Alumnus Christopher Moore is currently a Social Studies teacher at Lynhurst 7th and 8th Grade Center in Indianapolis. What partially began as an effort to beautify the exterior of the school, Mr. Moore helped develop into the Lynhurst Veterans Memorial Garden and Veteran’s Eco-Trail Projects. His ideas led to something not just for the school but for the community as a whole. As sponsor for the Lynhurst Environmental Action Posse, Mr. Moore and his students planted landscaping, brought a sculpture for the garden, and created a space that both honors veterans and gives a peaceful green retreat for those in the neighborhood. This project was featured on WISH TV and The Flyer Group Local News.
This fall the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) celebrated their 50th year as an independent federal agency and “one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States.” To commemorate their golden anniversary, the NEH released their list of “50 for the 50th,” a compilation of the top grant projects which the Endowment has funded since 1965. Featured on a new and specially-designed website, this list is the first of a series of year-long works to commend the anniversary. Included within the list are two projects in which members of our department and others at Ball State University are currently active: both “The Real Buffalo Bill” the Papers of William F. Cody, a project of Dr. Doug Seefeldt, and What Middletown Read, a project of Dr. James Connelly and Dr. Frank Felsenstein (of the Ball State English Department), were honored by the NEH. The celebration will continue online and aboard social media through 2016 under #NEHturns50.
James Connolly and the Center for Middletown Studies completed an oral history project that focused on the consolidation of Muncie Central and Muncie Southside High Schools. Center staff completed 25 interviews and developed a supporting archive. The interviews are available online. On October 28th the Center staff presented a summary of the project’s findings at the Muncie Public Library’s Kennedy Brach.
Sergei Zhuk’s book Rock and Roll in the Rocket City was featured on the Radio Show, Partly Free Europe of Swarthmore College on October 8th, 2015. You can view the podcast on the website. Dr. Zhuk also did an interview with the son of Saakashvili (a former president of Georgia) on the program over John Lennon.
Ken Hall presented a conference keynote paper on “Upstream-Downstream Networks in c. 1500-1800 Borneo as Depicted in the Hikayat Banjar Court Chronicle” at a Pontianak, Indonesia conference on Exploring Nusantara Heritage by Means of Local Manuscripts (September). He presented a guest lecture/seminar for graduate archaeology students at the Singapore National University in September on “Commodity Flows, Diaspora Networking, and Contested Agency in the Eastern Indian Ocean c. 1000-1500” and a South and Southeast Asia workshop/seminar presentation on “South India and the Indian Ocean Maritime Trade Networks c. 500-1500” at the University of Tokyo (Japan) in October. Ken will be one of the senior faculty leaders/instructors of an international archaeological field school excavation project in northeast Cambodia during December sponsored by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore) and the Cambodian Angkor International Center for Research and Documentation, excavating at a
10th-century Khmer early Angkor-era temple complex at Koh Ker and a recently discovered pre-Angkor Phnom (“Mount”) Kulen temple complex.