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Remembering Elinor Ostrom

Indiana Public Media's WFIU and WTIU presents the half-hour special entitled "Elinor Ostrom: Celebration of a Nobel Life."

Indiana University professor and Nobel Prize recipient Elinor Ostrom has died. Ostrom, 78, died of cancer Tuesday morning at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

In April 2012, she was named to the Time 100, Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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How People Remember Ostrom:

Burnell Fischer portraitBurney Fischer
Professor, SPEA

“I think she’s probably, to my mind, the most important faculty member Indiana University has ever had.  In so many ways.  She sets a great standard for the future of Indiana University.”

Matt Auer portraitMatt Auer
Dean, IU Hutton Honors College

“Elinor Ostrom is one of the most remarkable people that I’ve ever met – wholly apart from the professional side, which I would call the superhuman side of Lin – is the human side, the personal side.  Through and through, a wonderful, warm, friendly, compassionate, caring human being.  I know I’ll meet few people who are like Lin in my lifetime.”

Lauren Robel portraitLauren Robel
Interim Provost, IU

“Lin Ostrom was a combination of intellectual humility and searing curiosity. She was incomparable in both her humility and her brilliance.”

McGinnis portraitMike McGinnis
Director, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis

“The students, I think, need to be thankful that they had a chance to work with lin. Because many students have been able to do that over the years. Even though she’s not going to be here as they finish up, she’s had a chance to have a real influence on them. Her contribution to our program is going to be very, very difficult – impossible – to replace or to have anyone fill her shoes totally.”

  • Janne I Hukkinen

    When I visited Lin Ostrom at her workshop in
    Bloomington during my sabbatical in 2006, she gave me a tour of the
    neighborhood where she and Vincent lived in Bloomington. When they had moved to
    the neighborhood, they had visited the local carpentry workshops to
    get furniture for their new home. Observing the meticulous, collaborative
    working practices of the local carpenters inspired the Workshop in Political
    Theory and Policy Analysis. We have lost Lin Ostrom, but the ethos of the
    Workshop lives on. Janne Hukkinen, University of Helsinki, Finland

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