Historian to speak on Republican Party ‘crackup,’ rejection of moderation

Historian Geoffrey Kabaservice examined the Republican Party for his 2012 book “Rule and Ruin” and concluded it was headed for disaster.

“What I saw was a party that had lost a lot of its moderate heritage,” he said. “It was moving away from seeing value in bipartisanship and compromise. And everything I more or less predicted has happened.”

Geoffrey Kabaservice

Geoffrey Kabaservice

The eventual result, he said, was this year’s “hostile takeover” of the party by presidential candidate Donald Trump and his supporters.

Kabaservice will be at Indiana University Bloomington this Friday to present a talk and take part in a panel discussion as part of the university’s Tocqueville Lecture Series.

From noon to 1:30 p.m., he will speak on “Trump and the Republican Party Crackup — A Moderate Historical Perspective.” From 4 to 5:30 p.m., he will take part in a discussion of “Is There a Role for Moderation in America’s Polarized Politics?” with IU faculty members Lee H. Hamilton and Leslie Lenkowsky. IU political scientist Edward Carmines will moderate.

The lecture and panel discussion will take place at the Ostrom Workshop, 513 N. Park Ave. Both are free and open to the public and will be streamed online. They were organized by the Tocqueville Program, which was founded at IU Bloomington in 2009.

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Immigrant rights activist, scholar of segregation to speak at IU Bloomington

A nationally recognized immigrant rights leader and a scholar who specializes in studying racial segregation in education and housing will present public keynote lectures this week at a national public service conference for college students taking place at Indiana University Bloomington.

Gaby Pacheco

Gaby Pacheco

The Oct. 20-23 conference, “Moving the World Forward: Exploring a Future in Public Service,” will bring a diverse group of 80 high-achieving students to campus for four days of meetings, conversations and presentations.

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU Bloomington is hosting the conference, which was created by the Public Policy and International Affairs program in partnership with the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration.

Immigrant rights activist Maria Gabriela “Gaby” Pacheco will speak at 10 a.m. Friday at Whittenberger Auditorium of the Indiana Memorial Union on “Outmaneuvering the Giant: How One Undocumented Woman Revolutionized Immigration Reform.”

Richard Rothstein, a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute, will speak at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Whittenberger Auditorium on “The Roots of Our Racial Crises: How Our Government Segregated the Nation.” Both keynote lectures are free and open to the public.

Pacheco arrived in the U.S. in 1993 at the age of 8 from Guayaquil, Ecuador. The family arrived with tourist visas and was unable to secure legal resident status. She gained national recognition in 2004 for her advocacy of the DREAM Act and immigration reform.

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Panel discussion will kick off new ethics conversations from IU Ethics Bowl

Post by IU Newsroom intern Amanda N. Marino

An Oct. 17 panel discussion about values that should guide working life will kick off a new series of ethics conversations organized by the IU Ethics Bowl program.

This first installment will begin a fresh dialogue about ethics geared toward undergraduate students. The discussion will begin at 7 p.m. in the Dogwood Room of the Indiana Memorial Union.

IU Ethics Bowl team member Nikhil Nandu, center, directs a discussion at his table at a recent Ethics Night at the Hutton Honors College.

IU Ethics Bowl team member Nikhil Nandu, center, directs a discussion at his table at a recent Ethics Night at the Hutton Honors College.

The panel will feature IU faculty members Eliza Pavalko, the Allen D. and Polly S. Grimshaw Professor of Sociology and IU Bloomington vice provost for faculty and academic affairs; Jamie Prenkert, professor in the Department of Business Law and Ethics of the Kelley School of Business; and Joe Varga, assistant professor in the Department of Labor Studies in the School of Social Work.

This IU Ethics Bowl series is a new way to focus on students’ interests and experiences.

“The idea for the discussions grew out of a sense that college students are navigating a lot of challenges and a lot of high expectations, and that there’s a real need for a space where students can come together to think through some of the ethical dimensions of their own everyday experiences,” Ethics Bowl program coordinator Joe Bartzel said.

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‘Voting and Power’ panel sets stage for election-related events

IU Bloomington students will have plenty of opportunities to inform themselves about and engage with the 2016 elections thanks to a series of lectures, panel discussions and other events planned on campus.

logo-allin2xThe first Hot Topics event of the 2016-17 academic year, sponsored by IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel, will set the stage. The panel discussion on “Voting and Power” will take place at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Moot Court Room of the Maurer School of Law.

