‘Brexit’ vote pits independence and identity against economic concerns

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Today’s “Brexit” vote will decide the future of the United Kingdom’s relationship with Europe. Public opinion polls have swayed and show a divided U.K. Results are expected early Friday. The vote is a manifestation of an underlying problem for European integration: The European Union fosters multilateral institutions but […]

Liberia is Ebola-free, but recovery will take time

May 9 brought a hugely important milestone for Liberia: It was the day the World Health Organization declared the West African nation to finally be free of Ebola virus disease. Nearly 5,000 people had died from Ebola in a country with a population of 4 million. More than 10,000 confirmed or suspected cases were reported […]

Chinese students, friends to celebrate New Year this week

Thanks to my J200 journalism students – especially to Hui, Ziqian, Chunxi, Lingyu, Qianwen and Shiqi – for pointing out that Chinese New Year falls this week. The Year of the Sheep begins Thursday, and many of the more than 3,000 Chinese students who attend IU Bloomington will be celebrating. On Friday evening, the Chinese […]

Russia expert, IU alum James Collins to speak on campus today

James F. Collins earned a master’s degree at Indiana University back in the 1960s, when Cold War concerns were leading the U.S. government to help establish university area studies programs, such as the influential Russian and East European Institute at IU Bloomington. He went on to a long and distinguished career as an expert on […]

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 experts to discuss developments in Iraq

Indiana University faculty expertise on international affairs is pretty remarkable. Equally impressive is the fact that these experts will find time, on very short notice, to share their insights with the public. Case in point: A discussion today on the latest news and events regarding conflict in Iraq and Syria. Titled “Back Again: U.S. & […]

Rwanda experience ‘defies easy emotions’

This guest post about a School of Public and Environmental Affairs class that traveled to Rwanda was written by Karla Lopez-Owens, a 2014 IU graduate who will enroll this fall at the IU McKinney School of Law. Africa pulls at you immediately. The colors, the smells and the bustling of the city of Kigali were […]

Students travel to Rwanda to learn about development, recovery from trauma

Most people associate college study-abroad programs with opportunities for exploring the capitals of Europe. More adventurous students might study in Asia or South America. But Rwanda? That’s where a dozen Indiana University students traveled last month for a School of Public and Environmental Affairs class focusing on post-crisis development and recovery. According to SPEA assistant […]

Fast-growing IU Model UN team wins national awards

Note: This guest post was provided by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Competing against more than 30 colleges and universities while speaking the language of diplomacy, the IU Bloomington Model United Nations team earned several awards at the Southern Regional […]