This week, we’ll hear from Michael Adams, Provost Professor of English at Indiana University, and author of “In Praise of Profanity” (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Adams sees “In Praise of Profanity” as a continuation of 2009’s “Slang: The People’s Poetry.” In it, he argues that profanity is not only oversimplified as being taboo, it is also valuable and essential as a vehicle of communication and an element of style.
Adams is an English language historian and a frequent contributor to various dictionaries and academic journals. Though his published articles often explore arcane aspects of language, he also writes books aimed at broader audiences. They include “Slayer Slang: A ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Lexicon” and “From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages.”
Rafat Ali came to study new media at IU in the heat of the dot-com boom. By the time he graduated, the bubble had burst. Yet, Ali managed to enter and excel in digital media, founding paidContent, ContentNext and Skift. In this episode, he talks with Dean Shanahan about how he did it.
In episode 81, Dean Shanahan speaks to Paula Apsell and Doug Hamilton—producers of PBS’s critically acclaimed science series Nova—about the show's climate change programming and learning how to educate their audiences on the facts.
Emmy-winning environmental photographer James Balog shares with Dean Shanahan harrowing stories of mountaineering and the keys to creating new narratives about the environment. Balog is the founder of the Extreme Ice Survey and the Earth Vision Institute, and his latest film, "The Human Element," explores how humanity affects and is affected by earth, air, fire and water. He has spoken at the White House, in the U.S. Congress, at NASA, and is widely known for his popular TED talk "Time-Lapse Proof of Extreme Ice Loss."
Film and television star Jonathan Banks joins Jim Shanahan on this week's episode of Through the Gates.
In his nearly fifty years as an actor, Banks has been cast in a wide range of roles, but is most notable for his performances on "Breaking Bad," "Better Call Saul" and "Wiseguy." He's also appeared in several films, including "Airplane!" and "Beverly Hills Cop."
In today's conversation, Banks will share his journey from the streets of Washington D.C. to the silver screen in Hollywood by way of Indiana University.
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Hundreds of same-sex couples throughout the state share one of two anniversaries: June 25 and 26, 2014. In this episode, makers of IU's "Just Married" podcast, Jennifer Bass and Stephanie Sanders, talk about why these two days in June matter, the history and laws surrounding marriage equality in the U.S., and how they're sharing the love stories of same-sex Hoosiers on their journeys into marriage.
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Accomplished actor, writer, singer and director Robby Benson joins host Jim Shanahan for this week's episode of Through the Gates.
A professor of practice at Indiana University, Benson brings experience gained through a career that stretches to nearly five decades, including his most famous role in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." Now, Benson guides film students at IU, including some who will showcase their work at two screenings this week.
In this episode, Benson will discuss his long career, how television and film are changing, and what challenges his student filmmakers have had to overcome in their creative process.
Also, in recognition of National Poetry Month, poets Adrian Matejka and Lisa Kwong will join the podcast to read some of their works.
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Media School Dean James Shanahan talks with Maureen Biggers (pictured), director of the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology at IU, and Laurie Burns McRobbie, IU's first lady who helped establish CEWiT.
Water. Hops. Malted barley. Yeast.
Put them together and you have a delicious beer — usually.
But as IU molecular biologist Matthew Bochman shares on this week’s podcast, conditions common to the production of certain craft beers can sometimes inhibit their production, risking a growing segment of a nearly $55 billion industry. On this week's episode of Through the Gates, Bochman explains how yeast is used to produce beer and how his research has helped one local brewery improve their product.
This week on Through the Gates, we welcome David Brenneman, the new director of the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art.
Brenneman comes to IU after two decades in Atlanta at the High Museum of Art. In today's conversation, Brenneman tells host Jim Shanahan about his plans for the IU Art Museum, how the art world is changing in the 21st century, and why IU's collection is truly world class.
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Media School Dean Jim Shanahan interviews Jeffrey Buchman, stage director for the IU Jacobs School of Music’s upcoming production of “Carmen,” and Jacobs graduate student Patricia Illera, who will perform the opera’s title role.
