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Roundtable discussions will explore the arts and humanities in Indiana’s future


INDIANAPOLIS — The IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute and Indiana Humanities will bring Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the Indianapolis cultural community together today, Feb. 24 and again Thursday, March 5 for roundtable discussions on the arts, humanities, and their role in Indiana’s future. Both events are free and open to the public.

The first roundtable, “The Value and Values of Public Scholarship,” takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. today in Room 4115P, IUPUI University Library, 755 W. Michigan St.

Public scholarship is an essential pillar of the 21st century-research university, building bridges and partnerships between the institution and the many publics with which its members engage.  Roundtable discussion questions will include:

  • What is public scholarship?
  • What roles does it play in research, creative activity, and teaching?
  • What misconceptions do people have about public scholarship?
  • How should universities evaluate public scholarship in promotion and tenure?
  • How does one become a public scholar?

 Panelists include:

  • Laura Holzman, public scholar of curatorial practices and visual art in art history in the Herron School of Art and Design.
  • Modupe Labode, public scholar of African American history and museums in history and museum studies in the IU School of Liberal Arts.
  • Mary Price, faculty development director in the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning.

The university-community dialogue will continue during a second roundtable, “The Future of the Arts and Humanities,“  from noon to 1:30 p.m., March 5 at Indiana Humanities, 1500 N. Delaware.

The second roundtable will focus on policy and the future of arts and humanities with a discussion of the changing face and purpose of the humanities community as it exists in Indiana and beyond. Panel questions include:

  • Are the arts and humanities in crisis?
  • What do financial cuts ultimately mean for arts and humanities institutions and their publics?
  • What role should governments play in supporting the arts and humanities?
  • What does the future look like for arts and humanities in this country and around the world?
  • What functions do the arts and humanities provide in sustaining a democratic society?

Panelists include:

  • Kiera Amstutz, CEO of Indiana Humanities
  • William Blomquist, dean of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI
  • John Dichtl, director of the National Council on Public History
  • Valerie Eickmeier, dean of the Herron School of Art and Design
  • Jonathan Elmer, director of the College Arts and Humanities Institute at IU Bloomington
  • David Lawrence, president and CEO of the Arts Council of Indianapolis

Established in 2012, the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute supports research and creative activity across the IUPUI campus; serves as a campus liaison to the central Indiana community; and fosters ongoing partnerships and ventures that advance arts and humanities endeavors at IUPUI and in Indianapolis.