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March 4, 2013

 

vintage photo of Camilla Williams in opera

The Desegregating Diva

Camilla Williams was the first black woman singer to appear with a major national opera company, nearly ten years before Marion Anderson's debut at the Met .

June 11, 2012

 

Woodburn Hall

A Fledgling Historian Takes On Reconstruction

Just as interesting as the speeches future historian James Woodburn gave in his undergraduate debate club at IU are the texts he wrote but never delivered.

June 4, 2012

 

Alfred Kinsey

A Thoroughly Modern Marriage Course

By the second lecture, it was clear to students and administrators that Kinsey would not tolerate the vague moralizings of other colleges' "marriage courses".

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”.

August 15, 2011

 

Ernie Pyle childhood home

A War Correspondent’s Salad Days

"Bloomington is a nice place although it isn’t as big nor as modern as Champaign. The University is a nice place, not out-of-date like I had always heard."

January 3, 2011

 

The Subway restaurant on Woodlawn Avenue in Bloomington, Indiana.

An Unlikely Chapter in the Story of Fast Food

Ranked third in the nation in terms of childhood obesity in 2001, Indiana has launched its own national spokesperson for healthy living.

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.

December 14, 2009

 

Far from “common”… Elinor Ostrom

Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom dared to theorize that common property might be best managed through the cooperation of those who use it.

April 27, 2009

 

Radical behavior

Although not associated with any specific school of psychological thought, Indiana University’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences was once home to the biggest name in behaviorism. Regardless of a lifelong affiliation with Harvard, B.F. Skinner did some of his most notorious work while chair of psychology at IU. An advocate of the idea that […]

March 30, 2009

 

Sorority Girl, Farm Wife, Environmental Advocate: Rachel Peden

In two long-running newspaper columns and three books, IU graduate Rachel Peden dispensed lessons gleaned from a life lived in tandem with the land. Since 1952, the Children’s Farm Festival at the Peden Family Farm outside Bloomington continues to be a long-awaited spring tradition.

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