Will IU have a giant vaccination pod in a couple months’ time?
Will vaccinations be required for students to come back to campus in the fall? What WAS that lingering cough I had right before the outbreak?
Sounds like the kind of thing you’d ask Aaron Carroll.
We did! After two semesters of answering every question the IU community could think of in weekly webinars, he gamely came on the show to answer Dean Shanahan and Professor Monaghan’s burning questions as we round the corner toward mass vaccinations and a hopeful return to on-campus life.
This week, host Jim Shanahan is joined by Sue Carter, the director of The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University. Carter was appointed to her position at The Kinsey Institute in October, 2014, after a long career in the field of neuroendocrinology.
Carter has spent much of her recent career studying the consequences of birth intervention, particularly how the hormone oxytocin affects the health of both mothers and their newborn children.
In this interview, Carter will discuss her career, including research on the mating habits of the prairie vole, the present and historical challenges of sex research and the immediate future of The Kinsey Institute.
Also on this episode, Colin Allen, a faculty member in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine in the College of Arts and Sciences, talks about National Bike to Work Week, from May 16 to 20. May is National Bike Month.
Dean Shanahan sits down with WNBA legend Tamika Catchings to talk about legacy champions, dreaming big, and the importance of making a positive impact. Catchings was the keynote speaker at this year's MLK Jr. Day Leadership Breakfast.
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With the IU football season well underway, someone has to help the Hoosiers stay in top shape. That person is Keith Caton, the strength and conditioning coach for the IU football team.
Caton's coaching career includes stops at the University of Southern Mississippi, Auburn University, the University of Missouri, Western Kentucky University and Baylor University.
This week on Through the Gates, host Jim Shanahan will discuss IU's training methods with Caton, as well as his role in helping athletes sustain their athletic performance.
We'll also hear from Caryn Hojnicki, sustainability coordinator with Greening Cream & Crimson, an initiative designed to bring more sustainable practices to IU athletics. She'll share her work on the Zero Waste Football project with Janae Cummings in this week's Five Questions segment.
It's no surprise that Indiana has a long legacy of top-tier athletic programs. This week, Dean Shanahan sits down with Galen Clavio, IU Associate Professor & Director of the National Sports Journalism Center, and Zach Osterman, the Indy Star's collegiate sports reporter, to talk about IU Athletics past and present.
In Ep. 104, Dean Shanahan talks with former director of the Office of Policy Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Tune in to hear Clement discuss the impact of climate change and whistleblowing in a government agency.
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This week, Through the Gates hosts Jim Shanahan and Janae Cummings talk with Ed Comentale, associate vice provost for arts and humanities in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, and Arts and Humanities Council intern Lucy Battersby, an undergraduate studying history and creative writing in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Ed and Lucy share updates from the council and talk about First Thursdays, a celebration of contemporary arts & humanities on the IU Bloomington campus debuting Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. The festival is free and open to all members of the public, with performances and activities around the Showalter Arts Plaza from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by featured evening events at venues across campus.
Janae Cummings also talks with IU award-winning poet Adrian Matejka, who has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, and who is kicking off the inaugural First Thursdays event Sept. 1, and documentarian Rick Prelinger, whose film “No More Road Trips?” will be shown during the event at 6:30 p.m. in the IU Cinema
IU Archives of African American Music and Culture Director Tyron Cooper has an insider’s view of Black music and the culture behind it, much of which goes back to the Black church.
He says that’s part of what makes AAAMC different: it looks at the broad context and origins of Black music, and makes it accessible for both scholarship and casual listening.
Cooper joins Dean Shanahan on Through the Gates to tell us more about the archives and share AAAMC Speaks, a documentary series hosted by the archives in partnership with the Office of the Provost.
The series brings the archives alive in a series of interviews with industry executives and performers in various genres of Black music. The first episode on Eddie Gilreath shows one of the first Black professionals to work at the executive level in the music industry.
