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Standing Room Only: A Poetry Reading By Ross Gay

On Tuesday, August 9th, poet Ross Gay took the stage at the Bloom Magazine Book Club to recite some of his poems and talk about his writing process. Ross Gay is an award-winning poet who is housed here in Bloomington. Gay was reciting poems from his book entitled Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude. He is a founding member of the Bloomington …

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Standing Room Only: Drawing and the Brain

On April 7-10, The Indiana University Center for Art and Design hosted the Drawing and the Brain conference. Many speakers from all over the world met to talk about the relationship between drawing and the brain. Architects, researches, and artists were among the speakers, and they gave insight into the complicated relationship between art and the brain. For this week’s …

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Standing Room Only: Backpacking 101

On June 16th, long-time backpacker Michael Waterford met with prospective backpackers to present “Backpacking 101.” Michael has been on many backpacking expeditions all over the world. He met with community members in Reverend Ernest D. Butler Park to discuss how to survive in the wild, along with first aid, what to buy, and good places to explore. The event was …

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Standing Room Only: A Discussion on the Americans with Disabilities Act

On Wednesday, June 22nd the City of Bloomington’s Council for Community Accessibility met with different restaurant owners to speak about making Bloomington more compliable with the Americans with Disabilities Act. A representative from the Great Lakes ADA Center came to give a mini-training session at Uptown Cafe on how to improve restaurants in the Bloomington area. Jennifer Skulski owns her …

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Standing Room Only: I Wish the World…An Author Discussion with Elsa Marston Harik

On June 22nd, children’s author Elsa Marston Harik hosted a discussion about her works at the Friends of the Library Bookstore at the Monroe County Public Library. Elsa has written many books, ranging from children’s picture books to young-adult novels to nonfiction pieces. Elsa Marston Harik writes about life in the Middle East, in hopes to “focus on interfaith bridge …

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Standing Room Only: From Stonewall to Pulse

On June 21st, Bloomington Pride hosted a panel discussion to discuss the recent Pulse massacre. They did this by going through history, starting with Stonewall and moving through time to discuss how LGBTQ+ individuals have been treated in the past. Doug Bauder, Glorianne “Glo” Leck, Duncan Mitchell, and Jeanne Smith were panelists at the event. The group discussed the hardships …

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Standing Room Only: Alec Hirschauer on Stars, Galaxies and Rainbows: Exploring the Universe Through Diffracted Light

On May 23, Alec Hirschauer, a Ph.D candidate in Indiana University’s Astronomy program, met with the Science Cafe of Bloomington to talk about the ways that scientists can use diffracted light to learn about the cosmos. He discusses the way that astronomy has changed over the years, from Galileo to modern day science. Alec talks about the ways that diffracted …

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Standing Room Only: Josh Rosenthal, Bill Wilson, and the Record Store of the Mind

On May 16, 2016 Josh Rosenthal was in Bloomington for a reading of his new book “The Record Store of the Mind” at Boxcar Books. Josh Rosenthal is the owner of Tompkins Square Records and the author of “The Record Store of The Mind.” Rosenthal made Bloomington a priority on his book tour because Tompkins Square recently reissued the 1973 …

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Standing Room Only– Building a Thriving and Compassionate Community Presents “The Raising of America”

On Sunday, May 22 a panel of experts met to watch the documentary “The Raising of America” and discuss the state of childcare in the United States. “The Raising of America” discusses investing in our nation’s parents as well as our children, and how America can improve the quality and the cost of childcare to make it affordable to all. …

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Standing Room Only – Five Women Poets Recite Poetry from “Birds of a Feather”

The Five Women Poets is an organization in Bloomington that serves as a creative outlet for women to meet and discuss poetry. Five Women Poets has been in existence since 1974, and they’ve been meeting once a month since then to discuss each other’s work. On May 15th, the Five Women Poets met at the Monroe County History Center to …

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