Lilly Library adds new piece of Vonnegut memorabilia

On the heels of author Kurt Vonnegut’s birthday celebration, I wanted to share a reminder to check out a cool bit of memorabilia the Lilly Library recently acquired. When Vonnegut visited IU in 1983, he gave a lecture titled “How to Get a Job Like Mine.” During the course of the evening, he fielded questions […]

Buy holiday gifts, support fair trade

It’s nearly time for the annual Fair Trade Holiday Sale, one of my favorite events on campus both for the unique gifts I find there as well as the excellent initiative it supports. The sale brings artisan-crafted items from more than 40 countries to Bloomington, and supports Fair Tuesday, the ethical shopping initiative recently launched […]

IU Librarian serves as regional ambassador for Wikipedia

It’s only natural to think most librarians aren’t big fans of Wikipedia, since many fear the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia has just a bit too much factual wiggle room to be considered a reliable source. But Chanitra Bishop, a digital scholarship and emerging technologies librarian at the Herman B Wells Library on the Bloomington campus, is […]

Collections at IU Art Museum, Lilly Library honor President Kennedy

The IU Art Museum will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy with a special “pop-up” exhibition from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday in the museum’s viewing room. The small exhibition will include a portrait taken by Arnold Newman shortly after the president’s inauguration; two prints made by Andy […]

Original works by IU playwriting students receiving national recognition

Both MFA playwriting students who unveiled original works at IU Theatre’s “At First Sight” series last spring will see their plays receive professional readings at national venues, a coup for the university’s newly reinvigorated playwriting program. “Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea,” by MFA student Nathan Davis, is one of six scripts selected for the annual […]

Marching Hundred drumline taking part in epic battle this weekend

The Indiana University Marching Hundred‘s drumline will take part in Drum Corps International’s first ever drumline battle Friday, Nov. 15, in Indianapolis. The event is part of the Percussive Arts Society‘s annual convention, a four-day event that is considered the world’s largest festival of all things percussion. Eleven drumlines will take part in the battle, […]

IU Theatre production highlights tolerance, acceptance of others

Last week, I got the chance to chat with two performers in IU Theatre’s production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” which opened Friday. The message of tolerance presented by the play seems particularly timely, in light of two very different events — the public stance Indiana University took recently against a constitutional amendment […]

Pottery exhibit at Mathers features life-size replica of wood-fired kiln

Walk through the front doors of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures right now, and the giant replica of a wood-fired kiln in the front exhibit might just catch your eye. And here’s the kicker: The replica isn’t nearly as large as a real wood-fired kiln, which can easily be 12 feet long and more […]

Graphic artist Chris Ware to speak on Bloomington campus this week

A recent visit to the College Arts & Humanities Institute was pleasurable for two reasons — not only did I get the chance to chat with director Jonathan Elmer and assistant Alex Teschmacher, but they let me get my hands on several Chris Ware books. If you’re not familiar with Ware’s work, he’s a comic […]

IU African American Arts Institute’s annual concert this weekend

My colleagues Jaclyn Lansbery and April Toler wrote an awesome story for Inside IU Bloomington about the upcoming Potpourri of the Arts concert, which includes performances by three ensembles within the African American Arts Institute — the African American Dance Company, the African American Choral Ensemble and the IU Soul Revue. Meanwhile, the above video […]