Coming up are features on AAAMC founding director Dr. Portia Maultsby and the foundational jazz musician Reggie Workman.
Go to aaamc.indiana.edu to learn more about the archives.
Aurelian Craiutu is a champion of moderation in an era of extreme politics. The political scientist argues that moderation is a virtue for all seasons, but that it's urgently needed in times of polarization. In episode 44, Craiutu discusses his new book, "Faces of Moderation: The Art of Balance in an Age of Extremes," which pushes back against the idea that moderation is a weak virtue or a philosophy for people who lack conviction.
In episode 60, we discuss the current cycle of political and social polarization on university campuses and throughout the United States with Aurelian Craiutu, professor, IU Department of Political Science.
Angelina Davydova reports on the environment for Russian and international media. During a visit to IU Bloomington, this Hurbet H. Humphrey fellow from UC Davis sat down with Dean Shanahan to discuss Russian waste management, thawing permafrost and how the changing climate is affecting the natural landscapes of Russia.
In episode 87, we feature an early-release episode of a mini-series from the College of Arts and Sciences featuring three alumni who received awards from the College this year. This episode is about award-winning author, journalist, and music critic Anthony DeCurtis.
Episode 102 is our second annual student Halloween edition of the show. Last year, we told you IU’s best legends in Episode 67. This year, we are a little more serious, talking with professor Robert Dobler about the ways we experience, commemorate, and avoid death.
This week, Through the Gates host Jim Shanahan is joined by Trevor Douglas, the Earl Blough Professor of Chemistry in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Chemistry.
Douglas is part of a research team working toward a material that may eventually fuel cheap, efficient cars that run on water — work being funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The team has created an efficient biomaterial that catalyzes the formation of hydrogen — one half of the “holy grail” of splitting H2O.
Also on this episode, we’ll hear from California-based author Dana Johnson, an associate professor of English at the University of Southern California, who talks about her writing process and reads an excerpt from one of her novels. Johnson will be in town next week as a faculty member at the annual IU Writers’ Conference (June 4-8).
Through the Gates opens season 2 with guest Elizabeth Cullen Dunn, an associate professor in IU's School of Global and International Studies. Professor Dunn discusses the experiences and lessons learned during the development of her upcoming book, "Permanently Temporary: Humanitarianism and displacement in the Republic of Georgia." She also discusses the plight of refugees in other parts of the world, as well as the current state of efforts to resettle refugees in Bloomington, Indiana.
James Farmer, associate professor from IU SPEA, and Julia Valliant, a postdoc researcher from the Ostrom Workshop, talk with Dean Shanahan about farm transfers, capturing the stories of Hoosier farmers, and sharing those stories in the media.
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This week on Through the Gates, Media School Dean Jim Shanahan talks with Leslie Fasone and Patrick Holbrook about their work on the Culture of Care initiative. Culture of Care is led by students and supported by faculty. It's designed to get IU students to care for one another in four main areas: sexual well-being, drug and alcohol awareness, mental health, and respect.
This week, Dean Shanahan discusses the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival with Executive Director Sunni Fass and Interim Artistic Director Rob Simonds. Listen to learn about the history of the festival, how Lotus cultivates the acts, and what artists that will be performing this year.
In episode 66, we talk to Lee A. Feinstein, dean of IU's School of Global & International Studies and former US ambassador to Poland. Topics include Feinstein's career in foreign policy, hot spots such as North Korea and Iran, and his work in academia.
In episode 70, James Shanahan speaks to Alvin Felzenberg, author of "A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr." The book examines how Buckley brought together anti-Communists, small-government advocates, free-market supporters, libertarians, and others to create a conservative movement. It also explores Buckley's relationship with US presidents, especially Ronald Reagan. Felzenberg recently visited the IU Bloomington campus as part of the Tocqueville Lecture Series.
In Ep. 103, Dean Jim Shanahan is joined by Bernard Fraga, Professor of Political Science at Indiana University. Tune in to hear about Fraga's research on voter turnout rates, political polls, and gerrymandering and redistricting.
