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Summer 2016 at the IAS

Arts of Survival: Recasting Lives in African Cities

Our 2016 NEH Summer Institute, "Arts of Survival: Recasting Lives in African Cities" runs from July 6th through July 26th. To learn more about the program, please visit the Program Description page. To join us for our films and conversations series, please see our Public Events flyer.

Since 1981, the Institute for Advanced Study has been Indiana University’s leading center for the pursuit of new knowledge and new directions of inquiry in all fields of study. With gifts from friends and alumni and the support of the Office of the Vice-Provost for Research, the Institute has contributed to the university’s research mission by promoting intellectual exchange that is primarily collaborative and interdisciplinary and by fostering the exploration of ideas at an early stage of development.

As of spring 2014, the Institute has developed a specific focus on Bloomington’s associate professors, as they advance towards full professorship. Ultimately, the Institute’s ambition is to be a locus of intellectual vitality and community.

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IAS Summer Repository Research Fellow Dr. Michael Gonella will give a talk titled "How Native American Communities Can Utilize IU Archives for Cultural Research"

Thursday, July 7, 4:00 pm
MATHERS MUSEUM CLASSROOM

This talk explains the initial steps taken by the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma in utilizing the vast archival resources at the Glenn Black Lab of Archaeology and the IU Herbarium. His research at IUB has focused on gathering historical, ethnobotanical data to support the tribe's ongoing cultural and language revitalization efforts.

Dr. Michael Gonella has been an ethnobotanical research consultant for the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma for the past 15 years, traveling extensively through Oklahoma and Indiana to meet with tribal elders, attend cultural events, survey historic and contemporary landscapes to better understand the cultural ecology of the tribe and support the tribe's ongoing cultural work. He is a professor of horticulture at Santa Barbara City College in southern California. See flyer for details

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We congratulate the 2016 Summer Repository Research Fellows and look forward to welcoming them to the IUB campus!

Michelle Ann Abate from The Ohio State University will be collaborating with Heather Elizabeth Blair of IUB to work in collections of the Lilly Library.

Deborah Cohen from University of Missouri-St. Louis will be collaborating with Lessie Jo Frazier of IUB to work in the Kinsey Institute collections.

Michael P. Gonella from the Myaamia Research Center, Miami University, will be working in collections of the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology and IU Herbarium.

Philip M. Novack-Gottshall from Benedictine University, Lisle, IL, will be working in the Indiana University Paleontology Collection.

Paul Tyler from Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago City Colleges will be working in the Archives of Traditional Music and Traditional Arts Indiana/Mathers Museum of World Cultures.

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Professor Rebecca Spang has been awarded the 2015-16 Louis Gottschalk Prize for the Best Book in Eighteenth-Century Studies for Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution (Harvard University Press, 2015).

Professor Spang is the only person to have won this award twice.

Congratulations! While an associate professor, Prof. Spang received an IAS Research Award to help support her work on this book.



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Congratulations are in order for Eileen Julien, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study, on the publication of her newest book, "The Locations and Dislocations of African Literature: A Dialogue between Humanities and Social Science Scholars," which she jointly edited with Biodun Jeyifo.

To check out the book, please visit Africa World Press' site here: http://africaworldpressbooks.com/the-locations-and-dislocations-of-african-literature-a-dialogue-between-humanities-and-social-science-scholars-edited-by-eileen-julien-biodun-jeyifo/


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The IAS remembers former Visiting Fellow Umberto Eco, who passed away on February 19, 2016. Eco’s lecture “Drift and Unlimited Semiosis” was presented on July 19, 1989 while he was in residence at Indiana University Bloomington.


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The IAS hosted a series of roundtable discussions about the promotion process for associate professors on Mondays November 9, 16, and 30. A variety of speakers joined us for these sessions in Hazelbaker Lecture Hall. For additional information, please see the event listing.

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