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Digital Shakespeare

Shakespeare may be dead for lo these many years — nearly 400, give or take a few — but the renowned English author is about to enter the digital age. And he'll do it at IUPUI.

Oxford University Press has launched a project to create The New Oxford Shakespeare, an entirely new print and digital edition of the complete works of the English playwright.

Terri Bourus, English professor, Equity actor and member of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI faculty, is part of the international team heading up the project. She'll serve as one of three general editors, along with counterparts Gary Taylor of Florida State University and John Jowett, the deputy director of the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham.

Rather than favoring a single early book, The New Oxford Shakespeare will make careful use of all the surviving original documents, offering readers more choices than any previous edition. With the click of a computer key, readers can choose text featuring Shakespearean spelling or modern spelling; a print or digital presentation; and alternative early versions of some works, among other options. The New Oxford Shakespeare will provide a wealth of new, reliable material for students and an essential compilation of editorial and textual research for scholars.

Students' Book Captures Neighborhood History

An IUPUI anthropology class project turned into something more special this year when 13 students used their research work to create the new book Eastside Story: Portrait of a Neighborhood on the Suburban Frontier.

The book turned interviews, oral histories, memories, old photos and other memorabilia from local residents of the Community Heights neighborhood (on Indianapolis's east side) into an interesting perspective on the changing nature of an urban neighborhood through several generations of residents.

Students did more than 40 interviews for the book, which was produced with the help of the Community Heights Neighborhood Organization.

Chapters dealt with a wide range of topics from the neighborhood's past, from the Stir-In Restaurant (from the early 1950s) to Justus Homes, the company that built many of the original and distinctive brick bungalows, beginning in the postwar period when the community was under development.

The community-campus partnership included the help of Neighborhood Alliance Press (a division of Doulos Christou Press), which published Eastside Story. The project gained momentum from a series of grants from organizations such as the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center, the Solution Center at IUPUI and The Justus Companies, Inc.

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Renowned Soprano Delights Anniversary Audience

Angela M. Brown, an Indiana University graduate from the Jacobs School of Music who has entertained opera fans around the world throughout her singing career, made one of the major events of IUPUI's 40th anniversary celebration a night to remember in September with her performance at the Madame C. J. Walker Theatre.

Brown blended an intriguing mix of musical genres — from opera to gospel — during her performance. The award-winning singer also entertained Indianapolis-area school children with a separate concert that same week, also at the historic Walker Theatre.

Brown has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, leading U. S. companies from San Francisco to Philadelphia, and with international companies from France, Spain and New Zealand. For more on Indianapolis's own opera sensation, visit Brown's Web site.

IUPUI ranks among U.S. leaders

IUPUI continues to move up in a variety of national and regional rankings, in both U.S. News and World Report and Forbes magazines.

The campus ranked seventh among “national universities to watch” this year, up from 14th in the same grouping last year. And IUPUI is among 77 colleges and universities singled out by U.S. News for “striking improvements or innovations” in the magazine's 2010 “America's Best College Rankings.”

IUPUI also was named to the top campuses in the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities' annual “Best College and University Civic Partnerships” rankings.

The university ranked eighth in the latest Forbes magazine rankings of “America's Best Colleges in the Midwest.” The magazine's evaluations were done in conjunction with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity and based on the quality of education, along with students' experiences and achievements.