Study ties ‘achievement gap’ to racial disparities in school discipline

Disparities in school discipline are estimated to account for about one-fifth of the “achievement gap” between white students and black students in U.S. schools, according to a recent study co-authored by an Indiana University Bloomington sociologist. The study, “The Punishment Gap: School Suspension and Racial Disparities in Achievement,” was published in the journal Social Problems. […]

Sociologist makes the case for open borders

Politicians may be talking about building walls and turning away migrants, but a group of academics and activists hope to eventually take the debate in the opposite direction – to a campaign for giving people the freedom to move without restriction across international boundaries. The group, which includes Indiana University sociologist Fabio Rojas, has organized […]

Labor historian to discuss Bloomington labor history, ‘just wages’

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Outsourcing an American call center to India or a factory to China hardly feels like news today. Often outsourcing is talked about as a uniquely modern facet of the labor market, a necessary evil of expanding globalization in the post-Internet world. But in Bloomington, the community felt these […]

Labor, civil rights leaders call for solidarity

The Rev. William Barber and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka outlined a vision Wednesday of civil rights and labor organizations working together to advance social justice, create economic opportunity and defend the rights of workers, people of color, women and other groups that have been left behind. “It works if we believe America is ready for […]

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 […]

Historian: Church attack makes for a somber Juneteenth

Today is Juneteenth, an important African-American celebration that marks the occasion 150 years ago today when word reached Galveston, Texas, that the Civil War was over and slaves were free. But this year’s observances will be weighted with grief and outrage after a young white man shot and killed nine black people taking part in […]

Khalil Muhammad: Bloomington to Harlem

Khalil Muhammad moved four years ago from living the quiet life of a Bloomington academic to being director of New York’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, one of the world’s leading centers for studying and celebrating the African-American and African diaspora experience. How big a transition was that? “Huge,” Muhammad said. “Gigantic. Life-altering. […]

NEH grants to support IU historians’ book projects

Indiana University Bloomington historians Kaya Sahin and Ellen Wu can dive into new research projects in 2015 thanks to fellowships awarded last month by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Each was awarded $50,400 through the NEH Fellowships for University Teachers program. Theirs were among 233 NEH grants, totaling $17.9 million, announced in early December. […]

College ‘Luminary’ Marie Harf followed father to IU, political science

Marie Harf was scheduled to be in Bloomington this week for an IU College of Arts and Sciences Luminaries panel discussion. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out. When you’re deputy spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, things tend to come up – like traveling to Oman to handle communications while Secretary of State John Kerry takes […]

IU history workshop to examine military labor

We’re not used to thinking of soldiers as workers. But, of course, they do some of the hardest and most dangerous work imaginable. They have bosses, and they get paid. That sounds like they are workers. But if soldiers are workers, what sort of workers are they? Is their labor different or special? Do they […]