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 […]

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 […]

Ta-Nehisi Coates: No ‘5-day plan’ for justice

The vulnerability of African-Americans to violence and poverty isn’t an accident but an intended result of policy, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates told an Indiana University audience today. And behind policy stands the nation’s “long, long history” of slavery and inequality, much of it driven by economic self-interest. One lesson: Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of a […]

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. […]

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 […]

Lilly Library exhibit captures sadness of Lincoln’s death, links president and poet

Abraham Lincoln died 150 years ago today. It’s hard to imagine what a shock the president’s assassination must have been to a young nation exhausted from a Civil War that killed more than 600,000 soldiers, a conflict that had ended less than a week earlier. An exhibit at Indiana University’s Lilly Library offers a sense […]

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. […]

IU panel opens dialogue on racism in America

Guest post courtesy of IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Three years after the death of Trayvon Martin, which sparked the Black Lives Matter movement — and just three weeks after the U.S. Justice Department reported that police in Ferguson, Mo., regularly used unconstitutional practices disproportionately affecting African-American residents — an IU panel emphasized the remaining […]

Thursday panel discussions at IU Bloomington feature leading figures on race and policing

Khalil G. Muhammad and Jelani Cobb are two of the best contemporary writers on the topic of race in America, period. And by coincidence, both will be at IU Bloomington this Thursday — for two separate panel discussions related to race, justice and policing. Muhammad, a former IU Bloomington historian, is director of the Schomburg […]

Historians Bourke, Grayzel to speak for World War I commemoration

IU Bloomington’s year-long commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of World War I enters the home stretch this week with back-to-back lectures by historians Joanna Bourke and Susan Grayzel. The lectures, part of the series World War I: 100 Years, start at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in Presidents Hall in Franklin Hall. Bourke’s talk is […]