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Apr 18, 2019

Herron professor’s new book explores public art’s impact

Laura Holzman
Laura Holzman stands in the 2017 House Life Project on Sept. 20, 2017.Photo by Tim Brouk, Indiana University

You’ve seen the “Rocky” movies. You hum the theme song every time you run up a flight of stairs. You might even have posed in front of the statue when visiting Philadelphia. But have you thought about the impact the statue has made on the city and public art in general?

A new book by Laura Holzman, IUPUI associate professor of art history and museum studies, explores the history and public discourse concerning public art in early-21st-century Philadelphia. “Contested Image: Defining Philadelphia for the Twenty-First Century” focuses on the “Rocky” statue as well as “The Gross Clinic” by Thomas Eakins and the Barnes Foundation art collection.

The book is available through Temple University Press and many other online outlets.

Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation to celebrate top students, faculty

The top IUPUI faculty and students who excel in teaching, research and community engagement will be honored today, April 18, at the 2019 Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation. The event begins at 3 p.m. in Hine Hall Auditorium.

The honors convocation gathers the 2018-19 recipients of awards and honors such as the Chancellor’s Diversity Scholar Award, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Gerald L. Bepko Outstanding Administrator Award.

Check out 2018’s Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation online.

Healthcare Thinkathon returns

The Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science will gather influential experts and disruptive innovators from the health care industry to work on improving the current health care delivery system at the annual Thinkathon. The 2019 edition is set for July 23 at the Regions Tower Event Space, 211 N. Pennsylvania St., and registration is now open.

In 2018, more than 200 guests from 70 organizations and 14 states gathered to tackle various issues in health care. Over the course of the day, attendees collaborated on solutions through networking, innovation forums, an interactive panel discussion and an engaging series of talks by influential industry leaders.

Registration open for Staff Development Mini-Conference

There’s nothing Mickey Mouse about staff development. That’s why the IUPUI Staff Council promotes the “Wonderful World” of knowledge about resources for staff members across campus.

A major event for those seeking professional development comes in the form of the fifth annual Staff Development Mini-Conference. The event is set for May 24 in Room 450 of the Campus Center.

Under the Disney-inspired theme of “The Wonderful World of Staff Development: Dreaming Today and for the Next 50 Years,” the conference will include:

  • The introduction of new theories and/or expansion of current theories, methods or tools to help staff members grow in their positions.
  • A variety of presentation formats to offer special experiences, increase “aha” moments and transferrable learning, and create a call to action.
  • Opportunities to refresh interest and enthusiasm for managing a successful career while in a safe environment to encourage participation, networking and learning.

The event is free, and hundreds of IUPUI staff members are expected to attend.


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