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Hutton Honors College

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Fireside Chat with Biographer James Capshew about his new book:
Herman B Wells
The Promise of the American University




Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 7-8:30 p.m.
HHC Great Room
Students, faculty, staff, and the public are welcome; no sign-up required.


Many universities have a giant of the past whose name is almost synonymous with the institution. Herman B Wells is Indiana University's giant. His powerful vision and commanding presence transformed a small Midwestern college into a major research university of international stature.
--IU President Michael A. McRobbie

Wells built an institution, and, in the process, became one himself.
--Biographer James Capshew

Just 16 years after coming to IU as an undergraduate, Herman B Wells became its president and served in that office and then as University Chancellor for 63 years, until his death in 2000. Known as "energetic, shrewd, and charming"-in the words of biographer James Capshew- Wells changed the campus, the community, and the world with his commitment to academic freedom, civil rights, the arts, the environment and its beauty, the study of foreign languages and cultures, and so much more.

Join biographer James Capshew for a fireside chat and enjoy light refreshments as he answers your questions about the man who did so much to make Indiana University what it is today.

James Capshew is an associate professor in the IU Department of History and Philosophy of Science. This event is brought to you by the Hutton Honors College and the Wells Scholars Program. Students, faculty, staff, and the public are welcome!

Additional information about Herman Wells, James Capshew, and the Wells biography can be found at these sites:
http://www.indiana.edu/~wells/
http://www.indiana.edu/~wells/index.php/the-book/about-jim-capshew.html


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