Panelists will be Bernard Fraga, assistant professor of political science; Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, professor of law; and Marjorie Hershey, professor of political science. Law professor Steve Sanders will moderate and lead a question-and-answer session. After the panel discussion, audience members will have a chance to continue the conversation in several breakout sessions.

Other upcoming election events include:

  • On Oct. 6, New York Times columnist Roger Cohen, the inaugural Indiana University Poynter Chair, will speak on “False Equivalence: Is Media Balance a Trap in an Atypical Election?” His talk will be at 7 p.m. in the Moot Court Room of the Maurer School of Law.
  • Also on Oct. 6, the School of Global and International Studies will present a discussion by IU faculty experts on cybersecurity, human rights and related topics. Panelists will be Vice President for Research Fred Cate; Emma Gilligan and Clemence Pinaud in international studies; and Adam Liff in East Asian languages and cultures. WFIU radio will broadcast the discussion, which takes place from 7-8 p.m. in the Global and International Studies Building.
  • On Nov. 1, IU Bloomington political scientists will discuss issues in the presidential election. Ted Carmines and Gerald Wright will offer perspectives on the issues, and Bill Bianco will moderate. The event will be at 7:30 p.m. in Woodburn Hall Room 120.

The School of Global and International Studies sponsored a panel discussion this week featuring IU experts on refugees, global health and international law and economic relations. Audio and video of that discussion are available online.

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IU-based efforts during Liberia’s Ebola outbreak recognized

Friends of Liberia, an organization with deep connections to Indiana University, will be recognized Friday at the Peace Corps Connect Conference in Washington, D.C., for work that included activities carried out by the Liberian Collections Project at IU Bloomington.

Liberian President and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will be the featured speaker at the conference.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Friends of Liberia will receive the National Peace Corps Association’s 2016 Loret Miller Ruppe Award for Outstanding Community Service in recognition of its support of Liberia during the 2014-15 Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. Friends of Guinea and Friends of Sierra Leone will also receive the award.

Key to the organization’s work was the compilation and distribution by the Liberian Collections Project of Ebola e-Dispatches, a weekly news digest focused on Ebola. The newsletter was sent to 3,000 subscribers, including Liberian diaspora organizations, public health authorities and diplomatic personnel, and was a widely shared source of Ebola news.

Madea Neyor, an IU student whose family is from Liberia, was in charge of compiling and distributing the newsletter as a Liberian Collections Project intern. Verlon Stone, who directs the Liberian Collections Project, chaired a Friends of Liberia task force that raised money and awarded small grants, primarily to rural organizations in Liberia that developed education and outreach projects to counter Ebola.

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Legal scholar: ‘Hydraulic system’ constrains elections, politics

We like to think elections are clear-cut affairs in which the people choose their representatives, but the reality is much more complex, legal scholar Pamela Karlan told an IU Maurer School of Law audience in a Constitution Day lecture today.

But in fact, elections are hydraulic systems, she said. Results are “constrained and channeled” like fluid in a closed environment. Previous elections and political events limit the options that voters have today and limit their ability to influence government.

Pamela Karlan

Pamela Karlan (Photo by James Boyd)

“Law produces elections every bit as much as elections produce laws,” said Karlan, a professor at the Stanford Law School and a former deputy assistant U.S. attorney for civil rights.

And this year’s elections reflect forces that were not widely understood, she said in her talk, “The Hydraulic Election of 2016: Vote Denial, Political Parties, the Rise of Donald Trump, and the Courts.”

Some constraints are shaped by the Constitution, Karlan said. The requirement that presidents and members of Congress are elected on set dates and serve fixed terms has led to “insanely long and expensive” campaigns. The Electoral College brings inordinate attention to swing states.

But other pressures rise and ebb with the make-up of the Supreme Court and its shifting interpretation of constitutional restrictions on voting. What she called the “new vote denial” — including voter ID laws, restrictions on early voting and elimination of same-day voter registration — is a case in point.

Until recently, the court required states to show strong evidence that voting restrictions were necessary, Karlan said. But in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, a 2008 Indiana case, it ruled the government’s interest in stopping fraud was grounds for requiring voter IDs, even if fraud was rare.

