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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 1998 - 1999

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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Why Is There Increased Violence Among Our Young People?

Aired October 7, 1998

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  • Professor Russ Skiba, Education, IU Bloomington
  • Victoria Rogers, Principal, Clear Creek Elementary

Managed Care and the Changing Role of the Doctor

Aired October 14, 1998

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  • Dr. Larry Rink, Internal Medicine Associates, Inc., Bloomington
  • Dr. Louis Calli, Jr., Cardiologist, Bloomington
  • Professor Debbie Freund, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IU Bloomington
  • Professor Bernice Pescosolido, Sociology, IU Bloomington

What Did We Learn From the 1968 Peace Movement?

Aired October 21, 1998

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  • Professor Michael McGerr, History, IU Bloomington
  • Professor Jean Robinson, Political Science, IU Bloomington
  • Guy Loftman, Attorney and Former Activist
  • Kent Owen, Writer, Bloomington

Today's College Students and How Universities Are Adapting

Aired October 28, 1998

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  • Professor George Kuh,  Education, IU Bloomington
  • Professor Anya Royce, Anthropology, IU Bloomington
  • Professor Alyce Miller,  English, IU Bloomington
  • David Orensten, Indiana University Student Association, IU Bloomington

Are the Beatles Still Relevant to Today's Young People?

Aired February 3, 1999

  • Professor Glenn Gass, IU School of Music
  • Richard McClellan, assistant principal, Bloomington High School North
  • Jake Smith, Bloomington musician; lead singer, guitartist, and songwriter for "Mysteries of Life" band
  • Maria Heslin, IU student who has taken Gass's class on Rock and Roll and who has made a Beatles trip to England

Is There a Right to Die?

Aired February 10, 1999

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  • Professor David Orentlicher, IU Law School, Indianapolis
  • Stan Jones, chaplain, Clarian Health Partners
  • Stephanie Thomas, Hemlock Society
  • Dr. Gregory Gramelspacher, IU School of Medicine, Indianapolis

Has Sexual Harassment Law Gone Too Far?

Aired February 17, 1999

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  • Julie Knost, IU-Bloomington Affirmative Action officer
  • Susan Zoeller, attorney, Barnes and Thornburg, Indianapolis
  • Daniel Kendall, Executive Vice President, Chorus, Inc.
  • Professor Robert Brookins, IU School of Law-Indianapolis

Libraries, Electronic Access, and the Future of the Book

Aired February 24, 1999

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  • Suzanne Thorin, Dean of University Libraries
  • Professor Paul Gutjahr, English, IU Bloomington
  • Blaise Cronin, Dean, School of Library and Information Science
  • Erwin Boschmann, IU Associate Vice President for Distributed Education

Binge Drinking on College Campuses

Aired March 3, 1999

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  • Richard McKaig, IU Dean of Students
  • Chris Ball, president, IU Interfraternity Council
  • Tacoma Newsome, president, Delta Sigma Theta
  • Professor Ruth Engs, School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, IU Bloomington
  • Gary Cooper, Interfraternity Council, IU Bloomington
  • Damien Forkner, Residence Halls Association, IU Bloomington
  • Tony Green, Indiana Daily Student, IU Bloomington
  • Megan McCarthy, Alcohol/Drug Peer Educator, IU Bloomington
  • Evan Rogister, IU Alcohol Task Force, IU Bloomington
  • Erin Tuttle, Union Board, IU Bloomington

The Changing Realities of AIDS

Aired March 10, 1999

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  • Professor Marc Muskavitch, Biology, IU Bloomington
  • Jennifer Staab, Monroe County Community Schools
  • Professor Susan Williams, School of Law, IU Bloomington
  • Professor William Yarber, School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, IU Bloomington

Hate Crime Laws and Freedom of Speech

Aired March 31, 1999

  • Sandra Leek, executive director, Indiana Civil Rights Commission
  • John Krull, executive director, Indiana Civil Liberties Union
  • Professor Patrick Baude, School of Law, IU Bloomington
  • Professor Mark Hamm, Criminology, Indiana State University

Should Diversity Be a Factor in College Admission?

Aired April 7, 1999

  • Alexander Astin, director, Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA
  • Don Hossler, IU Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services
  • Professor Carolyn Calloway-Thomas, Communication and Culture, IU Bloomington

Is More Technology Giving Us Less Communication?

Aired April 14, 1999

  • Professor Michael Dunn, Philosophy and Computer Science, IU Bloomington, and Director, IU Office for Informatics
  • Professor Michael Curtin, Communication and Culture, IU Bloomington
  • Professor Christine Ogan,  Journalism, IU Bloomington
  • Michael Richardson, student, IU Kelley School of Business, IU Bloomington

What We Have at Stake in the Balkans

Aired April 21, 1999

  • Professor Bernd Fischer, History, IU-Purdue Fort Wayne
  • Professor Francine Friedman, Political Science, Ball State University
  • The Honorable Frank McCloskey, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Bloomington attorney
  • Professor Dina Spechler, Political Science, IU Bloomington

Reaching Beyond Race

Aired April 28, 1999

  • Professor Ted Carmines, Political Science, IU Bloomington
  • Professor Charlie Nelms, Vice President for Student Development and Diversity (Office of the President), Indiana University

Restoring Public Confidence in Congress

Aired May 5, 1999

  • The Honorable Lee Hamilton, former Congressman, Indiana's 9th District and director, The Center on Congress, Indiana University
  • Professor Patrick Sellers, Political Science, IU Bloomington
  • Christopher Simpson, vice president, Indiana University, and former Congressional staff member