Firing of acting attorney general brings ‘vivid memories’ for IU professor

References to the co-called Saturday Night Massacre of 1973 abounded this week when President Donald Trump fired the acting attorney general, Sally Yates, for refusing to mount a legal defense for the president’s executive orders targeting immigrants and refugees. For IU Bloomington law and public policy professor A. James Barnes, recollections of that night in […]

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 […]

Historian to speak on Republican Party ‘crackup,’ rejection of moderation

Historian Geoffrey Kabaservice examined the Republican Party for his 2012 book “Rule and Ruin” and concluded it was headed for disaster. “What I saw was a party that had lost a lot of its moderate heritage,” he said. “It was moving away from seeing value in bipartisanship and compromise. And everything I more or less […]

‘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 […]

Stanford legal scholar is featured Constitution Day speaker at IU Bloomington

Pamela Karlan, a law professor at Stanford University and part of the legal team that overturned the federal ban on recognizing same-sex marriage in Windsor v. United States, will present a Constitution Day lecture Sept. 19 at the IU Maurer School of Law in Bloomington. Karlan, the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest […]

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 […]

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 […]

IU Bloomington panel to discuss the politics of teaching history

Colorado high school students walk out of class and carry petitions objecting to what they say are attempts to censor the curriculum for Advanced Placement U.S. history courses. Arizona education officials try to shut down Tucson ethnic studies classes for promoting “ethnic solidarity.” And just a few years ago in Indiana, Gov. Mitch Daniels asked […]