Schedule, Sessions, & Speakers


  • Saturday, February 10, 2018

    Noon – 1:30 p.m.


    1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

    Opening Session

    Terry Mason
    School of Education Dean
    The IU School of Education’s Global Engagement and Why it Matters

    2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

    Refreshment Break

    2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

    Breakout Sessions #1 (Choose one class below)

    Carolyn Gentle-Genitty
    Assistant Vice President for University Academic Policy, Director of University Transfer Office
    Shifting the Conversation on Youth Violence: Where are the Stakes? Where are the Bonds?

    Laura Karcher
    Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
    Age with Grace

    3:45 – 4:00 p.m.

    Refreshment Break

    4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

    Breakout Sessions #2 (Choose one class below)

    Keisuke Kawata
    Assistant Professor at the Department of Kinesiology, School of Public Health

    Protect the Player, Protect the Game: A Paradigm Shift in Concussion Management

    Dale McFadden
    Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance
    Theatre in America: How it is Made and How it is Played

    5:45 – 6:45 p.m.


    7:00 p.m.

    Dinner w/speaker

    James Hamblin
    Writer and Senior Editor at The Atlantic magazine
    How to Live to 150

  • Sunday, February 11, 2018

    9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

    Coffee Bar w/pastries, yogurt, etc.

    9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

    Breakout Session #3

    Michael A. McRobbie
    IU President
    Collected Objects

    10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

    Refreshment Break

    10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

    Breakout Session #4

    Peg Faimon
    School of Art & Design Dean
    IU’s Newest School: Art, Architecture + Design

    Noon – 1:30 p.m.

    Brunch Speaker

    Robin Newhouse
    School of Nursing Dean
    Grand Challenges: Responding to the Addictions Crisis

    1:30 – 3:00 p.m.



  • The IU School of Education’s Global Engagement and Why it Matters

    Speaker: Terry Mason

    For decades the IU School of Education has strived to achieve Herman B. Wells’ goal of “bringing the world to IU and IU to the world.”  From Thailand to Afghanistan, from South Korea to South Sudan, our faculty and students have engaged in projects to improve educational institutions across the globe and to provide opportunities to those in parts of the world where educational resources are scarce. Also, for many years, our Global Gateway program has offered life-changing experiences for our undergraduates to student teach in a host of countries around the world. Dr. Mason’s presentation, through the use of visuals and first-person narratives, will chronicle the IU School of Education’s international efforts with emphasis on how this work has enriched our state and university as well as how it has contributed to the betterment of our world as a whole. 

  • Shifting the Conversation on Youth Violence: Where are the Stakes? Where are the Bonds?

    Speaker: Carolyn Gentle-Genitty

    The local and global conversation on youth violence presumes one day a mother wakes up and wants to have a child engaged in violence and mass shootings or suicide and bullying. Or conversely, a good child decides one day to be bad. Exploring how children are raised, influenced, and create stakes in a community and bond to pro-social beliefs, values, and expectations of good citizenry requires a shift in our conversation on violence. It forces dialogues and not debates around  root understanding of how the tree got to be and do what it does now. Conversations about the role of differences, socialization, school climate, and perceptions of bonding to create stakes. This session promises to be engaging while enlightening. Come learn and dialogue with us.

  • Age with Grace

    Speaker: Laura Karcher

    Between 2015 and 2030, the number of people in the world aged 60 years or over is expected to increase by 56 percent, and by 2050, the global population of older persons is projected to reach nearly 2.1 billion. This session will discuss the joys and challenges of the aging process with an emphasis on communication and cognition. We will explore whether or not we can affect the trajectory of aging and discuss strategies to help lessen the impact of disease in order to “age with grace.

  • Protect the Player, Protect the Game: A Paradigm Shift in Concussion Management

    Speaker: Keisuke Kawata

    Concussion is classified as a mild form of traumatic brain injury, although changes in neural function following concussions are far from benign. Some say that there is the risk of accidents while driving a car, likewise, there is the risk of concussion while playing contact sports like football. Others propose to ban head contacts in sports all together. Continuing efforts from scientists began to unravel the effects of concussion. We begin this lecture by posing 3 questions: 1) what is concussion? 2) what does the most current research say? 3) where are we heading? To answer these questions, concussion neural physiology will be addressed, followed by introducing notable findings in the past decade. Next, even milder head impacts, often referred as subconcussive head impacts, will be introduced along with its potential consequence in the brain if sustained repetitively in close window. Collectively, the lecture aims to address past, current, and future trajectory of brain trauma research.

