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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 2000 - 2001

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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Revitalizing the Arts and Humanities

Aired January 11, 2001

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  • Herman Saatkamp, professor of philosophy and medical humanities and dean of the School of Liberal Arts, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.
  • Dale McFadden, associate professor of theatre and drama, IU Bloomington
  • Rosemarie McGerr, associate professor of comparative literature, IU Bloomington
  • Andrea Ciccarelli, associate professor of Italian and chair of the Department of French and Italian, IU Bloomington

Bridging the Gap Between the Sciences and the Arts

Aired January 18, 2001

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  • Margaret Dolinsky, computer artist and visiting assistant professor of fine arts, IU Bloomington
  • Tom Gieryn, professor of sociology, IU Bloomington
  • Noretta Koertge, professor of history and philosophy of science, IU Bloomington
  • Kumble Subbaswamy, dean, College of Arts and Sciences, IU Bloomington

Cultivating Humanity: Perspectives on Liberal Education

Aired January 25, 2001, and February 8, 2001

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  • Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago
  • Jeffrey Isaac, professor of political science, IU Bloomington
  • Kent Owen, Bloomington writer and critic

The Middle East: Must We Abandon Hope for Peace?

Aired Thursday, February 15, 2001

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  • Iliya Harik, professor of political science, IU Bloomington
  • lvin Rosenfeld, director, Jewish Studies, IU Bloomington
  • Irving Katz, professor of history, IU Bloomington
  • David Fidler, law, IU Bloomington

Latinos: The Status and Future of America's Fastest-Growing Minority

Aired February 22, 2001

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  • Jorge Chapa, director of Latino Studies Program, IU Bloomington
  • Manuel Martinez, professor of English, IU Bloomington
  • Karen Celestino Horseman, member, Indianapolis/Marion County City-County Council
  • Patricia Rios, chairperson of the State of Indiana Commission in Hispanic and Latino Affairs

School Vouchers: Choice vs. the Constitution?

Aired Thursday, March 22, 2001

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  • Sheila S. Kennedy, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUPUI
  • Gerardo Gonzalez, dean, IU School of Education
  • Randy Stegemoller, Lighthouse Christian Academy, Bloomington
  • Sue Wanzer, board member, Monroe County Community School Corporation

The Role of Athletics in the University

Aired Thursday, March 29, 2001

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  • Bruce Jaffee, IU School of Business and chair, IU Athletics Committee
  • Murray Sperber, IU Department of English and author, Beer and Circus and College Sports, Inc.
  • Laurie Gardner, member, IU women's volleyball team
  • Jerry Yeagley, coach, IU men's soccer team

China: Are We Ready for the Next Superpower?

Aired Thursday, April 12, 2001

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  • Jeffrey Wasserstrom, IU Department of History, Bloomington
  • Scott Kennedy, IU Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Bloomington
  • Alan Rugman, IU Kelley School of Business, Bloomington
  • Xin Zhang, IUPUI Department of History

Recapturing the Academic Community

Aired Thursday, April 26, 2001

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  • Jim Sherman, IU Department of Psychology and President, IU-Bloomington Faculty Council
  • Rebecca Porter, IU Program in Physical Therapy, School of Allied Health Sciences
  • Trevor Brown, dean, IU School of Journalism
  • Don Gray, professor emeritus, IU Department of English

Accuracy, Fairness, and the News Media

Aired Thursday, May 10, 2001

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  • Betsy Grabe, IU School of Journalism
  • Fred Nation, Vice President for Corporate Communications, Indianapolis Motor Speedway & Press Secretary to Gov. Evan Bayh (1989-1997)
  • Jon Schwantes, associate editor, Indianapolis Star
  • Carolyn Williams, assistant news director, WTHR-TV (Indianapolis)

The Environment: What's Getting Better? What's Getting Worse?

Aired Thursday, May 17, 2001

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  • Marjorie Hershey, Department of Political Science, IU Bloomington
  • Vicky Meretsky, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IU Bloomington
  • Emilio Moran, Department of Anthropology, IU Bloomington
  • James Ridenour, Recreation and Park Administration, HPER, IU Bloomington

A Day in the Life of a Typical IU Student

Aired Thursday, May 24, 2001

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  • Sarah Kapostasy, sophomore, Religious Studies, IU Bloomington
  • Nick McCallum, junior, Telecommunications, IU Bloomington
  • Ericka Rutledge, junior, Business, IU Bloomington
  • Dick McKaig, Dean of Students, IU Bloomington