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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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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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