  • Theatre in America: How it is Made and How it is Played

    Speaker: Dale McFadden

    A historical and anecdotal journey through the world of theatre training, theatre critics, and theatre artists and producers on Broadway and elsewhere. A backstage look that will enhance your theatre going experience from musicals to Shakespeare.

  • How to Live to 150

    Speaker: James Hamblin

    Stories from inside the world of health news, from a doctor-turned-journalist. As more and more people are diagnosing themselves and looking up information online, it's exciting time of autonomy in health. The days of doctors as the sole gatekeepers of health information are gone. But it's also increasingly difficult to know what to make of all that's out there. Are eggs good or bad? Do probiotics do anything? Should I be taking this vitamin that says it will make my hair grow back? Why would there be false information on a product or in an article? Isn't that illegal? Why does anyone believe it? At the intersection of science, humanities, politics, and psychology, Hamblin's work explores how common beliefs about our health come to be. The challenge for doctors and patients alike is the human tendency to shape our understandings of a given subject to fit our pre-existing beliefs, as opposed to shaping beliefs around the facts of the world. Being aware of our biases can change the decisions we make, and they can help us communicate more effectively with people who seem to disagree. Ultimately health is a feature not of individuals, but of families, communities, and societies---and it's all predicated on how we communicate.

  • Collected Objects

    Speaker: Michael A. McRobbie

    Human beings have always collected objects— artifacts of their own making, or objects from the natural world for their aesthetic value; as memories of people and events; as records of their philosophical, religious, scientific, and literary achievements; and to illustrate their understanding of the natural world and universe. Did you know that Indiana University has over 30 million objects such as these spread among more than 50 collections? In this session, IU’s 18th President Michael A. McRobbie will describe these university treasure troves, provide insights into the future of managing these collections, and share some of his personal favorite objects from around the university.

  • IU’s Newest School: Art, Architecture + Design

    Speaker: Peg Faimon

    Learn about IU Bloomington’s newest school and hear from Peg Faimon, Founding Dean. The School of Art, Architecture + Design brings together art, design and merchandising to inspire and nurture a new wave of innovators. The school is the result of the merger of the Department of Studio Art and the Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design, and various centers, along with IU’s new Master of Architecture degree. Peg will introduce you to the School and its vision for becoming a hub for art/design expertise, while at the same time creating a strong interdisciplinary network across campus. Join us to learn more about how the next generation of Hoosiers will be changing the world through the power of art + design.

  • Grand Challenges: Responding to the Addictions Crisis

    Speaker: Robin Newhouse

    The citizens of Indiana face an unparalleled high incidence of addictions with accompanying harm to people, families and children.  Recognizing the significance of the problem and urgent need for a solution, IU President Michael McRobbie and Governor Holcomb formed a partnership between the state and major health care providers (IU Health and Eskenazi Health). This session will describe the coordinated and comprehensive approach with partners and other stakeholders to improve the health of Hoosiers that are experiencing addictions.


  • Carolyn Gentle-Genitty

    Carolyn S. Gentle-Genitty joined the IU Academic Affairs team July 1, 2017 as Assistant Vice President for University Academic Affairs and Director of the University Transfer Office, after 12 years on her home campus of IUPUI. On the IUPUI campus Gentle-Genitty engaged in over a decade of leadership resulting in her being named one of IUPUI's next generation of leaders, 2.0 cohort, IUPUI's first Online Education Faculty Fellow through the IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs, under direct leadership of Senior Associate Vice Chancellor Margie Ferguson and Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Kathy Johnson. She was also named the Joseph T Taylor Diversity Scholar receiving the Diversity Excellence award in 2017 for advancement of diversity efforts on the campus. Her research scholarship also earned her the honor of being named Chancellor Community Scholar. Her curriculum knowledge and leadership skills earned her the position of Program Director of the Bachelor of Social Work Program on the IUPUI campus. In short, Gentle-Genitty is a versatile faculty with outstanding knowledge and skills having won local and national awards for engagement with students and academic advising and mentoring coupled with awards for teaching excellence, Gentle-Genitty finds herself suited for her new role. She has extensive knowledge engaged in policy, practice, and procedures with service leadership on IUPUI's numerous curricular, policy, and leadership committees in Academic Affairs, Undergraduate Affairs, Transfer Excellence, and more. Gentle-Genitty's AVP for University Academic Policy responsibilities include managing IU's university-wide credit transfer system, convening the IU Articulation and Transfer Committee, tracking transfer issues through the Statewide Transfer and Articulation Committee and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, and identifying and convening faculty colleagues on intercampus curricular issues.

