Civil discussion of abortion? PACE students show it’s possible

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Students filtered back into the auditorium of the IU Education Building after returning from a working lunch. Some looked over their notes and assigned readings while others finished lingering discussions from their last small group session. Sacrificing a sunny Saturday, over 100 students spent six hours deliberating — […]

Annual student forum seeks civil engagement on abortion and reproductive rights

Indiana University Bloomington’s Political and Civic Engagement program, PACE, will host a one-day, one-credit-hour course on abortion and reproductive rights from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 27. Nearly 100 undergraduates will participate in the forum, which aims to promote productive civil discourse on difficult topics, teach students to challenge their own assumptions and emphasize […]

National Teacher of the Year focuses on hope and inspiration

Ignore the naysayers, follow your passion and don’t let fear slow you down, 2015 National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples told an audience of aspiring educators at IU Bloomington today. “Any time someone tries to tell you you’re just a teacher – or just an education major – I want you to think about […]

SPEA panel to explore impact of Scalia’s death

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Justice Antonin Scalia’s death last weekend ushered a flurry of controversy. Conspiracy theorists aside, Democratic and Republican elected officials and presidential hopefuls remain locked in a standoff, not yet over who should assume Scalia’s chair, but who should nominate his successor. The result is a hyper-partisan duel over […]

Studies examine religious attitudes toward gender equality, sexual orientation

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre New research suggests that religious affiliations in both the United States and worldwide correlate with gender equality and views toward gender and homosexuality. Landon Schnabel, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University Bloomington, published two recent articles considering the effects of religion in the […]

Scholar to discuss Holocaust and 9/11 memorials

James E. Young, an internationally known scholar of Holocaust studies and the design and role of memorials, will present a free public lecture Saturday at Indiana University Bloomington. Young, Distinguished University Professor of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Massachusetts, will speak at 12:30 p.m. in the Frangipani Room of the Indiana Memorial […]

Syrian scholar explores deterioration from democracy to dictatorship

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre While consolidated authoritarian rule and devastating civil war color the Levant’s modern landscape, Syria’s history offers a glimmer of what could have been. “The democratic years,” 1954 to 1958, exemplify the easily forgotten reality of a Syria enjoying free speech, free press and free elections. The consolidation of […]

Economist: Property rights an underappreciated response to resource issues

Indiana University political scientist Elinor Ostrom and her colleagues and students famously showed that people and organizations can work together to prevent overuse of natural resources through the creation of informal institutions and mutually agreed-upon rules. But what happens when forces compete for “open-access resources” in larger settings that don’t respond to such informal governance? […]

Book edited by IU scholar Rosenfeld examines ‘new antisemitism’

It has been nearly two years since 45 scholars from 10 countries gathered at IU Bloomington for four days of intensive analysis and discussion of a disturbing development: the rise of antisemitism as a global and multifaceted phenomenon. But the newly published book that their work produced – “Deciphering the New Antisemitism” – is as […]

UC Santa Barbara economist to present Ostrom Memorial Lecture

Economist Gary D. Libecap, a professor at the Bren School of Environmental Policy and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will present the second Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Memorial Lecture this week at IU Bloomington. Libecap, whose research focuses on issues related to entrepreneurship and sustainable business practices, will speak at 4 p.m. […]