Buon giorno, Btown! Celebrating 35 years of ‘Breaking Away’

As a non-native Bloomingtonian who grew up about 900 miles away in Connecticut, my initiation to the city and the beautiful Indiana University Bloomington campus was through Hoosier basketball, of course, and also the Academy Award winning movie “Breaking Away.” (True confession: my 8-year-old self frequently and proudly wore one of those Campagnolo cycling caps […]

The TEDx factor

By now, I suspect you’re familiar with TED — the now 20-year-old event series that has spread knowledge and ideas to tens of millions of curious souls around the world. Perhaps you even have your favorite TED talk. (I’m partial to Susan Cain’s “The power of introverts” and Jill Bolte Taylor’s “My stroke of insight.”) Or […]

Btown welcomes the king of the B movie

Just yesterday, I was talking to my dad about one of his favorite films: the 1979 cult classic “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School,” featuring the legendary punk rock band the Ramones. Dad was telling me about the day he and one of his middle-school teaching buddies decided it would be fun to show a particularly […]

Consider the possibilities

How do you become the most trusted man in news? If you’re Tom Brokaw, you “consider the possibilities.” In the March/April 2014 issue of Public Administration Review, a leading scholarly publication based at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs and edited by SPEA faculty, the former anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News reflects […]

Mathers brings research work to life

Within the modest exterior of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures — one of my favorite places to visit on the IU Bloomington campus — something pretty illuminating is going on.