Student Successes

Andrew L. Townsend

M.A. in Public History, M.S. in Media Arts and Science

What degree are you working toward?

I am pursuing degrees in two areas including a masters in Public History and a masters in Media Arts and Science.

Why did you choose graduate school at IUPUI?

I was encouraged by my mentors at IUPUI to continue my education at the graduate level. I felt comfortable working with them because they had offered so much support during my undergraduate years. Also, IUPUI offered me several scholarships that made it possible to continue my education.

What’s been your favorite academic accomplishment since you’ve been here?

I had the opportunity to go on a Study Abroad trip to Greece to make a documentary.

As a graduate student and service learning assistant, I played an intrigal role in planning and executing the trip. We made a documentary, Despotiko: An Unknown Treasure (see the complete video list below), about an active archeological site. The documentary was widely accepted and even selected for viewing at a film festival. It was an amazing experience.

What do you enjoy most about life in Indianapolis?

I love the liveliness of living in downtown Indianapolis. I had never lived in an urban city prior to going to IUPUI, and it is amazing. I have friends and colleagues who also live downtown and we can meet in 10 minutes. There is so much to do. I feel like I am in the center of it all.


This video tells the story of a relatively unknown, but significant, archeological site named Despotiko and the incredible ancient history surrounding it. It also looks at the recent efforts to understand the site and reconstruct parts of it to its original dimensions.
Documentary with Greek Subtitles

A local marble sculptor describes the historical importance of the marble that can be found only on Paros, Greece.

A local tour guide of Paros, Greece describes the importance of the Greek God Apollo and the influences on ancient practices and culture.

The head archeologist of Despotiko describes his work and the significance of the site in ancient Greek culture.