IU historian to speak on race, labor and armies

The Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society‘s fall speaker series at Indiana University Bloomington continues this week with a talk by Michelle Moyd, associate professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences. Moyd will speak Thursday, Oct. 15, on “Race, Labor and Armies of Empire in Africa and the United […]

Civil rights legend John Lewis: ‘We can change things’

John Lewis hopes his autobiographical graphic novel “March” will inspire a generation of young people to transform society just as he and other civil rights activists did 50 years ago. “I hope they will find a way to get in the way – find a way to get into good trouble, necessary trouble,” he said. […]

Author of history of racial passing to speak Thursday at IU Bloomington

Rachel Dolezal sparked outrage and scorn this summer when her parents said the Spokane, Wash., activist had lied about her race. But according to Stanford University historian Allyson Hobbs, the lack of sympathy for Dolezal was both revealing and disheartening. “The harsh criticism of her sounds frighteningly similar to the way African-Americans were treated when […]

Historian: Church attack makes for a somber Juneteenth

Today is Juneteenth, an important African-American celebration that marks the occasion 150 years ago today when word reached Galveston, Texas, that the Civil War was over and slaves were free. But this year’s observances will be weighted with grief and outrage after a young white man shot and killed nine black people taking part in […]

IU professor advocates arts strategy for Liberia

A comprehensive program to develop and support the arts could play an important role in helping the nation of Liberia move forward and develop its economy after years of struggle, Indiana University professor and administrator Ruth Stone told the Liberian Studies Association. Stone was a keynote speaker for the association’s 46th annual conference last week […]

1960s Chicago activists to visit IU Bloomington for panel discussion Friday

They were the original Rainbow Coalition — community activists who joined together to fight racism, start social-service programs and take on the entrenched Democratic Party machine in 1960s Chicago. And the coalition made for surprising allies during those racially polarized times. It included the Illinois Black Panther Party, the Puerto Rican Young Lords and even […]

Anti-apartheid activist Boesak to speak at IU Bloomington

During the long, hard struggle against apartheid in South Africa, the name Allan Boesak often appeared right after those of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Now the cleric and long-time social justice activist lives and works in Indianapolis and directs the Desmond Tutu Center established this fall by Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary. […]