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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 1999 - 2000

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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Guns and American Culture

Aired December 9, 1999

  • Professor David Williams, IU School of Law
  • Tomilea Allison, former mayor of Bloomington
  • Sara Cotham, executive director, Indiana Libertarian Party
  • Professor Steve Chermak, IU Department of Criminal Justice

The Art and Career of Judy Chicago

Aired December 16, 1999 

  • Judy Chicago, artist
  • Professor Peg Brand, IU Gender Studies and Department of Philosophy
  • Kathleen Foster, curator, IU Art Museum
  • Professor Steve Mannheimer, IUPUI Herron School of Art and art critic, The Indianapolis Star

How Should a Community Respond to Hate?

Aired December 23, 1999

  • The Honorable John Fernandez, mayor, City of Bloomington
  • Professor Dana Chabot, IU Department of Political Science
  • Professor David Reidy, IUPUI Department of Philosophy and member, Bloomington Human Rights Commission
  • Rabbi Mira Wasserman, Congregation Beth Shalom, Bloomington

The Life, Times, and Music of Hoagy Carmichael

Aired December 30, 1999

  • Richard E. Bishop, host, "Afterglow" on WFIU
  • Professor Eugene Rousseau, IU School of Music
  • Duncan Schiedt, jazz historian and author
  • Professor David Baker, IU School of Music

Is Critical Theory Dead?

Aired April 6, 2000

  • Professor Kevin Brown, IU School of Law
  • Professor Linda Charnes, IU Department of English
  • Professor Donald Gray, IU Department of English
  • Professor David Zaret, IU Department of Sociology

New Frontiers in the Fight Against Cancer

Aired April 13, 2000

  • Dr. Marc Randall, Department of Radiology, IU School of Medicine
  • Dr. Fadi Haddad, surgeon and cancer specialist, Bloomington
  • Professor Milton Taylor, IU Department of Biology
  • Professor Ken Nephew, IU Medical Sciences Program, Bloomington

Talking About Values in Politics

Aired April 20, 2000

  • Professor Judy Failer, IU Department of Political Science, Bloomington
  • Professor Quinton Dixie, IU Department of Religious Studies, Bloomington
  • Reverend Phil Amerson, First Methodist Church, Bloomington
  • Lloyd Olcott, former Bloomington city council member and longtime Republican leader

Can the Great Economy Go on Forever?

Aired April 27, 2000

  • Professor R. Jeffrey Green, Kelley School of Business; Codirector of the Indiana Center for Econometric Model Research
  • Morton Marcus, director, Indiana Business Research Center
  • Linda Williamson, executive director, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation
  • Professor Willard Witte, IU Department of Economics

The Changing Meaning of Ethnicity in American Life

Aired May 4, 2000

  • Professor Tony Ardizzone,  Director of the Creative Writing Program, IU Department of English
  • Professor Purnima Bose, IU Department of English
  • Professor Manuel Martinez, IU Department of English
  • Professor John McCluskey, chair, IU Department of African American Studies

Making Sense of the Information Economy

Aired May 11, 2000, 8pm

  • Professor Ken Dau-Schmidt, IU School of Law
  • Professor Robert Klemkosky, Kelley School of Business
  • Professor Rob Kling, IU School of Library and Information Science
  • Jane Martin, CEO, Wisdom Tools

Educating Teachers for the 21st Century

Aired May 18, 2000

  • Russell Hanson, acting dean, IU College of Arts and Sciences
  • Donald Warren, dean, IU School of Education
  • William Harwood, director, IU's 21st Century Teachers Program
  • Carolyne Ambrose, teacher, Fairview Elementary School, Bloomington

The Life and Legacy of Herman B Wells

Aired May 25, 2000

  • Kenneth R.R. Gros Louis, vice president, Indiana University
  • Professor James Capshew, History and Philosophy of Science, and Wells biographer
  • The Reverend Father Theodore Hesburgh, former president, University of Notre Dame

The Future of the Symphony Orchestra

Aired June 1, 2000

  • Professor David Effron, IU School of Music
  • Richard Hoffert, president and CEO, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
  • Alfred Savia, music director, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Ellen Schantz, director, IU Arts Administration Program