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Increasingly, we are witnessing a shift from our sense of community responsibility to a form of “hyper-individualism,” where individuals place self- interest first, above those of the community as a whole. The alternative, working together for a common good, facing problems as a community, and through mutual support and respect forging more lasting solutions, ensures that none of us must bear societal burdens alone.

8:00 am – 8:25 am, Registration    

Campus Center Fourth Floor

8:25 am – 8:30 am, Welcome      

Campus Center 409, Tony Sherrill Meeting Room

Dean William Blomquist, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI

8:30-9:45 am, Growing up in the 21st Century: Fostering Humane Values among Young People

Campus Center 409, Tony Sherrill Meeting Room

From the character of Thrasymachus in Plato's Republic to the choir boys in William Golding's Lord of the Flies bullies have played an important role in Western literature and culture.  Why do some suppose that might makes right, and what arguments can we advance for protecting weaker and less numerous members of our community?  Using brief clips from the documentary film Bully (directed by Lee Hirsch, 2011), which tells the stories of several teenagers who were the subjects of bullying, panelists will explore strategies for encouraging tolerance and respect among our youth.


Richard Gunderman, Ph.D./M.D., Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy, IUPUI


Deidra Coleman, Health & Wellness Program Director, Indianapolis Urban League

Tammy D. Moon, President and CEO, Bully Prevention Alliance

Kate Morris, Ph. D., Professor of Psychology, Butler University

Mark Russell, Director of Education, Family Services & Housing, Indianapolis Urban League          

9:45 am – 10:00 am, Break  

10:00 am – 11:15 am, Where We Are Shapes Us: Finding Our Community in Space and Place

Campus Center 409, Tony Sherrill Meeting Room

In an age of hyper-individualism, how can we bring back a sense of community to our cities? Art, architecture, urban planning and design, and the internet can bring people together, helping us find commonalities across ethnicity, religious affinities, profession, and life-style and building a city within which people of many walks of life can flourish and truly feel at home.


Leonard Harris, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Purdue University


Brad Beaubien, AICP, Director of College of Architecture and Planning, Indianapolis Center, Ball State University

Mark Deuze, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Telecommunications, Indiana University Bloomington

Jim Walker, Executive Director, Big Car Gallery 

11:15 am – 12:00 pm, Poster and information session, Campus Center 405, Yale Pratt Meeting Room

12:00 – 2:15 pm, Luncheon, Campus Center 450 Seating is limited. Reservations are required

Presentation of the Joseph T. Taylor Excellence in Diversity Awards

Charles R. Bantz, Chancellor, IUPUI; Executive Vice President, Indiana University; Professor of Communication Studies, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI Luncheon Performance, Gaye Todd Adegbalola, educator and musician

Gaye Todd Adegbalola is an educator and activist in both the Civil Rights and gay liberation movements, as well as a celebrated singer and musician who draws inspiration from her diverse and dynamic life and career. She was born in segregated Fredericksburg, Virginia, to a family with a love of the arts and a commitment to equality. In the 1960’s Gaye sought training in the principles of non-violent resistance; after graduating from Boston University in 1965, she went on to organize protests in New York City. 

She began teaching in the early 1970s and dedicated 18 years to the public school system.  She earned a Masters in Educational Media from Virginia State University in 1978, and was honored as the Virginia State Teacher of The Year in 1982.  While a teacher, she began moonlighting as a musician, later becoming a full time performer.  She was a founding member of Saffire –the Uppity Blues Women, and has won numerous awards including the prestigious Blues Music award, the “Grammy” of the blues industry.

In the course of her own journey to self-acceptance and empowerment, she embraced the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, engaged with the Black Power movement, and committed herself to the struggle for LGBT rights.  She continues to work diligently for ways to improve the human condition; in her music, she strives to provide a voice for those who have been marginalized by society.  And her voice is consistently a positive one: although many of her songs are about “getting the pain out,” she is able to find humor in adversity, which inspires others not to look back in anger, but forward with hope.

The Joseph Taylor Symposium 

Dr. Joseph T. Taylor served as a Professor of Sociology from 1965 to 1983 and as first Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI from 1967-1978. Dr. Taylor is remembered for his commitment to dialogue and diversity. The Joseph T. Taylor Symposium honors Dr. Taylor for his many contributions to the University and to the community by hosting informed discussion on issues of concern in urban America. The 24th Annual Joseph T. Taylor Symposium is offered in celebration of all Dr. Taylor stood for during his lifetime and stands as a lasting legacy to his vision and life work. 

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