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2015 Fall Welcoming Reception

Date: October 22, 2015
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Location: Root Cellar, Farm Bloomington, 108 E. Kirkwood Ave.

We look forward to meeting some of you for the first time, renewing acquaintances with others, and sharing good cheer, stories, and tips for living well. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided; Cash bar.

Feel free to bring a friend to introduce to our community! RSVP via email at

Intercultural Hospitality conference is part of IU Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University will host its inaugural Intercultural Hospitality conference from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 9.

All events will take place in the State Room East of the Indiana Memorial Union on the Bloomington campus. The conference is among several keynote events in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs and the Asian Pacific American Faculty and Staff Council.

“The conference will highlight the ways intercultural hospitality is practiced in diverse communities,” said Samrat Upadhyay, the Martha C. Kraft Professor of Humanities in the Department of English Creative Writing Program within the College of Arts and Sciences. “We’ll have insightful conversations on how our culture centers embody hospitality, how generosity and kindness are discovered across borders, and how we engage with our planetary commons.”

Intercultural hospitality is also at the heart of IU’s history, said Liana Zhou, director of library and archives at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction.

“Dr. Herman B Wells’ vision for Indiana University was truly based on intercultural hospitality. He brought the diverse cultures of the world to the Bloomington campus to foster and promote academic freedom,” Zhou said, adding that the council works throughout the year to increase connections and collaborations among faculty, staff, students and academic programs. “We planned the inaugural conference to engage Indiana University communities from all campuses. We want to inspire new and more creative ways for intercultural collaborations.”

The focus on intercultural hospitality is in sync with IU’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month theme of encouraging dialogue for change, which seeks to engage the campus community in enriching intercultural hospitality within, across and beyond Asian American communities.

During the conference, IU’s first Asian Pacific Americans Inspiration awards will be presented. The following criteria were considered when selecting the winners:

Commitment toward outreach, support and celebration of the Asian Pacific American heritage in IU and the broader community.
Participation and leadership in IU and local Asian community.
Building and establishing collaboration.
Communication between Asian Pacific Americans and other communities.
"Hospitality is not always easy, but it can be the starting point for great things to happen, when we make time and space for others,” said Joan Pong Linton, associate professor of English and an affiliate in the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. “Nurturing this great potential in all of us is what this conference is all about, when we make room for one another across cultural, generational, institutional lines."

“We are excited that we have announced the APA Inspiration Awards to honor the leaders among faculty, staff and students whose individual efforts inspire and bring about the positive changes in communities within IU and beyond. Both the awards and the conference reflect our mission, which is to provide leadership in promoting the development of Asian Pacific American faculty and staff at Indiana University,” Zhou said.

For more information on the Intercultural Hospitality conference, contact Zhou at

The Asian Pacific American Faculty and Staff Council (APAFSC)
with support from the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (DEMA)
cordially invites you to the inaugural
Inspiration Awards and Conference on

"Intercultural Hospitality"

Engaging the IU community to co-produce opportunities
for enriching intercultural hospitality within, across, and beyond
Asian American communities
(see program outline below)

Wednesday, April 9, 12:00 to 5 p.m.
Guests are welcome! Please rsvp via this link.


LUNCH (12:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Georgian Room, IMU)
Keynote: James Wimbush, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs and Dean, University Graduate School
Awards: Asian Pacific American Inspiration Awards

PANEL 1 (1:30 - 2:30 p.m., State Room East, IMU)
Intercultural Campus Homes: Hospitality of Our Cultural Centers
Moderator: Liana Zhou, Director of Library and Archives, The Kinsey Institute
Brian Gilley, Director of First Nations Educational Cultural Center
Neal-Marshall (TBA)
Lillian Casillas-Origel, Director of La Casa
Melanie Castillo-Cullather, Director of Asian Culture Center

PANEL 2 (2:45 - 3:45 p.m., State Room East, IMU)
Intercultural Generosity: Giving and Receiving
Moderator: Harmeet Sawhney, Professor of Telecommunications, IU
Dena El Saffar and Tim Moore, Salaam Middle Eastern Music Ensemble
Samrat Upadhyay, Martha C. Kraft Professor of Humanities, IU
Katie Moulton, MFA student, Creative Writing Program, IU
Trevor Mackesey, MFA student, Creative Writing Program, IU
Hamid Ekbia, Associate Professor of Information Science, Cognitive Science, & International Studies, IU
Eugene Gloria, Professor of English, DePauw University

PANEL 3 (4:00 - 5:00 p.m. State Room East, IMU)
Intercultural Commons: Histories of our Future
Moderator: Joan Linton, Associate Professor of English, IU
Scott Russell Sanders, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English, IU
Hilary Kahn, Director, Center for the Study of Global Change, IU
Ajay Mehrotra, Associate Dean for Research, Maurer School of Law, IU

RECEPTION (5:00 - 6:00 p.m., University Club, IMU)

To register for this event, you may either click this link: or send an email to and indicate:

Your meal preference (vegetarian or non-vegetarian)
Number of guests
Sessions that you will be attending (Lunch, Panel 1, 2, 3, and/or Post Conference Reception). Please note that luncheon seats are limited and we will confirm your attendance to the luncheon via email.