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When two local filmmakers set out to create a cinematic history of Sephardic Jewish traditions in Indianapolis, it was only natural that they sought out Dr. Susan Hyatt, Anthropology professor, for her expertise and narrative approach to bringing customs and culture to life.

In 2020, Dr. Hyatt led a collaborative research project, “The Neighborhood of Saturdays”, that included Department of Anthropology along with community-based organizations, the Concord Neighborhood Center, Etz Chaim Sephardic Congregation, South Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, the Southside Picnic Committee, the Old Southside Neighborhood Association and the Stadium Village Business Association to update and digitize their archival research into a digital oral history of a near Southside Indianapolis neighborhood, focusing on the experiences of two communities― Sephardic Jews and African Americans.

While conducting research for their new documentary, “Who We Are”, Sarah and Aaron Margolis-Greenbaum found Dr. Hyatt’s publication The Neighborhood of Saturdays:  Memories of a Multi-Ethnic Community on Indianapolis' South Side and they couldn’t wait to meet her.

The IU School of Liberal Arts International Center for Intercultural Communication (ICIC) is proud to welcome 25 English as foreign language teachers and administrators from 24 different countries to IUPUI for a two-week exchange program beginning March 3 to learn the potential of service-learning for promoting both strong 21st century skills (critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity), global awareness, and digital literacy, along with increasing English language skills. The exchange program is sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Office of English Language Programs through the English Access Microscholarship Program. The program is administered by FHI 360 and hosted by IUPUI.

University research can have a huge impact in the life of a student and the IU School of Liberal Arts Museum Studies Program is excelling in providing research opportunities that are greatly enriching its undergraduate and graduate students. Several Museum Studies students are taking part in a new academic challenge and discovering their passion for community-engaged research.

Dr. Edward Curtis is one of eight Indiana University faculty members who have been awarded the inaugural IU Presidential Arts and Humanities Fellowship in 2022. The program aims to accelerate and amplify the work of outstanding IU faculty poised to become national and international leaders in their fields. Each recipient will receive $50,000 in funding to support their research or creative project, participate in professional development and collaborate with other faculty. Curtis’ fellowship will support his work in Arab American and Muslim American history.

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