Dr. Mark Davis, chair of biology at Macalester College in Minnesota, discusses his views on the environmental threat posed by non-native species. Every year in America the government and private organizations spend millions of dollars attempting to eradicate non-native plant species. These projects often involve using Roundup and other herbicides in forests, wetlands and other wild areas. Dr. Davis believes the alleged environmental threat posed by many of these non-native species are exaggerated or non-existent. Davis argues that the resources that go into these eradication campaigns would be better spent on buying up and protecting land from development.
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On September 8, 2015, the League of Women Voters of Bloomington and Monroe County hosted the first of two forums designed to inform the public about city issues in advance of the November election. In City Issues 101, Tom Micuda, Planning and Transportation Director of the City of Bloomington, explains the city planning process in detail. The forum begins with an introduction from League of Women Voters President Kate Cruikshank.
This week, Democrats in the Indiana Senate announced their support of three legal initiatives that would affect the rights of undocumented immigrants living in Indiana. The lawmakers say the bills are a result of work with Latino community leaders across the state. One bill would allow undocumented students who attend Indiana high schools to pay in-state tuition rates at Indiana colleges. Another bill would allow undocumented immigrants to receive driver’s licenses. And the third bill would do away with a legal restriction that prevents many undocumented people from receiving dialysis treatment.
A State Campaign Committee of Educators has endorsed Glenda Ritz. According to a press release the Indiana Political Action Committee for Education has endorsed Ritz’s re-election bid as Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction. In related news, a state task force is going to work on a plan of action for Indiana state lawmakers surrounding teacher shortages. Ritz co-chairs the task force, which is called the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Recruitment and Retention of Excellent Educators. The group met for the first time last week.
Indiana has had a decline of 18 percent in college enrollment in schools of education and in teachers achieving licenses over the last five years. Many attribute these drops to the lack of economic opportunity for teachers. This is especially prevalent in Indiana. An article in the Times of Northwest Indiana points out that the Indiana starting pay average for teachers is about $34,700, about $250 less than the national average. In Illinois, the starting pay average is $37,166. For experienced teachers, the pay gap is even more pronounced. An experienced teacher in Indiana can expect to make roughly $43,000 and with a master’s degree they can expect to make around $55,400. In Michigan, an experienced teacher can expect to make around $47,300. And with a master’s degree, 64,130 dollars. That’s almost $9,000 more than in Indiana. California fares even better, but they too still have a teacher shortage. Glenda Ritz says she hopes to change this problem for Indiana by starting with the task force.
A panel discussion titled “Who’s responsible for Sustainability?” is planned for tomorrow in Bloomington. The event will be held at the University Club in the Indiana Memorial Union on IU’s campus. According to a press release, the panel will discuss economic, social, and environmental factors that contribute to sustainability and how that all affects the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Those present will include the director of Global Environmental Sustainability for Cummins Inc., the director of sustainability for Louisville Metro Government and the University Director of Sustainability at the IU office of Sustainability. Also attending will be Jesse Kharbanda, the executive director of the Hoosier Environmental Council. Kharbanda says the Hoosier Environmental Council has a bold and hopeful vision of the future of sustainability in Indiana.
There will be a short reception following the panel. The event is hosted by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the Integrated Program in the Environment, the Indiana University Office of Sustainability, and the ISOS Center for Social Responsibility. The event will start at 5pm tomorrow in the University Club at the IMU.
A panel discussion titled “Who’s responsible for Sustainability?” is planned for tomorrow in Bloomington; Local conservative activist Robert Hall says he is making contact with Republican voters as he plans to run for Congress next year; The Saudi Arabian government is looking to reform its education system with the help of experts at Indiana University; The Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau has launched its Leaf Cam; A State Campaign Committee of Educators has endorsed Glenda Ritz.
This week, Democrats in the Indiana Senate announced their support of three legal initiatives that would affect the rights of undocumented immigrants living in Indiana. The lawmakers say the bills are a result of work with Latino community leaders across the state. One bill would allow undocumented students who attend Indiana high schools to pay in-state tuition rates at Indiana colleges. Another bill would allow undocumented immigrants to receive driver’s licenses. And the third bill would do away with a legal restriction that prevents many undocumented people from receiving dialysis treatment. WFHB News Director Joe Crawford spoke with State Senator Mark Stoops, one of the senators who worked on the legislative proposals. Stoops also represents much of the WFHB listening area in the Senate.
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The Saudi Arabian government is looking to reform its education system with the help of experts at Indiana University. The Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at IU’s School of Education will focus on designing and conducting a series of evaluation projects for the Saudi government. These projects will help that government’s 45 school districts evaluate leaders, principals, teachers and the districts themselves.Challenges like communication, funding and local leadership are handled by Saudi Arabia’s Public Education Evaluation Commission. Marcey Moss is co-director of the Saudi Arabia Project at the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy.
The group has delivered their results, but Moss says they can’t be shared because of confidentiality agreements between the Saudi government and the CEEP. Moss says that eventually, in a year or two, the Saudi Arabian government will take over with evaluations of their own. Those evaluations will be an amalgamation of all that the international team helped to develop.
With our guest, George Kateb, who has been called “the most interesting and important philosopher of liberalism alive today,”* we’ll focus on oppression and resistance. Our texts for this conversation will center on three essays from Kateb’s 2006 collection of essays, Patriotism and Other Mistakes: “Is Patriotism a Mistake,” “Socratic Integrity,” and “Wildness and Conscience: Thoreau and Emerson,” as well as selections from his 2011 book Human Dignity and his latest work Lincoln’s Political Thought.
The essays, says Kateb, “deal with serious oppression of people by public authorities. Human Dignity is in part a defense of human rights: rights that are meant to protect people against oppression by public authorities. Oppression causes physical and mental suffering and can also create violations of human dignity, some of them causing what I call unfelt oppression (ie, Huxley’s Brave New World); [then turning to] Lincoln’s Political Thought, where suffering and extreme violation of human dignity through dehumanization and degradation are caused by slavery. Thoreau invokes conscience but doesn’t rule out violence, and Lincoln comes to understand that only military violence could end the violence of slavery and its defenders.”
*John Burt, author of Lincoln’s Tragic Pragmatism
George Kateb is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics Emeritus at Princeton. An influential political theorist with an international reputation, he is a champion of democratic individuality and a critic of its many challengers. He is the author of Utopia and Its Enemies (1963); Political Theory; Its Nature and Uses (1968); Hannah Arendt: Politics, Conscience, Evil (1984); The Inner Ocean: Individualism and Democratic Culture (1992); Emerson and Self-Reliance (1994); Patriotism and Other Mistakes (2006); Human Dignity (2011); and Lincoln’s Political Thought (2015)
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