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The center will celebrate its 30th year as a research unit at Ball State in 2014.  Look for more details later in the year.

Streaming video of the center’s 2013 N.E.H.-funded conference, Print Culture Histories Beyond the Metropolis, is now available through Ball State’s Digital Media Repository (here).  A copy of the conference program can be found here.  A volume of essays based on papers first presented at the conference is currently under review. Check back for more details later.

The center is pursuing support for Virtual Middletown, a three-dimensional digital recreation of Muncie, Indiana, during the 1920s and 1890s based on Robert and Helen Lynd’s Middletown: A Study in American Culture (1929) and related archival material.  Jim Connolly and John Fillwalk of Ball State University’s Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts did a demonstration of the project at the American Historical Association Meeting in Washington, DC, in January, 2014.  

Center Director James Connolly returned in the fall of 2013 from a term as a Fulbright Scholar at Free University Berlin.  During his stay, Connolly presented a series of public lectures about Middletown research to German audiences.  

The Center-produced documentary film, Changing Gears, continues to air on PBS stations around the United States.  It was also featured at the Deindustrialization and Its Aftermath Conference in Montreal, Canada, in April, 2014.  For more on the film, go here.