Actor, director, singer and IU professor of practice Robby Benson joins host Jim Shanahan on this week’s episode of Through the Gates.
An accomplished stage, film, and television actor, Benson comes to the podcast to talk about an upcoming showcase of student films at the IU Cinema. In his discussion with Shanahan, Benson will discuss the process of creating those films and where some of the students involved could be headed thanks to their impressive work.
Benson and Shanahan will also discuss some of Benson’s own work, including his well-known voice role as the Beast in the animated film “Beauty and the Beast.” The pair will also touch on the history of film and television, the current state of digital media, and even how best to film sporting events.
IU news highlights this week:
- Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business undergraduate program has been named the top program in the country among public universities, and fourth overall in the U.S. by a Bloomberg Businessweek survey. This is the sixth consecutive year that Kelley’s undergraduate program has risen in the rankings. The school has been ranked in the top 20 each of the nine years the survey has been conducted.
- Murray McGibbon, an associate professor in the Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance will stage the first performance of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” in the original pronunciation since the 17th century. Performances are scheduled for May 5 to 8. McGibbon will be a guest on next week’s episode of “Through the Gates.”
- A new study by researchers at the Kinsey Institute has been published in the Journal of Sex Research. Amanda Gesselman and Justin Garcia co-authored the report, which found that people who wait to have sex are often stigmatized, and those same people often stigmatize other sexually inexperienced adults.
- Two startup companies founded by IU students have received $200,000 in angel investment. CareBand, led by Kelley student Adam Sobol, is a company that develops wearable safety bracelets for seniors with dementia; The Bee Corp., led by four students in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Kelley, is developing technology to monitor the health of bees in hives.
- A weeklong summer camp for teens on the autism spectrum founded last year in Bloomington will expand this summer with a second week offered in Indianapolis. Camp Yes And uses improv to strengthen communication, teaching and learning skills in teens and teachers. The camp was created by the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning and the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at IU’s Indiana Institute on Disability and Community.
IU event highlights this week:
- What does it mean to be a hero? Author and researcher Tod Lindberg will explore that question in a lecture on his book “The Heroic Heart” at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 25. The talk will take place at the Hutton Honors College as part of the Many Worlds, One Globe lecture series.
- Also on April 25, the neuropsychologist and geneticist responsible for the identification of the Huntington’s disease gene will speak at IU. Nancy Wexler is president of the Hereditary Disease Foundation and Higgins Professor of Neuropsychology in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry at Columbia University. She will deliver a lecture and receive an award from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Chemistry Building on Kirkwood Avenue.
- Five teams of finalists vying for $300 million in research funding as part of IU’s inaugural Grand Challenges program will deliver presentations on their proposed projects in Bloomington and Indianapolis over the next two weeks. The events are scheduled from 5 to 7:30 p.m. April 26 at the Campus Center Theatre on the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis and 4 to 6:30 p.m. May 2 at Presidents Hall, located in Franklin Hall on the IU Bloomington campus.
- Starting on April 27, a group of Master of Fine Arts students will display their thesis exhibitions at the IU Art Museum. The students will give talks on their exhibits from 12 to 1 p.m. on April 29, with a reception to follow at 6 p.m. that evening. The exhibitions will be displayed until May 8.
- Student work will also be on display on April 28 and 29 as the New Moves: Student Choreographers Showcase comes to the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center. Shows are scheduled for 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. both nights.
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.