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Videos

Video -- Alumni Achievement

Ken Beckley, President of the IU Alumni Association, quotes Wells about the significance of alumni achievement as an indicator of educational quality.

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Video -- Be Yourself

IU President Myles Brand introduces a short video clip featuring shots of Wells with background singers performing Be Yourself, a song written for his inauguration in 1938.

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Video -- Belief in the University

Wells, in a 1978 interview with Thomas Clark, is convinced that Hoosiers support their University, and expresses pleasure that the institution is doing well.

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Video -- Bob LeBien and Kirkwood Hall bust

IU Foundation President Curt Simic tells the story about the design of the new sculpture and getting Wells’s approval.

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Video -- Angel Cabral

Wells Scholar Angel Cabral, speaking at the Wells sculpture dedication in 2000, tells of the central role of Wells in the development of IU and her gratitude being part of a program that bears his name.

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Video -- Brand story at Centennial Celebration

IU President Brand tells the story about his last meeting with Wells.

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Video -- Celebrate Wells' humanity

IU Foundation President Curt Simic, at the dedication of the Wells sculpture in 2000, remarks about Wells’ great humanity.

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Video -- Change is constant

Wells, in an interview in 1992, muses about the relation between the New Deal and the idealism of 1920s college students.

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Video -- Dorothy Collins letter

At the memorial service for Wells, Michael Gosman, Union Board President, reads Dorothy Collins’ letter of tribute.

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Video -- Dreams come true

Art Museum Development Director Brian Kearney says Wells “made people’s dreams come true.”

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Video -- Dunn's Woods

IUB Chancellor Gros Louis relates Wells career and the forest of Dunn’s Woods.

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Video -- Easy paradox

Reverend Philip Amerson conducts the funeral of Herman Wells.

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Video -- Funeral reaction

Audience reaction during the funeral service for Wells in March 2000.

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Video -- Happy Birthday

At the Wells Centennial Celebration, 7 June 2002, IU Alumni Association President Ken Beckley leads the audience in singing Happy Birthday.

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Video -- Hesburg quote, Wells life story

President Brand, at the Wells sculpture dedication, speaks of the life story of Wells.

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Video -- Hoosier values

President Brand, speaking at the 95th birthday celebration of Wells, talks about how Wells exemplified Hoosier values.

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Video -- Sagamore of the Wabash

Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon, in honor of Wells’s 95th birthday, lauds Wells and presents him with another “Sagamore of the Wabash” for public leadership.

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Video -- Wells and Homecoming

At Homecoming weekend in 2000, IU President Myles Brand welcomes the audience at the dedication of the Wells plaza and sculpture.

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Video -- Wells on time

Wells speaking aphoristically on time.

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Video -- How to remember Wells

At the Wells statue dedication in 2000, former IUB Chancellor Gros Louis remembers Herman Wells with rich detail, quoting Stephen Spender “traveled a short while toward the sun and left the vivid air signed with their honor.” He mentions how Wells, accepting a tribute, was overcome with emotion.

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Video -- Idea of a public university

IUB Chancellor Ken Gros Louis speaks eloquently about the spirit of the public university and how Wells fostered one in Bloomington.

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Video -- John Ryan

IU President Emeritus John Ryan relates his personal relationship and the professional accomplishments of “the big fella,” Herman Wells.

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Video -- Ken Gros Louis at Wells memorial service

Former IUB Chancellor Gros Louis speaks at the celebration of life for Herman Wells in 2000, using the trope of “the idea of Herman B Wells.”

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Video -- Ken Gros Louis on Wells sculpture

Former IUB Chancellor Ken Gros Louis speaks at the unveiling of the statue of Herman Wells in 2000.

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Video -- LeBien on the intent of Wells sculpture

Bob LeBien speaks of the thought behind the Wells sculpture.

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Video -- Luck

Wells Scholar Paul Musgrave asserts that Wells did not rely on luck to carry him through.

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Video -- Letters

In 2000, Wells Scholar Emily Chui and Michael Gosman, Union Board President read letters of tribute to Wells at the “Celebration of Life” event following his death. Letter-writers include Donald C. Danielson, the Dalai Lama, and Kutsi Begdes.

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Video -- Lugar on Senate floor

Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), on the U.S. Senate floor in 2000, pays tribute to Wells, both personally for his role in Lugar’s selection as a Rhodes Scholar and as a colleague who worked with him on public issues.

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Video -- Making the Wells sculpture

Sculptor Tuck Langland talks about the creative process that produced the Herman Wells bronze sculpture, and how the foundry workers smiled when they saw the sculpture, saying, “He makes me happy.”

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Video -- Mr. Indiana

Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon calls Wells “Mr. Indiana.”

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Video -- Myles Brand summary

IU President summarizes the influence of Wells.

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Video -- Ole Buttermilk Sky

In 2002, at the Wells Centennial Celebration, the Cafe Jazz Society plays Ole Buttermilk Sky by Wells’ classmate and friend Hoagy Carmichael.

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Video -- Peoples of the world

In 2002, Arnell Hammonds, University Division Advisor, speaks of Wells’ aspirations to create a cosmopolitan faculty and student body in the 1950s.

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Video -- Profound understanding

IU Professor James Capshew quotes from Wells during the 1961 re-dedication of the Memorial Room in the IMU, where he spoke of joys and sorrows.

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Video -- Scott R. Sanders on Wells and the Wells Scholars Program

IU Professor and Director of the Wells Scholars Program Scott Sanders talks about the life and career of Wells in 2000.

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Video -- Wells sculpture unveiling

In October 2000, sculptor Tuck Langland and IU President Myles Brand unveils the Wells sculpture in Wells Plaza.

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Video -- Simic on Bob LeBien

IU Foundation President Curt Simic thanks Wells sculpture committee chair Bob LeBien for spearheading the drive to install the sculpture in 2000. He reminds the audience that we are all stewards of the Wells legacy.

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Video -- Simic story of Wells

IU Foundation President Curt Simic tells a story about Wells building a swimming pool in his 80s.

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Video -- Symbols of Office

Wells explains the symbols of his presidential office: the school-bell, the beggar’s bowl, and the globe.

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Video -- Tom Ehrlich on Wells

In 2000, IU President Emeritus Tom Ehrlich, pays tribute to Wells, emphasizing his attention to the physical environment on campus.

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Video -- Tone of IU

IU President Myles Brand speaks of Wells setting the tone of IU.

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Video -- We are what we are

IU President Myles Brand sums up the influence of Wells on Indiana University.

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Video -- Viola Taliaferro

Monroe County Judge Viola Taliaferro reminisces about meeting Wells in 1972, and talks about his role in racial integration of the campus in the 1940s.

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Video -- Wells adding weight to the occasion

Reverend Phillip Amerson eulogizing Wells at his funeral in 2000.

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Video -- Wells a Hoosier

Wells states that he is a Hoosier.

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Video -- Wells an enigma

In 2002, IUB Chancellor Sharon Brehm reflect on Wells many sides as a leader.

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Video -- Wells Scholars 2000

In 2000, Wells Scholar Keith Roach directed this short informational video, featuring fellow scholars and administrators of the program.

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Video -- Pro & Con

In 2000, shortly after the death of Wells, IU President Myles Brand, University of Notre Dame President Emeritus Theodore Hesburgh, IUB Chancellor Kenneth Gros Louis, and Professor James Capshew discuss the legacy of Wells.

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Video -- Wells choking up at 1970 tribute

In 1970, Wells, reflecting on his career at a tribute dinner, is overcome by gratitude towards colleagues.

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Video -- Wells built an institution

In 1993, Professor James Capshew sums up Wells’ career.

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