This week, Media School Dean and host Jim Shanahan is joined by James Scott, the Sterling Professor of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology at Yale University. Scott was a Patten lecturer at IU Bloomington this year, delivering two talks in early March titled “The Domestication of Fire, Plants, Animals and…Us” and “A Brief History of Flight from the State.”
Scott has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He holds an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University in Sweden. Scott received Japan’s Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize and the University of Copenhagen’s Ester Boserup Prize for Research on Development.
After working at the University of Wisconsin, Scott spent time in Malaysia, studying peasants firsthand in a small village. He has also devoted significant time to agrarian studies, serving as the founding director of the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale and working as a professor in its School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
In this week’s interview, Shanahan will ask Scott to explain his theories on domestication, specifically how the human domestication of plants and animals led to humans themselves changing behavior. Scott will also discuss how a charismatic leader can change the course of human political activity, with examples stretching from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the upcoming 2016 presidential election.
IU news highlights this week:
- IU President Michael A. McRobbie will lead a delegation on a weeklong trip to Thailand beginning March 30. The trip is intended to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Institute of Development Administration and also to renew a longstanding partnership agreement with the country’s top public research university.
- Many Indiana communities saw a continued trend of slower population growth in 2015. The Indiana Business Research Center at IU’s Kelley School of Business analyzed population estimates released March 24 by the U.S. Census Bureau. The analysis showed that nearly three out of four counties in Indiana saw a level of population change in 2015 that was lower than its average annual change from 2000 to 2010.
- Also releasing a report was the IU Public Policy Institute, which recently published the results of its “Thriving Communities, Thriving State” project. The project used data from more than 200 local, regional and state leaders.
- Craft breweries may be able to carbonate their sour beers better thanks to a new paper published by IU researchers in the journal Food Microbiology. The paper provides a new method to ensure sour beers receive the proper carbonation. The study was conducted in collaboration with Upland Brewing Company, a craft brewery based in Bloomington, Ind.
- Finally, IU alumnus Ben Higgins, star of ABC reality TV series “The Bachelor,” has been announced as the grand marshal of both the women’s and men’s races at IU’s Little 500, happening April 15 and 16. The annual bicycle race and weekend of festivities attracts more than 25,000 fans to campus each year.
IU events highlights this week:
- IU Cinema will screen “Seeds of Time” on March 28. The film follows agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler as he races against time to protect the future of our food. Fowler is scheduled to be present at the screening. All tickets have been distributed for the screening, but IU Cinema will recognize a standby line at 6 p.m. on March 28.
- Harvard professor Jill Lepore will deliver two free public lectures as part of the university’s Pattern Lecture series on March 29 and March 30. Both lectures will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Presidents Hall at Franklin Hall. The lectures will explore the themes of evidence and privacy through an analysis of episodes in American politics, law and literature.
- The Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research at IU Bloomington will present its second annual innovation conference on March 31. The event will feature updates from the winners of last year’s pilot grants from the center, as well as poster presentations and the chance to network with faculty entrepreneurs and leaders from local industry.
- Serve IT, an innovative clinic housed in the IU School of Informatics and Computing that provides information technology services to local nonprofit organizations, will celebrate its fifth year with a “Technology for Social Good” event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at Henke Hall of Champions in IU’s Memorial Stadium.
- And finally, the IU Theatre will debut the second of two new plays, titled “Berserker,” on March 29, with additional performances on March 30 and 31 and April 2. An encore performance of the first play in the series, titled “Occupants,” will be performed on April 1.
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,
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.