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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 1997 - 1998

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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How Much Regulation Does the Internet Need?

Aired May 7, 1998

  • Fred Cate, professor, School of Law, Indiana University, Bloomington (IUB)
  • Kenneth Crews, associate professor, School of Law and School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI)
  • Sheila Kennedy, executive director, Indiana Civil Liberties Union
  • Mike Pence, attorney and Network Indiana, Indianapolis

What Happened to the Melting Pot?

Aired May 14, 1998

  • John Bodnar, professor, Department of History, IUB
  • David James, associate professor, Department of Sociology, IUB
  • James Mumford, director, Afro-American Choral Ensemble, IUB

Are Students Too Career-Oriented?

Aired May 21, 1998

  • Laura Kuhn, 1997 IU Biology Graduate
  • Alan McNabb, special assistant to the Chancellor and Career Development Center, IUB
  • Tom Thorton, vice president, Rogers Group Inc., Bloomington
  • Pam Walters, associate dean, College of Arts & Sciences, IUB

Are Newspapers Obsolete?

Aired May 28, 1998

  • Erik Bucy, lecturer, Department of Telecommunications, IUB
  • Craig Klugman, editor, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
  • Christine Ogan, professor, School of Journalism, IUB
  • Dan Thomasson, vice president for news, Scripps-Howard News Service

How Does Music Shape a Generation?

Aired June 4, 1998

  • Kenny Aronoff, associate professor, School of Music, IUB
  • Glenn Gass, associate professor, School of Music, IUB
  • Portia Maultsby, professor, Afro-American Studies, IUB
  • David Woods, dean, School of Music, IUB

What Are the Public Obligations of a University?

Aired June 11, 1998

  • Robert Ferrell, retired professor, Department of History, IUB
  • Myrtle Scott, professor, School of Education
  • Phil Summers, president, Vincennes University
  • Charlotte Zietlow, trustee, Indiana State University

How Can a Woman Find a Mentor?

Aired June 18, 1998

  • Cynthia Bauerly, Office of Women's Affairs, IUB
  • George Dreher, professor, School of Business, IUB
  • Bonnie Gallivan, partner, Ice, Miller, Donadio & Ryan, Indianapolis
  • Saundra Huge, public relations consultant, Indianapolis

What's the Future of America's Black Man?

Aired June 25, 1998

  • Herman Blake, vice chancellor for Undergraduate Education,  IUPUI
  • Clarence Gilliam, president, Bloomington NAACP
  • John McCluskey, chair, Department of Afro-American Studies, IUB
  • Tyrone Simpson, graduate student, English/American Studies, IUB

What Happened to All the Great Female Philosophers - If There Ever Were Any?

Aired July 2, 1998

  • Marthe Chandler, philosophy, DePauw University
  • Peg Brand, assistant professor, Department of Philosophy, IUB
  • Karen Hanson, chair, Department of Philosophy, IUB
  • Paul Eisenberg, professor, Department of Philosophy, IUB

What's Happened to Our Leisure Time?

Aired July 9, 1998

  • Barbara Hawkins, associate professor, Recreation & Park Administration, IUB
  • P. Nicholas Kellum, dean, School of Physical Education, IUPUI
  • David Powell, columnist, Indianapolis Star/News
  • Ruth Russell, professor, Recreation & Park Administration, IUB

How Important Is the Two Parent Family?

Aired July 16, 1998

  • Liz Brown, insurance agent and single mother
  • William Corsaro, professor, Sociology, IUB
  • Kathleen Gilbert, associate professor, Applied Health Science, IUB
  • Angela McBride, dean, School of Nursing, IUPUI

What Makes an Educated Person?

Aired July 23, 1998

  • Carolyn Calloway-Thomas, associate professor, Communications and Culture, IUB
  • Donald Gray, professor, English, IUB
  • Gary Hieftje, chair, Department of Chemistry, IUB
  • Kent Owen, writer, Bloomington