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IU East’s LGBTQ Archive Collection – Add your story!

IU East’s LGBTQ Archive Collection – Add your story!

LGBT Pride Month this year commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Richmond held its first Pride Festival and marked the return of Rainbow Richmond, our local LGBTQ community organization, that was originally founded in 2006. With the efforts of Dr. Travis Rountree and his Eng-W270 students in Spring 2019, the IU East Archives created Richmond’s first LGBTQ archive collection. Students collected interviews and articles from in and around Richmond and Wayne County’s LGBTQ community and wrote research papers based on relevant topics that they encountered with this collection. Figure 1 Screen capture of IU East’s LGBTQ collection homepage The collection currently holds several short interviews from local students who identify as LGBTQ, local news articles, photos, and promotional … Continued
Archives Update: New Projects, New Faces

Archives Update: New Projects, New Faces

To celebrate the IU Bicentennial we wanted to share some exciting updates about both on-going and new IU East Archives projects! Media Collections Online First, all the audio-visual material that was housed in the archives and sent to Bloomington for the Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative (MDPI Project) are now back and they have been digitized. We are working on moving them into IU’s Media Collection Online (MCO), which is the campus wide platform for all of IU’s digitized AV material. We are building collections and pushing them from Dark Avalon, which is a read-only, restricted access site to MCO. If you know we have something in the archives, such as a Starr Gennett recording or an oral history interview … Continued
Red Wolves Write!

Red Wolves Write!

To celebrate student writing in all its forms across the curriculum, IU East hosted its second annual Student Writing Day, on April 10, 2019. With posters, presentations, infographics and more, students from English, criminal justice, nursing and other fields presented the best of their written work. Coordinated by English Assistant Professor and Writing Program Director Travis Rountree, Student Writing Day also included activities and advice.  The Writing Center was staffed and ready with schedules and knowledgeable students.  The IU East Campus Library staff offered literary games, which included ekphrastic poetry exercises and a narrative drawing game involving prompts and ingenuity.  A total of 12 poems and 21 drawings were produced, with insights on cats, books, bubbles and butterflies. Students from … Continued
Awareness and Action for Social Justice

Awareness and Action for Social Justice

Social justice is a concept of fairness between the individual and society. It can be explicit or implicit. It includes issues of economics (e.g., distribution of wealth), health (e.g., availability of affordable health care), educational opportunities, gender equality, freedom from persecution based on sexual orientation, and more. One may ask, “Well, what can I do to help alleviate social injustice? I’m only one person.” There are many individuals who have had positive impacts for societal change; perhaps some of them can be inspirational for one to take action in one’s own way. The library has a number of biography tools for you to use, such as Biography in Context, which offers biographical materials and essays on activists ranging from early … Continued
Transgender Support

Transgender Support

November 20th, the Transgender Day of Remembrance, was instituted in 1999 as a memorial – a time to remember those hurt or killed, particularly in the past twelve months, by transphobic violence.  However, in recent years, it has shifted into a day of action – a time to look for ways to create a positive difference for trans people. Transgender people are often misunderstood – sometimes even by others in the LGBT community.  A transgender person is simply someone whose self-identity or means of gender expression don’t match their sex assignment at birth.  There may be no visible ‘cue’ for this, and like most of the LGBT spectrum, this is not a choice or a fad.  The experience of a … Continued