Sinno, Abdulkader, Khabbaz, Dana, Cummings, Janae, Shanahan, James
IU Media School dean Jim Shanahan interviews Prof. Abdulkader Sinno on topics ranging from the portrayal of Muslims in popular culture to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim citizens in the U.S. to comedians who help bridge the gap between negative perceptions and reality. In a later interview, Janae Cummings interviews IU senior Dana Khabbaz about student activism.
This week, we’ll hear from Nancy Wexler, a leading geneticist and neuropsychologist whose research led to the identification of the Huntington’s disease gene. Her research has also led to the discovery of the genes responsible for familial Alzheimer’s disease, kidney cancer, two types of neurofibromatosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and dwarfism.
In spring 2016, Wexler received the inaugural Hermann J. Muller Award, which is named for a renowned geneticist, a Nobel Laureate, a social activist and an esteemed IU Bloomington faculty member (1945-67). The Muller award and lecture series recognizes luminary international geneticists whose discoveries, like Muller’s, have or are making a significant impact on the field of genetics and society.
Williams, David, von Ende, Samantha, Shanahan, James
This week on Through the Gates, host Jim Shanahan is joined by David C. Williams, the executive director of the Center for Constitutional Democracy and the John S. Hastings Professor of Law in the Maurer School of Law.
Williams has written widely on constitutional law and consults with constitutional reform movements around the world. Presently, he advises elements of the Burma democracy movement on the constitutional future of the country. In today's interview, he will share some of how that process works.
Later in the episode, student Samantha von Ende will share some of her own work with the Center for Constitutional Democracy. As a Ph.D. student, von Ende has worked extensively on gender-related issues of democracy in the United States and around the world.
Wilson, T. Kelly, Shanahan, James, Cummings, Janae
“I have yet to meet the person I can’t teach to draw,” T. Kelly Wilson tells Through the Gates host Jim Shanahan in this week’s episode. Wilson is an architect and director of the Indiana University Center for Art and Design in Columbus.
Wilson talks about the importance of drawing on creativity and invention. “When you go to draw and you look to perceive … the world becomes suddenly very strange and complex,” he said, adding that common notions of what you’re seeing change and modify when translating them to pictures.
This episode also introduces Janae Cummings, a new Through the Gates podcast host, who will also be featured in upcoming “Five Questions” segments featuring campus visitors and faculty, staff, students, friends and alums of IU.