Recent Events:



Reaching Outside Silos on Social Media


Wednesday March 4th 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Litre House, 5301 Winthrop Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220

Learn tools and techniques for social media to promote dialogue.


Hosted by the seminar 'A Faith Leader and Scientist Walk into a Bar: Building Productive Conversations about Faith and Science'



Roots and Resistance: Uneasy Relationships between White Nationalism and Christianity

Presenters: Chrissy Stroop; Co-author of "Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church"

Brian ShiversSenior Associate Pastor for Spiritual Life at Second Presbyterian Church Indianapolis

Rob SalerResearch Professor of Religion and Culture, Associate Dean for Evaluation, and Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Excellence at Christian Theological Seminary Indianapolis


Monday February 17th, 7:00-8:30 PM

Center for Interfaith Cooperation, 1100 West 42nd Street, Suite 125, Indianapolis, IN 46208

This session will surface the uncomfortable relationships between Christianity, white nationalism, and far-right ideologies, as well as identify the ways in which Christian individuals and movements are disrupting these relationships.


Hosted by the Effects and Echoes: The Impact of White Nationalism on Religious Communities seminar



Storytelling in Science and Faith


Tuesday Feb. 11th 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Litre House, 5301 Winthrop Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220

Explore the role of story and storytelling in science and faith communities.


Hosted by the seminar 'A Faith Leader and Scientist Walk into a Bar: Building Productive Conversations about Faith and Science'


Anatomy of Antisemitism & Antisemitism in Anatomy

Dr. Jeffrey Laitman; Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Anatomy and Functional Morphology, ICAHN School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York


Tuesday February 4th 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Domont Auditorium, Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis. 6705 Hoover Rd, Door #1, Indianapolis, IN 46260

Laitman will share his experiences as a Jewish researcher in the fields of anatomy and human paleontology. As an award winning anatomist and teacher, Dr. Laitman has travelled the word collecting data on our closest fossil relatives and he has trained thousands of physicians in the anatomical sciences. This unique perch atop two different fields has given Laitman considerable insight into the ethics of anatomy (in particular Nazi-derived anatomical knowledge) as well as personal antisemitic experiences. Dr. Laitman will tell the story of his road in academe, as a poor Jewish kid from Brooklyn wandering the gentile (and sometimes antisemitic) hallways of Yale and museums throughout the world, and ascending to the top of his fields—fields with dark histories in racism, antisemitism, and genocide.


 Hosted by the Lasting Effects of the Nazi Regime on Medical Research seminar



The Vienna Protocol: History and Legacies of the Pernkopf Atlas

Sabine Hildebrandt, M.D.; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School


January 28th 1:00 PM

IUPUI Campus, Walther Hall (R3), C203

Professor Hildebrant, M.D. will be giving a guest lecture in ANAT-D 501 course.


 Hosted by the Lasting Effects of the Nazi Regime on Medical Research seminar



Nazi Anatomy: Restoration of the Victims' Biographies

Sabine Hildebrandt, M.D.; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School


January 26th at 10:00 AM

Laikin Auditorium, Jewish Community Center

6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN


January 27th 7:00 PM

IUPUI Campus Center Theater (CE 002)


Anatomists used the bodies of Nazi victims in education and research, committing many serious ethical transgressions. Anatomists - who normally perform research on tissues of the dead - even experimented on living prisoners of the Nazi regime, and two anatomists contributed to the murder of these prisoners. Victims were buried in unmarked graves or "lost" in collections, without names and thus hidden from history. This presentation will describe how historians and anatomists have brought this ethical transgression in medicine and complicity of anatomists in Nazi Germany to light and, equally importantly, have started to systematically restore the biographies of the victims, so that they are once again known to the world by name.


 Hosted by the Lasting Effects of the Nazi Regime on Medical Research seminar



Rob Reich

Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for Ethics in Society, and Co-Director of the Center on Philosophy and Civil Society, Stanford University


Thursday December 5th 12-1:30 PM

IUPUI Campus, University Hall, Room 1006

Reich will be in conversation with us around the themes of his new book, Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better (Princeton, 2018). His book draws together many of the main themes we have been discussing over the past year together: Is there any role for philanthropy to play in a democracy? If so, what might that particular role be? How can models of philanthropy align with theories of justice amidst growing inequality?  

RSVP to for  lunch count.


Hosted by the Philanthropy and the Public Good(s) seminar



The Conversion of Marie Tranchepain: Protestant Merchants and Catholic de'votes in the 17th-century French Atlantic

Professor Daniella Kostroun; Associate Professor of History, IUPUI


Friday November 22nd 3:00 - 5:00 PM

IUPUI Campus, Cavanaugh Hall, Room 438


Hosted by the Religious Persecution and Religious Pluralism in the Early Modern World seminar



Investing in the Future of HIP

Presenters: State Senator John Ruckelshaus, Republican; State Representative Robin Shackleford, Democrat; and Dr. Jennifer Sullivan, Secretary, Family and Social Services Administration


Wednesday Nov. 20th 3:30-4:45 PM

Indiana State House, Room 233

This session will explore new investments in the Healthy Indiana Plan, through changes in the next Medicaid waiver, other program developments, community investments through congregations and nonprofit organizations, and possible legislative changes. Dr. Jennifer Sullivan, Secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration will lead off with updates on coming changes and new developments in HIP. Then two elected representatives will share their perspectives on HIP and lessons learned from their constituents and their roles on key health committees. Rep. Robin Shackleford is the Ranking Minority Member of the Public Health Committee. Sen. John Ruckelshaus, Ranking Member of the Health and Provider Services Committee. 

Optional Registration here.


Hosted by the HIP: Health Equity, Responsibility, and Community seminar



photo of kelly brown douglasThe Soul of the Nation, And the Justice of God

Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas Author of "Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God"


Thursday November 14th 7:00 -9:00 PM
Shelton Auditorium, Christian Theological Seminary
What does “Making and Keeping America Great Again” tell us about the soul of our nation? What is the meaning of God’s justice in this culture of “greatness”? The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas’ lecture will address these pressing and complex questions as Americans ready for Election Day 2020.
Date and location TBD

Hosted by CSRES, Christian Theological Seminary, The Center for Religion & American Culture, and the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis 



Rhetoric Versus the Robots: Mapping the Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Algorithmic Discrimination

Aaron McKain; Director of English, Digital Media, and Communication Arts at North Central University


Thursday Nov. 7th 3:30-5:30 PM

IU Bloomington Campus, Social Sciences Research Commons, Woodburn Hall second floor

In 2019, the use of algorithmic reasoning in law enforcement and commercial contexts has already triggered public outrage: Not only about the unreliability and inherent biases (e.g., racial and gendered) programmed into AI but also the Constitutional issues it presents in criminal proceedings.  In an effort to more usefully catalyze and curate community concerns about this technology – in a language understandable to legislators, lawyers, policymakers, and programmers – the Institute for Digital Humanity has begun a national pilot to foster inter-cultural and inter-faith conversations on digital ethics.  Moving beyond merely decrying “algorithmic discrimination,” our method (a) taxonomizes legal and ethical data concerns (via rhetorical theory’s categories of unreliability) and (b) triangulates these individual/community judgments with specific constitutional values (in criminal contexts) and a common civic nomenclature (for commercial contexts).  

Far from the typical academic “show and tell,” this public presentation is a training for interested professors, graduate students, and activists on how to (quickly) implement our discussion method (in classrooms and public venues) and, for interested parties, how to become part of our emerging pedagogical advocacy network as we build cross-partisan political coalitions dedicated to reforming and re-programming our post-digital world.

Hosted by the Ethics in the Information Age Series



Using Improv to Talk about Science and Faith

Let's Talk Science and Faith over a coffee or beer!


Tuesday November 5th 6-8PM

Books & Brews South Indy,

3808 S. Shelby St. Indianapolis, IN 46227

Using improv theatre techniques, practice empathy-rooted communication strategies. A Spirit & Place Award of Awesomeness finalist! Free and open to the public. All backgrounds, traditions, and practices welcome.


Hosted by the seminar 'A Faith Leader and Scientist Walk into a Bar: Building Productive Conversations about Faith and Science'



Why are Public-School Yoga and Mindfulness Popular and Controversial?

Candy Gunther Brown 

Religious Studies, IU


Friday October 18th 10:30-12:00 PM

IUPUI Campus Center, Room 305

Drawing on experience as an expert witness in four legal disputes, Professor Candy Brown will explain the appeal and most common objections to public-school yoga, mindfulness, and other meditation programs. Are such programs “secular” or “religious”—or both? How strong is scientific evidence of efficacy, safety, and appropriateness as universal interventions? Should educators be concerned about cultural appropriation and cultural imperialism? Brown probes these questions and the legal and ethical stakes. Reconceptualizing secularization as transparency and voluntarism, Brown proposes that respect for cultural and religious diversity and informed consent can best be achieved through opt-in programs.


Hosted by IUPUI School of LIberal Arts and the IUPUI Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture



Educated: A discussion about first-generation and rural students navigating the undergraduate experience

Dr. Charlotte Agger; School of Education, IUB


Tuesday, Oct. 15th 7:30 PM

IU Bloomington Campus, Hodge Hall 2006

A conversation facilitated by Dr. Charlotte Agger from the School of Education at Indiana University. Open to all IU faculty, staff and students.


Hosted by the Educated: A Common Read on Ethics, Education, and Society seminar



Deconstructing the Mountains: Christian Normativity and Whiteness in Policy, Professions, and Education

Presenters: Michael Whitlock, Rafia Kader, Jamie Levin Daniel and David Nguyen


Monday October 14th 12:00 - 1:00 PM

IUPUI Campus, School of Social Work, ES 4130

This session will examine white nationalism, whiteness, and Christian normativity in policies and day-to-day practices through the lens of the "Seven Mountains Mandate" (religion, family, education, law, media, arts, and business) of right-wing Christian cultural change-making.


Hosted by the Effects and Echoes: The Impact of White Nationalism on Religious Communities seminar



Priming the Pump

Let's Talk Science and Religion over a coffee or beer!


Monday October 7th 6-8PM

Books & Brews South Indy,

3808 S. Shelby St. Indianapolis, IN 46227

A listening session exploring shared values between scientific and faith communities. Free and open to the public. All backgrounds, traditions, and practices welcome.


Hosted by the seminar 'A Faith Leader and Scientist Walk into a Bar: Building Productive Conversations about Faith and Science'



The Value of Education: What does it mean to be Educated?


Thursday Oct. 3rd 8:00 PM

IU Bloomington Campus, Woodburn Hall 120

A panel discussion exploring the opportunities, value, and impact of education. Panel to feature faculty and students from multiple fields of study. Open to all IU faculty, staff and students. RSVP HERE.


Co-hosted by the Educated: A Common Read on Ethics, Education, and Society, Kelley School of Business and the IU Arts & Humanities Council



Religious Toleration versus the Emergence of Religious Liberty and Separation of Church and State in Early 16th-Century Anabaptist Thought


Professor J. Michael Raley; Hanover College


Friday September 27th 3:00 PM

IU Campus, Global and International Studies Building, Room 3170 


Hosted by the Religious Persecution and Religious Pluralism in the Early Modern World seminar



"The Fabric of Character: A Wise Giver's Guide to Renewing our Social and Moral Landscape"

Anne Snyder; Author and Editor-in-Chief of Comment Magazine


Thursday Sept. 26th 12:00-1:30 PM

IUPUI campus, University Hall, Room 1006 

Anne Snyder will speak about the role individual character plays in shaping philanthropic interests and how institutions that reflect such character can help the public good.

