Conversations on line
- Every month Home Pages, the newspaper for IU faculty
and staff, brings you audio interviews with notable commentators
from around the world.
vs. nurture: the talk in birdtown
- April 2002
- For most people,
the chirping of birds is the language of springtime. For us, bird
song hints of unfolding leaves, blooming gardens, whispering breezes.
But what are these chatty birds really gossiping about? Well,
its not necessarily that poetic.IUs Meredith West
is professor of psychology and biology, and along with her post-doctoral
student, Dave White, she tells us all about what those
birds are really saying. West studies bird language and behavior
at her aviaries just north of Bloomington. Much of her work has
focused on starlings and their mimicry abilities, and the behavior
of cowbirds, whose parents employ a sort of nanny system. That
is, they lay their eggs in the nests of other birds species to
be hatched and raised. So the question here is, how do they know
pow wow in Bloomington
- March 2002
- Charlie Nelms,
vice president for student development and diversity at Indiana
University, and Wesley Thomas, an IU Bloomington anthropologist
and organizer of the campusí inaugural pow wow, scheduled March
28-30, discuss the event and its importance to highlighting the
history, culture and arts of American Indian tribes across the
- February 2002
John Updike has created some of American literature's most
memorable antiheroes, so wouldn't you love to know who his heroes
are today? Find out in this interview between Updike and IPFW's
Lidan Lin, assistant professor of literature.
visit with Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee
- January 2002
roles would they have loved to play? How do young African American
actors get started in the business today? Is the notion of a Black
National Theatre practical or even feasible? These are just a
few of the questions John McCluskey Jr., professor of Afro-American
Studies and English at IU Bloomington, asked award-winning actors
and civil rights activists Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee.
- December 2001
one time, public memorials were built in a grand classical style
well after the event or person intended to be commemorated had
passed into history. In the wake of 9/11, discussion of public
memorial has developed a new immediacy. New York Times
chief art critic Michael Kimmelman talks about recent
memorial art: Rachel Whitebread's Holocaust monument in Vienna,
Maya Lin's design for the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in
Washington, D.C., and the Oklahoma City National Memorial in a
conversation with Betsy Stiratt, director of the IU School of
Fine Arts Gallery in Bloomington. Kimmelman was IU's inaugural
Dorit and Gerald Paul lecturer in Jewish culture and arts.
bad things happen to good people
- October 2001
- Rabbi Harold
S. Kushner discusses the content of his books,
When Bad Things Happen to Good People, and Living a
Life That Matters, in a conversation with Kathleen Gilbert,
a faculty member in the IU Bloomington Department of Applied Health
Science and a researcher on the subject of bereavement. Kushner
was a speaker at the Polis Center-sponsored Spirit & Place Festival
in Indianapolis in November 2001.
The sound of silence...
- April 2001
Marcel Marceau, the world-famous French mime, discusses
his unique art form in an interview with IUB anthropology professor
Anya Royce. Marceau, a legend in his field, was on the IUB campus
in April for two public lectures and class visits arranged through
the Department of Theatre and Drama as part of the Ralph L. Collins
Memorial Lecture series.
- March 2001
- IPFW's Susan
Domer in conversation with playwright Wendy Wasserstein
as she reminisces about her life in the theater. Wasserstein first
gained fame in 1978 with her off-Broadway "Uncommon Women and
Others," a saga of her years at Mount Holyoke College in the late
'60s. The play would propel the early careers of Swoozie Kurtz,
Meryl Streep, Glenn Close and Jill Eikenberry. Wasserstein discusses
her Seven Sisters' years, her "voice" as a writer and her new
book of essays to be published this spring. She appeared recently
at an IPFW Omnibus Lecture.
music be the food of love...
- February 2001
- The Beatles have
been a staple of the young and young at heart for more than 40
years, and a new album, The Beatles 1, with an associated interactive
Web site, indicate that all things old are new again. Rock fan
Jonathan Plucker, who teaches learning, cognition and instruction
at the IU School of Education and is a recent recipient of a Mensa
Education and Research Foundation prize for research related to
human intelligence, chats with rock historian Glenn Gass.
Gass, who is a composer, wrote the textbook A History of Rock
Music and originated the nation's first for-credit history of
rock 'n roll class at the IU School of Music. How does pop music
have the power to convey emotion, express the inexplicable and
defy time? Listen to this conversational duet and find out.
is your friend! Oh, really?
- December 2000
- Bernardo Carducci,
director of the Shyness Institute at IU Southeast, and Kathleen
Gilbert, associate professor of applied health science at IU Bloomington,
talk about shyness, the art of "small talk" and coping skills
for that demanding social circuit called "the holidays."
conversation with musician Ray Charles
- November 2000
- Remember Ray
Charles at the piano as the opening credits ran for the TV
sit-com Designing Women? It's a musical moment on Charles' mind,
too. He can't go anywhere in the world without playing his rendition
of IU alumnus Hoagy Carmichael's Georgia On My Mind. IU broadcast
producer Byron Smith interviews Charles, who appeared in concert
on the IU Bloomington campus Oct. 27.
how to vote
- October 2000
- Why do Americans
vote the way they do? Some reasons may surprise you. Join IU historian
James Madison as he interviews political scientist Bob Huckfeldt,
IU Endowed Professor of human studies. Huckfeldt has been involved
in a number of national and cross-national studies evaluating
the ways in which citizens process political information in a
conversation with South African dramatist Athol Fugard
- September 2000
- Bruce Burgun of the IUB Department of Theatre and Drama discusses
the art and practice of theater in the 21st century with distinguished
South African playwright, director and actor Athol Fugard
who served as the IU Class of 1963 Wells Scholar Professor. The
Fugard papers are housed at IU's Lilly Library.