    Gentle-Genitty brings over 20+ years in crafting collaborative efforts to advance assessment in youth antisocial behavior (truancy and gangs), social bonding assessment, teaching, model and curriculum development, and theory. As an international speaker, published book and journal author, and app developer, her work can be found in peer reviewed journals, online in invited blogs, LinkedIn, magazines, newspapers, books, and in the app store (“101 Theory”; “Guide to Social Work”).

    Dr. Carolyn Gentle-Genitty, an associate professor at Indiana University in the School of Social Work, is a well-known social bonding and truancy expert who sits on the Executive Board of the International Association of Truancy and Dropout Prevention (IATDP) as president. Her instrument for assessing social bonding in schools, tested statewide and accepted by the American Psychological Association Tests, has been included in Caribbean assessments conducted by Caricom. Her leadership and innovation is highly sought after to respond to challenges facing youth by numerous international organizations like IATDP, UNICEF, and CARICOM. With CARICOM, she completed a five country Caribbean assessment on the reduction of youth on youth violence in schools and communities supported by Spain. For IATDP, invited to spearhead the re-definition of truancy she conducted and published this work internationally in a peer-reviewed journal. She was recently named a World Change Leader by this Association.

    She received a Ph.D. from Indiana University and bachelor's and master's degrees from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.

    Gentle-Genitty, originally from Belize, lives in Indianapolis. In Belize she served as the executive director of the local YMCA, aided in running an alternative boys school, sat on numerous boards and task forces ranging from Department of Youth Consultant, Board of Governors Princess Royal Youth Hostel, Task Force on Youth Enterprise Fund, Department of Corrections & Youth Chair Task Force on Aftercare Support, Advisory Committee on I-TVET (Institute-and Ministry of Youth & Tourism: Consultant in drafting the National Youth Council Bill, to the Belize National Youth Commission Member, and Vice President of the United Nations of Belize (UNA-Belize) She taught at both the university of West Indies and University of Belize prior to coming to IU. She bring extensive collaborative experiences from work with local and international bodies including Organization of American States (OAS), Unicef, Caricom (Caribbean Community), Inter-American Development (IDB), YMCAs internationally particularly Canada Fredericktown and St. Louis), and has a passion for student success through collaboration and partnerships. As fun facts she holds a honorary Chief of Police status from Louisville KY and was a radio talk show personality in Belize.

  • Dale McFadden

    Dale McFadden is a full Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance, where he heads the M.F.A. Acting and Directing Programs. For IU Theatre he recently directed Three Sisters, Dancing at Lughnasa, Hedda Gabler, Pride and Prejudice, Lacy and Ashley . . ., The School for Scandal, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Marat/Sade, Dead Man Walking, and Macbeth as well as Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, The Gentleman from Indiana, The Miracle Worker, The Matchmaker, You Can't Take It With You, and Ah, Wilderness!, for IU Summer Theatre. He was a director at Brown County Playhouse for twenty-five seasons. At Crossroads Repertory Theatre, he directed the Midwestern premiere of Terre Haute(also presented at Indiana Repertory Theatre.) Other credits include Table 17 and Tweaked at 78th Street Theatre in New York City; a staged reading of High Holidays at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theatre, and The Open Hand, Butler, River City, Seminar, This, Mauritius, Stuff Happens, Fat Pig, and A Number at the Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis. Dale has also worked at The Goodman Studio, Steppenwolf, The Theatre Building, The Raven Theatre, Renaissance Rep, and Chicago Dramatists, and he was also artistic director at The Body Politic Theatre in Chicago where his production of The King's Clown won a Joseph Jefferson Award. He returned in May 2014 to the Here and Now Festival in Mannheim, Germany to direct the premiere of Coming to See Aunt Sophie, a new play based on the life of Polish Resistance Leader Jan Karski. The production also toured Poland before it returned for a United States Premiere in Indiana at Crossroads Repertory Theatre and Chopin Theatre in Chicago followed by a new production recently presented at The Jewish Theatre of Bloomington. Last summer Dale also directed Insult to the Brain for a new play project at Chicago's Shattered Globe Theatre. Dale was also one of the recipients of the 2016 Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award. Additionally in June he was a Teacher for Mini University, and his Topic was American Theatre: The State of the Art and the Art of the State. He also recently spoke to the National Society of Arts and Letters on how theatre training, theatre critics, and theatre production are all related in The American Theatre.

  • James Hamblin

    James Hamblin, MD, is a writer and senior editor at The Atlantic magazine.

