Friday, October 30, 2009

"Freedom Without Walls"

"Freedom Without Walls", concert by Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, is set for 8 p.m. 7 November in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, University of Indianapolis, 1400 East Hanna Avenue, Indianapolis. Tickets ($10-25) are available at 317:940-9607.

The concert celebrates the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. On the schedule are compositions by two Germans: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Bruch's Concerto for Clarinet and Viola. In addition, Norbert Krapf, Indiana Poet Laureate, will read "Questions on a Wall", a poem he wrote with inspiration from his experiences in Berlin."


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

DePauw Student Connects with Cameroon

The "welcome" page for The Ashia Project (TAP) is very matter of fact:

The Ashia Project (TAP) is a 501c(3) not-for-profit chapter of Ambassadors for Children committed to supporting those who are determined to change their own community for the better. Currently, we are raising money to help support Dr. Ebanja of Tiko, Cameroon finance the construction of a community hospital.

But the story is ever so much more complicated than that. Read about DePauw University student Tia Malcom (pictured) and her journey to Cameroon and back here: The Ashia Project.

The group's first major fundraising event is being planned for spring 2010 in Indianapolis. Watch for it!


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Inuit Artist Visits Eiteljorg Museum

Goota Ashoona (left), a third-generation Canadian Inuit artist, is in residence at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, located in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis. Her visit continues through 8 November.

Ashoona is the granddaughter of graphic artist Pitseolak Ashoona and the daughter of Kiawak Ashoona. For the past half dozen years she has worked alongside her husband, Bob Kussy, son and nephew at the Ashoona family studio in Yellowknife, the capital of Canada's Northwest Territories. The family’s artwork can be found in many institutions and galleries that showcase Canadian Inuit art. She performs regularly as a professional throat singer and has been featured on a documentary series on cable television’s The Lifetime Channel. During her residence, she is hosting workshops and demonstrations for school groups and the public.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Festival to Feature Italian Street Painting

Using chalk as their medium, madonnari (street painters) will transform the concrete floors of the West Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds into a color‐splashed gallery for Indy's International Festival. The annual event is open to the public 20-22 November at the fairgrounds, 1201 East 38th Street, Indianapolis.

In addition, festival‐goers (including students during the schools-only hours on 19 and 20 November) will have a chance to try their hand at this ancient art‐form all weekend. Our primary madonnari will be local artist and muralist Vandra Linder.

Tickets at the door are $9 for adults and $6 for children (6-12; under 6, free). Show your AAA Hoosier Motor Club Membership card at the door, and receive $2 off a day-of-show adult ticket.


Friday, October 23, 2009

International Water Ski Competitions Come to Central Indiana

Central Indiana has won a bid to host the 2010 Disabled Water Ski National Championships and 2nd Pan Am Championships next summer, reports Inside INdiana Business. The competition will take place 25-28 August 2010 at Hawthorn Lake, near Danville. Organizers say they expect a record number of water skiers from the United States, Brazil, Mexico and Canada to perform tricks and tackle the courses.

Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana Sports Program, the Indiana Water Ski Association and Hawthorn Lake Ski Club prepared the winning bid. The Water Skiers with Disabilities Association is one of nine sport disciplines of USA Water Ski, the national governing body of organized water skiing in the United States. Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana Sports Program is an independent, self-funded, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana Foundation. Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana is a community collaboration between Clarian Health and St. Vincent Health.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Indy-based BioStorage Expands in Germany

BioStorage Technologies, Inc., of Indianapolis, a worldwide provider of long- and short-term storage of biomaterials, sample management and cold chain logistics, expands its European operations with the opening of a new 16,140 square foot full-service biorepository in Frankfurt, Germany.

The new facility offers worldwide, industry-compliant logistics, supply chain management and meets all international customs and transportation regulations as well as documentation requirements.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Trip Around the World of Food

Great piece by Jolene Ketzenberger in today's Indianapolis Star on the Saraga Market in Indianapolis.

"Unusual ingredients, unfamiliar spices and labels in a different language -- it's no wonder international markets can be a bit intimidating," she writes. But, "a trip to Saraga International Grocery on the Northwestside is a culinary excursion, a way to explore the world and present it on a plate. With aisles devoted to Asian, Latin and Middle Eastern fare, a seafood department with items such as live blue crabs, and a halal meat department featuring fresh goat and lamb, Saraga offers much more than a typical supermarket."

You can read the whole article here (at least until The Star removes it in a week). Or, get yourself over to Saraga,3605 Commercial Drive (just off Lafayette Road in the 3600 block), Indianapolis, (317:388-9999) and see for yourself!


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Chamber Orchestra from London Set for April

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields will perform at 8 p.m. 10 April 2010 in Clowes Hall on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis as part of the Clowes Presents 2009/10 season. Tickets range in price from $20 to $35.

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields was founded by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958. Formed from a group of leading London (England) musicians and working without a conductor, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church on 13th November 1959. Demand for the Academy, particularly in the recording studio, soon began to grow as did the size of the orchestra and the repertoire it performed. Eventually Sir Neville was forced to put down his violin and take up the conductor’s baton, but the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductorless ensemble remains an Academy hallmark. Today the Academy performs in combinations ranging from a chamber group to a symphony orchestra.


