Anti-apartheid activist Boesak to speak at IU Bloomington

During the long, hard struggle against apartheid in South Africa, the name Allan Boesak often appeared right after those of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Now the cleric and long-time social justice activist lives and works in Indianapolis and directs the Desmond Tutu Center established this fall by Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary. […]

Seminar to explore impact of preschool

President Obama’s “Preschool for All” proposal has highlighted questions that have occupied the education policy community for years: Will expanding government-funded pre-kindergarten programs help children succeed in school? And if it will, are the benefits likely to be worth the costs? Education economist Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach will shine some light on the issue Wednesday, Oct. […]

Human Trafficking Awareness Week includes lectures, discussions, film

The organizers of Human Trafficking Awareness Week at IU Bloomington have put together a full schedule of lectures, discussions and other activities. The Oct. 21-25 schedule is so packed that audiences will have to choose between events taking place at the same time. Here’s a partial list: Afghan-American journalist Fariba Nawa will speak on “Digging […]

IU Public Policy Institute founder retiring

John L. Krauss is stepping down from his full-time position running the Indiana University Public Policy Institute, but he’s not departing the world of public policy that he has inhabited for four decades. He will work independently in mediation and consulting, continue teaching at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law and work on […]

Former IU student trustee wins Indiana House seat

Anyone who watched Casey Cox when he was an IU Bloomington student leader and an Indiana University student trustee could have predicted he would have a future in politics. Cox took the next step in a political career this week when Republican precinct officials in Allen County elected him to serve in the Indiana House […]

Free-speech champion Tinker to speak at IU Southeast

Look up any list of landmark Supreme Court cases and you’re likely to see a reference to Mary Beth Tinker, who as an Iowa junior-high student protested the Vietnam War and helped set the legal precedent that students don’t “shed their rights at the schoolhouse gate.” Now Tinker is on a multi-state civic education tour […]

IU study cited to help explain government shutdown

Two publications, Slate and the Atlantic, have cited a new study by IU Bloomington sociologist Clem Brooks as helping explain the current partial government shutdown. The study, co-authored by Jeff Manza of New York University and published in American Sociological Review, shows that public support in the U.S. for government programs grew weaker during the […]

Officials, family members: Make the call for help

State officials and grieving family members delivered a clear, insistent message Tuesday night to IU Bloomington students who attended Make the Call Day, a student-organized program to publicize the Indiana Lifeline Law and the campus’s Hoosier PACT policy. If you’re with a friend or an acquaintance or even a stranger who appears to need medical […]