By Estela Ene & Sydney Bielefeld
Festival 451indy is a celebration of the humanities – a campaign that will encourage lifelong learning through a variety of public programs, collaborative workshops, performances, and other events throughout Indianapolis. The event is organized by the Ray Bradbury Center in the School of Liberal Arts at IUI, with the help of a team led by Jason Aukerman, Clinical Assistant Professor of English.
The English Department made several appearances during the festival. Sarah Layden, Assistant Professor of English, and the author of Imagine Your Life Like This, Trip Through Your Wires, The Story I Tell Myself About Myself, led the Shelf Indulgence Book Club at Centerpoint Brewing. The student editors of genesis, mentored by Prof. Layden, participated in a writing workshop.
Another notable appearance was made by Prof. Karen Kovacik and Estela Ene at the Multilingual Read Aloud of Poetry and Prose at Indy Reads. Fun fact: Kovacik was the Indiana State Poet Laureate from 2012 to 2014!
Spirit and Place Festival
The English Department co-sponsored More Than Words: Nourishing the Myaamia Community through Language and Cultural Revitalization featuring Daryl Baldwin, founding director of Myaamia Center at the Spirit and Place Festival. He was introduced by the School of Liberal Arts’ own Kayla McVeigh! Kayla is a Linguistics major with a double minor in Philosophy and Japanese studies set to graduate this academic year. Go Kayla!
ICIC International Conference on Intercultural Discourse and Intercultural Rhetoric
Many English faculty and students from the TESOL program participated in the 9th Intercultural Rhetoric and Discourse Conference hosted by the International Center for Intercultural Communication (ICIC) at IUPUI. “The conference served as a melting pot of diverse perspectives, fostering a rich dialogue on the multidisciplinary aspects of intercultural communication. Scholars, practitioners, and experts from various academic disciplines, including rhetoric, health communication, business, and philanthropy, came together to explore the multifaceted dimensions of intercultural rhetoric and discourse” (Maddox, 2023).
Flyover Food: Fifteen Dishes that Fed the Midwest
Terry Kirts presented a unique perspective on the history of Midwestern foods. He highlighted his recent research and kitchen experiments for his upcoming collection of essays and recipes, due out in 2025 from Red Lightning Press, an imprint of Indiana University Press. He handcrafted samples of Southern Illinois chowder, Burmese green tea salad, beef laab, and Missouri-style cashew chicken as part of our department’s holiday celebration!