Since 2016, Snyder has directed The Philanthropy Roundtable‘s Character Initiative, a program that seeks to help American foundations and business leaders strengthen “the middle ring” of morally formative institutions. She is also a Fellow at the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, a Houston-based think tank that explores how cities can drive opportunity for the bulk of their citizens, and a Senior Fellow at The Trinity Forum. From 2014 to 2017 Anne worked for Laity Lodge and the H.E. Butt Family Foundation in Texas, and before that she worked at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, World Affairs Journal and The New York Times. She holds a Master’s degree in journalism from Georgetown University and a B.A. in philosophy and international relations from Wheaton College (IL). Anne serves as a trustee for the Center for Public Justice, the Hyde Park Institute, and the Colangelo Carpenter Innovation Center, and as an advisor to Sea Dog Theater. She has published widely, including The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, City Journal, Philanthropy Magazine, The Orange County Register, Houston Business Journal and elsewhere.

Please RSVP to for lunch count.

Hosted by the Philanthropy and the Public Good(s) seminar



Engaging HIP Members within Communities for a Healthy Indiana


Thursday September 19th 6:00-8:00 PM

Bradley Center, First Baptist Church North Indianapolis, 877 Udell Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

HIP members and congregational leaders will share the findings of a community-engaged study of people's experiences with HIP, health, and health care. Study was conducted by First Baptist Church North Indianapolis, Shepherd Community Center and IUPUI, and funded by the Indiana Minority Health Coalition.

Optional registration here.


 Hosted by HIP: Health Equity, Responsibility, and Community seminar



We Believe in a New World: Research, identification, and intervention against far-right in Hungary from a gender perspective.

Aniko Felix, PhD; Eötvös Lóránd Science University, Visiting Scholar at IUPUI, School of Education and Social Work Department.


Tuesday September 17th 12:00-1:00 PM

IUPUI Campus, Global Crossroads Classroom, ES 2132

This session provides a new perspective on the global problem of white nationalism and the far-right using a gender perspective, highlighting interventions found to be promising in combatting far-right attitudes in Hungary and elsewhere.


Hosted by the Effects and Echoes: The Impact of White Nationalism on Religious Communities seminar



Growing Hate: The Impacts of White Nationalism on Communities in Central Indiana

Dr. Jeremy Price; School of Education 

Dr. Khadija Khaja; School of Social Work


Tuesday September 3rd 12:00-1:00 PM

IUPUI Campus, School of Social Work, ES 4130

This session will focus on centering the voices and experiences of local communities who are impacted by the growing brazenness of white nationalism and hate in our local and national discourse and policies.


Hosted by the Effects and Echoes: The Impact of White Nationalism on Religious Communities seminar



End-of-Life Issues and HIP 2.0

Guest Speakers: Members of the Eskenazi Palliative Care Team


Thursday August 8th at 4:00 PM

Eskenazi Hospital, 720 Eskenazi Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202, BKD Conference Room located on the first floor inside the Rapp Family Conference Center

Medical care is often predicated upon a patient’s ability to pay. This session will discuss the medical care options available to HIP 2.0 patients who are near the end-of-life or require extraordinary medical interventions. The ability to provide life-saving treatments and palliative/ hospice care depending on ability to pay is an ethical dilemma physicians and other health care providers face when caring for patients with HIP 2.0.  Optional Registration here.


Hosted by HIP: Health Equity, Responsibility, and Community seminar



Boundaries of Philanthropy


Michael Moody; Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University

Wednesday May 15th 12:00-1:30 PM

IUPUI campus, University Hall, Room 1006


Hosted by the Philanthropy and Public Good(s) seminar



Health, Wellness, and Engaged Congregationsphoto of rev bobby baker

Rev. Bobby Baker; Director of Faith and Community Partnerships, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare


Wednesday May 8th 5:00-6:30 PM

Mount Zion Baptist Church; 3500 Graceland Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Rev. Baker helped create and leads the Congregational Health Network at the center of the "Memphis model" of addressing health disparities and building healthy communities through the collaboration of 500 covenanted congregations with Methodist Le BonHeur Healthcare. He will share how engaged congregations can support health and wellness in their communities.

register/add to calendar here.

Hosted by HIP: Health Equity, Responsibility, and Community seminar series



Colloquium with Sara Loy; English, IU Bloomington

"Imagination at Work: Test-Driving Agency in The Water-Babies and the Victorian World"


Thursday May 2nd 12-2pm

The Rathskeller restaurant, 401 Michigan St. Indianapolis

All are welcome, but please RSVP to Heather Blair ( so we can get the paper to you and arrange lunch reservations or catering accordingly.


Hosted by the Ethical Dimensions of Children's Literature seminar



The Future of Privacy in the Digital Age

Fred Cate Vice President of Research at Indiana University

Jay Edelson Founder and CEO of Edelson PC 

Zackary Heck Associate Lawyer at Taft Law, Dayton OH


Wednesday April 17th at 5:30 PM

Zachary Heck's practice focuses on privacy and data security. Specifically, Zach assists clients in the areas of privacy compliance, defense litigation, class action defense and guidance in the aftermath of an information security event, including data breach.

Jay Edelson is considered one of the nation’s leading plaintiff’s lawyers, having secured over $1 billion in settlements and verdicts for his clients.  law360 described Jay as a  “Titan of the Plaintiff’s Bar“.  Jay has been recognized as one of “America’s top trial lawyers” in the mass action arena.  And he has been appointed to represent state and local governments on some of the largest issues of the day — ranging from opioids suits against the pharmaceutical companies to suits against Facebook for the Cambridge Analytca scandal.

IU Bloomington campus, Maurer School of Law, Moot Court Room


Hosted by the Ethics in the Information Age Series



Philanthropy in History and Action

Ajay K. Mehrotra, Professor of Law at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law


Thursday April 18th 12:00-1:30 PM

IUPUI Campus, University Hall, Room 5023

Mehrotra will speak on questions of taxation, charitable giving, and the best way to support the development of the public good.  

Please RSVP to David King ( so reading materials can be provided and lunch ordered.


Hosted by the Philanthropy and Public Good(s) seminar





Encounters with Religious and Worldview Diversity in the First Year of Collegephoto of alyssa rockenbach smiling in front of window showing greenery

Alyssa Rockenbach Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor of Higher Education, North Carolina State University


Friday April 5th at 12:00-1:00 PM

IUPUI campus, University Library, Lilly Auditorium

The imperative to foster understanding and good will among emerging adults of different perspectives and walks of life is more pressing than ever as cultural, ideological, and religious conflicts divide and erode communities around the world. Colleges and universities are uniquely positioned to have a transforming influence on the diversity attitudes and behaviors of the students they serve. This presentation introduces findings from the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS), a national study aimed at identifying the high-impact practices most conducive to students’ interfaith learning and development. Informed by data collected from more than 7,000 first-year students attending 122 diverse colleges and universities, the presentation addresses a critical question: In an era of intensified religious, ideological, and political conflict, how might higher education institutions inspire students’ commitment to cooperation across difference?

Light lunch and refreshments to follow

Optional registration here


Hosted by the Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society



Deep Time/Deep Futures with Nina Elder


Thursday April 4th 4:00-5:30 PM

IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, UL 4115P

Nina Elder will discuss her newest installation, The Score, commissioned as part of the IU Grand Challenges Prepared for Environmental Change project in partnership with City State.

Nina Elder is an artist, adventurer, and arts administrator. Her work focuses on changing cultures and ecologies. Through extensive travel and research, resulting in meticulous drawings and interdisciplinary creative projects, Nina promotes curiosity, exploration, and a collective sense of stewardship. Nina advocates for collaboration, often fostering relationships between institutions, artists, scientists and diverse communities. She is the co-founder of the Wheelhouse Institute, a women's climate leadership initiative. Nina lectures as a visiting artist/scholar at universities, develops publicly engaged programs, and consults with organizations that seek to grow through interdisciplinary programing. Nina's art work is widely exhibited and collected and has been featured in Art in America, VICE Magazine, and on PBS. Her research has been supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Rauschenburg Foundation award for Arts & Activism, the Pollock Krasner Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation. She is currently an Art + Environment Research Fellow at the Nevada Museum of Art, a Polar Lab Research Fellow at the Anchorage Museum, and a Researcher in Residence in the Art and Ecology Program at the University of New Mexico.

Tickets here

Co-hosted by the Public Art and Ethics seminar, IU Grand Challenges Prepared for Environmental Change project; and City State 



Colloquium with Vivian Halloran; Comparative Literature, IUB

"The Island as a Place of Mourning: YA Fiction Maps Diasporic Grief and Healing onto the Caribbean"


Friday March 29th (time TBD)

Institute for Advanced Study conference room, IUB (624 E. Third St., Bloomington)

Lunch provided, and all are welcome, but please RSVP to Heather Blair ( so we can get the paper to you and arrange catering accordingly.


Hosted by the Ethical Dimensions of Children's Literature seminar



The Struggle for Normal Life in Gaza

Sari Bashi, Yale Law School


Tuesday March 26th 5:30 PM

IU Bloomington, Global & International Studies Building, 0001

Sari Bashi is the Robina Foundation Visiting Human Rights Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School. She writes and lectures on international humanitarian law and Israeli policy toward the occupied Palestinian territories.  Bashi was the Israel/Palestine Advocacy Director at Human Rights Watch. She also co-founded and directed (2005-2014) the Israeli human rights group Gisha.  She was a Fulbright scholar and received fellowships from Yale Law School and the Echoing Green Foundation, and has taught international law at Tel Aviv University. She clerked on the Israeli Supreme Court and is a licensed attorney in Israel and New York. Prior to studying law, Bashi worked as a correspondent for the Associated Press. She has a B.A. and a J.D. from Yale.


Co-hosted by Organized by the Middle East Conflict and Reform Lecture Series and supported by the IU Maurer School of Law, Department of Political Science, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Islamic Studies Program, and Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society



Opioids and Accessphoto of krista brucker

Dr. Krista Brucker; Director, Project Point, Eskenazi Hospital and Dept. of Emergency Medicine, IU School of Medicine


Thursday March 21st 5:00-6:30 PM

North United Methodist Church; 3808 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Project POINT has helped hundreds of Hoosiers with substance use disorder maintain HIP-Plus eligibility and connect to an array of treatment and social services supporting holistic health.  This session will discuss the challenges of health and health care access for this population and the role of recovery coaches, wrap-around services, and HIP as key supports.

register/add to calendar here.


Hosted by HIP: Health Equity, Responsibility, and Community seminar series



Introduction to Philanthropy and Public Good seminar


Thursday March 21st 12:00-1:30 PM

IUPUI Campus, University Library, Ashby Browsing Room

Please RSVP to David King ( so reading materials can be provided (Bruce Sievers’ article, “Philanthropy’s Role in Liberal Democracy,”).  Lunch will be served.


