IU Ballet performing Martha Graham for first time

IU Ballet Theater director Michael Vernon can still recall seeing Martha Graham’s dance troupe perform her iconic ballet, “Appalachian Spring,” years ago in London. “It was one of the reasons I decided to move to this country. It really moved me,” he said. “Her choreography, her artistry. I have a real admiration for her.” Now, […]

World music focus of CLACS symposium

Hard on the heels of Bloomington’s Lotus Festival, which focuses on world music, Indiana University’s Center for Latin America and Caribbean Studies is hosting a fascinating symposium titled “Where’s the ‘World’ in Popular Music?” “With increasingly global trends in cultural, religious and ethnic conflict; industry concerns over intellectual property and international piracy; and the branding […]

IUPUI to host symposium centered on Frederick Douglass

As a child, I loved what was referred to as “Scholastic Book Day” at my school. We were ushered into the cafeteria, where the lunch tables were piled high with books, and allowed to choose a few to take home. One book selected during such a visit still graces my bookshelf today: “Frederick Douglass Fights […]

Virtual ‘book club’ to discuss Joyce masterpiece as part of Themester

Despite its oft-used tag as one of the most important books of the 20th century, James Joyce’s “Ulysses” can feel like a daunting task. It’s long, confusing and so crammed with allusions that it generally requires several reference books to help even the most seasoned reader stumble through its “episodes,” which jump from a narrative […]

IU Theatre personnel making it ‘rain’ on stage

There are plenty of things that go into making a live production look as realistic as possible, including costumes, set design and props. But what about recreating Mother Nature on stage? That’s where Paul Brunner, faculty technical director and assistant professor of theatre technology at Indiana University’s Bloomington campus, comes into the picture. IU Theatre […]

A Gleek at heart? Raymond Wise wants you for the African American Choral Ensemble

Here’s a guest post about the African American Choral Ensembly courtesy of newsroom colleague George Vlahakis, who typically blogs at IU Inc.: One reason that the television show “Glee” has been so successful is because viewers can relate and reflect back on their experience in choirs in high school or singing in their churches. Once […]

Cuban connections highlighted through art, film, lectures

If you’ve been around Bloomington for any length of time, you’ve probably heard about CUBAmistad, an organization dedicated to encouraging dialogue and understanding between the U.S. and Cuba. In that vein, CUBAmistad and several Indiana University departments and organizations are partnering to host a “Celebration of Cuban Art and Film,” with events including lectures, art […]

IU visiting scholar’s new book examines Tolkien through Welsh ‘lens’

As a linguist, Mark T. Hooker thrills at the wordplay found in J.R.R. Tolkien’s much-loved books, including “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” series. “Tolkien said the linguistic invention that became Middle-earth was an idiosyncratic enterprise he undertook to satisfy his own linguistic taste,” said Hooker, a visiting scholar in IU’s Russian and […]