations featuring a musical performance by Laura Duvall-Whitson and a keynote address, "Prophetic Witness(es) in the Speeches of Frederick Douglass," by James Trotman

"The fourth annual Madame C. J. Walker/Frederick Douglass Symposium focuses on the role of orator," said Wokeck. "In showcasing especially the oratory of Frederick Douglass, this gathering of scholars and modern orators fits particularly well into the mission of the Institute for American Thought, which is committed to present and preserve the power of the word -- written as well as spoken -- and the ideas such words express."

Other symposium speakers include Robert Wallace, North Kentucky University; Jonathan Rossing, Gonzaga University; Julie H. Husband, University of Northern Iowa; Kirt Wilson, Pennsylvania State University; James Conway, IUPUI; and John Ernst, University of Delaware.

In addition to the Africana Studies Program and the Frederick Douglass Papers, the event is sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies and the Department of History, with additional support from the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute; the IUPUI Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and Indiana Humanities.The event is free and open to the public, but advance reservations are advised. To register individuals and groups, please visit the registration pages:

For additional information, please contact the Frederick Douglass Papers by email at, through Facebook, or by phone at 317-274-5834.

The IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI has named Ronda Henry Anthony as director of the Africana studies program and Kristine Karnick as chair of the communication studies department.

"Professor Henry Anthony’s and Professor Karnick’s academic backgrounds and dedication to their respective program and department will allow them to step into these roles and make an immediate impact," said Thomas J. Davis, dean of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

Henry Anthony is a public scholar of African American studies and undergraduate research as well as an associate professor of English and Africana studies. She is the founding director of the Olaniyan Scholars Program. Professor Henry Anthony is the author of Searching for the New Black Man: Black Masculinity and Women's Bodies (University Press of Mississippi, 2013) and was recognized as an Outstanding IUPUI Woman Leader "Newcomer" in 2012.

Kristine Karnick is the new chair of the communication studies department.Kristine Karnick is the new chair of the communication studies department.

Karnick is an associate professor of communication studies and adjunct associate professor of informatics. Her academic interests include mass media and society, film and television history, film and television aesthetics and criticism, and media humor and comedy. She is the co-editor of Classical Film Comedy (Routledge 1994).

Henry Anthony began her appointment July 1, 2016, and was preceded as director by Cassandra Williams (associate faculty), who served as interim director of the Africana studies program during the last academic year. Karnick will begin her service September 1, 2016, when Maria Brann (associate professor, communication studies), who is currently the interim chair of the Department of Communication Studies, will step down to return to regular faculty duties.

Philip Goff, professor of religious studies and American studies and executive director of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, has been named IUPUI 2016 Chancellor’s Professor.

The award is the most distinguished appointment offered at IUPUI to individual faculty members. Itrecognizes senior faculty members who display a record of extensive accomplishment and leadership in teaching, research, and campus service.

Goff was honored April 21 during the Chancellor's Academic Honors Convocation, part of IUPUI's annual recognition for achievements by faculty, staff, and students.

Honors Convocation

Among those also honored during the event include:

  • Liberal Arts faculty members Paul Mullins, professor of anthropology, and Susan Hyatt, associate professor and department chair, anthropology, who will share a $50,000 award as inaugural winners of the Bantz Community Fellowship, based on their proposal, "Invisible Indianapolis: Race, Heritage and Community Memory in the Circle City."
  • Jonathan Rossing (assistant professor in communication studies), who received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Multicultural Teaching.
  • Isaiah Horne (economics major, Africana studies minor), who was named a Chancellor's Scholar.

“What an honor to be present at the Chancellor's Academic Honors Convocation,” said Thomas J. Davis, IU School Liberal Arts dean. "To see our outstanding faculty and students honored reminded me how fortunate I am to work with such dedicated people and serve such wonderful students. "

Chancellor Nasser Paydar hosted this year's annual event.

To read more about Professor Goff’s research and career visit Inside IUPUI.

Three IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI professors are among 39 faculty members from six IU campuses who have been awarded grants through Indiana University’s 2015-16 New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities program.

Bessie House-Soremekun (Africana Studies), Emily Beckman (Medical Humanities and Health Studies), and Karen Roesch (World Languages and Cultures) received grants for their projects in the arts and humanities.

Since 2005, the New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities program has awarded $10 million to 481 IU faculty members.

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The program awards two types of grants. The New Frontiers Creativity and Scholarship Award grants upto $50,000, and the Experimental Fellowship Awards carry funding of up to $15,000.

House-Soremekun received a Creativity and Scholarship Award for her book project, "African AmericanEntrepreneurship: Philanthropic Giving, Self-Help and the Struggle for Economic Empowerment." Beckman also received a Creativity and Scholarship Award for her performance and exhibition project and scholarly article, “Voices From Central State.” Roesch’s research, documentation, and digital archive project, “Indiana German Dialect Project,” won an Experimental Award.

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Thomas J. Davis, dean of the IU School of Liberal Arts, said, “These three awardees exemplify the breadth of study one finds in the liberal arts. What is more," he continued, "each project shows how the liberal arts work to help us understand our world – from economic empowerment to mental health to the preservation of history and culture. Our awardees bring finely honed critical skills to bear on matters of importance. We are proud of the work they do. ”

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone called Straight Outta Compton “an amazement, an electrifying piece of hip-hop history that speaks urgently to right now.”

Clay Cane of BET said the film has “perfect timing” because it “tackles race relations in the late 1980sand early 1990s, which nearly mirrors the horrors of racial inequality in 2015.”

Now, thanks to the Africana Studies Program in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, you can see Straight Outta Compton free of charge on April 27, at 5:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Theater (lower level), 420 University Boulevard, Indianapolis. It’s the closing film in this year’s Africana Movie series, which focuses on films that are important in pop culture and which look at African and African American issues.

Straight Outta Compton tells the story of hip hop group N.W.A. and its rise in the ranks of musical revolutionaries. N.W.A. was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year.

"Straight Outta Compton discusses many issues that face our community,” said Professor Cassandra Williams, interim director of the Africana studies program, citing recent problems with police brutality and more. “We’re trying to use current movies as a tool to think critically about pop culture, to bridge the gap, and recruit students and young scholars from the community and others into Africana Studies.”

A panel discussion will follow the film with Dr. Leslie Etienne (Africana studies); David Heard (Office of Student Affairs); Dr. Joseph Tucker Edmonds (Religious Studies/Africana Studies), Dr. LaWanda Ward (Political Science), and students Idalia Wilmoth, RaeVen Ridgell, and Fredrick Olaleye.

Williams said the conversations that follow film showings are important because “we don’t live in a post-racial era. We still live in an era where race, racialization, issues around skin color, and issues around income equality really impact who gets access to college, what their experience of college is, and ultimately what the university should look like.”

Previously, the film series showed Dear White People, a 2014 film that examined the experiences of students of color on predominantly white campuses.

It was, said Williams, “an opportunity for students and faculty to talk about what it means to be on a predominately white campus, what issues students face, the role of racism on campus, and institutional structures in the United States.”

Following the film on April 27, a panel will discuss issues involving identity, status quo, the persistence of racism on campus, and microaggressions.

“These are crucial elements that really affect students’ experiences at IUPUI,” says Williams.

For more information, contact or (317) 278-2841.