Branigin Lectures

Supported by an endowment from the estate of IU-B alumna Gene Lois Porteus Branigin, this series of lectures brings to the Bloomington campus prominent, interdisciplinary scholars. During their stay on campus, the Branigin lecturers meet with a variety of faculty and student groups, both formally and informally.

RABBI ARIK ASCHERMAN     A Rabbinic View of Human Rights Issues in Israel  MP4 VIDEO


Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 4:00 p.m, Woodburn Hall 100 IU Bloomington

Rabbi Arik Ascherman makes history, bringing a controversial message: human rightswebphotoascherman.jpg from religious sources.  He is President and Senior Rabbi of Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR), a Jerusalem-based religious organization dedicated to human rights.  A 1981 graduate of Harvard University, he was ordained as a rabbi in 1989.  He later served congregations in California and in Jerusalem.  His human rights work in Israel has at times been confrontational and controversial: He has several times stood trial for acts of civil disobedience. Rabbi Ascherman is no stranger to academic settings.  His interests include interactions of human rights, law, and religion.  He is also a frequent contributor to the press.  In 2011 he was co-recipient (with Rabbi Ehud Bandel, another co-founder of RHR) of the Gandhi Peace Award, "for their nonviolent methods of resolving human rights abuses in Israel and the Occupied Territories."

Rabbi Ascherman's visit is co-sponsored by Collins Living-Learning Center, the Borns Jewish Studies Program, and the Department of Religious Studies.


 HERMAN GRAY   Race, Representation, Resonance  MP4 VIDEO

Thursday, April 25,2013,    Georgian Room, Indiana Memorial Union   IU Bloomington


Herman Gray is professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a renowned scholar in the fields of black visual cultures, music and cultural identity, and media representation and cultural politics.  His works are ground-breaking analyses of race, identity, and the politics of representation. He is the author of Watching Race: Television and the Struggle for Blackness (1997) and Cultural Moves: African Americans and the Politics of Representation (2005).  His visit to the Institute (April 23-26, 2013) will coincide with the conference on the Gendered Politics of Reality Television organized by Professor Brenda R. Weber, Gender Studies.



David_Chidester.jpgDavid Chidester,Wild Religion: Sacrifice, Sports, and Sovereignty in South Africa, MP4 Video

Wednesday, April 3, 2013,  Woodburn Hall 120  IU Bloomington

David Chidester is Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Institute for Comparative Religion in Southern Africa (ICRSA) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Author or editor of over twenty books in North American studies, South African studies, and comparative religion, his major publications include Salvation and Suicide: Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and Jonestown (Indiana University Press, 1988; revised edition 2003); Authentic Fakes: Religion and American Popular Culture (University of California Press, 2005); Savage Systems: Colonialism and Comparative Religion in Southern Africa (University of Virginia Press, 1996); and Wild Religion: Tracking the Sacred in South Africa (University of California Press, 2012). Professor Chidester presented a Branigin Lecture on April 3,2013 and met with students and faculty at Inidana University Campus.



Tiya Miles, Detroit: Then and Now, MP4 Video

Monday, October 15, 2012, State Room East, IMU, Bloomington



MILES_2.jpgTiya Miles is Professor in the Program in American Culture, Center for Afro-American and African Studies, Department of History, and Native American Studies Program at the University of Michigan.  In 2011 she was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" Fellowship.  Her research interests include African American and Native American interrelated and comparative histories and literatures; African American women’s history; American culture; and the histories, feminist theories, and life experiences of women of color in the United States.  She is the author of two award winning books: The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story (2010) and Ties that Bind: the Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom (2005).  Her visit (October 14-16) is co-sponsored by African American & African Diaspora Studies.





