IU panel opens dialogue on racism in America

Guest post courtesy of IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Three years after the death of Trayvon Martin, which sparked the Black Lives Matter movement — and just three weeks after the U.S. Justice Department reported that police in Ferguson, Mo., regularly used unconstitutional practices disproportionately affecting African-American residents — an IU panel emphasized the remaining […]

IU panel argues for democratic education reform

Guest post courtesy of IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre A panel of educators and lawyers has called for an education system that treats all people with dignity and respect. Taking part in Wednesday’s public launch of The Harmony-Meier Institute of Democracy and Equity in Education, they touched on topics ranging from race in America to […]

Education economist to present study of early childhood curriculum

The Economics of Education Seminar Series at IU Bloomington resumes this week with a presentation by University of California, Irvine, researcher Greg Duncan, a nationally known expert on income inequality and early childhood education – two topics that have been very much in the news. His talk, “Optimal Early Childhood Education Policies,” will take place […]

Thursday panel discussions at IU Bloomington feature leading figures on race and policing

Khalil G. Muhammad and Jelani Cobb are two of the best contemporary writers on the topic of race in America, period. And by coincidence, both will be at IU Bloomington this Thursday — for two separate panel discussions related to race, justice and policing. Muhammad, a former IU Bloomington historian, is director of the Schomburg […]

Historians Bourke, Grayzel to speak for World War I commemoration

IU Bloomington’s year-long commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of World War I enters the home stretch this week with back-to-back lectures by historians Joanna Bourke and Susan Grayzel. The lectures, part of the series World War I: 100 Years, start at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in Presidents Hall in Franklin Hall. Bourke’s talk is […]

IU panel examines the challenges in communicating climate change

Harvard historian of science Naomi Oreskes doesn’t accept the idea that climate change is too big and complicated for ordinary citizens to understand or care about. She points to maple syrup producers, birders, snowboarders and others who report first hand on a changing climate. “All around the U.S. and the world, people are seeing climate […]

Anti-racism author to speak Wednesday at IU Bloomington

Anti-racism writer and speaker Tim Wise will present two public lectures Wednesday, March 11, at IU Bloomington, focusing the limits of campus diversity initiatives and America’s retreat from racial equality in an era of so-called colorblindness. Wise is the author of “White Like Me: Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son” and other books. His appearance […]

IU Bloomington panel to discuss whether college athletes should be paid

Guest post courtesy of IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre March Madness is about to sweep the nation, reinvigorating the debate about whether to pay college athletes. The debate has grown as NCAA sports have turned into big business for both universities and broadcasters. Opponents and supporters of the idea that college athletes should be paid […]

Ethics Bowl team reaches national semifinals

Congratulations to members and coaches of the Indiana University Ethics Bowl team. They reached the final four of the recent Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl national competition before falling to Taylor University, the eventual champion. “I couldn’t be prouder of our students,” said Joe Bartzel, one of the team’s coaches. “They’re sharp thinkers, they work incredibly hard, […]

States, feds look for answers to falling gas tax revenue

Guest post courtesy of IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre America’s system for financing road construction and repair is broken. Gas tax revenue is coming in below target, states are being forced to spend their highway funds to pay down debt, and federal assistance is the only cushion maintaining a positive cash flow for road repairs […]