 Hosted by Philanthropy and Public Good seminar



Lilly, Improving Global Health & Strengthening Communities

Courtney Roberts, JD, Director, Global Health Philanthropic Initiatives

Mohamed Osman Mohamed, Analyst, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability


Friday March 1st at 12:00 PM

IU Bloomington, Hodge Hall, 2046

Lilly 30x30—a bold goal to increase access to quality health care in communities with limited resources for 30 million people on an annual basis by 2030. That’s a six-fold increase over the number of people Lilly reaches in these settings today.

Join Lilly’s Courtney Roberts, Director of Global Health Initiatives, and Mohamed Osman Mohamed, Analyst for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, to learn insights about Lilly’s Global Health programs and how Lilly is expanding access to healthcare for millions of people in resource limited settings. We also will discuss how Lilly reports and communicates progress to investors and a broad range of stakeholders.

Hosted by the Sustainable Leadership and Governance seminar



DNA: Law, Technology, and Ethics

Dr. Jody L. Madeira; Maurer School of Law, Indiana University

Professor Erin E. Murphy; NYU Law, New York City

Matthew B. White; sharing his experience as a child of fertility fraud and parent of donor children.


Friday March 1st 2019 1:15 - 2:45 PM

Bloomington campus, Maurer School of Law, Moot Court Room

Technological development continues to advance uses of DNA in our society. From catching the Golden State Killer, to reuniting families separated by ICE, to identifying the parents of donor children, uses of DNA raise some of the most challenging legal and ethical questions today. The sensitive nature of DNA, as well as the positive and negative ways in which its uses can affect individuals and society, require us to consider how the law ought to respond to these challenges. An expert panel will help us answer these questions.

After providing a broader framework involving DNA, law, and ethics, this panel will focus on familial DNA searches for criminal justice purposes, as well as the advent of direct-to-consumer technology and its unique consequences in the fertility fraud context.

*1.0 Ethics CLE Credit*


Hosted by the Ethics in the Information Age series



Big Data, AI, and Civic Virtue

Don Howard, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
photo of don howard


Thursday Feb. 28th 5-6:30 PM

IU Bloomington Campus, Hodge Hall, Room 1038

We face a rapidly growing arrays of serious ethical challenges with the ever more widespread employment of big data analytics and artificial intelligence. Prominent problems include algorithmic bias that can reinforce or exacerbate patterns of discrimination in the criminal justice system or the hiring and promotion practices of corporations and government agencies, the risk of the misuse of data analytics and AI for purposes of political repression and control by authoritarian regimes, and the integration of such technologies in automated weapons systems. In most of the literature on such ethical challenges, the focus is on the ethical responsibilities of individual makers and consumers of technology. This talk will suggest that a helpful complement or alternative to this individualist ethical perspective is the perspective of civic virtue. But technology making and technology deployment is usually the work of whole communities of makers and users, and the ethical impacts often affect not just the individual maker or user but the well being and well functioning of the communities within which those individuals live and work. With reference to a few specific applications of data analytics and AI, we will ask what are the impacts that are either corrosive to or promote the flourishing of relevant communities, what are the virtuous habits of action of whole communities and individuals in community that are maximally conducive to human well being, and how we engineer the relevant communities to maximize the likelihood that such virtuous habits of action will emerge and be sustained.

Hosted by the Ethics in the Information Age series



“Introduction,” from Continual Reading: Nineteenth-Century Fan and Franchise Fiction

Colloquium with Carrie Sickman Han


Friday February 22nd 12:00-2:00 PM 

IUPUI campus, Chancellor's, University Tower

Food and drink provided; RSVP to ( so we can arrange lunch reservations!


Hosted by the Ethical Dimensions of Children's Literature seminar



Technology Enhanced Discrimination

Virginia Eubanks Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the PoorDigital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age; and co-editor, with Alethia Jones, of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith.

Jessica Eaglin Professor of Law, Indiana University

Angie Raymond Business Law and Ethics, Indiana University


Monday Feb. 11th at 3 PM

Bloomington Campus, Faculty conference room, Maurer Law School


Co-hosted by the Ethics in the Information Age series, Maurer School of Law, the Ostrom Workshop, and the Kelley School of Business, Business Law and Ethics



All the Moving Partsphoto of Jennifer Guiliano

How to launch, coordinate and finish inter-disciplinary projects with multiple scholars and sites

Jennifer Guiliano; History, Co-director Humanities Intensive Teaching+Learning Initiative, IUPUI


Friday Feb. 8th 12:30 - 2:00 PM

IUPUI Campus, Cavanaugh Hall, Room 508

This workshop will focus on how to integrate social science and humanities scholarship in the process of generating a large-scale project.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Nate Wynne by Feb. 4. 


Hosted by Those Who Know the Trouble I've Seen: Citizenship and Resistance in the African American Christian Community seminar



American Spirituality Today

Brian Steensland, Sociology, IUPUI


Wed Feb. 6th 4:00-5:00PM

IUPUI Campus, Campus Center, Room 305

Contemporary interest in spirituality is on the rise. Yet scholars actually have fairly limited information about what “spirituality” means to ordinary Americans or what types of practices are associated with it. Based on a recent national study, this talk will discuss the meanings people associate with spirituality (we find seven different types), the social profile of the people holding each meaning, and the theistic and non-theistic practices people engage in.




Cummins: Sustainable Community Leadership

Mary Chandler, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations at Cummins, CEO of the Cummins Foundation


Friday Feb. 1st at 11:30 am

IU Bloomington, Hodge Hall, Room 2046

At Cummins, Mary helps build an internal company culture that attracts and retains employees, while also collaborating with external partners to craft public policy and community programs that both meet critical business needs and lead to prosperous and welcoming communities for employees. Mary led the development, funding and 2018 launch of Cummins Powers Women, an $11 million global community program to create large-scale impact and equity for women, strengthening Cummins’ internal commitment to the advancement of women. 

Lunch provided while it lasts.


Co-hosted by Indiana Women in Business and Sustainable Leadership & Governance seminar



Colloquium with Kelly Blewett; English, IU East

"Scripts of Girlhood: Handwriting, Identity Performance, and the Baby-sitter's Club"


Friday February 1st 12:00-2:00 PM

IUPUI campus, Chancellors

All are welcome, but please RSVP to Heather Blair ( so we can get the paper to you and arrange lunch reservations accordingly.


Hosted by the Ethical Dimensions of Children's Literature seminar



Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony


Monday Jan. 28th at 12:00 PM

IUPUI campus, Hine Hall Auditorium, 875 W. North Street

Esther Davidson Fishman and her daughter Sharie Fields tell the story of surviving and coming to the United States as refugees after the Holocaust. Program includes remarks by Dr. Karen Dace, IUPUI Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Performance by the IUPUI University Choir. Memorial candle lighting by community leaders and IUPUI students, faculty, and staff.


The Past is Still Present: Migration, Immigration, and the Holocaust


Tuesday Jan. 29th at 12:00 PM

IUPUI campus, Global Crossroads Classroom (ES 2132), 902 W. New York Street

Scholar-in-Residence Adam Strom (Director of Re-Imagining Migration at UCLA) discusses the history and consequences of the rise of the Nazis and the Holocaust which created a massive humanitarian crisis as millions fled from persecution, violence, and war. Mr. Strom describes the role of migration in the Holocaust in order to better understand our choices, challenges, and responsibilities today.


Refugees of the Holocaust, Refugees of Today: Opportunities and Challenges of New Lives in America


Tuesday Jan. 29th at 7:00 PM

IUPUI campus, Hine Hall Auditorium, 875 W. North Street

A public panel discussion co-sponsored by the IUPUI Jewish Faculty and Staff Council, Exodus Refugee Immigration, Inc., and the Immigrant Welcome Center. Facilitated by Tamra Wright (Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs) and Dr. Jeremy Price (Professor in the IUPUI School of Education), the panel will discuss historical, contemporary, personal experiences, and the responsibilities we all have to the refugee and the stranger. Panelists include Adam Strom, Deborah Haber (Executive Artistic Director of DEEP Arts and daughter of Holocaust Refugees), and Winnie Betili Bulaya (Founder of Refugee Welcome Baskets).


Hosted by IUPUI, IUPUI Jewish Faculty and Staff Council, Exodus Refugee, Immigrant Welcome Center, and IUPUI Jewish Student Association



HIP: How Is It Working?

Natalie Angel; Director of HIP, Family and Social Services Administration


Thursday January 24th 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Shepherd Community Center; 4107 E. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN  46201

Four years into HIP’s expansion, the state director will discuss HIP’s operations and record and dialogue with insurance and advocacy leaders about successes and challenges.

Panelists: Carl Ellison, President and CEO, Indiana Minority Health Coalition Caitlin Finnegan Priest, Government Relations Director, CareSource Adam Mueller, Director of Advocacy, Indiana Legal Services, Inc. 

Free and open to the public, register/add to your calendar here.




RoboTruckers: The Double Threat of AI for Low-Wage Work

Karen Levy; Information Science, Cornell University


Monday January 14th time, 12:00 pm

Bloomington Campus, Social Science Research Commons, Grand Hall

Of late, much attention has been paid to the risk artificial intelligence poses to employment, particularly in low-wage industries. The question has invited well-placed concern from policymakers, as the prospect of millions of low-skilled workers finding themselves rather suddenly without employment brings with it the potential for tremendous social and economic disruption. Long-haul truck driving is perceived as a prime target for such displacement, due to the fast-developing technical capabilities of autonomous vehicles (many of which lend themselves in particular to the specific needs of truck driving), characteristics of the nature of trucking labor, and the political economy of the industry. In most of the public rhetoric about the threat of the self-driving truck, the trucker is contemplated as a displaced party. He is displaced both physically and economically: removed from the cab of the truck, and from his means of economic provision. The robot has replaced his imperfect, disobedient, tired, inefficient body, rendering him redundant, irrelevant, and jobless. But the reality is more complicated. The intrusion of automation into the truck cab indeed presents a threat to the trucker—but the threat is not solely or even primarily being experienced, as it is so often described, as a displacement. The trucker is still in the cab, doing the work of truck driving—but he is increasingly joined there by intelligent systems that monitor his body directly. Hats that monitor his brain waves and head position, vests that track his heart rate, cameras trained on his eyelids for signs of fatigue or inattention: these systems flash lights in his face, jolt his seat, and send reports to his dispatcher or even his family members should the trucker’s focus waver. As more trucking firms integrate such technologies into their safety programs, truckers are not currently being displaced by intelligent systems. Rather, they are experiencing the emergence of intelligent systems as a compelled hybridization, a very intimate incursion into their work and bodies. This paper considers the dual, conflicting narratives of job replacement by robots and of bodily integration with robots, in order to assess the true range of potential effects of AI on low-wage work. [This paper is a chapter from Karen's book-in-progress, Data Driven: Truckers and the New Workplace Surveillance.]

