About the Authors

Project Director

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.

Research and Editorial Assistants

Benjamin J. Linder is a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As an undergraduate, he studied anthropology, religious studies, and history at Indiana University in Bloomington. His current research examines tourism and touristic spaces in Nepal, paying particular attention to the role of economics and the construction of identity. Through a series of fortunate coincidences, he became involved with the "Neighborhood of Saturdays" project in Summer 2011. Having several personal connections to the neighborhood, he enjoyed the opportunity to uncover some of his own family history in the process of working on this project.

Margaret Baurley’s first collaborative project was her participation in “Eastside Story.” She was a critical member of the team who put that community book together. Based on that experience, in 2010, she was involved in “The Neighborhood of Saturdays” project as a mentor to the students who began that research. She continued to carry out interviews and to assist with the other editorial tasks that were essential to seeing this book completed. She completed her BA at IUPUI in Anthropology in 2010 and is currently finishing her MA in Applied Anthropology, also at IUPUI.

Student Contributors

2010 Class—Students & Teaching Assistants

Margaret Baurley Dan Branstrator Victoria Brown Molly Dagon Evan Danner Adriana Escoto Nova Hornsby Amber Lane Max Martin Andrea McLaughlin Lindsy Schaiper Heidi Sebastian Breana Sowers Adam Vogel Stephanie Yarian

2011 Class—Students & Teaching Assistants

Erin Busk
Mercedes Cannon
Marcela Castro Madriaga
Evan Danner
Govind Dhaske
Cynthia Forrester
Jessica Forthoffer
Patricia Jordan
Dustin Klingler
Kirsten Lewis
Ryan Logan
Selena Massolini
David Plasterer
Christina Riley
Lindsy Schaiper
Drew Smith
Kenji Townsend
Anne Waxingmoon

Community Authors

The following former and current Southside residents contributed their own reflections and writings to this book:

Mr. William Craig
Ms. Brenda Marie Johnson
Judge William Levy
Mr. Cleo Moore
Mrs. Gladys Nisenbaum