On this week’s episode, host Jim Shanahan, dean of the Media School, is joined by retired Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton.
Hamilton represented Indiana’s 9th Congressional District from 1965 to 1999 and served on several high profile committees both during his time in Congress and after his departure from public office. Hamilton also founded the Center on Congress at Indiana University (since renamed the IU Center on Representative Government) and served as its director until 2015. On Nov. 24, 2015, Hamilton was honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. Among the other honorees that year were Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan and James Taylor, Rep. Barbara Mikulski, violinist Itzhak Perlman, composer Stephen Sondheim, and Indiana native William Ruckelhaus, the first and fifth director of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Hamilton has also authored several books, including his most recent work “Congress, Presidents, and American Politics: 50 Years of Writings and Reflections,” which was published on March 14, 2016.
In this interview, Hamilton will discuss his book, his career in government, and what he believes the country must do to bring a more civil attitude back to the world of politics.
IU news highlights this week:
- Lee Hamilton, our guest on this week’s edition of Through the Gates, spoke at this year’s Baccalaureate ceremony on May 6. The celebration has been a tradition at IU since 1837.
- The IU Libraries will preserve 14 original recordings of “The Orson Welles Show.” The live radio series produced by iconic filmmaker Orson Welles ran for 19 episodes starting in September of 1941. The project will be supported by a $25,000 grant from the National Recording Preservation Foundation and is a part of the IU’s Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative.
- IU researchers have launched a series of free, Web-based tools providing journalists, researchers and members of the public the power to visualize online memes and trends with the same power as top information scientists. The project was led by researchers in the IU School of Informatics and Computing’s Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research. Other contributors included former IU students who are now employees at Facebook, Google, Amazon, LinkedIn and Yahoo.
- A new analysis from biologists at Indiana University has found the Earth could contain up to one trillion species, mostly microbes. The number was found by applying mathematical laws to the most comprehensive list of currently known species ever compiled.
- The IU Auditorium has announced its 2016-17 season, which will feature a range of performances including touring Broadway shows, concerts, dance performances and author readings. Events will include the musicals “Into the Woods,” “Mamma Mia” and “Rent,” performances by a capella group Straight No Chaser and trumpeter Chris Botti, and a reading by author and NPR personality David Sedaris.
IU event highlights this week:
- The final showing of the “New Frontiers Special Production: King Lear” is at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8, in the Wells-Metz Theatre. IU associate professor Murray McGibbon developed this show as an “original pronunciation” version of Shakespeare’s play. You can hear more about the show on last week’s episode of Through the Gates.
- Cinema lovers will have a chance to see some of the best-loved offerings from the first two years of the Middlecoast Film Festival on Wednesday, May 11, at 7 p.m. at the IU Cinema. The third year of this international film festival will take place July 29-30 in Bloomington, Ind.
- Activist Luisa Yara Campos will discuss her work with the Literacy Museum in Havana on Wednesday, May 11 at 4 p.m. at the Mathers Museum of World Culture. Campos will center her talk around the “Si Yo Puedo” campaign for literacy in Cuba.
- The IU Cinema will screen “Troublemakers: the Story of Land Art” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. The film follows the work of several artists who aimed to take their art out of galleries in hopes of challenging and changing western trends in the art world.
- Finally, students, faculty and members of the Bloomington community will be able to get in some summer relaxation with free yoga classes at the IU Art Museum starting on Saturday, May 14. The classes will be offered on the second Saturday of every month at 10 a.m.
News and events for this episode will be read by Luqmann Ruth and Cashie Rohaly. Ruth graduated Saturday, May 7, with a degree in recording arts from the Jacobs School of Music and is the composer of the music for this podcast. Rohaly is a junior studying journalism in the Media School with a concentration in theater and a minor in psychology.
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.