Into words: The Indiana University Writers’ Conference marks 75 years of inspiration

Last Saturday more than 70 writers converged on the Bloomington campus to immerse themselves in a shared craft at the 75th Indiana University Writers’ Conference, which wrapped up yesterday. People came from across town and as far as California to learn from a faculty that included John-Paul Zaccarini, an aerialist and circus Ph.D. who had just […]

IU Cinema to screen ‘Whatever Comes Next’ documentary by professor Hildegard Keller

  IU Germanic Studies professor Hildegard Elisabeth Keller is a medieval scholar. But these days, a completely different form of illumination is behind her work. Her documentary film “Whatever Comes Next” will be screened at 6:30 p.m. April 26 at Indiana University Cinema. A question-and-answer session with the filmmaker will follow. The feature is an […]

Cara Caddoo pens a perspective-changing social history on influence of early black film

In her new book, “Envisioning Freedom: Cinema and the Building of Modern Black Life,” Cara Caddoo reveals a fascinating lost history of early film. At the turn of the 20th century, African Americans were central to the development of cinema in our country. And, in turn, motion pictures were a powerful force in black society. […]

Lilly Library exhibition and symposium examine ‘Globalization of the United States 1789-1861’

With today’s technology, ideas and information travel the globe in the blink of an eye. Of course, that wasn’t true in the first years of the United States, but its early citizens certainly did look out at the wider world and consider their place in it. This idea is the focus of a Lilly Library […]

‘Naked Acts’ workshop events examine ‘Image Making and Black Female Sexuality’

Two decades have passed since Bridgett M. Davis began work on her groundbreaking film “Naked Acts.” Now Indiana University welcomes Davis to its Bloomington campus Sept. 29 and 30 as part of a free workshop that also features acclaimed artist Renee Cox. In “Naked Acts,” a young actress is unwilling to expose her body for a movie, […]

Professor Michael Rushton’s new book helps arts administrators ensure that the price is right

As the director of arts administration programs at Indiana University, Michael Rushton often looks at the arts through the lens of economics. Now Rushton has narrowed his focus in the book “Strategic Pricing for the Arts,” published by Routledge. “Even in the nonprofit and public sectors, setting prices is an important source of revenue,” he […]

‘The Poetics of Rap’ — IU English professor breaks it down in the classroom

Guest post courtesy of IU Communications colleague Jaclyn Lansbery. Video by multimedia intern Lena Morris. Adrian Matejka asks his students to raise their hand if they’ve ever heard of American hip hop artist Mos Def. Most of them – about more than half of the class – raise their hands. Then he asks if they’ve […]

IU English, creative writing professor: ‘My students inspire me on a daily basis’

I once heard author Anna Quindlen say that when she was a journalist, everyone assumed she made details up, but once she wrote a book, everyone assumed her characters were based on real people. I recall laughing at the time, thinking writers just can’t win. But for IU Department of English assistant professor Jacinda Townsend, […]

Marvel is publishing anthology of IU alum’s Spider-Man tales

True confession: I love superheroes. Costumes, secret identities and special powers aside, I believe superheroes represent a modern-day mythology, driving a narrative that can embody the best of what we humans should strive to achieve. I love the idea of someone standing up for the human race, taking on bad guys trying to wipe out […]

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 […]