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June 4, 2012


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".

January 10, 2011


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…”

March 23, 2009


Effa Funk Muhse

Talk of zoology at Indiana University often turns to a scholar whose research shifted from gall wasps to human sexuality, shaking the world in the process. Decades before Alfred Kinsey began his groundbreaking work, however, the IU Department of Zoology became noteworthy for another reason—also related to sex and gender.

Having earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in zoology, Effa Funk Muhse made history as IU’s first female Ph.D. when that same department awarded her the degree in 1908.

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