    Hamblin is a writer and senior editor at The Atlantic magazine, where he also hosts the video series If Our Bodies Could Talk, for which he was a finalist in the Webby awards for Best Web Personality. He is a past Yale University Poynter Fellow in journalism, and he has spken at Harvard Medical School, Wharton Business School, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, and SXSW, among others.

    In illuminating and genuinely funny prose, Hamblin’s latest book, If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide To Operating And Maintaining A Human Body, explores the human stories behind health questions that never seem to go away. His work also has been featured in/on The New York Times, Politico Magazine, NPR, BBC, MSNBC, and New York Magazine. TIME named him among the 140 people to follow on Twitterand BuzzFeed called him "the most delightful MD ever," and Greatist named him among its "Most Influential People in Health and Fitness."

    After graduating from medical school in 2009 as president of his class at Indiana University, Hamblin worked as a physician for three years, in medical residency in the Harvard and UCLA healthcare systems. He also trained in improv comedy at the iO Theatre in Chicago and Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in LA, before leaving medical practice to marry his creative disposition with his medical training. He did this by joining The Atlantic and developing a health section—which, during his tenure, became the mostread section of the digital magazine.

    Hamblin has been the subject of profiles in Columbia Journalism Review, Journal of the American College of Radiology, and Capital New York

  • Keisuke Kawata

    Keisuke Kawata is a neuroscientist and athletic trainer. He is an assistant professor at the Department of Kinesiology, School of Public Health-Bloomington. Dr. Kawata has worked in various sports settings, including NFL Detroit Lions, MLS Sporting Kansas City, ESPN Wide World of Sports, and MLB Atlanta Braves. He has studied athletic training for his bachelor’s degree, molecular neuroscience for his master’s degree, and clinical neuroscience for his PhD. His work centers around concussion and subconcussion using blood biomarkers, eye movement assessment, and brain blood flow measurement. His most recent works target adolescent athletes and military service members, attempting to uncover combined effects of sleep deprivation and repetitive mild head hits. Most importantly, his strongest passion is to educate his graduate students about “what makes a great leader great.” He uses research and science to stimulate their intellectual curiosity, while teaching how to care for one another.

  • Laura Karcher

    Laura Karcher, M.A., CCC-SLP, CBIS is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University. She holds the Master’s degree from Indiana University, the Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and professional licensure from the state of Indiana. She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and member of the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Specialty Interest Divisions in Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders, a member of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) and an associate member of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS). She teaches graduate coursework in clinical practice, professional issues, adult and pediatric dysphagia, counseling and aphasia. She has served as Speech-Language Clinic Director at the R.L. Milisen Speech-Language Clinic since 2001. She has co-authored articles on aphasia treatment and has spoken at state, regional and national professional meetings on issues related to clinical supervision, interprofessional education, brain injury, aphasia treatment and dysphagia. She also serves as a Volunteer Advocate for Seniors and Incapacitated Adults (VASIA), part of the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office and the Area 10 Agency on Aging.

  • Peg Faimon

    Peg Faimon received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Indiana University and her Master of Fine Arts from Yale University, earning the Norman Ives Memorial Award. She started teaching at Miami University in 1991, where she later served as the Chair of the Department of Art and Professor of Graphic Design. At Miami, she also held positions as the Co-Director of the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies (AIMS), Founding Director of the Miami Design Collaborative (MDC), and Lead Faculty of the Graphic Design program. She was named the Miami University School of Fine Arts Crossan Hayes Curry Distinguished Educator in 2000 and the Naus Family Faculty Scholar in 2008. In July of 2016, she moved to Indiana University Bloomington to become the Founding Dean of the newly formed School of Art, Architecture +Design in the College of Arts and Sciences.

    Faimon has also maintained a design consultancy, Peg Faimon Design, and has received national and international recognition for her design work. Additionally, she is the author and designer of Design Alliance: Uniting Print and Web Design to Create a Total Brand Presence, and the co-author, with John Weigand, of The Nature of Design: How the Principles of Design Shape Our World – from Graphics and Architecture to Interiors and Products, both published in 2003 by HOW Design Books. Her third book entitled The Designer’s Guide to Business and Careers: How to Succeed on the Job or on Your Own, was published in June 2009 by HOW Design Books with the Kindle edition published in 2011.

    At home, she shares her life with her children, Lillyanna and Lilith, and husband Don. They love to travel and spend time together.

