News from around IU

Feb. 22, 2017

Weekly Standard's William Kristol to discuss civility, prospect for political center at IU campuses

William Kristol


William Kristol, editor at large of The Weekly Standard and a leading figure in U.S. political and policy circles for more than a quarter century, will speak on a panel at IU. 

The event will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in Alumni Hall of the IMU.

IU political scientist Aurelian Craiutu will moderate, and Paul Helmke of the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs will serve as a panelist for the discussion: "Where Do We Go From Here: A Conversation With Bill Kristol." 

In addition to writing a regular column for The Weekly Standard, Kristol is a regular on ABC's "This Week" and appears frequently on TV news and political commentary programs. He founded The Weekly Standard in 1995 and served as its editor through 2016. Before starting the magazine, he was chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle and led the Project for the Republican Future.

The event is hosted by the university's Tocqueville Program, which focuses on the contemporary legacy of 19th-century French political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville.

Provost to deliver annual State of the Campus 

Lauren Robel, IU Bloomington provost and executive vice president, will deliver the annual State of the Campus address  at 3:30 p.m. March 7 in Presidents Hall in Franklin Hall. A reception with light refreshments will follow the address. 

The State of the Campus address will also be available via live-stream, live on IU Bloomington Campus Cable (Channel 32) and via archived broadcast following the address. 

IU Libraries offers personal, individual access to major newspapers through campus subscriptions

Faculty, staff and students at the IU Bloomington campus can register for online access to The New York Times and The Washington Post Online and can access The Chronicle of Higher Education from any web browser.

A free app download for The New York Times or The Washington Post makes your account portable on tablets and smartphones. The Chronicle of Higher Education can be accessed via the IU Libraries’ link for full access (including premium content) from any location, on or off campus.

IU's Army ROTC program awarded 2016 General Douglas MacArthur Award

IU’s Army ROTC has been awarded the 2016 General Douglas MacArthur Award for the best ROTC program in the 7th Brigade.

This is the first time IU has received the award, presented by the U.S. Army Cadet Command and the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation. The award recognizes the ideals of “duty, honor and country” as advocated by MacArthur.

The General Douglas MacArthur Award is based on achievement of the school’s commissioning mission, cadet GPAs and standing on the command’s National Order of Merit List, cadets’ retention rates, Ranger Challenge competitions, Army training and physicality, as well as the 7th Brigade commander’s assessment and evaluation of the overall program.  

Proposal deadline for International Women’s Day Conference approaches

The Office of International Services is seeking speakers for its inaugural International Women’s Day Conference, themed “Empowering Women Locally and Globally to Positively Impact the World.”  

The topics for presentations include women’s empowerment, leadership development, social justice, gender equity, global and local issues impacting women, work-life balance/integration, women’s health and civic engagement.

Faculty, staff and students can submit a proposal by March 3. Presenters will be notified by March 8. Find more information about the conference and register to attend online.

IU Bloomington's Mathers Museum to temporarily close during summer for renovations 

IU’s Mathers Museum of World Cultures will temporarily close its exhibition hall this summer for renovations from May 8 through Aug. 14. 

The renovations will include the installation of new state-of-the-art gallery lighting systems, as well as improved accessibility features. Enhancements and modernizations to the facility have been ongoing since 2014, while the museum remained open to the public. However, the scheduled summer work requires closing public spaces. 

IU Bloomington to host Primary Source Immersion Program 

Archivists and librarians at IU Bloomington are hosting a three-day Primary Source Immersion Program from Aug. 8 to 10 that will help faculty and instructors integrate primary sources into an existing or new course. It will also provide new ways to foster students’ information literacy skills in relation to primary sources.

The deadline to apply is March 20. More details and application information is available online. The program hosted by IU Archives, the Lilly Library, and the Department of Teaching and Learning is able to provide $2000 in instructional development grant funding for each successful applicant thanks to a gift from the Jay family.

Political ecology expert Michael Watts to present Indiana University Patten Lectures

Michael Watts, a widely cited expert on political ecology, environmental justice, famine and the relationship of oil and gas production with development, will present the final IU Patten Lectures of 2016-17 next week.

  • "Taking Risks: Oil Frontiers and the Accumulation of Insecurity," 7:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28, Presidents Hall in Franklin Hall.
  • "Forty Years After: Reflections on Food, Famine and Hunger in the West African Sahel,” 7:30 to 9 p.m. March 2, Presidents Hall in Franklin Hall.

Watts is the Class of 1963 Professor of Geography and Development Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Centennial Professor of International Development at the London School of Economics. His work on vulnerability and resilience, agrarian political economy and other topics continues to shape scholarly debates and research programs.

Indiana film "The Good Catholic" took top prize home at Santa Barbara Film Festival

Danny Glover

Danny Glover in “The Good Catholic”. | PHOTO COURTESY OF PIGASUS PICTURES

“The Good Catholic,” an indie romantic comedy starring Danny Glover, John C. McGinley, Wrenn Schmidt and Zachary Spicer, took home the prestigious Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema on Feb. 11.

Director Paul Shoulberg accepted the award on behalf of the production.

IU alumni Spicer, John Armstrong and Graham Sheldon produced the Indiana-centric film for Pigasus Pictures, alongside executive producers and IU alumni Jordan Gershowitz and David Anspaugh, director of “Hoosiers” and “Rudy.” Pigasus Pictures is a New York City-based company with strong Indiana roots.

The film was shot near IU’s campus in Bloomington in early 2016 and will be released nationally later this year.

Ethics Bowl team to compete in nationals

IU’s Ethics Bowl team will travel Feb. 26 to Dallas to compete in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl national championships. The team qualified based on its showing at the Central States Regional Ethics Bowl at Marian University in Indianapolis in November. This is the IU team's third consecutive trip to the national tournament. 

Ethics Bowl requires teams to argue for and defend their assessment of complex moral issues across a variety of fields, including biomedical ethics, public policy, technology and personal relationships. Teams received cases in advance of the national competition and are required to analyze and research them.

Culturally Engaging Campus Environments Project announces expansion

The Culturally Engaging Campus Environments Project has announced an expansion and the establishment of the National Institute for Transformation and Equity.

The new institute will continue the project’s work of using campus environment surveys as a tool to maximize inclusion and equity and better understand diversity and inclusion. Under the new institute, it will also launch several other initiatives that will focus on providing other services for campuses engaged in equity work and advancing conversations about inclusion and equity nationally.  

The new institute will also house a new Webcast on Change and Equity series. The webcast will offer professional development services to train faculty and staff on how to engage more inclusive practices in their work with students and new research projects on student activism and organizational change that advance equity.

IU Health Center Pharmacy now offers online prescription refills

The IU Health Center Pharmacy recently made online prescription refills available. The center’s full-service pharmacy serves faculty, staff and students and is located in the middle of campus, near the Wells Library in the IU Health Center.

The pharmacy supports all university health plans and major prescription drug plans. It also offers free on site parking. Transfer prescriptions online and use the new online refill option.

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