Caroline Ban, Independent Scholar

Caroline Ban served as Visiting Assistant Professor for the Valparaiso University Department of Social Work. Caroline created community projects like the students’ police academy and previously worked for Beyond Housing, a nationally-recognized non-profit in St. Louis. She facilitated meetings with mayors and police chiefs and helped local governments attract or save $3 million through grant writing and efficiencies, setting the table for the consolidation of seven local police departments. Caroline earned her MSW from the Brown School at Washington University, receiving the Dr. Clara Myer’s Outstanding Practicum Award. She earned a B.A. from Carleton College. Caroline lives with her husband and three sons in Chesterton. As a Humanities Action Fellow, Caroline plans to work with community groups and local law enforcement agencies in northwest Indiana on good policing initiatives, rooted in storytelling and other public humanities methods.

Lauren Daughtery, Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University Bloomington

Lauren Daugherty, LMHCA, ATR-P, is the Arts-based Wellness Experiences Manager and art therapist at the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University Bloomington. Lauren holds a master’s degree in art therapy from the Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI where she completed her thesis research exploring the intersection of art therapy and art museums. She has extensive experience as a teaching artist working with children, adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities including those with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In addition, she has experience utilizing art therapy with children, adolescents, and adults with mental health and behavioral health concerns. During her Fellowship, Lauren hopes to deepen her museum-based art therapy practice, especially the use of contemporary art to generate dialogue on social issues.

Sara Drury, Wabash College

Sara A. Mehltretter Drury is passionately committed to productive communication for democracy, community engagement, and working collaboratively to discover new approaches to enduring problems. Her research focuses on rhetoric, politics, and democracy. Sara is an associate professor and Chair of the Rhetoric Department at Wabash College. She also serves as Director of Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse, an interdisciplinary research and practice program focusing on community partnerships, dialogue, and deliberation. She has worked on public humanities and deliberation projects in Indiana, Ohio, Delaware, Kentucky, South Dakota, and Illinois. Previously, Sara worked as a Research Associate at the Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Drury lives in Montgomery County and enjoys traveling to local festivals, landmarks, and restaurants around Indiana. Drury plans to use the Fellowship to design and scale public deliberation programs on a range of issues such as race and justice, public well-being and health and community development, around Indiana.

Jocelyn Krueger, Indiana State University

Jocelyn is a transwoman artist that working in a wide range of media, including painting, printmaking, drawing, video, audio, performance and the written word. She received her undergraduate degree in studio art from the University of Iowa and an MFA from Indiana State University. Her artwork is generally figurative and focuses on metaphors of form and the human condition to contemporary, often personal, events or trends. Jocelyn’s latest work focuses on the personal experiences of voting-while-trans. She has worked with art collections beginning with helping to rescue the MFA print collection at Iowa from the flooding in 2008 and continuing today as the Curator of the Permanent Art Collection at ISU. Jocelyn lives in Terre Haute with her wife and children, cats, books and garden. During her Fellowship, Jocelyn will be experimenting with projects that collect, exhibit and preserve the stories and voices of marginalized people in the Wabash Valley region. 

Becca McNair, Bartholomew County Public Library

Becca McNair is a youth programming specialist at the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library in Columbus, where they connect with tweens and teens over podcast clubs, zine programs, gardens, and board games. Combining a professional interest in youth empowerment through “maker culture” with a background in collaborative storytelling, Becca strives to connect youth in their community with meaningful ways to discover, create, and share metaliterate artifacts that celebrate their unique experiences. An Indiana native, Becca graduated from Ball State University with a degree in English. Currently, they are working towards their Masters of Library and Information Science through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Outside the library, they enjoy painting jellyfish, doing puzzles with their partner Zach, and crying over well-written fanfiction. As a Fellow, Becca will work with local youth to design forums and workshops about the future of Columbus, as well as explore the potential of libraries to shape communities’ futures by activating teens in the planning process. 

Elizabeth Nelson, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Elizabeth Nelson is the coordinator of The Indiana Women’s Prison (IWP) History Project, a group of currently and formerly incarcerated scholars who publish original research on the history of women and incarceration. Through such work, project participants gain confidence, purpose, and useful skills for reentry. Their scholarship, moreover, critically investigates the historical origins of the current system of mass incarceration. As a Humanities Action Fellow, Elizabeth will provide research support for the scholars on the inside and facilitate the Project’s public-facing initiatives and collaborations. In addition to her work at IWP, Elizabeth is an Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities and Health Studies at IUPUI.

Kara Pickens, Spring Valley Junior-Senior High School | Ivy Tech Community College

Kara is an ELA instructor who teaches high school and dual-credit classes. She teaches at Springs Valley Jr.-Sr. High School and through Ivy Tech Community College. Her experience has also comprised of writing digital curriculum for the SIEC, working to create an app using Library of Congress resources, and serving on the IDOE’s Rockstars of Curation team. Additionally, she regularly leads professional development across the state. Outside of school, Kara participates in the community organization Thrive Orange County which focuses on trauma-informed care. Kara has a Ph.D. and Masters degree from the University of Glasgow in Scotland; her undergraduate degree is from Cairn University near Philadelphia, PA. She values how participation in the humanities builds community and enables individuals to know they are not alone. Kara will use her Fellowship to create community storytelling initiatives, including festivals, performances and workshops, in Orange County. 

Ryan Schnurr, Purdue University | Belt Magazine

Ryan Schnurr is a writer from northeast Indiana. He is the author of In the Watershed: A Journey Down the Maumee River (Belt Publishing, 2017). His features, essays, and poems have appeared in publications including Atlas Obscura, Old Northwest Review, Terrain.org, Midwestern Gothic, and Belt Magazine, where he also serves as an editor. Ryan is a graduate student in American Studies at Purdue University and a regular facilitator for Indiana Humanities’ Next Indiana Campfires program. During his Fellowship, Ryan would like to develop a community memory/storytelling project that helps Fort Wayne residents grapple with the rapid pace of changes taking place in their city. 

Ryan Schnurr, Purdue University | Belt Magazine

Ryan Schnurr is a writer from northeast Indiana. He is the author of In the Watershed: A Journey Down the Maumee River (Belt Publishing, 2017). His features, essays, and poems have appeared in publications including Atlas Obscura, Old Northwest Review, Terrain.org, Midwestern Gothic, and Belt Magazine, where he also serves as an editor. Ryan is a graduate student in American Studies at Purdue University and a regular facilitator for Indiana Humanities’ Next Indiana Campfires program. During his Fellowship, Ryan would like to develop a community memory/storytelling project that helps Fort Wayne residents grapple with the rapid pace of changes taking place in their city.