Liberal Arts News

Liberal Arts News

Dr. Edward Curtis is one of eight Indiana University faculty members who have been awarded the inaugural IU Presidential Arts and Humanities Fellowship in 2022. The program aims to accelerate and amplify the work of outstanding IU faculty poised to become national and international leaders in their fields. Each recipient will receive $50,000 in funding to support their research or creative project, participate in professional development and collaborate with other faculty. Curtis’ fellowship will support his work in Arab American and Muslim American history.

Significant thermal disparities exist among predominantly white, Black, Hispanic and Asian communities in America’s 200 most populous cities, according to new research from Daniel Johnson, associate professor of geography, at the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. In the study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Johnson examined surface urban heat islands, areas within a city that experience much warmer temperatures than their surrounding landscapes. The research will expand understanding of the dynamic nature of inequitable urban heat exposure and provide new insight into actions cities can take to improve the lives of residents.  Listen to podcast

Dr. David Craig, Professor of Religious Studies, at the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, has been selected to participate in one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s leadership programs. These programs connect changemakers across the country—from every profession and field—to learn from and work with one another in creating more just and thriving communities.

Dr. Obioma Nnaemeka, Chancellor’s Professor of French, Women’s/Gender Studies and Africana Studies, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Social Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa in May 2023. She will be recognized for her outstanding contribution to research in the areas of development, women/gender studies, human rights, and African Diaspora studies. This will be her second honorary doctorate recognition in two years.

Professor and sociologist Andrew Whitehead, Department of Sociology, recently published a fascinating analysis in Time magazine of why the recent midterm election losses of prominent politicians who embrace Christian nationalism aren’t likely to change the minds of Americans who embrace Christian nationalism. Whitehead and colleague Sam Perry, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma, cite data that show even though the numbers of Americans who embrace Christian nationalism.

Communications Studies senior and singer-songwriter, Myra Kivett, was featured in the Campus Citizen highlighting how she is using her talent and love for music to provide emotional connections for others. Kivett discusses how the power of music can create positive experiences for dementia patients, both in terms of emotion and behavior, and how she was able to form an unforgettable bond with her grandfather.

Professor Katharine Head, Ph.D. in Communication Studies was recently interviewed by Masters in Communications as part of a series highlighting the impact and importance of scholarship in the field of communication. She discusses her current and past research interests, including HPV and Covid-19 vaccinations, cervical cancer screenings, the importance of translating research for mass audiences, and much more.

Dr. Elizabeth Thill, Professor and Program Director for IU School of Liberal Arts Classical Studies Program, was interviewed for a story in USA Today about a newly discovered Hercules statue, dating back to around the 2nd century CE, at the site of Philippi in Greece. Thill discusses the significance of the discovery, what type of hero Hercules represented in the past, and why archaeological context for such statues is unusual and interesting to society today.

The Indiana University Alumni Association (IUAA) gathered last evening for their annual IUPUI Alumni Leaders Dinner to show appreciation for alumni and volunteer leaders for their contributions in support of the IUPUI campus and its alumni programs. At the event, the IU School of Liberal Arts also recognized three alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and exhibited extraordinary service to the School, IUPUI, and IU.

In May 2022, Chancellor's Professor of English Ulla Connor received an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in recognition of her longstanding association with Åbo Akademi University in Finland and significant contribution to its international activities. She is a distinguished researcher and educator specializing in English as a second language in academics, business, and healthcare industries. Watch now

According to the Indiana Immunization Coalition, nearly 80 million Americans are currently infected with some form of human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States that is associated with the development and pre-development of six types of cancer.

IUPUI and the IU School of Liberal Arts is pleased to announce that Associate Professor Jennifer Guiliano will be co-leading a new Mellon Foundation funded project, Landback Universities, aimed to collaboratively develop a vision of higher education rooted in collective stewardship of the lands on which colleges and universities sit through humanistic inquiry.

INDIANAPOLIS—IUPUI has named three IU School of Liberal Arts students as 2022 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.

In late February of 2022, the Office of the Chancellor at IUPU announced that Dr. Paul R. Mullins of the Anthropology Department in the IU School of Liberal Arts was chosen to receive the Chancellor’s Professor Award – only one of two chancellor’s professorships awarded across the IUPUI campus for the year.

