Middle East expert to speak Wednesday on Iranian politics, religion and the nuclear weapons

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre: Juan Cole, professor of history at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, will kick off the Iran nuclear agreement lecture series at Indiana University Bloomington this Wednesday, Sept 30. After a summer filled with partisan politics and a power struggle over a nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan […]

Legal and policy experts to discuss accountability and decisions in Middle East

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre: Foreign policy is often shrouded in mystery behind the closed doors of Washington’s intelligence agencies. But members of Congress — the officials we elect and imbue with power — also play a role in deciding U.S. policy in the Middle East. And with civil war wreaking havoc in the […]

Civil rights legend John Lewis: ‘We can change things’

John Lewis hopes his autobiographical graphic novel “March” will inspire a generation of young people to transform society just as he and other civil rights activists did 50 years ago. “I hope they will find a way to get in the way – find a way to get into good trouble, necessary trouble,” he said. […]

Constitution Day speaker: Gender matters on the court

Having women on the U.S. Supreme Court – something that never happened until 1981 – has changed the dynamic of court discussions and led justices to start listening to people with experiences different from their own, author and journalist Dahlia Lithwick told an IU Maurer School of Law audience Tuesday. And having three women on […]

Multidisciplinary panel unpacks the pope’s encyclical

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre: The papal encyclical released in June still has scholars wondering what changes in both policy and attitude can be expected, if any, from the holy document. A panel of Indiana University scholars gathered on Tuesday to discuss just that. Constance Furey, professor of religious studies; Philip Stevens, professor of […]

Author of history of racial passing to speak Thursday at IU Bloomington

Rachel Dolezal sparked outrage and scorn this summer when her parents said the Spokane, Wash., activist had lied about her race. But according to Stanford University historian Allyson Hobbs, the lack of sympathy for Dolezal was both revealing and disheartening. “The harsh criticism of her sounds frighteningly similar to the way African-Americans were treated when […]

Decision time on Iran: IU panel discusses domestic, regional and foreign impact of deal

Guest post courtesy of IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Speaking to an overflow crowd of over 200, Indiana University experts discussed the domestic, regional and foreign attitudes and implications of the pending Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, colloquially called the Iran nuclear deal, in a Sept. 8 panel discussion. The panel had much to discuss, […]

The college information gap: Universities miss out on talented Latino students

Guest post courtesy of IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre After Indiana University celebrated an August enrollment that broke academic and diversity records, one professor argues that the college information gap still leaves entire groups of high school students behind. Sylvia Martínez, associate professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the IU School of Education, […]

Labor and civil rights leaders coming to IU Bloomington for Themester

Labor Day is a good time to take note of a blockbuster lineup of speakers from the organized labor and civil rights movements coming to IU Bloomington for the College of Arts and Sciences’ 2015 Themester, titled “@Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet.” They include Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, and […]

State archaeologists to speak at IU in celebration of Archaeology Month

Guest post courtesy of IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre This September is the 20th celebration of Archaeology Month in Indiana, and the Glenn A. Black Lab will present the talk “Public Service Work: Archaeology and the State of Indiana” as one of over 30 archaeology events statewide throughout the month. The talk, on Sept. 11 […]