In this episode, podcast host and Media School Dean Jim Shanahan interviews Kate Lilley, an award-winning poet and English professor from the University of Sydney, who this week is wrapping up a fellowship at IU Bloomington. Her research here focused on the work of concrete poet and scholar Mary Ellen Solt (1920-2007), who taught comparative literature at IU Bloomington and directed the Polish Studies Center, and whose works are archived at the Lilly Library.
Lilley is the first recipient of the United States Studies Centre-Indiana University Creative Arts Fellowship, a partnership between IU Bloomington and the University of Sydney.
Her two-month stay in Bloomington even led Lilley to create new poetry, which she shared in a reading Thursday, Jan. 28, on campus. At the end of her lecture and reading, Provost Robel presented Lilley with a challenge coin from IU President Michael A. McRobbie, the first such coin to be presented. “For those of you who don’t know, the tradition of challenge coins began in the military, but it has spread to other organizations over the years,” Robel said, explaining that the coin is given to an individual who meets a challenge that exemplifies the values and ideals of the organization presenting the coin. “Kate, your scholarship and artistry are values that are central to us at Indiana University. And so it is my great pleasure to present you with this challenge coin.”
Lilley plans to return to Bloomington to continue her work with the Solt archives in the fall of 2016.
News and events for this episode will be read by Luqmann Ruth, of Chicago, a senior recording arts major in the Jacobs School of Music and composer of the music for this podcast, and Olivia Humphreys, a senior Ernie Pyle Scholar and journalism-public relations major in the Media School from Greencastle, Indiana.
IU news this week:
- IU will honor Black History Month in February with the theme “Black History: It’s Not Just Our History, It’s American History.” The kick-off event is an annual African-American Read In at 11 a.m. Feb. 1 in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center.
- An investigation led by an IU Kelley School of Business professor and colleagues has uncovered hidden biases in college admissions tests, including the SAT and GRE, potentially affecting hundreds of thousands of students.
- A $5 million dollar federally funded grant from the Indiana Department of Education to IU will drive the creation and operation of the Indiana Center on Teacher Quality to support the state’s educational reform efforts.
- Also in education, a new pilot program from the university will address the estimated 75 percent of Indiana high school teachers who do not meet new statewide requirements for dual credit courses. The program will provide a way for IU faculty to act as lead instructors on these courses in collaboration with teachers.
- The American Psychological Association has honored two IU faculty. Franco Pestilli, a computational neuroscientist, won the 2016 Janet Taylor Spence Award for “transformative” contributions to the field, and clinical psychologist Cara Lewis was named a “Rising Star” for her work to improve treatment at community mental health centers.
- Locally, Bloomington native and veteran IU Police Department officer Andy Stephenson has been promoted to operations captain of the IUPD Bloomington division.
- And finally, on Jan. 26, IU broke ground on a new $12 million, 28,000-square-foot building for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs to support growing graduate programs in public affairs, environmental science and environmental management.
IU events this week:
- Tuesday, Feb. 2, is a big day on the IU Bloomington campus. Provost Lauren Robel will present her annual State of the Campus address at 3 p.m. in Presidents Hall within Franklin Hall, near the Sample Gates. The speech is open to the public and will also be live-streamed at broadcast.iu.edu.
- IU Cinema will celebrate Feb. 2 – also known as Groundhog Day — with an all-day marathon of the Bill Murray romantic-comedy “Groundhog Day,” which will play nonstop from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- The lead plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case that last year granted same-sex couples across the country the right to marry, Jim Obergefell, will speak to two public events on the IU Bloomington campus on Feb. 2 and 3.
- Also visiting IU Bloomington is Gregory Pardlo, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in poetry, who will deliver a free public reading at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center at 7 p.m. on Feb. 2.
- At 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, the Mathers Museum of World Cultures presents a talk by Pawan Dhingra, professor and chair of sociology and professor of American Studies at Tufts University. The lecture is titled “Re-Presenting Indian America: Race, Inequality, and the So-Called ‘Model Minority.’”
- IU Theatre and the Jacobs School of Music will debut their first major performances of the semester this week. On Friday, Feb. 5, IU Theatre opens its spring season with a production of “Macbeth,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Wells-Metz Theatre. The Jacobs School of Music presents Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte,” also on Friday, at 7:30 p.m. in the Musical Arts Center.
- And on Feb. 7, IU celebrates National Girls & Women in Sports Day when the IU Women’s Basketball team takes on Nebraska at 2 p.m. in Assembly Hall. Come at 11:30 a.m. for a varsity women’s sport clinic and autograph session open to kids from kindergarten to eighth grade. Family Day begins at 1 p.m.
Through the Gates: IU This Week is a collaboration of the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, The Media School in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the IU Newsroom.