Dr. Jennifer Thorington Springer, Associate Professor of English and Interim Associate Dean for Student Affairs, will be appointed Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and Professor of English, effective July 1, 2020. After serving as Interim Associate IDean for Academic Programs since January 2019, Dr. Marta Antón, Professor of Spanish, will be appointed Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the IU School of Liberal Arts, effective July 1, 2020.

Like many of you, the actions caught on video during the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis have sickened and dismayed me. And this is just the latest example of institutional and systemic structural violence against people of color in our nation; previous examples include Dreasjon Reed, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many more.

As part of this year’s commencement in May, the IU School of Liberal Arts has awarded the 2020 Faculty Medal of Academic Distinction to two of its finest students, Kamna Gupta and Ahmed Abbas.

At this year’s commencement, on May 11, the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI awarded the 2019 Faculty Medal of Academic Distinction to Edward M. Vaughan.

Alumna Taylor Rhodes has already earned her place in IUPUI history. She is a two-time recipient of the Plater Civic Engagement Medallion, both as an undergrad and a graduate student, for her outstanding commitment to community service. It's a distinction that she shares with just one other graduate. Locally and even globally, Rhodes' impact is undeniable. Read more

Seventeen Liberal Arts students are serving as student ambassadors during the 2018-19 academic year. The students will represent the school at special events and functions, and participate in student recruitment efforts, as well as alumni and donor relations activities.

Two Japanese students stood onstage in the Cavanaugh Hall basement theatre. One was upset, ready to drop out of college. The other exuberant in her enthusiasm for school, hopping around the stage and grasping her colleague in giant bear hugs as she encouraged her friend to rethink her decision.

The IU School of Liberal Arts’ Residential-Based Learning Community hosted an ice cream social on Thursday, Sept. 6, that brought 131 students, faculty, and staff out to the dorm for a celebration of the start of the new school year.

Check out interim dean, Professor Robert Rebein’s welcome to another great year  for liberal arts students! We are ready for an amazing 2018-19 school year and everyone in the IU School of Liberal Arts can expect a lot of new and exciting things as we continue to grow and show the world that liberal arts works!

IU School of Liberal Arts anthropology students returned to Indianapolis’ Midtown neighborhoods as part of a research collaboration with the Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation, examining  the impact of neighborhood schools, transit, and unique locations that created pride and a feeling of belonging in the community.

When does Sarah Bahr have time to study three majors, two minors, work in the Writing Center and the dean’s office, help edit genesis -- the student literary magazine, and freelance for Indianapolis Monthly? It must happen sometime.

The paralegal job market is projected to soar at more than twice the rate of other occupations, according to a 2016 report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. IUPUI students will be ready to capitalize on that, better than ever.

Priya Dave, a senior medical humanities student in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, was named IUPUI’s top student at the 2018 IUPUI Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner.  

The IUPUI student literary magazine, “genesis,” published by the Department of English in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, is celebrating its 45th anniversary with special recognition. The Indiana College Press Association (ICPA) has named them the Best Literary Magazine for the second straight year.

A metal plate with intricate carvings representing the state of Colorado. An acrostic poem from Tucson, Arizona, complete with a cactus painted on the paper. Ribbons made of silk and wheat. These are just a few of the items United States citizens gave President Benjamin Harrison during a 31 day 10,000 mile trek through the South and West.

Communication seems like second nature for some scientists. Experts like Bill Nye, Neil Degrasse Tyson, and Carl Sagan regularly appear on television and have active Twitter feeds, designed to make science accessible to the average citizen. However, for most scientists and physicians, communication is not a part of their training - until now, that is.

Breanna Cooper, a junior Journalism and Film Studies double major, has been named an Arts Journalism Fellowship recipient by the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Cooper will receive a $1,500 fellowship and has started work at NUVO, where she has reported on various mediums of art: visual, comedy, theater, film and music.

Ian McIntosh went 40 years between his first visit to China and his most recent. McIntosh's trip in April was as part of a Public Broadcasting Service crew shooting a 27-minute documentary on the Maritime Silk Road's history and current developments.

Edward Curtis

An IUPUI communication studies professor has been honored with the university’s Advocate for Equity in Accessibility Award. Created in 2016, the award recognizes a member of the IUPUI faculty, staff or administration who goes above and beyond to ensure that students with disabilities enjoy all possible benefits of campus life. 

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