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Standing Room Only: Trans in Indiana

On August 26, the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and Bloomington PRIDE teamed up to hold a panel and discussion about transgender experiences. The conversation was part of a state-wide series from the ACLU about transgender education and advocacy. The event was held at Monroe Public Library.

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Standing Room Only: Green Drinks and Monroe County Democrats’ Club

On June 28, Indiana University environmental science and geological science professor Jeff White spoke about the science and politics of climate change. He called it one of the most challenging dilemmas humans have faced. White was recently appointed director of the university’s Integrated Program in the Environment. White’s presentation was for Green Drinks Bloomington, an organization with monthly events for …

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Standing Room Only: Deep Dialogue Part 2

On September 7, the Deep Dialogue project opened in the Indiana Memorial Union with a panel discussion about race, history, community and healing in contemporary literature. The project is sponsored by the Writers Guild at Bloomington and Indiana University’s Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, with funding from the Indiana Humanities with support from the …

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Standing Room Only: Deep Dialogue Part 1

On September 7, the Deep Dialogue project opened in the Indiana Memorial Union with a panel discussion about race, history, community and healing in contemporary literature. The project is sponsored by the Writers Guild at Bloomington and Indiana University’s Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, with funding from the Indiana Humanities with support from the …

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Standing Room Only: The Garden of England

From May 31 to June 3, the Working Class Studies Association held their annual conference at Indiana University. Each day, there were several rounds of panels and speakers. On June 2, one of the panels focused on Working Class deindustrialization in the UK. The panelists were Tim Strangelman, David Nettleingham, and Emma Pleasant — all from the University of Kent.

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Standing Room Only: The Specter of Downward Mobility

From May 31 to June 3, the Working Class Studies Association held their annual conference at Indiana University. Each day, there were several rounds of panels and speakers. On June 3, one of the panels focused on downward mobility and the people it most affects. Panelists included Carolyn Barnes of Duke University, Allison Hurst of Oregon State University, Betsy Leondar-Wright …

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Standing Room Only: Paying the Price

From May 31 to June 3, the Working Class Studies Association held their annual conference at Indiana University. Each day, there were several rounds of panels and speakers. On June 2, keynote speaker Sara Goldrick-Rab detailed her research into why so many students are forced to drop out of college and leave with debt. Goldrick-Rab is a professor of higher …

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Standing Room Only: Can we derive a secular spirituality from the seasons?

On July 7, Bart Everson spoke about eco-spiritual practices at The Venue in Bloomington. A longtime atheist, Everson emphasized the celebration of living on Earth and the process of becoming better citizens of the planet. Much of Everson’s talk revolved around ideas also found in his book Spinning in Place: A Secular Humanist Embraces the Neo-Pagan Wheel of the Year.

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Standing Room Only: Trumpism before Trump

From May 31 to June 3, the Working Class Studies Association held their annual conference at Indiana University. Each day, there were several rounds of panels and speakers. On June 1, opening plenary speaker Josh Pacewics placed the American populist moment in a historical and social context, zooming in on Rust Belt populism during the 2008 and 2012 elections.

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Standing Room Only: The State of the American Labor Movement

From May 31 to June 3, the Working Class Studies Association held their annual conference at Indiana University. Each day, there were several rounds of panels and speakers. On June 3, the closing plenary speaker Kim Moody spoke to the present and possible futures of labor movement in the U.S. He touched on many sides of the issue, including surveillance, …

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