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Historic Franklin Hall equipped to prepare students for 21st-century media studies

Oct. 5, 2016

In this video narrated by actor Jonathan Banks, see Franklin Hall from its beginnings in 1907 as the campus library to its use today as home of The Media School.

A dedication of Franklin Hall after the renovations took place on Sept. 27 in Presidents Hall, within Franklin Hall. The ceremony was the culmination of the Media School’s move into the building, which reopened in August after a two-year, $21 million renovation.

"Now complete, Franklin Hall and its innovative facilities will provide our students and faculty in The Media School with the resources and skills they need to meet the evolving challenges of today's media landscape." IU President Michael A. McRobbie said during the dedication.

Originally completed in 1907, Franklin Hall first served as the campus library and later as the Student Services Building. It was renamed in 1988 after alumnus and former university treasurer and vice president Joseph A. Franklin.

More information is available in the original press release.

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