In this episode, Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel talks with Media School Dean Jim Shanahan about her recent State of the Campus address, also available on video. The Feb. 2, 2016 address, titled “Fulfilling the Promise for All,” took place in Franklin Hall, which will house the Media School starting in the fall semester.
The provost briefly described her role as the chief academic officer of the campus and the two discussed Robel’s charge to campus to imagine what shape the campus should take as it enters its third century in 2020.
She discussed the Bicentennial Strategic Plan for IU Bloomington, including Grand Challenges, the Arts and Humanities Council and new schools, programs and initiatives, including: the Media School, School of Global and International Studies, School of Informatics and Computing, School of Public Health, School of Art and Design, the Integrated Program in the Environment and the Program in Intelligent Systems Engineering.
Robel also talked about the power of IU Bloomington’s arts and humanities offerings to impact the lives of students who earn degrees here. “I keep saying to the Arts and Humanities Council, ‘We need to make arts and humanities inevitable for our students. They need to be unable to get through their degree programs here without encountering – in a serious way – performances, and art, the cinema…they need to find that so irresistible that they leave here changed.’”
IU news highlights this week:
- IU announced the passing of Violette Verdy, a leading ballerina of the 20th century who died Feb. 8 at age 82. A member of the IU Jacobs School of Music faculty since 1996, Verdy served 20 years as the principal dancer for New York City Ballet and also as an artistic director of the Paris Opera Ballet and Boston Ballet. She was named an IU Distinguished Professor in 2005.
- Researchers in the IU Bloomington Department of Biology have published a paper in the journal Science reporting the first time a plant’s bacterial defense system has been successfully altered to deliver resistance to a viral disease with a single edit to an existing gene. The researchers are working to implement the patented method in crop plants threatened by viral and fungal diseases traveling northward due to climate change.
- A new study from the IU Kelley School of Business aims to quantify the psychological toll of the actions of fraudulent financial advisor Bernie Madoff, who was arrested for one of largest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history in 2008. The study authors found a marked rise in bank deposits and drop in financial investor services following the scandal in the regions of the Northeast, South Florida and Southern California, where many of Madoff’s victims resided.
- IU has been selected to host the flagship program of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. Starting in June, IU’s Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses will host 25 of Sub-Saharan Africa’s brightest young people between the ages of 25 and 35 for the six-week academic and leadership development event.
- The university also welcomed the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee to campus on Feb. 13 as a regional host for five counties in south central Indiana. The winner of the IU Bee, sponsored by The Media School and the School of Education, will receive a trip to the semifinals and championship finals in Maryland in May.
- IU superintendent of public safety Jerry Minger has announced his retirement after 44 years of service. Among his many duties, Minger coordinates police operations across the university’s statewide system.
- In conjunction with its 50th anniversary, Indiana University’s Hutton Honors College will host “Many Worlds, One Globe,” a multiyear series of lectures, courses, workshops and special events designed to highlight research and creative activities that connect global understanding with individual identity.
- Two linguists from the American Indian Studies Research Institute at IU helped provide authentic dialogue expertise for the film “The Revenant,” which was recently nominated for 12 Academy Awards. Douglas Parks and Logan Sutton provided coaching to star Leonardo DiCaprio and other actors on Arikara and Pawnee, two of the American Indian languages spoken in the film.
IU event highlights this week:
- Tune in Sunday, Feb. 14, to watch the men’s basketball team take on Michigan State at 1 p.m. eastern time on CBS. At 2 p.m. at Assembly Hall, the women’s basketball team plays Wisconsin at a special Pride Day game hosted by the IU GLBT Alumni Association.
- Also today, Feb. 14, the Jacobs School of Music’s Organ Department hosts Pipedreams Live!, a faculty and student recital at 4 p.m. that is free and open to the public.
- The 58th annual Grammy Awards are tomorrow on Monday, Feb. 15. On our March 6 episode of Through the Gates, we’ll hear from Jacobs School Grammy nominees Wayne Wallace and Michael Spiro, whose “Intercambio” recording is nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album.
- On Tuesday, Feb. 16, Media School dean Jim Shanahan will host a panel discussion with the filmmakers of “The Good Catholic,” the movie being filmed in Bloomington, at 3 p.m. in the IU Cinema.
- The African American Choral Ensemble will present a free concert at noon in the atrium of the School of Education on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Also on Wednesday is the Black Knowledge Bowl at 6 p.m. in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center’s Grand Hall. This Black History Month tradition tests students’ knowledge on history, geography, science, philosophy and politics. At 7 p.m. that evening, the IU Soul Revue performs at Collins Living Learning Center. Finally, our men’s basketball team plays Nebraska that night at 8:30 in Assembly Hall.
- On Thursday, Feb. 18, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Fox Sports President Eric Shanks will speak at 3 p.m. in the IMU’s Whittenberger Auditorium. The event, part of Sports Media Week, is free and open to the public. Also as part of the week’s events, sportswriter Bob Ryan, longtime columnist for the Boston Globe, will speak at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 in Ernie Pyle Hall.
- The Media School is hosting a career day for all IU students on Friday, Feb. 19, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Indiana Memorial Union. And at 6 p.m. that evening, Dub-Poet and Caribbean Philosopher Mutabaruka will perform at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center.
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 Grace Waltz, a senior studying video production and media studies in the Media School.
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.