Christian Beck, Home Education: A Mirror for Differences in Educational Politics, MP4 Video

Wednesday, April 4, 2012, Georgian Room, IMU, Bloomington



Christian Beck is Professor of Educational Research at the University of Oslo, Norway, and a leading scholar in the area of sociology of education with a particular attention to “home education” (or homeschooling) in the European context, its meaning and purpose.  Beck will gave a Branigin Lecture on Home Education: A Mirror for Differences in Educational Politics and participated in the Institute-sponsored mini-workshop on “Homeschooling” organized by Professor Robert Kunzman in the School of Education.  He visited the Institute April 2-5, 2012.



David Campbell, From Robert Capa to the iPhone: How the Photojournalism of War Has (and Has Not) Changed, MP4 Video

Thursday, February 2, 2012; Woodburn Hall 009, Bloomington



David Campbell is an independent, internationally known scholar and multimedia producer; former Professor of Cultural and Political Geography at the Department of Geography, Durham University, UK; and Associate Director of the Durham Center for Advanced Photographic Studies. He is currently a member of the Durham Center for Advanced Photographic Studies. He served also as Director for the Newcastle Institute for the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities and was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. His research interests encompass cultural geography, political theory, and visual culture, with particular focus on documentary and photojournalistic practices. He has authored several books and more than fifty book chapters and essays; in recent years, he has also produced exhibitions and multimedia projects. Campbell gave a Branigin Lecture, From Robert Capa to the iPhone: How the Photojournalism of War Has (and Has Not) Changed. He was a guest speaker for the 2011-2012 Remak New Knowledge Seminar on In/Visibility of America’s Wars. In addition, he visited classes and meet informally with faculty and students. His visit was co-sponsored by the Center for Integrated Photographic Studies and by the interdisciplinary research forum on “Images and Public Culture: Understanding Images Across the Humanities.” He visited the Institute February 2-4, 2012.



Tim O'Brien, The Things They CarriedMP4 Video

Wednesday, October 19, 2012, Ballantine Hall, 013, Bloomington



Tim O'Brien is a renowned author and a Vietnam veteran best known for his numerous short stories and novels based on his experience in Vietnam in 1969/70. The Things They Carried, his most celebrated collection of stories, is taught in high schools and colleges across the country and has won France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger.  It was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award and the title story was selected for The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike. Going After Cacciato, a novel about a soldier who leaves Vietnam to walk 8,000 miles to Paris for the peace talks, won the 1979 National Book Award.  O'Brien is the recipient of literary awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  He has been elected to both the Society of American Historians and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He holds the University Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University-San Marcos. In addition to the lecture, he met informally with faculty and students and attended two classes. He visited the Institute on October 19-21, 2011.



Geremie R. Barmé, China’s 1911 Xinhai Revolution: After the Future of the Past, MP4 Video


Friday, October 14, 2011; Faculty Room, IMU, Bloomington



Geremie R. Barmé is Director of Australian Centre on China in the World and professor in the School of Culture, History & Language at the Australian National University, Canberra.  The author of many highly regarded scholarly books and articles, he is a renowned scholar of modern China with wide-ranging interests in 20th century Chinese intellectual and cultural history, contemporary Chinese cultural and intellectual debates, modern historiography, Ming-Qing literature and aesthetic, and Cultural Revolution history.  His major recent publication, The Forbidden City (Harvard, 2008), is a richly detailed thematic history of the palace. Barmé also met with faculty, advanced undergraduate students in the Chinese Flagship Program, and graduate students to discuss his definition of the key concept that anchors the new China In the World Center: new sinology. He visited the Institute on October 13-15, 2011.                


Fekade Azeze


From Blood Feuds to Peace: Traditional Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in Ethiopia
            MP4 Video

Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 Time: 3:00pm
Place: Folklore Annex, 800 N. Indiana Bloomington



Fekade Azeze is an Associate Professor of Ethiopian Literature and Folklore at the Addis Ababa University who specializes in Ethiopian oral literatures.  He is the author of several volumes of poetry and criticism in both Amharic and English languages.  His visit coincided with a major conference organized at IU Bloomington by the American Folklore Society on the theme of “War, Peace, Folklore.” Azeze also spoke to classes in English, Folklore, and Ethnomusicology and gave a public reading of his poetry. He visited the Institute on October 10-12, 2011.                