Hosted by the Ethics in the Information Age s



Colloquium with Megan Musgrave English, IUPUI

"Of Sultans, Studs, and Stableboys: Representations of Muslim Culture and Equine History in King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry” 


Friday December 14th at 12:30 pm

IUPUI campus, Chancellors, 875 W. North St. Indpls 46202

Lunch provided


Hosted by the Ethical Dimensions of Childrens Literature seminar



Community Organizing Across Generations


Tuesday December 4th 10:30-12 

Indy 10 Black Lives Matter chapter, 10-Point Coalition, and Concerned Clergy, part of the Bienniel Bulen Symposium

RSVP here

Hosted by the Those Who Know the Trouble I've Seen: Citizenship and Resistance in African- American Christian Communities seminar



Myths, Violence, and Public Art


Monday Nov. 19th 4:00-6:00 PM

IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute

IUPUI University Library, UL 4115P

Core Readings

Supplementary Readings

  • Fryd, Vivien Green. “Suzanne Lacy’s Three Weeks in May: Feminist Activist Performance Art as ‘Expanded Public Pedagogy.’” NWSA Journal 19, no. 1 (2007): 23–38.
  • Mitchell, W. J. T. “The Violence of Public Art: ‘Do the Right Thing.’” Critical Inquiry 16, no. 4 (1990): 880–99.

Register at Eventbrite

Hosted by the Ethics, Values, and Practices of Public Art in Urban Contexts seminar



Poverty Simulation


Friday November 2nd from 11AM-1PM

Bloomington campus, Godfrey Center, Room 0034/0036 (Northwest corner of 10th & Fee)

The IU CSRES seminar on Economic Justice and Doing Business with the Poor is pleased to invite all interested faculty and students to participate in a Poverty Simulation. Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families. But unless you've experienced poverty, it's difficult to truly understand. The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) bridges that gap from misconception to understanding. CAPS is an interactive immersion experience. It sensitizes community participants to the realities of poverty.

Please join us on November 2nd. Lunch provided.

Sign up at or get more information by emailing Kelly Eskew at


Hosted by the Economic Justice and Doing Business with the Poor seminar



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Founder and Director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies


Frankenstein and Ray Bradbury

Tuesday October 30th, 1:00-2:30 PM

IUPUI Campus Center, Room 409


Hosted by the Ethical Dimensions of Childrens Literature seminar 



The Virtues of Togetherness: Morality and Affect in Japanese Picturebooks

Colloquium with Heather Blair, Religious Studies, IUB


Tuesday October 30th 4:30-6:00 PM

IUPUI, Cavanaugh Hall, Room 438

If you think you’d like to come to the colloquium, please RSVP to Heather at so that we can arrange catering appropriately!

For our colloquium series, we are discussing in-process research by seminar members. The paper for this colloquium is available here through IU Box.


Hosted by the Ethical Dimensions of Childrens Literature seminar



Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaarphoto of Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar

International Affairs, Texas A&M University


Thursday October 25th 4:00 PM

Bloomington campus, GISB building, Room 2067

Presentation on his newly finished book Religious Statecraft: The Politics of Islam in Iran


Co-hosted by the Global and Comparative Approaches to Religion, Ethics, and Political Theory,The Center for the Study of the Middle East, The Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center and the Islamic Studies Program seminar



Public Art and Race


Monday October 22nd 4:00-6:00 PM

IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute

IUPUI University Library, UL 4115P



Hosted by the Ethics, Values, and Practices of Public Art in Urban Contexts seminar



Profiting from Prison and Immigration Detention


Monday October 22nd at 7 PM

Bloomington Campus, Hodge Hall, Room 2075

This panel discussion will be held in partnership with Kelley School of Business Common Read book selection of Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.

Panel includes:

Lisa Koop; National Immigration Justice Center

Rick Lippke; Criminal Justice, IUB

Bonnie Ernst; Criminal Justice, IUB

Greg Keesling, RecycleForce

Pizza provided while it lasts.


Hosted by the Economic Justice and Inclusive Markets: The Ethics of doing Business with the Poor seminar



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International Affairs, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University


The Ambivalence of Islam in US Foreign Policy

Thursday, October 18th, 5-7 PM

Bloomington campus, Indiana Memorial Union, Persimmon Room

Reflecting on his three years working at the State Department during the Obama administration, Professor Mandaville will discuss the complex and at times contradictory approaches to Islam and Muslims that have characterized recent U.S. administrations. He will explore the legacy of Obama’s famed 2009 Cairo speech, US policy towards Islamist parties during the Arab Uprisings and their aftermath, as well as efforts to address the rise of ISIS. He will also assess how the Trump administration has approached these same issues. Arguing that Republican and Democratic administrations alike have followed a policy of “Muslim exceptionalism,” he will highlight some of the challenges associated with governments engaging world religion as an object of diplomacy.



Opportunities for Careers in the State Department with an Arabic Studies Background

Friday October 19th 12:00-1:30 PM

Bloomington campus, GISB building, Room 2134

Roundtable discussion with Professor Mandaville and Arabic Flagship students.  All interested in Arabic studies welcome!

Hosted by the Islam in the Global Sphere Seminar


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AI Ethics and the Law 

Alexander Duisberg

Friday October 19th 12:00-1:00 PM

IU Bloomington, Maurer School of Law, Room 122


Dr. Alexander Duisburg, partner at Bird & Bird in Germany, will give a lunch talk titled “AI, Ethics and the Law – a European Perspective” at noon in Room 122 today, as part of his visit to the Ostrom Workshop.

Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Autonomous” Systems are transforming our lives at an incredible pace. Smart data, machine learning and autonomous cars are just a few of many appliances that will change the way we work and interact.

In Europe, the GDPR has set a new standard on how to deal with personal data, as part of the wider efforts to build the European data economy. At the same time, the ethical debate on science and new technology is shaping up. It is an important element to how Europeans set their agenda, including towards law and regulation on robotics and autonomous systems.

The presentation reflects the current state of debate on these issues. The practical example about autonomous vehicles shows how accountability, control and liability for self-learning systems is fit into the complex regulated environment of road traffic.

Alexander Duisberg is a partner of Bird & Bird in Munich, who specializes in data protection, digital transformation projects, Internet of Things, and complex technology transactions, with a particular focus on automotive, industrial and insurance sectors. He covers a range of matters, including agile development, platforms and the data economy, cloud, cyber security, licensing and technology disputes.


Hosted by the Ethics in the Information Age series



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Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States

Andrew Whitehead

Sociology, Clemson University


Friday October 5th 10:30 AM

IUPUI campus, CE building, room 305

In order to understand the societal implications of religion, we must account for the degree to which Americans imagine a central role for religion―Christianity in particular―in the public sphere, and how that vision shapes their values, group boundaries, moral certitude, and subsequent decisions. Drawing on a variety of data sources, I will show that the extent to which Americans envision Christianity as infusing all aspects of American culture and social life helps explain the polarization we see across many social issues. In addition to investigating the effects of Christian nationalism, I will also explore the social contours of Christian nationalism and demonstrate that Americans fall into one of four basic groups: Ambassadors, Accommodators, Resisters, and Rejecters. Finally, I will demonstrate why public expressions of religion, like Christian nationalism, are something altogether different from personal piety. To make sense of our current social and political climate and find a way forward together, social scientists, religious leaders, engaged citizens, and policy makers must attend to the degree to which their fellow Americans embrace Christian nationalism.


Hosted by CSRES and the Center for Religion & American Culture



Microfinance in America

Katie Westland, Accion Chicago

Steve Thomas, Monroe County United Ministries


Tuesday October 2nd at 7 PM

Bloomington campus, Hodge Hall, Room 1000

Pizza provided while it lasts


Co-hosted by Economic Justice and Inclusive Markets: The Ethics of doing Business with the Poor seminar and the Trockman Microfinance Initiative



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Political Science, University of Notre Dame


Studying Black Catholics: Testing My Patience, Faith, and Community

Thursday September 27th 6:00 PM

Holy Angels Catholic Church

740 W 28th St, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Despite a history of conflict and racial marginalization in the Church, Black Catholics are among the most engaged and religious groups. Black Catholics have had to struggle to be recognized as authentic Catholics. Based on his book, Perseverance in the Parish? Religious Attitudes From A Black Catholic Perspective, Dr. Davis will highlight the important findings and examine the challenges involved in researching and writing about Black Catholics.


Hosted by the Those Who Know the Trouble I've Seen: Citizenship and Resistance in African- American Christian Communities seminar



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Computer Science and Informatics, IU Bloomington


5 Reasons Why Social Networks Make us Vulnerable to Misinformation  

Tuesday Sept. 25th at 12 PM

Bloomington campus, Woodburn Hall, SSRC/200

As social media become major channels for the diffusion of news and information, it becomes critical to understand how the complex interplay between cognitive, social, and algorithmic biases triggered by our reliance on social networks makes us vulnerable to misinformation. This talk overviews ongoing network analytics, modeling, and machine learning efforts to study the viral spread of misinformation and to develop tools for countering the online manipulation of opinions.


Hosted by the Ethics in the Information Age series



Making Community Art


Monday Sept. 24th 4:00-6:00 PM

IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute

IUPUI University Library, UL 4115P

Core Readings

Supplementary Readings


Hosted by the Ethics, Values, and Practices of Public Art in Urban Contexts seminar



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Aaron Seybert

Social Investment Officer, Kresge Foundation


Wednesday Sept. 19th at 7 PM

Bloomington campus, Hodge Hall, Room 1000

Pizza provided while it lasts


Hosted by the Economic Justice and Inclusive Markets: The Ethics of doing Business with the Poor seminar



Sustainable Leadership: Inspiring Action Across Disciplines


Monday September 17th at 7 PM

Bloomington campus, Hodge Hall, Room 1000

Panel includes:

Rasul Mowatt Associate Professor Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies

Mary Embry Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, Architecture + Design

Sarah Osterhoudt Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Rahul Shrivastav IU Dining Manager

Andrew Predmore Director, IU Office of Sustainability

Food provided.  


Co-hosted by NetImpact and Sustainable Leadership and Governance seminar



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Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University


The Sructure of the Egyptian and Saudi Religious Establishments: Historical Divergence; Future Convergence

Thursday September 6th 12-1:30 PM

Bloomington Campus, GISB building, Room 2067



Is there a Future for Islamist Parties in the Arab World?

Thursday September 6th 5:30-7 PM

Bloomington Campus, GISB Building, Room 1106


Hosted by the Islam in the Global Sphere seminar



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- A Conversation with Major League Soccer

Dimitrios Efstathiou

Senior Vice President, Player Relations & Competition


Thursday April 26th 7:00-8:00 PM

IU Bloomington, Hodge Hall, Room 1059

Dimitrios Efstathiou is Senior Vice President at Major League Soccer, where he oversees player acquisition and club roster management, ensuring compliance with League rules and regulations. 

He also assists in the management of MLS relationships with other professional soccer leagues and national federations.

Dimitrios began his career with MLS in the Business & Legal Affairs Department, where he advised on a wide array of commercial and legal matters. Prior to joining the League, Dimitrios was in-house counsel at EFG Private Bank in London and an associate at Allen & Overy with the firm’s U.S. Corporate and Capital Markets practice.  Dimitrios also serves on the Board of FC Harlem, a New York City urban soccer academy and leadership program. 

Dimitrios is a graduate of Vassar College, and subsequently received his JD from Harvard Law School and his master's degree from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University.  