Monday, October 19, 2009

Global Business Person of the Year Sought

Each year, the World Trade Club of Indiana honors an individual who has been successful in promoting global trade and development in the Hoosier state. It has presented a "Global Business Person of the Year" award annually since 1990.

The search is on for the 2010 winner. To suggest a nominee, go online. Nominations will be accepted until 6 November. Past presidents of the club make up the nominating committee.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Eberhard Reichmann Has Died

Dr. Giles Hoyt, former director of the Max Kade Center at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, reports that Eberhard Reichmann died 16 October 2009.

Dr. Reichmann, Professor Emeritus of Germanic Studies at Indiana University Bloomington, was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1926 and immigrated to the United States in 1953. He received his doctorate in languages from the University of Cincinnati, and was professor of German Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington from 1959-1989.

He is well-known to members of the Nationalities Council of Indiana for his tireless work with the Indiana German Heritage Society and the International Festival (that's him, in the green hat, in the photo above left).

He is the author of numerous books and articles on German immigration and Indiana German Americana. Some of his titles are Der Dichter spricht; deutsche Gedichte, Hoosier German Tales Small & Tall, Emigration & Settlement Patterns of German Communities in North America and Deutsche Romantische Prosa.

See also Publications of the Max Kade German-American Center at the Historic Deutsche Haus-Athenaeum, and Indiana German Heritage Society Publications.


Friday, October 16, 2009

Indy Art Center Celebrates Day of the Dead

The Indianapolis Art Center, 820 East 67th Street, Indianapolis, plans a full afternoon of activities on 1 November around their 10th anniversary celebration of the traditional Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead. Admission is free.

First up, at 12:15 p.m., is the Mexican Consul in Indianapolis, Juan Solana. Other highlights are Ensamble Folklorico at 1:30 p.m., the Indiana Chamber Orchestra performing "Corn in the Rock", an interactive Mayan Folktale, at 2:30 p.m., and a musical performance by Son de Madera, a Mexican band, at 4 p.m.

There'll be a display of altars, Mexican food, figurines on loan from the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and more. The altar exhibit itself is open now through 7 November. Outdoor shrines are on display in the Artspark 26 October through 7 November.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Armed Conflict and Counter-Terrorism

A counter-terrorism simulation is planned next week, co-sponsored by the Indiana University School of Law on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis and IUPUI's School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). This simulation, taking place on 23 October and involving students in the fields of law and public policy, will allow participants from the two programs to work side by side with local and state government officials to respond to a simulated National counter-terrorism threat.

The keynote address is a presentation at 5 p.m. on 22 October by Lt. Col. (Res.) David Benjamin. His speech, “Israel’s Fight Against Terrorism – The Charge of the Lawyers’ Brigade”, takes place in the Wynne Courtroom of Inlow Hall in Indianapolis. A reception follows in the Conour Atrium of Inlow Hall. Lt. Col Benjamin, who retired from full-time active service in February 2009 after 17 years in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Military Advocate General's Corps, is a specialist in international law, with emphasis on the law of armed conflicts and counter-terrorism.

Information on other events open to the public is available online. Full biographies of the speakers also are available online. For more information, contact Mary Deer, 317:274-1909.

For a contrarian view of Lt. Col. Benjamin, check out International Criminal Court to Investigate IDF Officer.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Dr. Ostrom Wins Nobel Prize in Economics

Indiana University professor Elinor Ostrom has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, an achievement that honors a lifetime of groundbreaking research, teaching, and scholarship.

She is the first woman to win the prize in economics, which has been awarded since 1969. She shares the award with Oliver Williamson, Edgar F. Kaiser Professor Emeritus of Business, Economics, and Law at the University of California, Berkeley.

Ostrom was recognized by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for her analysis of economic governance, especially the commons.


Monday, October 12, 2009

World Mystery Confab in Indy

Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, is the largest annual meeting in the world for mystery lovers -- and the 40th edition takes place in Indianapolis Thursday through Sunday (15-18 October). The convention program includes panel discussions, lectures, and other presentations by mystery writers and experts on the genre, covering all aspects of mystery fiction, thrillers, detective stories, suspense novels, and more.

The 2009 Bouchercon includes special events throughout central Indiana, including programs at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, the rotunda of Indiana's state house building, the Indianapolis City Market, and more.

The World Mystery Convention is named the Boucheron in honor of Anthony Boucher (1911-1968): "Boucher" plus "con" (short for convention). Anthony Boucher helped found the Mystery Writers of America, co-founded The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and reviewed mysteries in the Sunday New York Times Book Review. He wrote seven mystery novels and many short stories, along with many radio scripts for "The Adventures of Ellery Queen" and Sherlock Homes radio dramas.

If you'd like to attend, there are day passes and companion passes as well as all-session registration. The next Bouchercon, in 2010, will be held in San Francisco. Bouchercon has been held in cities across North America and, twice so-far, in England.


