Former Organization of American Historians presidents receive National Humanities Medal

Three former presidents of the Indiana University-affiliated Organization of American Historians were among the National Humanities Medal recipients honored Monday by President Barack Obama. In a White House ceremony, the president awarded the 2013 National Arts Medal to 12 individuals and the 2013 National Humanities Medal to nine people and one organization. The humanities medal, […]

9/11 Commission says nation remains at risk

Ten years after the nation’s 9/11 Commission issued its landmark report, Americans remain at risk of terrorist attacks — and the public has little understanding or appreciation of the threat. That’s the conclusion that former members of the commission reach in an update marking the anniversary of their 2004 report to the nation. Former U.S. Rep. […]

Indiana Magazine of History revisits Daniels-Zinn controversy

The most recent issue of the Indiana Magazine of History takes up an episode from the recent past: the controversy over emails that Gov. Mitch Daniels sent advisers about the radical historian Howard Zinn. The magazine includes an exchange of views from a high school teacher, an academic historian and a Zinn colleague, along with […]

Rwanda experience ‘defies easy emotions’

This guest post about a School of Public and Environmental Affairs class that traveled to Rwanda was written by Karla Lopez-Owens, a 2014 IU graduate who will enroll this fall at the IU McKinney School of Law. Africa pulls at you immediately. The colors, the smells and the bustling of the city of Kigali were […]

IU legal expert: Hobby Lobby decision falls short on empathy, understanding

Whatever else you can say about the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, it shows a serious lack of understanding and empathy for women and families who struggle to pay for effective birth control, IU Maurer School of Law professor Dawn Johnsen writes for the widely read site Scotusblog. “The five-Justice majority opinion earned a failing […]

Supreme Court finale makes busy day for IU legal, policy analysts

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013-14 session ended with a bang on Monday, producing some frantic deadline analysis by Indiana University legal and policy experts. The blockbuster decision — so called by Daniel Conkle of the IU Maurer School of Law in Bloomington — came in the Hobby Lobby case, in which businesses challenged a requirement […]