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Pro and Con

Former Indiana University President Myles Brand

Former IU President Myles Brand

By bringing together faculty and guests from the larger community, Indiana University President Myles Brand illuminates important social issues and reminds viewers of the central role that universities can play in focusing knowledge on the problems society faces. The programs were taped in the studios of WTIU in Bloomington.

The programs bring together “knowledgeable people from inside and outside the university for frank, well-informed discussion of important issues.”

Pro and Con Archives

Some programs have video archives, while others have descriptions only.

2001 - 2002

2000 - 2001

1999 - 2000

1998 - 1999

1997 - 1998

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Episodes from 2001 - 2002

IU faculty members and outside guests discuss current and controversial topics. Hosted and moderated by former IU Bloomington president Myles Brand. Production of the show was suspended when President Brand left to serve as president of the NCAA. Past episodes are archived online.

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Does Evil Exist in the Modern World?

Aired February 21, 2002

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  • Jeff Isaac, Department of Political Science, IU Bloomington
  • Karen Hanson, Department of Philosophy, IU Bloomington
  • Oscar Kenshur, Department of Comparative Literature, IU Bloomington
  • Richard Miller, Department of Religious Studies, IU Bloomington

America in Time of War

Aired February 28, 2002

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  • Christine Barbour, Department of Political Science, IU Bloomington
  • Nick Cullather, Department of History, IU Bloomington
  • James Madison, Department of History, IU Bloomington
  • Steve Raymer, Department of Journalism, IU Bloomington

Is the College Fraternity Obsolete?

Aired Thursday, March 28, 2002

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  • Richard McKaig, Dean of Students, IU Bloomington
  • Sidney Dunn, Executive Vice President, Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity
  • Kent Owen, a national officer of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity
  • Ben Schmidt, former president, IU Interfraternity Council

Lifting the Veil on the Kinsey Institute

Aired Thursday, April 4, 2002

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  • John Bancroft, Director, Kinsey Institute
  • Judith Allen, Department of Gender Studies
  • Jeff Wolin, School of Fine Arts

Do We Take Our Civil Liberties for Granted?

Aired Thursday, April 18, 2002

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  • John Krull, Executive Director, Indiana Civil Liberties Union
  • Daniel Conkle, IU School of Law
  • Iris Keisling, Monroe County Commissioner
  • Alex Tanford, IU School of Law

New Challenges in Bioethics

Aired Thursday, April 25, 2002

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  • Eric Meslin, Director, IU Center for Bioethics
  • David Orentlicher, Professor of Law, IU School of Law, Indianapolis
  • Julie Pedroni, Research Associate, IU Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions

Central Asia: Ancient Cultures in the 21st Century

Aired Thursday, May 2, 2002

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  • Nazif Shahrani, Chair, IU Department of Near Eastern Languages and
  • William Fierman, Director, IU Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource
  • Robert Campbell, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics
  • Patrick O'Meara, Dean, International Programs

Evolution and the Shape of Life

Aired Thursday, May 16, 2002

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  • Rudolph Raff, Director, IU Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Butch Brodie, Associate Professor of Biology
  • Michael Wade, Professor of Biology
  • Patricia Foster, Professor of Biology

Corporate Responsibility in the Age of Enron

Aired Thursday, May 23, 2002

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  • Michael Metzger, Arthur M. Weimer Professor of Business Administration, Kelley School of Business
  • Thomas Bowers, Associate Professor of Business Law
  • Hannah Buxbaum, Associate Professor of Law
  • Alan Gilman, President and CEO, Steak 'n' Shake Company

What's a Teraflop, and Why Should We Care? New Frontiers in High Performance Computing

Aired Thursday, May 30, 2002

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  • Mike Dunn, Dean, IU School of Informatics
  • Michael McRobbie, IU Vice President for Information Technology
  • Polly Baker, Associate Professor of Informatics
  • Dennis Gannon, Chairperson, Department of Computer Science

Making Life Better: Indiana's Scientific Partnerships

Aired Thursday, June 6, 2002

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  • Ora Pescovitz, Executive Associate Dean for Research, IU School of
  • David Clemmer, IU Professor of Chemistry
  • Milos Novotny, IU Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
  • R. Graham Cooks, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Purdue University

What Makes a College of the Year?

Aired Thursday, June 20, 2002

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  • Jim Sherman, Professor of Psychology
  • Regina Cross, senior, IU Kelley School of Business
  • Ray Smith, IU Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  • Don Hossler, IU Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services

Making Life Better: IU and Economic Development

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  • Bill Hunt, retired CEO, Arvin Industries
  • Dave Goodrich, CEO, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership
  • Jane Martin, Managing Director of Capital Investments, Village Ventures, Inc.
  • Mark Long, President, IU Advanced Research and Technology Institute