This week on “Through the Gates,” host Jim Shanahan is joined by actor Jonathan Banks. A veteran film and television actor, Banks is best known for his work on the AMC shows “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” where he plays enforcer Mike Ehrmantraut. His film credits include “Airplane!,” “48 Hours” and “Beverly Hills Cop.” He has been nominated three times for an Emmy, including once in 1989 for his role on the television show “Wiseguy.”
Banks has strong family ties to IU. His mother, Elena Adams Banks, earned a bachelor’s degree in business from IU in 1945. His daughter, Ruth Garcia Novoseletsky, is an IU graduate, and another daughter, Rebecca, is a student in The Media School. The actor was on campus this week to receive an honorary degree as part of the Undergraduate Honors Convocation on Sunday, April 10.
In this interview, Shanahan will ask Banks to reflect on his long relationship to IU, his acting career, and the future of television as an entertainment medium.
IU news highlights this week:
- The brand new IU School of Art and Design has its very first dean. Peg Faimon was named the inaugural dean this week after an international search. Faimon received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from IU and went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts from Yale. She now returns to IU after serving as a professor and chair of the Department of Art at Miami University.
- A leader of IU’s technology commercialization efforts left for China this week. Marie Kerbeshian is traveling on a 15-day trip designed to strengthen the university’s relationships in the country. While there, she will meet with business leaders and speak at two international conferences.
- IU’s annual Little 500 bicycle race is this weekend, with the 29th running of the women’s race and the 66th running of the men’s race in Bloomington. Over the years, Little 500 activities have raised over $2 million in student scholarships. This year’s event was preceded by the first-ever IU Day, a global celebration of “all things IU” on April 12.
- This week, the university observed a major arts milestone: the 75th anniversary of the IU Auditorium. The occasion was marked with a black-tie gala April 9, featuring a guest performance by jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, an IU Jacobs School of Music alumnus who won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album in 2013.
- And finally, the IU Media School will name its new television studio in Franklin Hall in honor of Ken Beckley and his wife, Audrey. An IU graduate, Beckley spent 14 years as a TV news anchor and reporter in Terre Haute, Ind., Asheville, N.C., and Indianapolis, before becoming a senior executive and the public face of Indiana-based electronics retailer HH Gregg.
IU event highlights this week:
- The IU Cinema will screen the hit Pixar movie “Inside Out” on Monday, April 18 at 7 p.m. The show is free, but you will need a ticket for admission.
- Starting Monday, April 18 and running through Sunday, April 24, a local pizza restaurant will donate 20% of every purchase to the Middle Way House. Aver’s East is making the donation in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The offer is only good at the east location, and you must mention Middle Way House.
- A panel of law experts from the IU School of Environmental and Public Affairs will discuss major issues facing the Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 19. The three experts will begin their discussion at noon in the First Floor Orange Lounge in the School of Environmental and Public Affairs.
- A researcher from the School of Public Health will explain how public figures get away with major scandals in a lecture on Tuesday, April 19 at 4 p.m. Albert Gay will give his lecture titled “How to Get Away With Scandalous Acts While Dancing With Stardom” at The Poynter Center on 3rd Street.
- Finally, the Jacobs School of Music’s Jazz Celebration 2016 will honor the inaugural inductees into the Jazz Alumni Hall of Fame, including David Baker, who passed away in late March. The event takes place on Saturday, April 23 at 8 p.m. at the Musical Arts 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.
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.