*Food provided


Hosted by the Economic Justice and Inclusive Markets: The Ethics of doing Business with the Poor seminar



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Associate Professor of Religious Studies, IUB


Friday April 20th 1:00-3:00 PM

IU Bloomington, GA Building, Room 1106

Faculty Seminar on Professor Stalnaker's book manuscript in progress, "Mastery, Dependance, and the Ethics of Authority".

This book argues that early Confucian thinkers connect authority, dependence, and autonomy in ways that have the potential to transform contemporary debates. They argue that humans do not automatically possess moral and personal autonomy, but must develop and exercise these achievements with others’ help. They see autonomy as analogous to performance skills, i.e., as a set of trained capacities that must be cultivated through deliberate practice, with others, under the guidance of family members and master practitioners/teachers. Confucians claim many forms of relational dependence of this sort are intrinsic to human life, not signs of weakness or vice. In dialogue with contemporary feminist thought and liberal political theory, the book reconstructs early Confucians' sophisticated normative social theory in order to reshape current ideas about virtue, relationships, and the proper aims of politics.

The book manuscript, including six of a planned seven chapters, will be pre-circulated to those who plan to participate.





Campus and Community Critical Conversations on Mental Health


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Virginia Caine

Panel: Judge Barbara Crawford, Deputy Chief Christopher Bailey, Rep. Robin Shackelford, Pastor James Jackson, Dr. Barbara Pierce


Tuesday April 17th 6:30 - 8:30 PM

IUPUI Hine Hall Auditorium

This partnership seeks to bring together the IUPUI Campus and faith-based community organizations around public health issues. It is the intent to provide a space to educate, inform, and strategize around these issues leading to positive social change.

Hosted by Baptist Minister's Alliance, Concerned Clergy of Indianapolis, IUPUI



Making the City            photo of massive bone like art display by the water

Reading Group   

Monday April 16th 4:00-6:00 PM

IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute

IUPUI University Library, UL 4115P





Sustainable Entrepreneurship and the UN SDG's

Reed Evans

Founder, Scale it up! Sustainability Training for Women Entrepreneurs

Monday April 16th 7:00-8:00 PM

IU Bloomington, Hodge Hall, Room 1000

Reed Evans will be discussing the impact of sustainability entrepreneurs and the UN SDGs on income-poor regions.

*Food provided





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Panel Discussion and Concert


Thursday April 5th 7:00 PM

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
Clowes Court
500 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN  46204
*No Admission Fee

Mohican Songs of the Spirit is a mash up of hymn sing, jam session, homecoming, discussion, and reunion.  

In the early 1800s, the Stockbridge Mohicans accepted the invitation of Miami Indians to settle in what is now Indiana but were soon displaced by waves of white settlers. This richly collaborative event among scholars, tribal members, and musicians is a celebration and revival of Mohican language, song, and culture. It is both a homecoming and remembrance of displacement that will highlight the history of the Mohican people—and the work done to preserve this history—with a short panel discussion followed by a performance by Grammy-winning Stockbridge Mohican artist and musician Bill Miller. Miller’s soulful music has moved audiences for decades, most recently with his tracks for the album Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited. During Mohican Songs of the Spirit, Miller will debut new music set to hymn lyrics written in the Mohican language centuries ago by Mohicans affiliated with German missionaries.

Hosted by IUPUI Department of Religious Studies, Eiteljorg Museum, Spirit & Place, IUPUI American Indian Programs, and Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission


Debating Jihad: Mainstream and Extremist Perspectives on the Ethics of War in the Contemporary Muslim World

Asma Afsaruddin

Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, Religious Studies, and Gender Studies, IUB


Wednesday April 4th 5:30-7:00 PM

IU Bloomington, GA Building, Room 2067

This talk will focus on how mainstream Muslim scholars and extremist ideologues debate one another on what jihad means, under what circumstances armed combat becomes permissible, and who may be targeted during a military attack. Comparison of their views reveals key differences that allow us to gain a better insight into how jihad is invoked by various extremist groups today to lend legitimacy to their violent projects.


Sponsored by the ISLAM IN THE GLOBAL SPHERE seminar and Students for Peace in the Middle East



Against Liberalism: Islamic Constitutionalist Thought in Modern Iran

Hussein Banai

International Studies, IUB


Friday March 30th 12:00-1:30 PM

IU Bloomington, GA Building, Room 3134

Faculty seminar with Hussein Banai, assistant professor of International Studies, who will discuss his book manuscript in progress.This paper examines the decline and fall of liberal constitutionalism in Iran – a process begun in the late 19th century and definitively halted by the advent of the Islamic Republic in 1979 – in relation to the rise of its Islamic analogue in the same period. In particular, it demonstrates the interaction and mutual influence of liberal and Islamic constitutional thought upon one another, resulting in constitutional forms that are at once rights-based and non-representative. A work of comparative political thought, this paper offers a contextual reading of constitutional debates between Islamic jurists and their liberal interlocutors that go beyond abstract and binary considerations of these ideologies in recent theoretical accounts.


Hosted by the ISLAM IN THE GLOBAL SPHERE seminar




How does it feel to be a problem? Du Bois, Black Moralism, and Secular Struggle for Change

Dr. Anthony B. Pinn


Thursday March 29th 6:00-8:00 PM

School of Informatics and Computing, Room (IT) 152
Dr. Anthony B. Pinn is the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religion at Rice University. Dr. Pinn is the founding director of Rice’s Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL). In addition, he is Director of Research for the Institute for Humanist Studies (Washington, DC). His research interests include religion and culture; humanism; African American religious thought, religion and embodiment, and hip hop culture. He is the author/editor of over 35 books. 
Hosted by Secular Humanism Studies; Department of Philosophy; The Millennium Chair of Liberal Arts; and Department of Religious Studies



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The Dilemma of Didacticism

Claudia Mills           

Philosophy Associate Professor Emerita at University of Colorado Boulder,

Children's author


Wednesday March 28th 4:00-5:30 PM

IUPUI, Cavanauagh Hall, 438

Claudia Mills holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University and an M.L.S. degree (with a concentration in children’s literature) from the University of Maryland. She is Associate Professor Emerita of Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as serving on the faculty in the Graduate Program in Children’s Literature at Hollins University. The author of almost 60 books for young readers, most recently Write This Down (Farrar) and The Trouble with Babies (Knopf), she has also published articles on Laura Ingalls Wilder, Louisa May Alcott, Maud Hart Lovelace, Betty MacDonald, Rosamond du Jardin, and Eleanor Estes. Her edited collection, Ethics and Children’s Literature (2014, Ashgate), won the Best Edited Book Award from the Children’s Literature Association(see her author page for more information).





Recreating Cities for Sustainable Living

Sam Centellas

Director, La Casa de Amistad

Santi Garces

Chief Innovation Officer, City of South Bend, Indiana


Moderator: Mike Keen, Ph.D.

Wednesday, March 28th 7:00-8:30 PM

IU South Bend, Wiekamp Hall, 1001

Our speakers will put their engineering and political communication skills to work as they discuss ways they both work to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and resiliency. 





The Ethics of Human Rights      photo of anthony t chase

Anthony Tirado Chase

Diplomacy and World Affairs, Occidental College


Friday March 16th 1:00-2:30 PM

Bloomington Campus, Global Affairs Building, Room 1023

Professor Chase is a theoretician of human rights, most often in the context of the Middle East. His current projects include Handbook on Human Rights and the Middle East and North Africa (Routledge, 2017); “Setting the Scene: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation and Human Rights” in The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Engagements with Human Rights (U Penn Press, forthcoming); and a research project on interdisciplinary approaches to human rights theorizing.





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Reading Group 

Wednesday March 7th 4:00-6:00 PM

IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute

IUPUI University Library, UL 4115P

  • Duncum, Paul. “Engaging Public Space: Art Education Pedagogies for Social Justice.” Equity & Excellence in Education 44, no. 3 (2011): 348–63. 
  • Graham, Janna. “‘A Strong Curatorial Vision for the Neighbourhood’: Countering the Diplomatic Condition of the Arts in Urban Neighbourhoods.” Art & the Public Sphere 6, no. 1/2 (2017): 33–49. 
  • Mejean, Suzanne. Noah Purifoy. Artbound, 2015.

Register here.

Hosted by the The Ethics, Values, and Practices of Public Art in Urban Contexts Seminar 



Religious Freedom and Minority Religions       photo of church street intersecting with state street


The second forum in the Religious Freedom Forum series will feature representatives of minority religions in a conversation about the virtues and limits of religious freedom.


Tuesday March 6th 5:30 PM

Indianapolis Arts Garden

924 N Pennsylvania St.

Indianapolis, IN  46204

The Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture is organizing three public forums this spring on issues pertaining to religious freedom and religious expression in Indiana. The Consortium is co-sponsoring this series.


Hosted by the Center for Religion & American Culture and CSRES



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Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School


State of Science of Spirituality and Palliative Care

Thursday March 1st 12:00-1:00 PM

IUPUI, IU Health Neuroscience Center, Goodman Hall Auditorium
Tracy Balboni, MD, MPH, currently serves as an Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School and acts as Director of the Supportive and Palliative Radiation Oncology Service at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center – a service dedicated to the palliative radiation oncology needs of cancer patients. Dr. Balboni provides leadership to the Initiative on Health, Religion and Spirituality at Harvard University. Her primary research interests are located at the intersection of oncology, palliative care, and the role of religion and spirituality in the experience of life-threatening illness. Her work also includes forging improved dialogue between academic theology, religious communities, and the field of medicine.
Parking: Entrance to garage located at 358 W. 15th Street
Parking is charged at an hourly rate.
**Please note, lunch will not be provided.
You are welcome to bring your lunch & eat during the presentation.**


Sponsored by: The Daniel F. Evans Center for Spiritual and Religious Values in Healthcare, IUPUI RESPECT Center 



Conserving Consumption: Sustainable Business Models that Work

Shaun Maeyens

Zen Cafe

Becky Reimbold

Proprietor, Just Goods


Moderator: Harry Vasilopoulos

Wednesday, February 28th 7:00-8:30 PM

IU South Bend, Wiekamp Hall, 1001

Learn how local business people in South Bend incorporate social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency to promote prosperity.





Reading Group in Comparative Political Theory and Ethics


Friday February 23rd 1:00-2:30 PM

Bloomington Campus, Global Affairs Building, Room 1023





Improvisational Islam: Indonesian Youths in a Time of Possibility

Nur Amali Ibrahim

Religious Studies, International Studies, IU Bloomington


Thursday Feb. 22nd 4:00-5:30 PM

IU Bloomington Campus, GA Building, Room 2134

Faculty seminar with Nur Amali Ibrahim, who will discuss his book manuscript in progress.

This book is about novel and unexpected ways of being Muslim, where religious dispositions are achieved through techniques that have little or no precedent in classical Islamic texts or concepts. To cultivate piety, young Indonesians are drawing from accounting, auditing, self-help, and other methods originating from the business world, as well as reading Islamic scriptures alongside the western human sciences, from John Locke’s treatises to the writings of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Clifford Geertz.  The Indonesian case study, which occurs in a heightened and volatile political context, brings into sharper relief processes that are happening in ordinary Muslim life everywhere. In the contemporary political discourse where Muslims are often portrayed as uncompromising and adversarial to the West and where bans and walls are deemed necessary to keep them out, this story about flexible and creative Muslims is an important one to tell.


