“I thought about how my experience at IU has been shaped by things [the university has] dared to do in times and spaces that weren’t conducive to that,” Burr said.

University Historian James Capshew saw that Burr was interested in art and told her about a man named T.C. Steele.

Burr now spends most of her days in the archives at the Herman B Wells Library, researching T.C. Steele, the American Impressionist painter who dedicated much of his time and work to Indiana University. Though her specific program has yet to take shape, Burr aims to use her research to prepare an interactive program for IU students to engage with T.C. Steele’s work. She hopes that students will recognize his impact on IU during bicentennial celebration in 2020.