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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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Standing Room Only – Wendell Potter on the Future of Healthcare in America

Wendell Potter worked as a Public Relations representative for Humana and Cigna health insurance agencies before he realized that he was, “on the wrong side of healthcare.” he left the healthcare industry to pursue his own advocacy in creating a more inclusive national healthcare program. On March 1st, Potter took to the stage at the Buskirk Chumley theater to promote …

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Standing Room Only – Paula Kerger on the Future of Public Media

Paula Kerger has been the president and CEO of PBS since 2006, presiding over some of the highest-rated programming the organization has ever aired, as well as its growth into other platforms. On November 10, 2015, Kerger spoke as part of the Indiana University Media School’s Fall 2015 Speaker Series. Tonight, we’ll hear Kerger discuss not only the direction of …

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Standing Room Only – The Be More Awards Honor Local Volunteers

On March 29th, 2016, the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network hosted the Be More Awards honoring local volunteers who have shown exceptional commitment to community service. Awards were given in ten categories, including education and literacy, health and wellness, arts and culture, environmental sustainability, service to youth, service to families, service as a board member and lifetime service. A Judges …

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Standing Room Only – UnDocuStories: Migrant Stories and Narratives

Undocumented people migrating to the United States face unique challenges and hardships. On March 24th, 2016, Indiana University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies hosted an evening of poetry and conversation titled UnDocuStories: Migrant Poetry and Narratives. The event  featured poets Natalie Scenters-Zapico and Marcelo Hernandez Castillo reading their works, and a discussion of issues such as displacement and …

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Standing Room Only – Creating a 21st Century Digital Infrastructure

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton has made creating a next-generation internet infrastructure a priority for his administration. On March 1st, Hamilton convened a community symposium with 11 local and national experts to examine local needs and opportunities, and to discuss best practices and delivery models. Tonight we’ll hear an excerpt from that half-day symposium, beginning with a panel on how a …

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