In this special guest interview, Terri Francis, Media School associate professor and director of the Black Film Center/Archive, talks with long-time film and television director Michael Schultz. They cover Schultz's youth, industry experience and storytelling philosophy.
In episode 94, Associate professor Terri Francis and Dean Shanahan discuss the Black Film Center/Archive’s Michael Shultz film series (including To Be Young, Gifted, and Black, Cooley High, Krush Groove and Car Wash), Francis’s upcoming book about the cinematic career of Josephine Baker, and the realities of Afrosurrealism.
Through the Gates host Jim Shanahan speaks with Thomas and Kelley French, both acclaimed journalists and Professors of Practice at the Media School. Their recently published memoir, "Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon," has fast become an important work for parents navigating similar circumstances and for medical professionals seeking to understand the experience of parents of premature children.
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In episode 46, we're joined by Brittany Friesner, associate director of the IU Cinema, and Jesse Pasternak, a junior at IU and the co-president of the Indiana Student Cinema Guild, to discuss the Oscars, why they're important, and their impact on our culture.
In episode 62, we speak to Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, Professor of Law and Harry T. Ice Faculty Fellow at the IU Maurer School of Law, about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, its history and impact on higher education, and the current status of immigration law.
In episode 45, we speak to Dr. Justin Garcia, associate director for research & education at the Kinsey Institute and Ruth N. Halls Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at Indiana University. Dr. Garcia talks about a new era of modern love and dating and technology's role in it, as well as Match.com's Singles in America survey.
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In episode 69, we speak to Halina Goldberg, professor of musicology, and Dominick DiOrio, associate professor of choral conducting at the IU Jacobs School of Music about the works and career of multi-award winning Polish composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki. The maestro will visit the IU Bloomington campus for Penderecki Conducts Penderecki: "ST. LUKE PASSION," which takes place Wednesday, November 15 at 8pm in the Musical Arts Center.
With two Musical Composition/Arrangement Emmy wins behind him, professor Larry Groupé talks with Dean Shanahan about Hollywood scoring for movies, video games, and shows. Groupé leads IU's new film and media scoring program, teaching classed in the Jacobs School of Music and the Media School.
Through the Gates celebrates Valentine's Day with one of IU's beloved professors emeriti, Susan Gubar. Author of the new book Late-Life Love, Gubar talks with Dean Shanahan about the way love changes and remains the same as we age. They also discuss Gubar's life and New York Times blog Living With Cancer.
Former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton joins host Jim Shanahan on this week's episode of Through the Gates.
Hamilton represented Indiana's 9th Congressional District from 1965 to 1999 and served on several high profile committees both during and after his career in Congress. Hamilton went on to establish the Center on Congress at IU and still serves as a faculty member today.
In this interview, Hamilton discusses his new book, his career in Washington and the state of American politics today.
In episode 79, Dean Shanahan speaks to Joan Hawkins, associate professor at the IU Media School, about the Wounded Galaxies festival and symposium.
Wounded Galaxies: 1968 – Beneath the Paving Stones, the Beach is a festival and symposium produced by The Burroughs Century Ltd., welcoming scholars, writers, artists, archivists, filmmakers, performers, and others interested in exploring the intellectual and aesthetic legacy of 1968, during its 50th Anniversary year.
The festival subtitle is a translation of the French slogan “Sous les pavés, la plage!,” a popular resistance graffiti in France Mai ’68 that refers to both the sand beneath cobblestones lifted by students to hurl at police as well as the ‘Situationist’ conviction that the streets–the expression of capital and consumption–could be rediscovered by abandoning a regimented life.
This week, Through the Gates host Jim Shanahan discusses the upcoming election and recent electoral debates with IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs professors Paul Helmke, Professor of Practice and director of the Civic Leaders Center, and Brian DeLong, senior lecturer and university debate coach.
This far-reaching conversation explores a variety of issues related to both Donald J. Trump and Secretary Hillary Clinton's recent campaigns during this unusual and trend-setting election season.