In 2000, Karlan said, only 14 states required voters to present identification. But after the 2000 presidential election, decided by a razor-thin margin, some state legislators adopted voting ID laws. Read more…

Stanford legal scholar is featured Constitution Day speaker at IU Bloomington

Pamela Karlan, a law professor at Stanford University and part of the legal team that overturned the federal ban on recognizing same-sex marriage in Windsor v. United States, will present a Constitution Day lecture Sept. 19 at the IU Maurer School of Law in Bloomington.

Karlan, the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law at the Stanford Law School, will speak on “The Hydraulic Election of 2016: Vote Denial, Political Parties, the Rise of Donald Trump, and the Courts” at noon Monday in the Baier Hall Moot Court Room.

Pamela Karlan

Pamela Karlan

The lecture will challenge the “romantic” vision of American democracy, which views elections as a process by which citizens pick leaders and determine future public policy. In reality, Karlan says, elections are constrained to certain paths by past politics and constitutional structures.

She will apply the “hydraulic” view to three features of the 2016 elections; new restrictions on voting, the rise of Donald Trump and the decline of organized political parties, and the continued vacancy on the Supreme Court.

Karlan is co-director of Stanford’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. She has been a commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission, an attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and a deputy assistant U.S. attorney in the Justice Department Civil Rights Division.

“Pam Karlan is one of our generation’s leading civil rights advocates and scholars on the great issues of our day: voting rights, our democratic processes, racial equality, LGBTQ equality and women’s reproductive rights,” said Dawn Johnson, the Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law in the Maurer School. “She has been a personal inspiration to me since we attended law school together.”

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Scholars to discuss race and education at IU Bloomington symposium

Four leading scholars of race and education will be at Indiana University Bloomington on Friday, Sept. 16, for a daylong symposium organized to engage graduate students, undergraduates and others in discussion of issues ranging from inequality in K-12 schools to affirmative action in college admissions.

posterThe symposium, in the Frangipani Room of the Indiana Memorial Union, is sponsored by the Department of Sociology, the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society, the Asian American Studies Program and the Latino Studies Program, with support from the College of Arts and Sciences.

“This is an outstanding combination of national and internationally known scholars who take innovative but different approaches to the study of race and education,” said Brian Powell, James H. Rudy Professor and chair of the sociology department. “These differences should result in a lively, thought-provoking symposium that is especially timely given the many challenges facing education.”

Presentations will include:

  • 10 a.m.: Douglas Downey, professor of education at the Ohio State University, “Fifty Years Since the Coleman Report: Rethinking the Relationship Between Schools and Inequality.” Downey is highly regarded for his expertise on educational inequality, including the influence of non-school factors. He earned his Ph.D. from IU Bloomington.
  • 11 a.m.: Karolyn Tyson, professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina, “Is Special Education Racist?” Tyson’s research examines how school processes and student attitudes affect racial inequality. She is the author of “Integration Interrupted: Tracking, Black Students and Acting White After Brown.”
  • 2 p.m.: Ruth López Turley, professor of sociology at Rice University and director of the Houston Education Research Consortium, “Connecting Research and Policy to Reduce Racial Inequality in Education.” Turley’s work uses social science research to help educators and policymakers close achievement gaps based on race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status.
  • 3 p.m.: Natasha Warikoo, associate professor in the Harvard Graduate School of Education, “The Diversity Bargain and Other Dilemmas of Race, Admissions and Meritocracy at Elite Universities.” Warikoo’s work examines cultural processes surrounding diversity in schools, especially colleges. She is the author of “Balancing Acts: Youth Culture in the Global City.”

A panel discussion will follow the research presentations at 4 p.m. The symposium is free and open to the public.


Election series to feature party officials, IU politics experts

A series of election-related programs aimed at helping IU Bloomington students and others learn about the November 2016 election gets underway next week with a discussion featuring Indiana Democratic and Republican party representatives.

John Zody

John Zody

John Zody, chair of the Indiana Democratic Party, and Tim Berry, former chair of the Indiana Republican Party, will share a stage from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Student Activities Room of Briscoe Residence Center. The discussion is free and open to the public.

Zody, who lives in Bloomington, got involved with politics as an IU student. He was elected Indiana Democratic chair in March 2013. Before that, he served as Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic political director for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

Berry, a Fort Wayne native who lives in Indianapolis, stepped down as Republican chairman in March 2015. He served two terms as Indiana’s elected state treasurer and was in his second term as state auditor when Gov. Mike Pence selected him to become state party chairman in July 2013.

