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October 4, 2016

Marc Lamont Hill

Political expert starts Steward series

CNN political commentator and BET News host Marc Lamont Hill will kick off the 2016-17 Steward Speakers series, with IUPUI serving as title sponsor for a fourth consecutive year. Hill will appear at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Madame Walker Theatre Center, 617 Indiana Ave.

His appearance fits well in the hotly contested 2016 political campaign season, just a week after a presidential debate that drew record ratings and a week before the anticipated rematch between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Hill is a Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College and was selected by Ebony magazine as one of the 100 most influential African Americans in the nation.

He will field questions after his presentation.

The Steward Speakers series, founded by Matthew Steward, presents forums on cutting-edge topics. Title sponsorship helps IUPUI support a series that allows national and world-renowned personalities to offer their perspectives on local concerns.

Plater Institute to feature nationally known education expert

Global learning is the theme of this year's William M. Plater Institute on the Future of Learning, with Darla K. Deardorff, director of the Association of International Education Administrators, offering the keynote address from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 31 in Campus Center Room 450.

Deardorff will discuss "Global Learning: Educating for a Global Community" at the event. She is executive director of the association, based at Duke University, and provides wisdom gained from nearly 20 years of experience in the field of intercultural education to students she instructs in international education and intercultural communication.

Deardorff is also a research scholar at Duke and has held national leadership positions with NAFSA: Association of International Educators and with Forum on Education Abroad.

The Institute will also feature sessions on international vision statements, technology, and global learning and course-level internationalization. During the lunch hour, tabletop conversations will center around a variety of topics related to global learning: service learning, study abroad, intercultural engagement, interprofessional practice and cross-school partnerships, to name a few. Registration is required. 

German-American stories highlight Bicentennial Film and Lecture Series

Stories of German-American history -- ranging from artist Annemarie Mahler fleeing to the United States from Vienna in 1939 at the age of 13 to live in Bloomington, Indiana, to the thousands of German families interned by the U.S. during World War II to the German-Americans who built a successful rye whiskey bootlegging scam in Iowa during Prohibition -- will be part of a weeklong film and lecture series Oct. 2-8.

Those and other stories will be shared by the Max Kade German-American Center and the Department of World Languages and Cultures, both part of the School of Liberal Arts, during a series that celebrates 200 years of German-American culture in Indiana.

The series is free and open to the public, with events in the Campus Center, the University Club and the Basile Theater at the Indiana Historical Society. Explore the schedule of events or contact mkgac@iupui.edu for more information.

'From Medicine Chest to Pandora’s Box'

Retired academic library expert Michael A. Flannery will discuss "How do medicinal virtues turn into public vice?" during a presentation Oct. 27 from noon to 1:15 p.m. at the Ruth Lilly Medical Library on the first floor of the Dean's Tower.

Flannery's presentation will cover the evolution from therapeutic to recreational drug use in American culture, a presentation in conjunction with the traveling National Library of Medicine exhibit Pick Your Poison.

The event will include lunch. Online registration for this presentation is available, though it is not required.

For more information about this event, email Sue London at slondon@iu.edu or call 317-274-2281.

IU workplace wellness gets five-star rating

IU has once again been recognized as a leader in workplace wellness. The Wellness Council of Indiana, part of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, named the university as a Five Star AchieveWELL Award recipient on Sept. 22. It’s the highest level of recognition the council gives.

The awards program recognizes state organizations that have made employee well-being a priority. To receive the award, IU had to demonstrate that its workplace wellness program was proficient in areas such as leadership engagement, outcomes measurement, data-driven decision-making, communication and alignment with the overarching IU mission.

IU Research and Technology Corp. moves Indianapolis offices

Indiana University Research and Technology Corp., which protects, markets and licenses intellectual property developed at IU campuses so it can be commercialized by industry, has moved its Indianapolis offices closer to faculty, industry and research partners.

The organization has moved to 518 Indiana Ave., east of the School of Informatics and Computing building. The move will not affect operations at IURTC's office on the Bloomington campus in Simon Hall.

IURTC is a not-for-profit corporation tasked with the protecting and commercializing of technology emanating from innovations by IU researchers. Since 1997, IU research has generated more than 2,700 inventions resulting in more than 4,100 global patent applications being filed by IURTC. These discoveries have generated more than $135 million in licensing and royalty income, including more than $112 million in funding for IU departments, labs and inventors.

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