Diane Ravitch


Will Today's Education Reforms Improve Our Public Schools?
            MP4 Video

Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 Time: 5:00pm
Place: Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union, Bloomington



Diane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University, a historian of education, and an educational policy analyst. She is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. She was appointed to public office by both President George H. W. Bush and his successor Bill Clinton. Secretary of Education Richard Riley appointed her in 1997 to serve as a member of the National Assessment Governing Board which supervises the National Assessment of Educational Progress; she served until 2004. Her most recent book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, was published in 2010. She visited the Institute April 26-27.

Ravitch also took part in a moderated conversation, Bridging Differences Live, with her Education Week blogging partner Deborah Meier, a leading advocate for personalized and intellectually-challenging schools.  This program was presented by the IU School of Education and the Meier Institute at Harmony Education Center


Christopher Melchert


Agreeing to Disagree (or not): The Shaping of Islam in the Early Middle Ages
            MP4 Video

Date: Thursday, February 24, 2011 Time: 4:00pm
Place: Wright Education Building, 1120, Bloomington



The speaker discussed how the formation of the Sunni community in the ninth and tenth centuries CE took place as a series of agreements to disagree that included hadith, piety and multiple texts of the Qur’an. He spoke on how Probabilism was the most important mechanism for keeping the peace.

Christopher Melchert is University Lecturer in Arabic and Islam at the Oriental Institute and a Fellow of Pembrook College at the University of Oxford, England. He is one of the leading experts on Islamic law, focusing on the formation of Islamic legal traditions and on the early Hanbali school. His 1997 book, The Formation of the Sunni Schools of Law, 9th-10th Centuries C.E., has already become a modern classic. He visited with the Institute February 23-27.


James Greeno


Mechanism of Information Processing by Groups in Activity
            MP4 Video

Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2010 Time: 4:00pm
Place: Wright Education Building, 1120, Bloomington



The speaker reviewed studies that integrate two lines of scientific research in cognition and learning: analyses of information structures from cognitive science and analyses of patterns of positioning in group activities from scientific studies of interaction, including an effort to construct mechanistic explanations of some cognitive achievements of groups.

James Greeno is Margaret Jacks Professor Emeritus of Education, Stanford University, and Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Pittsburgh.  He began his career at Indiana University as professor of mathematical psychology and has since become a leading researcher in the fields of cognition and learning in social contexts.  His work cuts across a number of disciplines, including psychology, linguistics, learning sciences, cognitive science, and mathematical education.  He visited with the Institute January 25-27.



Boaventura de Sousa Santos


Sumak Kawsay (good life) or Sustainable Development? Refounding the State and the Economy in the New Constitutionalism of Latin America
            MP4 Video

Date: Monday, November 8, 2010 Time: 4:00pm
Place: Moot Court Room 123, Maurer School of Law, Bloomington



The compound effects of the financial, economic, environmental and energy crises, show that the current model of capitalist development is exhausted. Recent summits on climate change (Copenhagen, Denmark and Tikipaya, Bolivia) show how difficult it is to start a transition toward post-capitalist and post-colonial ways of life. In this context, the political innovations coming from the Global South are products of both large social mobilizations and of transformative constitutionalism. The speaker discussed some of these innovations present in the current political processes in Bolivia and Ecuador.

Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Professor of Sociology in the School of Economics at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He is also a Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and at the University of Warwick, England. His broad research area encompasses the social and political aspects of law and globalization with particular interest in Africa, Latin America, and Europe. He is also among the world’s foremost theorists of participatory democracy and of law formation and legal processes. His most recent books are The Language of the Time: Toward a New Political Culture and Refounding the State and the Economy in the New Constitutionalism of Latin America.  He visited with the Institute November 8-10.



