IUPUI to host symposium centered on Frederick Douglass

As a child, I loved what was referred to as “Scholastic Book Day” at my school. We were ushered into the cafeteria, where the lunch tables were piled high with books, and allowed to choose a few to take home. One book selected during such a visit still graces my bookshelf today: “Frederick Douglass Fights […]

Fall has arrived, and is brimming with art

When the tent sales featuring mattresses and cheap furniture pop up on vacant lots and the streets are clogged with moving trucks, I know it is official: The students have returned. Classes in Bloomington start Monday, and campus is already starting to hum. There are plenty of great arts happenings on tap this fall, so […]

IUPUI alum helped create Pixar’s latest animated film, ‘Brave’

If a female heroine — with red, curly hair! — isn’t enough to make you want to watch Pixar’s latest animated movie, “Brave,” maybe this news will: An IUPUI alumnus worked on the film. As a sets modeler and dresser in Pixar’s sets department, it’s quite possible Frank Tai has the coolest job ever. For […]

When Jared Lee picks up a pencil, millions of children laugh

If you know a kid who loves the Scholastic “Black Lagoon” book series, then you’ve likely seen an illustration by IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design alumnus Jared Lee, who earned a BFA in visual communication in 1966. Below are highlights from a Herron blog post featuring Lee’s reflections, 46 years and 27 million […]

IUPUI’s Bradbury center director mourns loss of ‘mythmaker’

The real power of Ray Bradbury’s writing, according to IUPUI professor Jonathan Eller, comes from his “vision as a mythmaker, the edginess and the emotional impact and the rich metaphors of the earlier work.” News of Bradbury’s death spread quickly earlier this week, with many — including the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Lou Harry and The […]

IUPUI performance of ‘lost’ Shakespeare play catches attention of BBC

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis got some serious notice across the pond with this story in BBC News Magazine about its production of “The History of Cardenio.” Recreated and reimagined by Shakespeare scholar Gary Taylor and directed by IUPUI professor Terri Bourus, performances of the ‘lost’ play at IUPUI last month served as its debut as […]