Tuesday, February 25, 2014

25th Annual Joseph T. Taylor Symposium
Politics. Race. Place.

CLE: 1.0 Hours

Time: 8:00am-2:30pm
Location: IUPUI Campus Center 420 University Blvd. Indianapolis, IN 46202
Contact: Lauralee Stel at

How have 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?

This event is sponsored by the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI in conjunction with the Department of Political Science and The Polis Center.

NOTE: 1.0 hour of Indiana CLE available for the program at 10:30 to 11:30 titled: Building a multicultural community.

Schedule of Events

8:00 am – 8:25 am

Campus Center Fourth Floor

8:25 am – 8:30 am

Campus Center 409, Tony Sherrill Meeting Room

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 409, Tony Sherrill Meeting Room

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


  • 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   
9:15 am – 10:15 am 

White flight and the politics of place
Campus Center 409, Tony Sherrill Meeting Room

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.


  • 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


10:30 am – 11:30 am 

Building a Multicultural Community (1.0 hour Indiana CLE)
Campus Center 409, Tony Sherrill Meeting Room

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.


  • Lun Kham Pieper, Attorney at Law
  • Terri Morris Downs, Executive Director, Immigrant Welcome Center
  • Johnny Goldfinger, Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of Prelaw Studies, Marian University
  • Moderator: John Ketzenberger, President, Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute
11:30 am – 11:45 am  


11:45 pm – 2:00 pm  

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

“Comedy Sportz” Interlude

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.

About the Symposium<

Dr. Joseph T. Taylor served as a Professor of Sociology from 1965 to 1983 and as the 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 the community by hosting informed discussion on issues of concern in urban America. The Twenty-Fifth 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.


Parking is available for a nominal fee at the campus Gateway Garage, located on the corner of Michigan and California Streets (Address is 525 Blackford Street).

Parking is also available for a nominal fee at the Natatorium Garage two blocks west of the law school.

Special Accommodations:

Individuals with disabilities who need special assistance should call (317) 274-8036 no later than one week prior to the event. Special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs.

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