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How has Indianapolis politics been shaped by 25 years of demographic and social change? The 25th Joseph Taylor Symposium explores this complex question with leading practitioners, politicians, policy-makers, and researchers. Policy can have unintended consequences, and research may not provide readily applicable answers; how can the two come together to prepare us for the next 25 years? 

8:00 am – 8:25 am                 Registration         

Campus Center Theater (lower level)

8:25 am – 8:30 am                 Welcome               

Campus Center Theater (lower level)

                                William Blomquist, Dean; Professor of Political Science, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI

8:30 am – 9:15 am                 Understanding the evolving Indianapolis electorate Campus Center Theater (lower level)

A scholar and city leader discuss 25 years of politics in Indianapolis.

Conversationalists: William Blomquist, Dean; Professor of Political Science, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI

Rozelle Boyd, Retired President, Indianapolis City County Council; Retired Administrator, Indiana University       Steve Campbell, President of Campbell Strategies, LLC; Adjunct Instructor, IU School of Journalism at IUPUI                                  

9:15 am – 10:15 am               White flight and the politics of place

Campus Center Theater (lower level)

How has the racial landscape of Indianapolis changed in the last 50 years? Do these shifts take root in White Flight, or are they simply the result of an increasingly diversified city? Join our panel of city leaders as they explore how the face of Indianapolis has changed over time. See this compelling story outlined using historic census data, maps, and other GIS tools and visualizations from The Polis Center’s SAVI Community Information System.


Panelists:                 Amos Brown, Director of Strategic Research, 100.9 Radio Now

Patricia Castaneda, Cultural Consultant, SosaGroup

Olgen Williams, Deputy Mayor, Office of the Mayor

Moderator:              David Coats, Associate Director, The Polis Center


10:15 am – 10:30 am             Break     

10:30 am – 11:30 am             Building a multicultural community

Campus Center Theater (lower level)

Just how welcoming is Indianapolis to newcomers? How do we integrate alternate worldviews, and how can we identify common reference points and common ground in the future? Join our panel for a discussion on how to create a sense of place and build a shared community identity.


Panelists:                 Terri Morris Downs, Executive Director, Immigrant Welcome Center                                 Johnny Goldfinger, Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of Prelaw Studies, Marian University

                                Lun Kham Pieper, Attorney at Law Moderator:              John Ketzenberger, President, Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute


11:30 am – 11:45 am             Break

11:45 pm – 2:00 pm              Luncheon             

Campus Center 450 Seating is limited. Reservations are required “Comedy Sportz” Interlude                        

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 Address

Contemporary topics in the study of race and politics  

D’Andra Orey, Professor and Chair of Political Science, Jackson State University                                

Byron D’Andra Orey earned a B.S. degree from Mississippi Valley State University, master’s degrees from the University of Mississippi and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans. He has taught at the University of Mississippi, the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and currently teaches at Jackson State University where he is a full Professor and Chairman of the Political Science Department. He has published over thirty scholarly articles and book chapters, presented manuscripts at over 100 conferences and is currently working on two book-length manuscripts. Dr. Orey was selected as the national Teacher of the Year in 2008 and the Mentor of the Year in 2011 for the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. He was named Teacher of the Year for Jackson State University in 2011 and was nominated for Teacher of the Year for the state of Mississippi that same year.

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 25th 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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