Clean and Green
Heart of the River – Community Forum on Mounds Reservoir

The lack of open-mindedness present in the general audience somehow managed to catch me off guard. Nevertheless, the event was very educational and provided a place for thoughts, discussion, and action to develop.

Summertime events
“An Intellectual Feast”

"It was really great to have three professional perspectives and how they view the RFRA and the Constitution. It would be interesting now to see how their perspectives differ from normal everyday citizens who are not quite as versed in the law or constitutional rights."

Videos that inform
Town Hall Meeting: “Early Education and Public Safety Initiative”

"Had I attended this meeting I think I would have left with a lot of questions and felt the need to do additional research independently."

Values and policy
Analysis of The values that drive policy debates in Indiana

All of the speakers presented views that will help foster a more constructive public dialogue surrounding values and policy. I am hopeful that the influence of our speakers will make this ideal a reality.

Journalists shaping policy
What you should know about “Journalists and the Shaping of Policy Discussions”

Information that will help the discussion of journalists and public policy

Red state, green policies
Talk about environmental policy-making in Indiana

On June 22, SPEA Scholars are organizing an informal conversation about Indiana's environmental policy at Public Greens

Grassroots and foreign aid
Learn more about poverty and US foreign aid

The suggested readings are short articles with links to other data (for those interested in learning more)

Youth-led initiatives
Everything you need to know about youth-led initiatives

Want to know why youth-led policy-shaping initiatives matter so much? Read some articles, watch some videos.

Healthcare & values
Health care and American Values

IUPUI Religious Studies Prof. David Craig discusses and signs copies of his critically acclaimed book, Health Care as a Social Good: Religious Values and American Democracy.

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Legislators’ perspectives
A legislator’s perspective on contending visions for policy

Several Democratic and Republican legislators explore how to avoid policy paralysis and dysfunction in Indiana

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Indy’s kids’ food insecurity
Addressing food insecurity for children in Marion County

Nearly a fifth of the population in Marion County is food insecure — they have limited or uncertain access to enough food to support a healthy life. A disturbingly large portion of these people who are not sure about where they will get food for the next day are children. What can be done to address the causes of this problem?

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The HIV crisis in Indiana
Addressing the HIV epidemic in Indiana

Austin, Indiana, a town with just 4,200 people, is in the throes of a HIV outbreak. The issues facing Austin – addiction, poverty, unemployment –aren’t unique to rural Indiana.

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Civil policy discourse
A celebration of civil policy discussion: Where do we go now?

Find out how you can learn more about the issues discussed in this series, upcoming events that will connect you to groups seeking solutions, and opportunities to be part of further efforts to carry out civil policy conversations.

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International videos
Soulaf Abas video review

"Soulaf is a winner, she will continue to win, and I know that the world, Syria, and even Terra Haute are better places because of her presence and soft heart."

Lectures worth listening to
Rafia Zakaria’s stepping stones

"Her husband was not supportive of her going to law school, as he was a doctor and wanted a subservient Pakistani wife, which she was anything but. She said her in-laws judged her because she was ambitious and shied away from traditional domestic duties like cooking."

Speakers speaking
Visual Thinking Strategies in Nursing and Medical Education

"Visual thinking strategies ... can be described as incorporating art techniques and medical practice to help evolving medical students to learn about the medical career in a very fun and innovative way"

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Talking and listening
Social Media for Scholars

"What surprised me most about this event is how little faculty really know about social media. Sure there are a tech-savvy people everywhere, but this group in particular (with the exception of one or two people) had no idea."

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Words of wisdom
Connections – Your Brain on Relationships

"I would recommend this event to all supervisors and managers across the university and perhaps make it part of a larger series that focuses just on interpersonal communications and relationships."

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Tough talks
The problems with capital punishment

"Judge Shaheed explained that once an individual has gone to prison, they have served their debt to society and once they are released, they should not be stigmatized or penalized as an individual. As it is now our justice system makes people worth their greatest mistakes."

Thought-provoking films
INequality: Indiana and the minimum wage

While there was a great deal of discussion about the economic repercussions of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act during the political furor surrounding the bill, another economic issue – raising the minimum wage in Indiana – got swept under the rug.

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Films and discussions
The Celluloid Ceiling

'The conversation about how the media will treat female candidates this election cycle has already kicked off with comedian Cecily Strong’s sarcastic request at the White House Correspondents’ dinner this year: “Repeat after me, journalists. I solemnly swear not to talk about Hillary’s appearance, because that is not journalism…”'

Mobilizing for change
Creative Mornings – Humility

“The city,” Moore said, “is in a sweet spot of being a city big enough to promote these projects, but also small enough that there are still plenty of opportunities.”

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Talk together
“We Love Our Libraries” CEO tour

"It’s interesting how even today my generation is unaware of some of the new things coming up in the digital world."

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More Consider This
Consider This: Global Human Rights

"Religion is based on an untouchable faith so it is easy to mobilize people based on their most sacred beliefs because they are untouchable."

Even more Consider This
Consider This — Drones and global finance

"The panel discussed how our own economy could operate so inefficiently, citing that the U.S. wasted about 1.1 trillion dollars in the 1990’s by trying to operate independently from global economy."

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The Innocence Project

"Detroit had found 400,000 untested rape kits in the city, and no one could test the DNA to make sure the right person was in jail."

Thinking about policy processes

"Public Policy Processes is the only class that has really taught me how to learn something in a way no class has before."

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Policy on TV
Environmental Issues of Indiana

"This discussion did not talk much about Indiana’s environmental issues, but talked more about how to get people involved with environmental issues."

TV for smart people
Standardized Testing

November 16 2014 — A panel discussion featured Carole Craig of the Greater Indianapolis NAACP; Kahlil Mwaafrika of KI Community School; Phillip Harris, co-author of “The Myths of Standardized Testing;” and moderator Mathew Davis of Localmotion.

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Movie talk
Speaking Truth to Power with Anita Hill

"Ms. Hill issued a statement to the FBI detailing the sexual harassment she had faced while working with Clarence Thomas. This was the point where the documentary began."

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Speaking up
School of the Americas Watch

" the moment Indiana has three grenade launchers. I personally don’t see a reason to have grenade launchers in Indiana. This is truly scary to me."

TV for change
What is a Peaceful Society?

"We have an obligation to the future of our children lives easier than our ancestors. Creating a better future for them in order for them to continue making humanity better."

Mideast troubles
Ilan Pappé’s take on Israeli-Palestinian relations

"The true challenge of achieving the overall goal of impartial ruling and justice in Gaza can only be achieved is if the people who are fervently against the Arab’s claims can be reasoned with to acknowledge the fact that the Arab people are indigenous to the area and have been colonized by the Israelis without consent. "

The city on TV
2015-2019 Consolidated Plan-Indianapolis

July 25 2014 — Erica Aquila, Assistant Administrator for the Department of Metropolitan Development, highlights Indianapolis’ community economic development strategy during Plan 2020’s Friday Forums.