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Yaël Ksander

WFIU's Arts Desk Editor, Yaël seeks out and shepherds the stories of artists, musicians, writers, and other creative people. In addition, Yaël co-hosts A Moment of Science, writes essays for A Moment of Indiana History, produces Speak Your Mind (WFIU's guest editorial segment), hosts music and news hours throughout the week, and lends her voice to everything from accounting courses to nature documentaries. Yaël holds a MFA in painting from Indiana University, an MA in art history from Columbia University, and a BA from the University of Virginia, where she studied languages and literature.

Recent posts by Yaël

October 21, 2013

 

Eugene Debs Released from Prison, 1921

The Staid Beginnings Of A Hoosier Radical

In his young working days, the man who would found the American Socialist Party took a somewhat more conservative approach to the needs of the working class.

October 14, 2013

 

old letter with German script

Hoeing A New Row, In The New World

In his letters back home, a German immigrant documented the challenges of farm life in mid-nineteenth-century Indiana.

October 7, 2013

 

movie still of James Dean in East of Eden

A Case Of Dean

In an essay for his high school principal, the Fairmount, Indiana student speculated "I think my life will be devoted to art and dramatics.”

September 30, 2013

 

black and white photograph of workers standing along canal

Fighting Irish Along The Canal

Irish canal workers tried to ensure that as many men as possible from their own parts of Ireland were hired onto work crews; conflicts inevitably arose.

September 23, 2013

 

little girl carrying water in a bucket

A Day In The Life Of A Hoosier Tenant Farmer

Many of the well-known images of life during the Great Depression are of farm families from the dustbowl of the Great Plains. Others picture Hoosier lives.

September 16, 2013

 

aerial view of Vincennes University

The First University On The Western Front

By legal charter, Indiana could boast of a university ten years before it achieved statehood: Vincennes University was chartered in 1806.

September 9, 2013

 

postcard of blasting furnace from 1910

At Home With The Captains Of Industry

The economic, social, and racial lines drawn in Indiana Harbor held firm for many decades after Inland Steel constructed its first mill on Lake Michigan.

September 2, 2013

 

archival photo of conestoga wagon being pulled by team of horses

Lutheran Ministers On The Frontier

A German-speaking family moving from Pennsylvania or Ohio to Indiana would have had great difficulty finding a Lutheran church in the 1830s.

August 26, 2013

 

Riley Child-Rhymes, title page and frontispiece

Picturing Little Orphant Annie

It was Will Vawter's introduction in 1893 to poet James Whitcomb Riley that would put Vawter’s art in the public eye.

August 19, 2013

 

aisle view facing altar inside country church

Pulpit or Politics: An Indiana Minister In Congress

When Gilbert De La Matyr began to preach currency reform and condemn capital, he was accused in the press and by many in the church of communism.

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