In 2010, Anthropology students from IUPUI began collecting oral histories, photographs, and other memorabilia from African-American and Jewish elders, former residents of what once had been one of the most multi-ethnic neighborhoods in Indianapolis—the Near Southside. The Jewish and African-American communities had not only lived side-by-side; they once shared deep bonds of friendship that were renewed when they began meeting with the students and one another to share their memories of that beloved time and place. Read more
About the Authors
Susan Brin Hyatt was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. Her research focuses on examining urban neighborhoods as cultural settings and on community-based activism in both the US and the UK. She completed her PhD at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 1996. After teaching at Temple University in Philadelphia for 8 1/2 years, Hyatt joined the Anthropology Department at IUPUI in January 2005 as an Associate Professor and as founding Director of the Graduate Program for IUPUI’s new MA in Applied Anthropology. She is committed to involving her students in collaborative community research and in 2009, her students published a small book, undertaken in collaboration with a local community organization in Indianapolis, entitled, “Eastside Story: Portrait of a Neighborhood on the Suburban Frontier.” In 2010, she began the project that became this book, “The Neighborhood of Saturdays.” This project was written up in the New York Times in April 2012.
In 2010 Hyatt was recipient of the Brian Douglas Hiltunen Award for the Outstanding Contribution to the Scholarship of Engagement presented by the Indiana Campus Compact and in 2012 she received the IUPUI Chancellor’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement.
Excerpts from the Book
How many opportunities in a person’s lifetime do you get to memorialize your reminiscences? Read more