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Human Experimentation in 20th Century America: Myths and Realities
Talk and Q&A with Jonathon Erlen, Professor at the University of
Pittsburgh Honors College, Center for Medical Ethics, and the Falk
Library of Medical Sciences
Friday, April 26
Professor Jonathon Erlen, an IU alumnus, gave a talk on "Human
Century America: Myths and Realities," addressing the ethical issues
raised by the Tuskegee syphilis, the Salk polio, and the Willowbrook
State School hepatitis studies, and how the impact of the mistakes in
understanding the Tuskegee case relate directly to the HIV/AIDS
crisis in the African American community.
Paint Out Your Stress Through Fingerpainting!
Wednesday, April 24
Students came to the HHC Great Room to paint out all their worries
about final exams while
listening to live music by Square Peg Round Hole.
Catastrophe! Natural Disasters, Sustainability, and the Future of
Talk by Michael Hamburger, Professor of Geological Sciences
Tuesday, April 16
The program examined the causes and impacts of mega-disasters, discussed
humans' roles in creating the disasters or exacerbating their impacts,
and explored how we can mitigate the effects of natural disasters that
will undoubtedly affect our future.
Come ROCK IT - Bollywood Style!
Presentation on Dance in Indian Culture
Thursday, April 11
Radhika Agarwal, a member of the Hoosier Raas dance team and a student
in the Hutton Honors College, taught
students about the different styles of Indian dance and how to do some
Talk on Sleep and Stress: What Every College Student Needs to Know
Wednesday, April 10
The struggle to get enough sleep is a battle many college students and
adults face. Becky Miller, a registered respiratory therapist and
registered polysomnography technologist who supervises the Sleep Center
at IU Health Bloomington Hospital, discussed disorders, how to overcome
them, and the role that stress plays.
Panel Discussion: What Is the Purpose of a College Degree? Who Should
Pay for It?
Friday, April 5
Questions about the purpose and cost of higher education were addressed
by panelists MaryFrances McCourt, IU chief
financial officer, Matt Pierce, member of the Indiana House of
Representatives, Brian Powell, professor of sociology, and Timothy
Slaper, director of economic analysis & Indiana Business Research
Religions in Transition at Home and Abroad
Undergraduate Lunch with Linda Woodhead, Professor of Religion,
Wednesday, April 3
Linda Woodhead, a professor of sociology of religion at Lancaster
University in England, studies numerous questions related to religion
and its wider
social and political implications, including religion and identity,
human rights, sex and gender, politics, the media, and more.
Religion in Popular and Political Cultures
Undergraduate Lunch with Professor David Chidester, University of
Tuesday, April 2
Along with being the director of the Institute for Comparative Religion
in Southern Africa at the University of Cape Town, David Chidester has
authored or edited more than 20 books in North American studies, South
African studies, and comparative religion.
Men, Women, and Other Apes
Undergraduate Supper with Primatologist and Evolutionary Biologist
Monday, April 1
Sarah Hrdy is one of the leading primatologists and evolutionary
theorists in the field today. Her work focuses on the evolutionary
origin of infanticide, female sexual behavior in primates, and the
evolutionary basis of mothering and parenting in humans.
American Whistleblower Tour
Undergraduate Supper with Whistleblowers Kenneth Kendrick and Rick
Piltz and with Dana Gold, Senior Fellow, Government Accountability
Thursday, March 28
The Government Accountability Project (GAP), a whistleblower protection
and advocacy organization, brought the American Whistleblower Tour:
Essential Voices for Accountability to IU Bloomington as part of its
effort to educate the public about the phenomenon and practice of
whistleblowing, the risks and the protections.
Planning and Predicting the Future
Undergraduate Supper with Historian Matthew Connelly of Columbia
Wednesday, March 20
As a historian at Columbia University, Matthew Connelly has found that
"recent events are supposed to have taught us to doubt whether the past
provides any guide to the future"; but he argues in response that those
who fail to learn about the past "will eventually become disoriented,
trying to find their way without a map or a compass." Students
talked over supper with Connelly about his theories on planning
and predicting the future.
Discussion Lunch with Nobel Laureate in Physics Adam Riess
Wednesday, March 20
In the late 1990s, contrary to current theory, Adam Riess and Brian
Schmidt leading one group and Saul Perlmutter leading a competing group
made a fascinating, unexpected, and still puzzling discovery that won
them the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics: The expansion of the universe is
speeding up! Students talked with Adam Riess over lunch about their
A Fireside Chat on America's War on Drugs with Film Producer David Kuhn
Monday, March 4
David Kuhn, a former public defender and a producer and attorney for the
documentary The House I Live In, was at the Hutton Honors College
for a fireside chat about his experiences with the war on drugs as well
as his work in film, photography, television, and online media.
In Their Own Words—The Tuskegee Airmen
Friday, February 22
Students and community members came together to talk with Lawton
Wilkerson and Julian Johnson, who had served in World War II with the
unit known as the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American military
HHart: A Celebration of the Arts
Thursday, February 21
In what has become a signature event for the Hutton Honors College and
the Hudson & Holland Scholars Program, the HHart Arts Showcase and Gala
was back for a third year and was open again to artworks in any media by
undergraduates majoring in any field.
Pictured to the left is the IU Breakdance Club performing at the
HHart Arts Showcase and Gala.
Behind-the-scenes Preview of the Philip Glass Opera Akhnaten
Thursday, February 20
In its first Philip Glass production, the IU Opera Theater, in
partnership with the Indianapolis Opera, presented the iconic
American composer's Akhnaten in four performances on the IU
campus (February 22 and 23 and March 1 and 2) and two in Indianapolis
(March 8 and 9). Akhnaten "is based on the life and religious
convictions of the Egyptian pharaoh by the same name. According to the
composer, [Akhnaten is one of three people about whom he has written
operas who] were all driven by an inner vision that altered the age in
which they lived, in particular Akhnaten in religion, Einstein in
science and Gandhi in politics."
The Landmine Crisis: Challenges Facing Afghanistan, and the World
Fireside Chat by Nazif Shahrani, Professor on Afghanistan's History
and Political Struggles
Monday, February 12
Students joined Professor Nazif Shahrani, an expert on Afghanistan's
history and political struggles, for a discussion of the threat
pose in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
Supper with IU Faculty on the State of the Union
Monday, February 11
Students came together for a discussion in anticipation of President
Obama's State of
the Union address. Special guests contributing their views and
questions to the discussion included Professors Aidé Acosta from
the Department of American Studies, James Andrews of the
Department of Communication and Culture, Marjorie Hershey from the
of Political Science, and Bruce Jaffee (left) from the Kelley School of
Surviving and Thriving in the Record Business
Undergraduate Supper with Music Industry Executive
Wednesday, February 6
Students joined Logan Westbrooks for supper and a conversation about his
career and the music industry—past, present, and future.
How Can You Make Where You Live More Energy Efficient?
E-House Tour and Summer Sustainability Internship Info Session
Tuesday, January 29
Students toured E-House, the new headquarters of the IU Office of
Sustainability, to learn what IU does to maximize energy efficiency in a
house built in the 1930s.
Keeping Music (A)Live
Undergraduate Lunch with Members of the Cleveland Orchestra
Wednesday, January 23
Students joined members of the Cleveland Orchestra for an informal lunch
and discussion of the music in our lives.
Undergraduate Lunch on Fracking with Seamus McGraw, the author of The
Monday, January 14
Seamus McGraw examined the complex social, economic, and policy
implications of natural gas exploration in America over lunch with students.
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