Friday, October 9, 2009

1st- and 2nd-Generation Iranian-Americans

The 2009 Danesh Conference, "First- and Second-Generation Iranian-Americans: The Significance of Mutual Understanding and Support" will be held 23 October on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. Presenters at the conference include Ali Akbar Mahdi, Ohio Wesleyan University; and Reza Varjavand and Mitra Fallahi, Saint Xavier University.

Chaired by Irene Queiro-Tajalli, president of the Danesh Institute, the conference planning committee includes Sara Allaei, Cyrus Behroozi, Shayda Bradley, Mary Hegland, Patricia Higgins, Yahya Kamalipour, and John Walbridge.

Established in 1994, the Danesh Institute is a nonpolitical, independent, not-for-profit educational organization. The Institute is incorporated in the State of Indiana and recognized as a 501(c)(3) corporation by the United States Internal Revenue Service.

The purpose of the Institute is to stimulate and promote scholarly studies related to contemporary Iranian society and to Iranian communities abroad, particularly the United States. The Institute has pursued this purpose by offering annual conferences, sponsoring special projects, and publishing newsletters and bulletins.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Valparaiso Adds China to Engineering Programs

Students in Valparaiso University's College of Engineering have a new opportunity to study abroad, reports Inside INdiana Business. The Valparaiso International Engineering Program in China is a five-year program that will provide students with a bachelor’s degree in one of four engineering disciplines and a minor in Chinese. Students would study and work in China during the fourth year of the program.

Valpo currently has international engineering programs in Germany and in France. More information on the engineering programs overseas is online.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Asian Impressions at White River Gardens

"Asian Impressions: Travel to the Far East" is on view at the White River Gardens adjacent to downtown Indianapolis. Open through 8 November, the new show features Asian garden design, including a miniaturized hill and pond, hanging baskets of conifers, shoji paper screens, trickling water features and floating red gossamer.

Over 30 bonsai specimens will be on display, enclosed by a bamboo gate that emphasizes the idea of solitude. "Asian Impressions" at White River Gardens is free for members and included with regular Indianapolis Zoo admission.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Dachshund Racing, Yodeling...and More!

"The Original and Fabulous GermanFest" (a first for Indy) takes place Saturday (10 October) at the Athenaeum, 401 East Michigan Street, Indianapolis.

This "coming together of the Indianapolis German-American Community" is a free indoor/outdoor, day-long, family event on the grounds of the Athenaeum. The idea is to celebrate all things German and German-influenced . . . food, drink, live entertainment, cultural displays, children's activities, crafts and more.

Here's the schedule for Stage One:
Noon-1 p.m. Meisterwinds - German Oompah!
1-1:30 p.m. Yodeling Contest
2-2:30 p.m. Dachshund Racing
2:30-3:15 p.m. die Fledermaeuschen Tanzgruppe - German Folk Dancers
3:15-4:15 p.m. Liederkranz - German Song!
3-3:30 p.m. Damenchor
3:30-4 p.m. Maennerchor
4-7 p.m. PolkaMotion - Polka Cleveland-Style

Bandshell Biergarten
4-4:30 p.m. Amazing AutoHarps
5-6:30 p.m. Athenaeum Pops Orchestra

Stage Two
1-2 p.m. Young Actors Theatre
2-2:30 p.m. Kindertanzgruppen
3-3:30 p.m. Saengerchor - German Song
5-6 p.m. Indianapolis Maennerchor - Gentlemen of Song since 1854

The Athenaeum Theater
Special VIP event (tickets are $125)
7:30 p.m. dinner and GermanFest silent auction, followed by 9 p.m. performance of "1964", a Beatles tribute band, in honor of their starting point, Hamburg, Germany. 7:30 to 8:30 pm - 1964 perform at 9:00 p.m. Call 317:655-2755 ext. 1 or email Jim Gould for reservations or more information.


Monday, October 5, 2009

IU to be Part of $1.81 Million International Project

Indiana University Bloomington is joining seven partners in Britain and the Netherlands to investigate early human settlements in Europe, reports Inside INdiana Business.

The $1.81 million Leverhulme Trust grant, spearheaded by the Natural History Museum in London, will be distributed to collaborators over four years. IU Bloomington's participation in the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain project will use diverse information to map Europe ecologically.


Friday, October 2, 2009

Armed Conflict and Counter-Terrorism

Lt. Col. (Res.) David Benjamin, Advocate, Israel Defense Forces, will speak on "Armed Conflict and Counter-Terrorism" at 5 p.m. 22 October in the Wynne Courtroom of Inlow Hall at the Indiana University School of Law on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. His presentation is part of the Distinguished Speakers Series.

Benjamin, an international law consultant, is a law, armed conflict and counter-terrorism specialist. A reception will be held following the lecture in the Conour Atrium of Inlow Hall.

For more information, contact Shaun Ingram.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Chinese Company Buys Indy Products

Indianapolis-based Pacific World Trade Inc. has finished its first sale of nuclear waste treatment products and services to the China Institute of Atomic Energy (CIAE) in Beijing, reports Inside INdiana Business. The company says it is the first in the United States to provide waste treatment products and services to CIAE for environmental clean-up. CIAE is one of China's leaders in nuclear reactor research and development.