This week, Media School Dean Jim Shanahan welcomes guests Leslie Fasone, assistant dean for women’s and gender affairs, and Patrick Holbrook, a senior at the Kelley School of Business, to talk about the Culture of Care program at IU Bloomington. Holbrook also serves as a student facilitator for Step UP! IU, a campus bystander intervention program.
Culture of Care is a student-led and staff-supported initiative focused on motivating students to act for the good of their fellow students in the areas of sexual well-being, drug and alcohol awareness, mental health, and respect.
Studies conducted by Culture of Care reveal that 66% of Hoosiers think that if “someone” had intervened in a difficult situation, a negative outcome could have been avoided. Through bystander intervention programs like Step UP! IU, Culture of Care hopes to equip students to intervene in difficult situations when they arise.
Dean Shanahan will also discuss a video titled “The Bystander Effect,” which was produced by IU’s Division of Student Affairs to illustrate how Hoosiers are capable of intervening in potentially difficult situations.
IU news highlights this week:
- The IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs has been ranked the No. 1 graduate school in the country. The annual U.S. News & World Report rankings put the school ahead of similar programs at Harvard and Princeton. Several other IU schools and programs ranked among the top 20 public universities: the IU Maurer School of Law was eighth, the IU School of Nursing was 11th, and the IU School of Education was 18th.
- In a study conducted by the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Portland, Ore., was ranked the top city in America for readiness in accommodating plug-in electric vehicles. Indianapolis was ranked 13th.
- Indiana political scientists have given the United States Congress a grade of “C-minus” for the third year in a row. The rating was based on public opinion survey data. The Center for Representative Government at IU conducted the survey.
- More than 1,800 students from 72 schools will arrive on the IU Bloomington campus March 19 to compete in the National Science Olympiad Tournament. For over 25 years, IU has helped host regional, state and national tournaments with Science Olympiad, a national organization that encourages students to pursue science through fun and challenging team competitions in various disciplines.
- Lastly, three-time Emmy-nominated actor Jonathan Banks will visit IU Bloomington in April. He will meet with students and receive an honorary degree during the IU Bloomington Honors Convocation on April 10. Banks studied theater at IU in the late 1960s and has more than 70 television shows and 50 movies to his credit. He is best known for his role as Mike Ehrmantraut on the award-winning drama “Breaking Bad.”
IU events highlights this week:
- Burke Lecturer Hui-Shu Lee will present her research on Chinese art and visual cultures on Monday, March 21 at 5 p.m. in Woodburn Hall. She has produced several books on Chinese painting and gender issues.
- Also on March 21, Regina F. Bendix will present the 2016 Richard M. Dorson Memorial Folklore Lecture. It is titled “Value, Ownership, and Cultural Goods” and will take place at 6 p.m. at 800 N. Indiana Ave.
- Jad Abumrad, the founder and host of the NPR program “Radiolab” will speak at 7 p.m. on March 21 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. He will give his lecture, titled “Gut Churn,” as part of the IU Media School’s Speaker Series.
- The IU Cinema will screen “By Blood” on March 22 at 7 p.m. The film tells the story of African slaves given membership in the Seminole and Cherokee nations after the Civil War. Known as “Freedmen,” the former slaves later had their membership taken away, but are fighting to get it back. Film directors Marcos Barbery and Sam Russell are scheduled to attend.
- Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month opens with a reception at 4 p.m. on March 23 at the Asian Culture Center. Weather permitting, the festivities will continue at 6 p.m. outside Collins Living Learning Center with an explosion of colored powders to celebrate Holi, one of India’s most festive symbols of the coming of spring.
- The IU Spring Ballet takes place this weekend at the Musical Arts Center, with performances on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26, both beginning at 7:30 p.m. “The Four Faces of Balanchine” explores the work of choreographer George Balanchine. Tickets are available online.
- IU Theatre presents “At First Sight 2016,” a repertory of new plays by MFA playwriting students, on March 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wells-Metz Theater. This week’s performance is “Occupants” by Mauricio Miranda, who is in his third year of the MFA program.
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.