John W. Terborgh


Trophic Cascades and Caughley's Declining Population Syndrome
            MP4 Video

Date: Thursday, October 28, 2010 Time: 12:00pm
Place: Moot Court Room 123, Maurer School of Law, Bloomington



The speaker discussed Graeme Caughley's enigmatic "declining population syndrome" in the light of trophic cascades.  Trophic cascades are destined to become the core principle of conservation science and, indeed, of all ecology.  In addition to discussing the relevant concepts, he presented illustrative examples from his own research and that of others.



John W. Terborgh is James B. Duke Professor of Biology and Co-Director of the Center for Tropical Conservation at Duke University, as well as a member of the National Academy of Sciences. For the past thirty-five years, has been actively engaged in tropical ecology and conservation issues and is an authority on avian and mammalian ecology in neotropical forests.  In 1992 Terborgh was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in recognition of his work in tropical ecology and, in 1996, the National Academy of Sciences Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal for his book on Diversity and the Tropical Rainforest.  He visited with the Institute October 27-30.




Wendy Everett


Health and Health Care 2020: Back to the Future?
            MP4 Video

Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 Time: 4:00pm
Place: Moot Court Room, Maurer School of Law, Bloomington



Recent state and federal health reform legislation will dramatically change public and private health policies. These changes will not only alter how health care is financed and delivered but also will have the potential to affect personal choices about our own health behaviors. Dr. Everett discussed the critical elements of health reform and their short and long term effects on individuals and society at large.



Wendy Everett, Sc.D. is President of the New England Healthcare Institute (NEHI) and one of the leading health care policy experts in the US today. Prior to her work at the NEHI, she held numerous executive positions at high-ranking national foundations and health organizations. Everett is an expert in health policy and its legislative processes; she has been in the front lines of health care reform and an active participant in the health care debates for over thirty years. She visited the Institute October 4-7 and lectured on both the IUB and IUPUI campuses.




Lawrence Buell


Uses and Abuses of Environmental Memory
            MP4 Video

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 Time: 7:00pm
Place: University Club, Indiana Memorial Union, Bloomington



How can the arts of memory counteract the inertial effects of what psychologist Peter Kahn, Jr. has called “intergenerational environmental amnesia”? The lecture seeks to offer a series of general reflections in response to key questions such as: How much reliance is to be placed on memory as carrier of environmental understanding and thereby as stimulus to environmentalist intervention? To what extent can memory–variously defined–be seen as a resource for reinvisioning (and renegotiating) the relation between human and otherthan-human realms in an era of environmental crisis?



Lawrence Buell is the Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, Harvard University, and one of the most prominent literary and cultural critics writing today. His interests include environmental(ist) discourses, issues of cultural nationalism, and comparatist approaches to American literary study including transatlantic and postcolonial models of inquiry. He is an expert on the 19th century, particularly on the antebellum era. Among his books are: Literary Transcendentalism(1973); The Environmental Imagination: Thoreau, Nature Writing; Formation of American Culture (1995); Writing for an Endangered World: Literature, Culture, and Environment in the United States and Beyond (2001); Emerson (2003); and The Future of Environmental Criticism (2005).  In 2001 Buell’s Writing for an Endangered World was awarded the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations' Cawelti Prize.  Emerson won the 2003 Warren-Brooks Award for outstanding literary criticism.  In 2007, Buell won the Jay Hubbell Award for lifetime contributions to American literary studies. Buell will be a Branigin Lecturer of the Institute April 19-23.  For further information contact Christoph Irmscher, Department of English, IUB ( or Ivona Hedin ( at the Institute.




Jonathan Culler


Comparative Literature and the Future of Theory
            MP4 Video

Date: Friday, February 26, 2010 Time: 4:00pm
Place: Woodburn 100, IU Bloomington.



