Book, article highlight IU research on small-town Jewish life in Ukraine

A recent article in the New York Review of Books features a remarkable research project from Indiana University and reminds us that the conflict now taking place in Ukraine doesn’t mark the first time people in that region have faced turmoil and violence. Yale historian Marci Shore reviews “In the Shadow of the Shtetl: Small-Town […]

Evan Ringquist, 1962-2014

It came as a great shock to many of us at IU to learn last week that Evan Ringquist had died from cancer at age 51. A faculty member in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs since 2002, he was a respected researcher and a popular teacher who was extraordinarily well-liked by his colleagues. […]

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 […]

Climate change in our own back yard

Not long ago it was possible to think of climate change as an issue for the future, something our children and grandchildren may have to confront. No more. The problem “has moved firmly into the present,” says the third National Climate Assessment, prepared by eminent scientists and released this week. “Americans are noticing changes all […]