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Congratulations to IU School of Liberal Arts Communication Studies graduate, Myra Kivett, who will celebrate the highest achievement for a graduate when she addresses the Class of 2023 at this year’s undergraduate IUPUI Commencement on May 13. Kivett is a talented, creative artist in the truest sense of the word. She is a singer, songwriter, musician, photographer, and now, orator. We look forward to her inspirational words at graduation!

INDIANAPOLIS-The Office of Alumni Relations honors IUPUI’s Top 100 students for excellence as the top juniors and seniors for the 2022-2023 academic year. IUPUI’s Top 100 students show strength in scholastic achievement, collegiate and co-curricular activities, and civic/community service.

IUPUI has named five IU School of Liberal Arts students as 2023 Elite 50. This honor is presented annually to 50 graduate and professional students who demonstrate excellence beyond the classroom in areas such as campus leadership, scholarly work, and community engagement. These IUPUI Elite 50 represent the best of the best among IUPUI’s graduate and professional students and capture everything that makes IUPUI exceptional.

When two local filmmakers set out to create a cinematic history of Sephardic Jewish traditions in Indianapolis, it was only natural that they sought out Dr. Susan Hyatt, Anthropology professor, for her expertise and narrative approach to bringing customs and culture to life.

In 2020, Dr. Hyatt led a collaborative research project, “The Neighborhood of Saturdays”, that included Department of Anthropology along with community-based organizations, the Concord Neighborhood Center, Etz Chaim Sephardic Congregation, South Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, the Southside Picnic Committee, the Old Southside Neighborhood Association and the Stadium Village Business Association to update and digitize their archival research into a digital oral history of a near Southside Indianapolis neighborhood, focusing on the experiences of two communities― Sephardic Jews and African Americans.

While conducting research for their new documentary, “Who We Are”, Sarah and Aaron Margolis-Greenbaum found Dr. Hyatt’s publication The Neighborhood of Saturdays:  Memories of a Multi-Ethnic Community on Indianapolis' South Side and they couldn’t wait to meet her.

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