Hosted by the ISLAM IN THE GLOBAL SPHERE seminar



Economic Justice and Doing Business with the Poor:cummins logo The Cummins Experience                         

Mark Sifferlen

Cummins' Vice President of Ethics & Compliance


Monday February 19th 7:00 PM

IU Bloomington Campus, Hodge Hall, Room 1059

You are invited to hear Mark Sifferlen, Cummins' VP of Ethics and Compliance talk about his experiences at the Fortune 500 Company.  Open to the public; Food will be provided.





show intersection of church street and state streetReligious Freedom Forum on the National and Indiana Laws


Katie Blair

Director of Advocacy, ACLU Indiana​

James Bopp

Attorney for the Indiana Family Institute and American Family Association of Indiana

Beth Cate

School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IU Bloomington

David Craig

Religious Studies, IUPUI


Thursday Feb. 15th 5:30 PM

Athenaeum, 401 E. Michigan St. Indianapolis

The Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture is organizing three public forums this spring on issues pertaining to religious freedom and religious expression in Indiana. The Consortium is co-sponsoring this series.

The first forum will be on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), both the national and Indiana laws.  Does the appearance of these laws suggest a conflict between liberty and equality, specifically between religious liberty and equality of access to goods and services?   If so, what do our public choices say about our culture and its ethical values?


Hosted by the Center for Religion & American Culture and CSRES



Critical Conversations on Black Homicide


IUPUI Chancellor Nasser Paydar and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will give opening remarks, followed by an introduction by Dr. Molly Rosenberg, author of Black Homicide ReportDr. Leah Gunning Francis, author of Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community will give a presentation.

The culminating panel discussion will include moderator Rev. David Greene, President of the Concerned Clergy of Indianapolis and Pastor of Purpose of Life Ministries Indianapolis; criminal justice and best practices expert Dr. Tom Stucky, Executive Associate Dean of the IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs; clergy member Rev. Dr. Wayne L. Moore, President of the Baptist Minister’s Alliance and Pastor of Olivet Missionary Baptist Church; community member Gregory L. Wilson, Executive Director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission; youth representative Anthony Beverly, Director of Stop the Violence Indianapolis; policymakers Rep. Greg Porter of the State of Indiana and Rep. Stephen Clay, President of the City-County Council of the City of Indianapolis; law enforcement representative Chief Bryan Roach, IMPD; and media member Steve Jefferson, Crimebeat Report from WTHR-Channel 13.

Thursday February 15th 6:30-8:30 PM

IUPUI, Hine Hall, Auditorium


The Critical Conversations series is hosted by a partnership of IUPUI, the Concerned Clergy of Indianapolis, and the Baptist Minister’s Alliance.



Imagining Youth/Youth Imagining: Folklore and Literature

Fernando Orejuela

Folklore, IU Bloomington

Rebekah Sheldon

English, IU Bloomington


Friday Feb. 16th 2:00-3:30 PM

IU Bloomington, GISB, Room 3067

Panel discussion of research by Fernando Orejuela (IUB, Folklore) and Rebekah Sheldon (IUB, English)

2:00–3:30 pm, with coffee, tea, and snacks






Hydrocarbon Spiritualities: Religion, Climate Change,

and Fossil Fuelsphoto of evan berry smiling

Evan Berry  

Philosophy and Religion, American University


Thursday Feb. 8th 5:30 PM

IU Bloomington, Morrison Hall, Hoagy Carmichael Room

When religion and climate change are discussed together, two prominent examples typically dominate: the high rates of climate denialism among white American Evangelicals and Pope Francis’s recent encyclical about The Earth as Our Common Home. These two cases are wielded as blunt instruments in the recurring disagreements as to whether institutionalized, monotheistic religions, Christianity in particular, are “good” or “bad” for the environment. Together, Evangelical denial and Laudato Si’ hardly establish an adequate picture of the multidimensional interaction between religion and climate change. This lecture surveys the broader landscape at the intersection of religion and climate change and outlines a more multidimensional theoretical approach. Any substantive account of religion and climate change cannot attend only to the impact of theology on environmental attitudes, but must also attend to the material impact of global climate change on religious dynamics, including the political economy of fossil fuels, patterns of energy use by religious agents, and changing environmental conditions for various cultures and communities.


 Hosted by the IU Bloomington Department of Religious Studies



Dealing with Death

Alisa Clapp-Itnyre

English, IU East


Sunday Feb. 4th 2:00 PM

IU Richmond, Richmond Civic Theatre

Post-performance discussion following Stage One Youth Theatre’s production of Bridge to Terabithia, Alisa Clapp-Itnyre, director

Performance at 2 pm, with discussion following






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Kelly Hayes

Religious Studies, IUPUI


Friday Jan. 26th 12:00 - 1:30 PM

IUPUI Campus Center, Room 309

The IUPUI Religious Studies Department is hosting a public workshop for everyone interested in the Digital Humanities.  Assoc. Prof. Kelly Hayes will present photographs, video and audio from her fieldwork on the Brazilian new religious movement, the Valley of the Dawn.  An expert panel will discuss new opportunities and challenges for scholars working in digital humanities. 


Hosted by the IUPUI Religious Studies Department



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Oxford University; Internationally renowned British author


A Shepherd's Perspective: Stewardship and Ethics


Monday January 22nd 7:00-8:30 PM

IU South Bend Campus, Addicott-Joshi Performance Hall, Northside Hall

This event brings to South Bend the internationally renowned British author, James Rebanks, whose 2017 best-seller, The Shepherd's Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape, grew out of the vast popularity of his Twitter account richly describing his way of life. The 75-minute event will be structured as a conversation, with questions posed by IU South Bend English Professor Ken Smith and the audience. The evening will conclude with a reception and a book signing.



Hosted by the ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY: ETHICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE, Indiana Humanities, and the Wolfson Scholar Endowment



Picturing Religion and Ethics through Comic Books


Daniel Peretti

Indiana University, Folklore & Ethnomusicology

Heather Blair

Indiana University, Department of Religious Studies


Thursday Nov. 30th 1:45-3:45 PM

IU Bloomington, Wells Library, Room 030

In his new book, Superman in Myth and Folklore (University of Mississippi Press, 2017), Daniel Peretti explores how Americans use the Man of Steel as a model for behavior, a means to express and perform individual identity, and a focal point for community. 

Heather Blair specializes in the history of Japanese religious culture. In her current book project, provisionally titled The Gods Make You Giggle: Finding Religion in Japanese Picturebooks, she argues that religious imagery and ideas animate Japan’s modern and contemporary picturebooks in unrecognized but important ways.





 Moral Thinking- a working paper session


Tuesday Nov. 28th 12:00-1:15 PM

IPFW's campus, LA building, Room 160


During this session, faculty will exchange work-in-progress on the themes of moral thinking in artworks of economic success and failure.





Economic Justice & Leadership: Aligning Business with People and Planet


Julie Savaria

Academic Partnerships- North America at Emzingo


Tuesday Nov. 28th at 6 PM

IU Bloomington campus, Hodge Hall, Room 4000

Followed by discussion of internship and ABP opportunities.  Food provided.


Hosted by the ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND INCLUSIVE MARKETS: ETHICS OF DOING BUSINESS WITH THE POOR seminar, NetImpact, and Trockman Microfinance Initiative



Perspectives of Specific Religions


Jason Eberl

Catholics Bioethics


Thursday Nov. 16th 6:00-8:00 PM

Woody's Library Restaurant

40 E Main Street Carmel, IN

This fifth meeting of the Religion, Spirituality, Healthcare, and Ethics seminar will discuss:

  • While every faith has beliefs about health and healthcare, some faiths require or forbid certain interventions that are common or widely accepted in US healthcare.
  • Orthodox Judaism and withdrawal of life sustaining treatments; Jehovah’s witnesses and blood transfusions; Catholics and birth control.





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Engaging Youth Leaders and Community Science to Confront Environmental Injustice


Friday Nov. 10th 1:30-3:30 PM

IUPUI, Campus Center, Room 405

This spring, the Bantz Fellowship provided funding for a yearlong collaborative project to engage with community-based organizations. With this support, we created the Healthy Cities Project, with a purpose to develop youth leadership skills for social and environmental good, and evaluate the risks of lead contamination in urban soils.

Our partnership is between IUPUI’s Center for Urban Health, Kheprw Institute, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, and Groundwork Indy. Environmental Justice (EJ) youth leaders guide the soil sampling collection plan to test for lead, and are the “boots on the ground” spokespeople within each organization. Join us to hear stories, successes, and challenges of the project. We will guide a conversation about how environmental justice relates to our goal of using local knowledge and citizen science to work together to identify and eliminate environmental risks in Indianapolis neighborhoods. 


Hosted by the ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE seminar series



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Chilean Computational Forensics in Victim Identification

Professor Eden Medina

Dept. of Informatics, SICE


Friday Nov. 10th 2 pm

IU Bloomington Campus, Wells Library, Room 030

This meeting will examine issues of documentary authenticity and evidence in archival, sociocultural, and scientific institutions. We will examine various bases of evidence creation and the important roles and controversies of institutions in creating knowledge out of such information by such means. 






Spiritual Practices, Sustainable Choicesphoto of the education and arts building at IU south bend

Fr. Terry Ehrman

Asst Director for Life Sciences Research and Outreach, University of ND

Krista Bailey

Director of the Center for a Sustainable Future, IU South Bend


Wednesday, Nov 8th 7:00-8:30 PM

IU South Bend, Education and Arts building, 1011






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Vice President Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Christian Education and Practical Theology at Christian Theological Seminary


From Ferguson to Charlottesville: Standing at the Crossroads of Faith and Justice

Thursday Nov. 2nd at 4:30 PM

IUPUI Multicultural Center, UC 104

The shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson reignited a long-smoldering movement for justice, with many St. Louis-area clergy stepping up to support the emerging young leaders of today’s Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Leah Gunning Francis was among the activists while she was a seminary professor in St. Louis. Her book, Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership & Awakening Community, is based on interviews with more than two dozen faith leaders and movement organizers. It takes us behind the scenes of the continuing protests. Dr. Francis will discuss her book and the continuing relevance of the lessons that can be learned from Ferguson.


Co-hosted by the IUPUI Multicultural Center, the IUPUI Africana Studies Program, and the IU Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society





Carla L. Petersonphoto of carla peterson

Professor of English, University of MD, College Park


Struggling for Racial Equality: African American Literacy and Political Activism in the Antebellum North

Wednesday Nov. 1st 7:00-8:00 PM

IPFW campus, Neff Hall, Room 101

Professor Peterson will discuss the importance of literacy and education among black communities in the antebellum North (specifically in New York and Philadelphia), the books housed in school and literary society libraries--science, literature, philosophy (particularly Scottish Enlightenment)--and what this reading meant in terms of cultural, social, and political orientation and values.  This body of knowledge empowered black leaders in their fight for racial equality, most predictably in their political activism but also in literary production.






