IU experts helping Europe make sense of U.S. elections

Indiana University Bloomington political scientist Jean Robinson will discuss the 2016 election results Thursday as part of a panel discussion at the IU Europe Gateway in Berlin.

Robinson, professor in the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, will join Christian Lammert of the Freie Universität Berlin for a discussion of “The United States After the Elections: What’s Next for the U.S. and the World.” Sudha David-Wilp of the German Marshall Fund will moderate.

Berlin's Kreuzberg District , where the IU Europe Gateway is located

Berlin’s Kreuzberg District , where the IU Europe Gateway is located

The program, part of a speaker series on International Governance in a Multipolar Age sponsored by the IU Europe Gateway and Freie Universität Berlin, starts 12:30 p.m. Thursday Eastern Standard Time (6:30 p.m. Central European Time). The discussion of the election and its potential impact on international politics and policy will be live streamed.

Robinson recently completed a term as executive associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Her research focuses on gender and inequality, including inequality in education, same-sex marriage policies cross-nationally and other topics. Her recent publications include the book chapter “In Search of Equality in School Finance Reform” and the article “Democracy, Discursive Frames and Same-Sex Unions.”

In another post-election discussion focused on Europe, IU political scientists Regina Smyth and William Bianco discussed the results via remote TV connection with staff at the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Nov. 9. Smyth is project director of the new Russian Studies Workshop at IU Bloomington.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie inaugurated the IU Europe Gateway in November 2015. Located in the Kreuzberg District of East Berlin, it is housed in the Global Institute of the Council on International Educational Exchange. Hannah Buxbaum, professor and John E. Schiller Chair in Legal Ethics in the IU Maurer School of Law, is the academic director. Andrea Adam Moore is its director.

The IU Europe Gateway is the university’s third facility for international faculty, student and alumni activities, following the launch of similar offices in New Delhi and Beijing.


IU’s Franklin Hall will be ‘election central’ Tuesday night

Planning to stay home and cower under the bed on election night? Here’s a better idea: Join IU Bloomington students, faculty and staff to watch election returns at Franklin Hall.

The Franklin Hall commons will be “election central” on the evening of Nov. 8, with its 24-by-12-foot TV screen tuned to election coverage starting at 4 p.m. Three panels of faculty and graduate student experts will provide commentary and analysis.

The Franklin Hall video screen will show election returns Tuesday night.

The Franklin Hall video screen will show election returns Tuesday night.

The Media School and the Department of Political Science are hosting the event, which grew out of efforts by students to be engaged in the 2016 elections. Those efforts have proceeded under the umbrella of the All In Campus Democracy Challenge, which seeks to promote civic engagement and boost student voting.

Bernard Fraga, an assistant professor of political science and a member of the campus’s All In Campus Democracy Challenge task force, said undergraduates had been working with IU political scientist Marjorie Hershey to organize an election night watch party.

“The Media School was interested in doing a similar event with a more academic focus,” he said. “We kind of combined forces, and The Media School really took charge.”

Panel discussions will include:

  • 5 p.m., a discussion of media coverage of the election with associate professor Julia Fox, assistant professor Jason Peifer and graduate student Edo Steinberg, all of The Media School, and Hershey from the political science department. Fraga will moderate.
  • 6:15 p.m., international perspectives on the election with assistant professor Julien Mailland and doctoral students Diana Sokolova of The Media School and Argentina-based political analyst Sergio Berensztein. Elaine Monaghan, professor of practice in The Media School, will moderate.
  • 7:20 p.m., ethics and norms of political journalism with Monaghan, Media School assistant professor Nick Browning and associate professor Mike Conway and undergraduate Sara Zaheer. Doctoral student Kyle Heatherly will moderate.

Election results should start appearing around 8 p.m., if previous presidential elections are a guide, Fraga said. Indiana’s polls are the first in the nation to close at 6 p.m. EST.

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Immigrant rights activist: People ‘have a voice, and it’s powerful’

Politicians and organizations may claim credit, but real social change results from the determined work of ordinary people, immigrant rights activist Gaby Pacheco told a student audience at Indiana University Bloomington today.

“We need to put the communities who are being affected by the issues at the forefront,” she said. “They have a voice, and it’s powerful.”

Gaby Pacheco

Gaby Pacheco

Pacheco was a keynote speaker for “Moving the World Forward: Exploring a Future in Public Service,” a conference for diverse, high-achieving college students from around the U.S. The IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs hosted 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.

An undocumented immigrant who speaks openly about her status and experiences, Maria Gabriela “Gaby” Pacheco has been a leading advocate for immigrants who arrived as children. Her work was instrumental in the 2012 adoption of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides opportunities for immigrants who arrived as children to stay in the U.S.

Her advocacy included working with politicians from both sides of the aisle, speaking up to powerful senators and refusing to be co-opted by the agendas of office-holders and organized groups. It took courage “but also just acting with my gut” to effect change, she said.

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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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