IU experts helping Europe make sense of U.S. elections

Indiana University Bloomington political scientist Jean Robinson will discuss the 2016 election results Thursday as part of a panel discussion at the IU Europe Gateway in Berlin. Robinson, professor in the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, will join Christian Lammert of the Freie Universität Berlin for a discussion of […]

IU’s Franklin Hall will be ‘election central’ Tuesday night

Planning to stay home and cower under the bed on election night? Here’s a better idea: Join IU Bloomington students, faculty and staff to watch election returns at Franklin Hall. The Franklin Hall commons will be “election central” on the evening of Nov. 8, with its 24-by-12-foot TV screen tuned to election coverage starting at […]

‘Voting and Power’ panel sets stage for election-related events

IU Bloomington students will have plenty of opportunities to inform themselves about and engage with the 2016 elections thanks to a series of lectures, panel discussions and other events planned on campus. The first Hot Topics event of the 2016-17 academic year, sponsored by IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel, will set […]

Foreign journalists tour Indiana for primary, get elections primer at IU

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Foreign journalists struggle just as much as domestic pundits trying to make sense of the lead-up to and results from this week’s unusually decisive Indiana primary. Twenty-four foreign journalists observing and reporting on the primary process concluded their 10-day trip studying electoral politics with a visit to the […]

IUPUI scholar: ‘Divisive, sexist’ rhetoric still part of U.S. political culture

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Kristina Horn Sheeler, professor in the Department of Communication Studies and interim associate dean of academic programs in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, has done extensive research on women in politics and the role of feminist and post-feminist culture in American elections. She is the co-author of […]

Journal examines non-state provision of public goods in Africa

Nongovernmental organizations, multinational corporations and faith-based groups have greatly extended their activities in sub-Saharan Africa in recent years, taking on the provision of public goods and services that in other settings might be the responsibility of the state. The current issue of the journal Africa Today, edited by Lauren MacLean of IU Bloomington and Danielle […]

Campaign finance: Obvious problems, no easy answers

Guest post courtesy of IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre An IU Bloomington panel of liberal, moderate and conservative political figures agreed that the money does matter when it comes to election campaigns. They pointed to the $7 billion spent on campaigns in 2012, a number that is not only an indication of a large increase […]

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 […]

U MAD, Professor?

Back during the Cold War, we relied on a doctrine of MAD, or “mutually assured destruction,” to ensure the U.S. and Soviet Union didn’t go to war against each other. Each side had enough nuclear weapons to destroy the other many times over. Launching an attack would have been suicidal. Nowadays the focus for nuclear weapons […]

IU commencement speaker: create ‘ethical version of economics’

Few people blend policy and poetry like Michael D. Higgins, the president of Ireland and the undergraduate commencement speaker May 10 at Indiana University Bloomington. The author of four published collections of poetry, he spoke passionately to IU graduates about maintaining the “ancient symmetry between nature, human understanding and scholarship.” But he has spent decades […]