Otra Cosa No Hay (There is Nothing Else) Film Screening

photo from the film showing a valley and indigenious peoples homes


Monday October 23rd 6:00 PM


IU Bloomington, Hodge Hall, Room 1000

The water-rich highlands of the Colombian Páramo de Santurbán are nearly pristine, evidently preserved by the traditional mining communities inhabiting the region. The delicate balance maintained between economic needs, exploitable natural resources, and environmental protection has recently been disrupted by the arrival of foreign large-scale mining companies. Otra Cosa No Hay (There is Nothing Else) transports its audiences to this remote region of Colombia in order to provide complex insights into the conflicts between local people, foreign companies, and environmentalists over the proper use of Colombia’s natural treasures.


Economic Activity and Human Well-Being: The Impact of development on the poor

lecture by Professor Christina Ochoa discussion following the film (7 PM)

Executive Producer and Director Ochoa will talk about Economic Activity and Human Well-Being's Impact on indigenous people following the film's screening. 

Food provided.






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Moustafa Bayoumi

Professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York; Columnist for The Guardian


How Does it Feel to Be a Problem: Being Young and Arab in America

Thursday October 19th from 2:30-3:45 PM

Bloomington campus, Woodburn Hall, Room 104

Faculty and student discussion with Professor Moustafa Bayoumi regarding his highly-acclaimed, best-selling book How Does it Feel to Be a Problem: Being Young and Arab in America.


This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror

Thursday October 19th at 5:30 PM

Bloomington Campus, Hodge Hall, Room 2075

Bayoumi will discuss what the War on Terror looks like from the vantage point of Muslim Americans, highlighting the profound effect that surveillance has had on how they live their lives. To be a Muslim American today often means to exist in an absurd space between exotic and dangerous, victim and villain, simply because of the assumptions people hold. Bayoumi exposes how contemporary politics, movies, novels, media experts and more have together produced a culture of fear and suspicion that not only willfully forgets the Muslim-American past, but also threatens all of our civil liberties in the present.  This Muslim American Life was awarded the 2016 Evelyn Shakir Non-Fiction Arab American Book Award.





Impact Investingphoto of a building on IU Bloomington's campus called Hodge Hall

John Duong

Lumina Foundations' Director of Lumina Impact Ventures

Holiday Hart McKiernan

Lumina Foundations' Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer


Monday October 16th 7 PM

IU Bloomington, Hodge Hall, Room 1046

Co-sponsored by the ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND INCLUSIVE MARKETS: THE ETHICS OF DOING BUSINESS WITH THE POOR seminar series & NetImpact, and the Trockman Microfinance Initiative student groups.



Neal Thomas

Professor of Communication, University of North Carolina


Future Collectivity and the Graph Relation


Friday October 13th at 2:00 PM

Bloomington Campus, Dept of Information and Library Science, Wells Library, 030

The second meeting will focus the preceding issues within the roles of traditional documentary technologies and new media, per se, to create meaning, identity, social and cultural agency, and ethical choice and determination. Central to such a discussion are the roles of computerization and computer algorithms, indexes, and searching.


Co-Hosted by the INFORMATION, ETHICS, AND SOCIOCULTURAL VALUES seminar, the Information and Library Science Colloquium and the RKSCI




Emergent Best Practices in Public Art and Designphoto of orange and white futuristic designs

Richard McCoy

Director Landmark Columbus


Tuesday October 10th 4:00-6:00 PM

IUPUI University Library, UL 4115P





JAAR Editorship Celebration for Andrea Jain
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Associate Professor, Andrea Jain IUPUI Religious Studies, has recently been appointed editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.  This is the world's most prestigious religious studies journal. Come learn how Professor Andrea Jain and the IUPUI Department of Religious Studies are shaping the world of cutting-edge research in the humanities.  

Tuesday October 10th 4:00-5:00 PM

IUPUI Campus Center, Tony Sherrill Meeting Room 409

Food and refreshments served. Remarks at 4:30 pm. 

Guests from outside IUPUI, please RSVP to Department Chair David Craig (


Co-presented by Indiana Humanities and IUPUI's Department of Religious Studies:




Maurizio Ferraris

University of Turin

How to Do Things with Documents. Documentality, Documediality, and Post-Truth


Friday September 29th at 11:30 am

Bloomington Campus, Dept of Information and Library Science, Well Library, 001

Professor Ferraris will discuss information and its relation to politics and expression, in terms of media power across different types of documentary and communicational media. We will be concerned with the relation of information to knowledge, truth, and misinformation (e.g., ‘fake news’), the role of traditional and new media in mediating the creation of information, ethical and epistemic responsibility in human and technological information systems, and the changing roles of institutions and individuals to the creation and assertion of information and knowledge.






The Urban Landscape as Art Spacephoto of giant art structure photo of a woman, water element

Brian Payne

President and CEO Central Indiana Community Foundation

Starla Hart

Program Officer with Local Initiatives Support Corporation Indianapolis


Thursday September 28th 4:00-6:00 PM

IUPUI University Library, UL 4115P






Ethics All Around Us: Current Research on 19th Century & Contemporary Experiences for Children


Tuesday September 26th 11:15AM - 1:15PM

IU Bloomington, GISB Building, Room 3067


Research Roundtable and lunch with Alisa Clapp-Itnyre (IU East, English); Megan Musgrave (IUPUI, English and Native American Studies); Rebekah Sheldon (IUB, English)





Clinicians and Religion

Alex Lion, MD, Fellow, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology,

Indiana University and Ethics Fellow, Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics


Thursday Sept. 21st 6-8pm

Woody's Library Restaurant

40 E Main St. Carmel, IN

Dinner and books provided, please RSVP to (Sarah Rush)

  • How do the belief and religious experience of clinicians (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, etc) affect their delivery of healthcare?
  • What role should clinician beliefs play in the refusal to participate in controversial religious practices, such as abortion or terminal sedation?





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Systems Thinking for Prosperity on a Finite Planet

Dr. Heather Reynolds

Associate Professor of Biology, Indiana University Bloomington


Wednesday, Sept 13 7:-8:30 pm

IU South Bend, Education and Arts Building, 1011

Dr. Reynolds’ talk will lay out the rationale and conceptual framework for ecological economics as an essential paradigm shift for prosperity on a finite planet.  She will also discuss the need for systems thinking as an essential aspect of public literacy about sustainability.




Professor William Maleyphoto of william maley, bald, glasses, wearing a suit

Australian National University


Afghanistan and the 'War on Terror': A Retrospective Appraisal

Monday September 11th 7:00-8:30 PM

IU Bloomington, SGIS auditorium, 0001




Refugees and the Responsibility to Protect

Tuesday September 12th 5:00-6:30 PM

IU Bloomington, GISB, 1118

Professor William Maley is Professor of Diplomacy at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy. He is one of the world’s leading experts on Afghanistan’s conflicts and on refugee issues. He published dozens of books and articles on these topics. He is the recipient of many honors and awards, including being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and being elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. He is also a Barrister of the High Court of Australia, Vice-President of the Refugee Council of Australia, and a member of the Australian Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP). He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Global Responsibility to Protect, and of the International Advisory Board of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University.


Hosted by the ISLAM IN THE AMERICAN PUBLIC SPHERE seminar series; Pan-Asia Institute; School of Global and International Studies; Islamic Studies Program; Department of Political Science; Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures; Working Group on Forced Migration




Public Art, Representation, and Gentrification

Oliver Blank & Natasha Jimenez
Co-founders of Outside, a humanitarian design agency


Tuesday August 15th 4-6pm

IUPUI University Library, UL 4115P

755 W. Michigan St.





Patients, Families, and Medical Decision Making

The Rev. Beth Newton Watson, M.Div., BCC

Director of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Services at IU Health Academic Health Center and Clinical Educator in ACPE


Thursday June 22nd 6:00 -8:00 PM

  • How do religious beliefs influence major decisions, especially at the beginning and end of life?
  • How to chaplains and others provide spiritual support and/or guidance to patients and families in the healthcare setting?

Woody's Library; 40 E. Main St. Carmel IN  46032






Organizations and Religion

Steven S. Ivy

Indiana University Health Sr. Vice President for Values and Ethics

David Craig

Religious Studies; IUPUI


Thursday May 25th 6:00-8:00pm

Woody's Library; 40 E. Main St. Carmel IN  46032

Dinner and books will be provided free of charge.

RSVP to by May 11 so we can mail books and plan the meal.


Readings:  Craig, D.M. (2014). Health care as a social good : religious values and American democracy. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.







Practice to Research: A Focus on Environmental Justice

Professor Tamara Leech

Richard G. Fairbanks School of Public Health


Tuesday May 16th 2:00-4:30 pm

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Lawrence W. Inlow Hall

3rd floor Faculty Lounge

Intended for those interested in or already involved in some community engagement or "research to practice" efforts. The presentation will inform a panel discussion and subsequent open conversation  about how environmental research fits into the movement toward Practice to Research, and how it might not. The panel will include academics and environmental professionals who have tried to implement research findings, and will ask them the provocative question "What do you think about practice to research instead?" 








Dr. Modupe Labode

Assistant Professor of History and Museum Studies; School of Liberal Arts; IUPUI


Wednesday April 26th 4:00-6:00pm

IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute University Library Room 4115P

We invite you to join us for the second meeting of The Ethics, Values, and Practices of Public Art in Urban Contexts Seminar Series. This session's topic will be "Histories of Public Art and the Common Good" and will feature guest discussant, Dr. Modupe Labode.



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H. S. Banzhaf

Georgia State University


Friday April 21st 11am-2pm

IUPUI campus; Lawrence W. Inlow Hall; 3rd floor faculty lounge

Professor Banzhaf is in the Dept. of Economics at Georgia State's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a Senior Fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC). 

His primary field of study is environmental policy analysis, especially related to the urban environment (such as sprawl and land use) and to issues related to energy and air pollution (including effects on ecosystems as well as urban environments). One common theme in his work is the interactions among local environmental amenities, local real estate markets, and the demographic composition of cities. For example, he has studied the way these social mechanisms interact to drive the correlations between pollution and poor households, as described by the "Environmental Justice" movement. 





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Sociology; Duke University

Tues. April 11th 2017 5:30pm-7pm

Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations became Mainstream

IU Bloomington; GA Building Auditorium 0001


In this talk Bail traces how the anti-Muslim narrative of the political fringe has captivated large segments of the American media, government, and general public, validating the views of extremists who argue that the United States is at war with Islam and marginalizing mainstream Muslim-Americans who are uniquely positioned to discredit such claims. Drawing on cultural sociology, social network theory, and social psychology, he shows how anti-Muslim organizations gained visibility in the public sphere, commandeered a sense of legitimacy, and redefined the contours of contemporary debate, shifting it ever outward toward the fringe. Bail illustrates this theoretical argument through a big-data analysis of more than one hundred organizations struggling to shape public discourse about Islam, tracing their impact on hundreds of thousands of newspaper articles, television transcripts, legislative debates, and social media messages produced since the September 11 attacks. The research also draws upon in-depth interviews with the leaders of these organizations, providing a rare look at how anti-Muslim organizations entered the American mainstream.



Indiana Daily Student covered the lecture, find the article here.



