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Posts tagged Herman B. Wells

April 23, 2012

 

wells as a child, with dog

Banker Manqué? Herman B Wells’ Once-Promising Future

IU's legendary president Herman B Wells didn't set out to be a university administrator. According to his father, he was “practically raised in a bank”.

January 10, 2011

 

This bronze sculpture of IU Chancellor Herman B Wells sits in the Old Crescent section of the Indiana University campus

Envisioning A Faculty, Against All Odds

In recruiting faculty, President Herman B Wells demonstrated his conviction that the university “be a free agent … and be willing to fight when necessary…”

December 21, 2009

 

Equity on the Hardwood

It took a 6’3” sophomore from Shelbyville and a righteous university president to break down the color line in Big Ten basketball.

February 18, 2008

 

No More Beauty Queens

Although race relations on most college campuses in the 1960s were volatile, the Bloomington campus of Indiana University was relatively progressive in attempting to establish civil rights for all of its students. Despite the state’s Southern ties, and the sometime pervasiveness of the Ku Klux Klan throughout Indiana government, Bloomington provided a less hostile environment for blacks than other places in the state.

February 11, 2008

 

Leveling the Playing Field

One of the ways black students encountered racism in Bloomington in the 1940s was in its eating establishments, many of which illegally refused them service. One undergraduate student was particularly frustrated not to be able to get a quick meal between classes. Although George Taliaferro’s life-sized photo hung inside the Book Nook on Indiana Avenue, the defensive back who had led the Hoosiers to their first Big Ten victory in 1945 had to trek all the way to the west side of town to get fed.

February 4, 2008

 

The Father of the School of Law

Long before racial tensions came to a head in the 1960s, the quest for integration was underway on Indiana University’s Bloomington campus. Important strides were made during the tenure of the university’s eleventh president, Herman B. Wells.

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