  • Terry Mason

    Dr. Terrence Mason began his career in education as an elementary school teacher in Southern California in 1976.  He received his Ph.D. from the UCLA Graduate School of Education in 1986 and has served on the faculty of the University of Georgia and Central Connecticut State University. He is currently Dean of the School of Education at Indiana University and a Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.  During his more than two decades at Indiana University, Dr. Mason has served as Director of the Center for Social Studies and International Education, Associate Dean of Faculties, and Associate Vice Provost for Research.  Dr. Mason teaches and conducts research in social studies, teacher education, and curriculum theory and practice.  He has published widely in these areas and has delivered conference presentations and keynote addresses in more than 20 countries.  Dr. Mason has been a leader in international education development and has directed Indiana University’s participation in several USAID-funded projects including the Afghanistan Higher Education Project, the Macedonia Primary Education Project), and the South Sudan Higher Education Initiative for Equity and Leadership Development.

  • Michael A. McRobbie

    Michael A. McRobbie became the eighteenth president of Indiana University on July 1, 2007. IU is one of the largest university systems in the U.S. with eight campuses, a total budget of more than $3 billion, and more than 9,000 faculty, 11,000 staff, and nearly 115,000 students.

    McRobbie joined IU in 1997 as vice president for information technology and chief information officer, and was appointed vice president for research in 2003. He was named interim provost and vice president for academic affairs for IU’s Bloomington campus in 2006, and became president the following year.

    As president, McRobbie has refocused IU around six Principles of Excellence—an excellent education, world-class research and scholarship, an outstanding faculty, enhanced international engagement, excellence in health sciences, and in engagement. Supporting these core principles is an essential framework of excellence in the four areas of advancement, infrastructure and facilities, information technology, and administration.

    Under McRobbie’s leadership, IU has seen a major expansion in the size and quality of its student body; a large-scale academic restructuring, during which eight schools have been newly established or reconfigured; a reinvigoration of the global partnerships that support the university’s international academic and educational programs; the construction or renovation of more than 70 major new facilities across all campuses with a total value of over $2 billion; the completion of the $1.1 billion “Matching the Promise” endowment campaign at IU Bloomington and the $1.39 billion “IMPACT” campaign on the Indianapolis campus; and the launch of the $2.5 billion “For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign.” McRobbie also oversaw the development of The Bicentennial Strategic Plan for Indiana University, a sweeping set of strategic initiatives that will guide the university’s work across all campuses in the years leading to Indiana University’s 200th anniversary in 2020.

    In addition to his duties as president, McRobbie serves on several outside committees and organizations. He serves as co-chair of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Committee on the Future of Voting: Accessible, Reliable, Verifiable Technology. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher specializing in U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. He is a former chair of the Board of Trustees of Internet2, and the former chair of the Board of Directors of the Digital Preservation Network. He is a member and former chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors, a member of the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board, and a member and former chair of University Research Associates, which is responsible for Fermi Lab.

    McRobbie is a member of the board of directors of the Indiana University Health system—one of the largest and most highly regarded hospital systems in the U.S.—and the OneAmerica insurance company, based in Indianapolis.

    McRobbie also holds faculty appointments in computer science, philosophy, cognitive science, informatics, library and information science, and computer technology, and has been an active researcher in information technology and logic over his career. He has been the principal investigator on several major grants, has published a number of books and many articles, and has served on numerous editorial boards and conference committees.

    A native of Australia, McRobbie received a Ph.D. from the Australian National University in 1979, and has honorary doctorates from the University of Queensland (2007); Sung Kyun Kwan University in Korea (2008); the Australian National University (2010); the South East European University in Macedonia (2011), which IU helped found; and Griffith University in Australia (2014). In 2013, Thailand’s National Institute for Development Administration awarded him its Prince Naradhip Bongsprabandha Plaque for services to international education.

    He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012 and is an honorary fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities. In 2007, he was made a Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor the State of Indiana can bestow on a private individual. And, in 2010, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia, Australia’s national honors system. In 2012, he was listed as one of America’s 10 most popular university presidents.

    In 2014, McRobbie received the Anti-Defamation League’s “Man of Achievement Award,” which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community, justice, and equal opportunity for all.

    In 2015, the Australian National University honored him as Alumnus of the Year.

    In 2016, he received the International Center’s International Citizen of the Year Award, which honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the globalization of Indiana.

  • Robin Newhouse
    Robin Newhouse

    Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN is distinguished professor and dean of the Indiana University School of Nursing.  Her research focuses on health system interventions to improve care processes and patient outcomes. She has published extensive works on health service improvement interventions, acute care quality issues, and evidence-based practice.

    Dr. Newhouse was appointed to the Methodology Committee of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute and is currently serving as the committee’s chair. In 2018, she will serve as the chair of the Academy Health Board. She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in 2014. She also received the American Nurses Credentialing Center President’s Award in 2015. Dr. Newhouse was elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine in 2017.