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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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Standing Room Only: Pieces of the Pie: Indiana State School Funding

Former State Senator Vi Simpson is an expert in state finance, having served in the state legislature for 28 years. Tonight on Standing Room Only, we’ll hear Simpson discuss public school funding, including specific funding formulas. The lecture was given on February 3, 2016, as the first segment in a two-part series on public school funding. The series is a …

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Standing Room Only – Gownsburg: How American College Campuses Became Dysfunctional Towns

‘Gownsburg’ is a moniker coined by Bloomington City Council member Steve Volan to indicate the unique functions of colleges and universities as both educational institutions and municipalities. In his talk ‘Gownsburg: How American College Campuses Became Dysfunctional Towns’ Volan describes how IU and other universities came to take on numerous and varied municipal roles in an effort to meet the …

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Standing Room Only – Slices of Life: ASE Students Share Their Stories, Part 2

In December of 2015, 49 students from the Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship participated in a storytelling event in the style of The Moth storytelling events, sharing true, personal stories crafted under the guidance of English teacher Rachel Bahr and social studies teacher Pam Gunkel as part of an American Studies class. Tonight, we feature a selection of those stories …

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Standing Room Only – Slices of Life: ASE Students Share Their Stories, Part 1

In December of 2015, 49 students from the Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship participated in a storytelling event in the style of The Moth storytelling events, sharing true, personal stories crafted under the guidance of English teacher Rachel Bahr and Social Studies teacher Pam Gunkel as part of an American Studies class. Tonight, we hear a selection of those stories …

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Standing Room Only: The Not-So-Private Lives of Hoosiers

On December 2, 2015, the ACLU of Indiana hosted a panel discussion on the intersection of digital security, government surveillance and privacy rights titled “The Not-So-Private Lives of Hoosiers: How Technology Is Threatening Our Privacy.” The four-person panel consisted of Indiana University faculty member Christine Von Der Haar, who has experienced governmental surveillance first-hand, Fred Cate, Vice President for Research …

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