Tim Berry

Tim Berry

The nonpartisan IU election series is sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Political and Civic Engagement program, known as PACE, and the Civic Leaders Center. It is part of IU Bloomington’s participation in the All In Campus Democracy Challenge, a nationwide initiative aimed at increasing civic engagement and voting by college students.

Marjorie Hershey, professor of political science and coordinator of the series, said several groups were planning election-related programming and decided to join forces for a single series. Scheduled events include:

  • 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 19, location to be determined – A discussion on the 2016 elections featuring IU politics experts. Panelists will include Hershey; Paul Helmke, professor of practice in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, director of the Civic Leaders Center and former mayor of Fort Wayne; Leslie Lenkowsky, professor emeritus in SPEA; and Jill Long Thompson, visiting clinical associate in the Kelley School of Business and former U.S. congresswoman.
  • 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 4, Maurer School of Law Moot Court Room – “Voting and Power,” a Hot Topics discussion sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President. Panelists will be Hershey; Bernard Fraga, assistant professor of political science; and Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, professor of law and the Harry T. Ice Fellow in the Maurer School of Law. Steve Sanders, associate professor of law, will moderate.
  • 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1, location to be determined – “Issues in the Presidential Election” discussion with IU Bloomington political scientists and other experts.

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IU Bloomington faculty, students recognized by American Sociological Association

Indiana University Bloomington sociologist Brian Powell received a Distinguished Career Award and other faculty members and graduate students in the Department of Sociology were recognized for books and articles during the recent annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.

Powell, James H. Rudy Professor and chair of the sociology department in the College of Arts and Sciences, received the Distinguished Career Award from the ASA Sociology of the Family Section.

Brian Powell

Brian Powell

“The award recognizes Brian’s position as one of the most esteemed sociological scholars of the family,” said Jane McLeod, Provost Professor of Sociology at IU Bloomington. “His ground-breaking research into how Americans conceptualize family, and their opinions on gay marriage and adoption, place Indiana University at the center of national legal and political debates, provide unparalleled training opportunities for our students, and bring honor to our department.”

Faculty and students were recognized by the American Sociological Association and by other organizations that met in conjunction with the ASA annual meeting last month in Seattle. In other recognition of IU Bloomington faculty and students:

  • Dina Okamoto, professor, received the ASA Section on Asia and Asian America’s Best Book Award for “Redefining Race: Asian American Panethnicity and Shifting Ethnic Boundaries”; and the Section on International Migration’s Louis Wirth Best Article Award for “Legitimating Contexts, Immigrant Power and Exclusionary Actions” (co-authored with Kim Ebert).
  • Brea Perry, associate professor, received the ASA Education Section’s James Coleman Award for Best Article and the Law and Deviance Section’s James F. Short Distinguished Article Award for “Suspending Progress: Collateral Consequences of Exclusionary Punishment in Public Schools” (co-authored with Edward Morris).
  • Graduate student Matt Grace received the SAGE Teaching Innovations and Development Award.
  • Bianca Manago received the ASA Medical Sociology Section’s Howard B. Kaplan Graduate Student Award. Manago and Trenton Mize received the Society for the Study of Social Problems Sexual Behavior’s Politics and Communities Division Graduate Student Paper Award for “Stereotypes of Sexual Orientation.”
  • Roshan Pandian received the ASA Development Section Graduate Student Paper Award for “Does Manufacturing Matter for Economic Growth in the Era of Globalization?”
  • Natasha Quadlin received the ASA Sociology of Education Section David Lee Stevenson Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper for “Gender and Time Use in College: Converging of Diverging Pathways.”
  • Graduate student Landon Schnabel received the Association for the Sociology of Religion McNamara Paper Award for “Secularism and Fertility Worldwide” and the ASA Altruism, Morality and Social Solidarity Section Student Paper Award for “More Religious, Less Dogmatic.” He also received the ASA Sociological Practice and Publication Section Dentler Award for Outstanding Student Achievement.
  • Orla Stapleton received the Society for the Study of Social Problems Community Research and Development Division Graduate Student Paper Award for “From Myth to Means: Place and Organizational Processes in the Gowanus Canal Superfund, New York.”
  • Tom Van Heuvelen received the ASA Section on Inequality, Poverty and Mobility Section Student Paper Award for “Recovering the Missing Middle: A Mesocomparative Analysis of Within-Group Inequality.”

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