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Standing Room Only: Intimate Sycamore Landscapes

On April 26, Steve Higgs discussed his experience studying and reporting on natural conservation in Indiana. Higgs is among Indiana’s foremost environmental photographers and is the author of Eternal Vigilance: Nine Tales of Environmental Heroism in Indiana and A Guide to the Natural Areas of Southern Indiana. His talk was one in a series from Green Drinks Bloomington, a monthly …

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Standing Room Only: Notches in the Rust Belt

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, one of the panels focused on class and labor issues in the American Rust Belt. Panelists included James Rhodes from the University of Manchester, Jackie Gabriel from Western State …

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Standing Room Only: Volunteers in Medicine

You’ve been listening to Volunteers in Medicine of Monroe County’s Executive Director Nancy Richman, who spoke May 9 at The Venue in Bloomington. She explained the history of the local VIM clinic, as well as the story behind the national program, which provides care for medically underserved people at almost 100 locations. While the local clinic has remained true to …

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Standing Room Only: Student Stories Part Three

In early April, a group of students taught by Rachel Bahr at the The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship told their stories. Their themes ranged from dealing with a campsite disaster to embracing friendship no matter what. The commonality was that each storyteller learned something new. We hear stories by Trevor Shaw, Emanuel Courter, Amy Martin, Jared Stewart, Payci Wu, …

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Standing Room Only: Student Stories Part Two

In early April, a group of students taught by Rachel Bahr at the The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship told their stories. Their themes ranged from dealing with a robbery in Zambia to mistaking a grandmother for a witch. The commonality was that each storyteller learned something new. We hear stories by Dylan Stickels, Willow Kruggel, Scott Pollock, Emily Burnfield, …

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Standing Room Only: Student Stories

In early April, a group of students taught by Rachel Bahr at the The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship told their stories. Their themes ranged from learning to drive to gallivanting in Europe to grappling with religion. The commonality was that each storyteller learned something new. We hear stories by Zayn Karim, Ben Foley, Maisie Fiedler, Rowan Morse, Cormac O’Sullivan, …

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Standing Room Only: A Conversation with Thomas Frank

On Friday, March 24th, author Thomas Frank came to Bloomington to promote his book Listen, Liberals. Frank talked about modern democratic party, the essence of its philosophy, and how it has changed over the years. Frank is also the author of What’s the Matter with Kansas, Pity Billionaire, and The Wrecking Crew. The lecture took place at the IU School …

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Standing Room Only: Linking Arms for Social Justice

On March 30th, the Bloomington Commission for the Status of Women hosted a panel discussion entitled “Linking Arms for Social Justice,” which took place at City Hall. The panel focused on issues of intersectionality and how gender intersects with other identities. The panelists included Sheila Kennedy, who spoke on misogyny; Francis Trix, who spoke on immigration, race, and religion; Christie …

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Standing Room Only: Toward an Intersectional Feminism

On March 7th, panelists met at the Monroe County Public Library to discuss intersectional feminism. Panelists discussed the Women’s March on Washington along with issues related directly to Monroe County. Panelists included Janae Cummings, the Vice Chair of Bloomington Pride and local activist; T.K. Williams, a local activist; Becca Smith, the President of Prism Youth Community; Jack Owens, a member …

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Standing Room Only: Black Don’t Crack

On Monday, February 27, the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center hosted a panel discussion entitled “Black Don’t Crack.” This panel discussed African-American healthcare in the United States. The panelists discussed trust with healthcare providers along with the history of discrimination against African-Americans in the healthcare sphere. The panelists included Rory James, who is the Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion for …

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