IU’s African American Dance Company dedicating studio floor to founding director Iris Rosa: News at IU: Indiana Uni…


Thanks to a generous contribution from IU’s Black Philanthropy Circle, Indiana University will celebrate Professor Emerita Iris Rosa by naming the floor of the dance studio where she spent the last 15 years of her career in her honor.

Rosa, the founding director of the African American Dance Company at IU Bloomington, retired in May 2017 after a 43-year tenure at the helm of the dance company, a course offered through IU’s Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies and a performing ensemble within the African American Arts Institute.

“It gives me great joy to be able to put in place a permanent tribute to a woman who has made such meaningful contributions to the IU community,” said James C. Wimbush, IU vice president for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs, dean of The…

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