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Smithsonian Institution Curator of American Religious History


Fri. April 7th 2017 5:30pm

IU Bloomington; Global and International Studies Building; 0001

Keynote Speaker for Presence & Absence Conference presenting:

Throw me the Idol, I'll throw you the whip: Sacred Stories, Holy Theft and the task of the Religion Writer


Hosted by the GRADUATE RELIGIOUS STUDIES ASSOCIATION at Indiana University and co-sponsored by CSRES and other partners


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Professor of Romance Studies at Cornell University and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Studies at Columbia University

Wed. April 5th 7:00-8:30pm

The Poverty of Literature

IPFW's campus; Neff Hall; Room 101


Bruno Bosteels is Professor of Romance Studies at Cornell University and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Studies at Columbia University. He is the author of several books, including Badiou and Politics (Duke University Press, 2011), The Actuality of Communism (Verso, 2011) and Marx and Freud in Latin America: Politics, Psychoanalysis and Religion in Times of Terror (Verso, 2012), as well as numerous translations and dozens of articles on European philosophy, political theory and Latin American literature and culture. He has served as editor of the academic journal Diacritics. Professor Bosteels will be presenting “The Poverty of Literature,” a talk featuring new work on Mexican author Juan Rulfo’s short story collection The Burning Plain.
For more on Bosteels click here.



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Environmental Law Symposium

Protecting the Urban Environment


Fri. March 31st 8:30am-5pm

IUPUI McKinney School of Law

Wynne Courtroom and atrium, Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN


Visit the ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE SEMINAR page for full list of Symposium topics and speakers.

Read the Indianapolis Recorder article promoting this event.



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Kelley School of Business; IUPUI

Wed. March 29th at 7pm

Business and the Poor: The Ethics and the Economics

IU Bloomington; Hodge Hall Room 1050


The world's economic resources are overwhelming consolidated in business, or markets.  While governments and NGOs have a role to play in economic development and poverty alleviation, the power of business to radically transform the lives of the world's income-poor communities is exponentially greater.  The six-part seminar will start on February 8, 2017, with a discussion of the macroeconomics of inclusive markets.  This session will engage participants - faculty, community members, and students - in an interactive discussion that tells the dynamic story of how doing business in inclusive markets - with the "bottom of the pyramid" - creates shared value.




WHAT IS PUBLIC ART?image of prarie modules urban context


Julia Muney Moore 

Indianapolis Arts Council

Meredith Brickell

DePauw University

Fiona McDonald

Indianapolis Arts & Humanities Institute


Thursday March 9th 4:00-5:30pm

IUPUI campus; University Library 4115P

Cities across the US are grappling with major transformations that expose the many tensions inherent to historical disparities in economics, education, safety, and political access brought on by inequalities based in race and class. Midwest cities have responded to these challenges with a variety of approaches. This seminar series is concerned with addressing one of them: the role of culture in reshaping cities – specifically through public art.

In the discourse and practice of urban design, public art has increasingly been seen as a key tool in redeveloping our cities – from making cities more livable and safe to encouraging economic development and educational achievement. Using art as a tool to address urban design challenges goes by a variety of different names: creative placemaking, civic art, and tactical urbanism, to name a few. These approaches are fundamentally tied to ethical frameworks and notions of value.



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Religious Studies & Sociology; Brandeis University

Thur. March 9th 12-1pm

Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine

Regenstrief Institute; Social Hub; 1st Floor; 1101 W. 10th Street


Cadge's most recent book Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2012. She has published widely on related topics including medical studies of intercessory prayer, physicians’ experiences of religion and spirituality, hospital chaplains, the prayers people write in hospital prayer books, religion and spirituality in palliative care, and the lived experiences of nurses. Cadge also co-edited a book Religion on the Edge: Re-Centering and De-centering the Sociology of Religion (Oxford University Press, 2013) that challenges and aims to expand contemporary sociological approaches to the study of religion.



Fri. March 10th 10-11:30am 

God Around the Edges? Moral Frameworks in times of Crisis

IUPUI Campus Center Room; Boardroom 406 

Wendy will discuss her book-in-progress on religion and spirituality in public places and institutions: deep-sea ports, container ships, airports, halls of Congress. Wendy is an ethnographer who studies the intersections of religion with immigration, sexuality, and health care.

Hosted by CSRES


To visit Wendy's website click here.


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Sociology; University of Notre Dame

Wed. March 8th 12:00-1:00

Micro-Contextual Effects of Congregations on U.S. Residents' Civic Activity

IUPUI; University Hall; Room 1006


Turns out, who your neighbors are matters. Scholars have long looked at faith communities broadly as important predictors of giving, volunteering, and other forms of civic activity. But local contexts are underexplored. By examining the density of congregations in small geographic areas, we can make claims about the significance (or not) of congregations for promoting volunteerism and political activism, including the number of activities, amount of time, or types of activity in which residents are involved. Using emerging geo-coding methodologies in the social sciences, Beyerlein’s approach and findings break  new ground in the study of faith communities, philanthropy, and civic engagement.



Wed. March 8th 3:00-4:30

Social Justice in the Desert: Faith Based Mobilizing to Save Lives Along the Arizona-Sonora Border

IUPUI Campus Center Room 305


Professor Kraig's book provides a more nuanced understanding of how congregations support social action, describing how congregations were both infrastructures and recruitment sites for life-saving efforts in the desert. Second, in contrast to extant studies that generally focus on the end-point of mobilization, it explains how the resources of congregations became activated for humanitarian efforts for undocumented border crossers through both clergy-led and laity-led processes. Because this activation was internally-driven, I provide an alternative to “co-optation” models in which religious organizations are generally viewed as passive actors that must be pulled into action by external forces.

hosted by CSRES


For more information on Kraig, click here.



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Religious Studies; IUPUI

Wed. March 8th at 5:30pm

Muslims in the United States Military

IU Bloomington; Indiana Memorial Union in the Oak Room


A lecture by Professor Edward E. Curtis drawing from his book Muslim Americans in the Military: Centuries of Service (Indiana University Press, 2016) in which he illuminates the long history of Muslim service members who have defended their country from the War of 1812 to recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.



To learn more about Edward, click here.



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Gordon Institute of Business Science; University of Pretoria


Wed. March 8th 2017 at 7pm

New Markets, New Mindsets:

Wealth Creation in Poor Communities

IU Bloomington; Hodge Hall Room 1050


In South Africa, around 60 percent of the population is unserved or underserved by current business and many other providers of support and services. That's a significant new market, and doing business in this market can achieve a great deal more than simply finding new customer. Regardless of global trends or govnermental pressues, accessing these markets is challenging. Often customers who survive on minimal incomes seek and will value different market offering from those traditional customers have purchased. The have unique needs and identities requiring innovative, nontraditional models and approaches.

Professor Ismail will discuss pioneering business and their base of the pyramid champions, as well as theri experiement, successes, failures and best practices in creating new and sustainable markets in previously underserved communities.



For more information about Tashmia, click here.




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Gordon Institute of Business Science; University of Pretoria

Mon. March 6th 2017 at 7pm

Investment, Social Impact, and Business in Sub-Saharan Africa

IU Bloomington; Hodge Hall Room 1050

Over the past 15 years, many of the economies that make up sub-Saharan Africa have recorded extraordinary progress.  By way of example, the Rwandan economy has grown without interruption for more than 20 years in a row; and Angola ranked as the fastest growing economy in world over the decade to 2014.  In 2012, this led the world largest weekly printed news magazine, TIME, to describe Africa as the “world’s next economic powerhouse”.  As we head into 2017, Africa remains rich in potential and constitutes the second-fastest growing region in the world after Asia.  Yet it also is the case that Africa is complex, diverse, poorly understood and that the region remains challenged by yawning deficits inter alia in education, healthcare and infrastructure that point to the pervasive need to continue transforming socially, politically and economically.  Against this backdrop, in this lecture we will discuss the challenges and potential of the region, examine nuances that afford a better understanding of different economies and also explore investment prospects.  Arguably, the most exciting of these opportunities relate to inclusive innovation in transforming economies, such as Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia, that are found across multiple industries, such as finance, education, entertainment and healthcare.  


For more information about Adrian, click here.





Religion, Politics, and the 2016 Presidential Election

Alan Cooperman

Director of Religion Research an the Pew Research Center

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The 2016 US Presidential Election and the Muslim Question

Nader Hashemi 
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver

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American Muslims constitute approximately one percent of the total population of the United States, yet their presence in the US has become a major flashpoint in the 2016 US Presidential election. How can we explain this development? Is Donald Trump responsible? Do the Republican Party and Fox News bear any responsibility for the acrimonious and polarized debate that surrounds this subject? Alternatively, are events in the Arab-Islamic world—particularly the rise and spread of ISIS—key to the story? Specifically, to what extent has the spread of radical Islamist ideology among American Muslims contributed to anti-Muslim sentiment in the US? The terrorist attacks in Orlando, San Bernardino, Chattanooga and Fort Hood – perpetrated by radicalized American Muslims – would seem to suggest this is a contributing factor. This lecture seeks to answer these questions by ruminating on the “Muslim Question” in contemporary American politics with a special focus on examining the roots of Islamophobia in the US today.

To read more about Nader's work click here.

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CSRES 2016 "Wonder and the Natural World" International Conference


The CSRES 2016 "Wonder and the Natural World" International Conference will be held June 20-23, 2016, on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Click here to find the "Wonder and the Natural World" Conference Website


IU Consortium Awards Second Round of Grants for work on ‘Wonder and the Natural World’

The Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society has awarded $25,000 in grants to 6 departments, research centers, and institutes from three IU campuses to support symposia, workshops, and exhibits during the 2015-2016 academic year.  The projects selected for funding align with the Consortium’s two-year theme of ‘Wonder and the Natural World.’ Read the Press Release here.

Grant Recipients

The “Wonder” of Race Science: Teaching Indiana Teachers About Nazi Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust
Steven Carr, Director, The Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies / Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
‘Miracles of Rare Device:’ Treasures of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies
 Jonathan R. Eller, The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, Indianapolis, Indiana /  IUPUI
Re-reading the Book of the World: Wonder and the Orders of Nature in Medieval Literature and Culture
Shannon Gayk, Associate Professor; Patricia Ingham, Professor; Karma Lochrie, Professor
Department of English / IUB
Maps and Macroscopes
Lisel Record and Katy Börner
Department of Information and Library Science in the School of Informatics and Computing  / IUB
The Origins of Awe and Wonder
Tom Schoenemann (Anthropology, Cognitive Science Program) IUB
Colin Allen (History and Philosophy of Science, Cognitive Science Program) IUB
Kevin Hunt (Anthropology, Cognitive Science Program) IUB
Kathy Schick (Stone Age Institute and Cognitive Science Program) IUB
Nick Toth (Stone Age Institute and Cognitive Science Program) IUB
Wonder, Birth, and Seriously Ill Children
David H. Smith, Interim Director
Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions / IUB


Please find here the grant award recipients of the first phase of the two-year thematic initiative sponsored by the IU CSRES on the theme “Wonder and the Natural World”. This phase of the initiative culminated in a "Wonder in the Natural World" Symposium on May 22, 2015 at which funding recipients, along with invited guests, presented their works-in-progress.


Click on our symposia-conferences link for more information.