Many have suggested, usually with satisfaction, often in the hope of making it come true, that theory is dead.  As chair of the committee of the American Comparative Literature Association that awards the Rene Wellek Prize for the best book in literary theory, I will report on the state of literary theory, as illustrated by the some 60 books submitted by publishers for the prize.  Though there is apparently considerable uncertainty about what counts as theory these days, a range of outstanding books pursue recognizable lines of theoretical investigation and others explore new modes of theory. The books from the past two years testify to a stronger and more varied field of theory than the yield from two years ago.



Jonathan Culler is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cornell University and an internationally recognized scholar of literature and literary theory.  His publications include The Literary in Theory (Stanford, 2006); Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 1999); Framing the Sign: Criticism and Its Institutions (Oxford, 1988); and Flaubert: The Uses of Uncertainty (Ithaca, 1985).  Culler visited IUB February 26-27 and interacted with faculty and students in English, Comparative Literature, and French & Italian.  On February 26 and 27, he participated in a conference commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Comparative Literature Department. For further information, contact Rosemarie McGerr, Comparative Literature (, or Ivona Hedin ( at the Institute.




Dorothy Cheney and Robert Seyfarth


The Evolution of Social Cognition
            MP4 Video

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2009 Time: 7:00pm
Place: Myers Hall 130, IU Bloomington.


                    In 1871 Charles Darwin famously wrote a passage that he must have known would be controversial: there is no fundamental difference between man and the higher
                    mammals in their mental faculties. This Branigin lecture will test Darwin's assertion by looking at some of the ways in which social cognition in animals is not only highly adaptive but also bears striking similarities to that of humans.


Dorothy Cheney and Robert Seyfarth are Professors of Biology and Psychology respectively, U. of Pennsylvania.  For the past three decades, Cheney and Seyfarth have studied the communication, cognition, emotions, and social behavior of vervet monkeys and baboons in Africa.  They pioneered the use of microphones and loudspeakers in the field to record and then play back the communicative signals in monkeys.  They are authors of the acclaimed book How Monkeys See the World: Inside the Mind of Another Species (1990).  During their visit to the Institute, November 3-6, 2009, they gave a Branigin Lecture (Dorothy Cheney was the speaker), The Evolution of Social Cognition, on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in Myers Hall 130, IU Bloomington. They also participated in the IAS-sponsored Seminar on Empathy.



Donald Bloxham


The Final Solution in European Perspective
            MP4 Video

Date: Friday, October 23, 2009 Time: 8:00pm
Place: Wylie Hall 005, IU Bloomington.



                    The Final Solution occurred in an age of genocide and ethnic cleansing. Recent scholarship has shown the extent to which the murder of the Jews was related to other Nazi policies of destruction and deportation. Yet, this lecture suggests we need to look wider still. It asks what light the crimes of other states before and during the Nazi period throw onto the Holocaust, both in terms of general patterns or logics of mass murder and in terms of more direct causal connections. The speaker’s goal is to depict the Holocaust within an 'international relations of genocide' that nevertheless retains the historian's sensitivity to temporality and the particularity of historical events.

                    Donald Bloxham is Professor of Modern History, Univeristy of Edinburgh. His research areas are war crimes trials, international humanitarian law, colonialism and imperialism, the memory of atrocity, postwar reconstruction, and humanitarian intervention.



Jeremy Horder


Law Commissions, Experts and Law Reform: the Case of Homicide
            MP4 Video

Date: Monday, September 23, 2009 Time: 7:00pm
Place: Moot Court Room, Mauer School of Law, IUB.



Jeremy Horder is Professor of Criminal Law at Worcester College, University of Oxford, and Law Commissioner for England and Wales.  His research interests include law reform, the historical and philosophical foundations of criminal law, and criminal law theory. Among his scholarly publications are Provocation and Responsibility (OUP 1992), Excusing Crime (OUP, 2004), and over thirty articles.  He also presented a colloquium, "Philosophy and Morality in the Courtroom: Defenses in Criminal Law," on Monday, September 21, 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Maurer School of Law's Faculty Conference Room (3rd floor).



Diane Negra


Failing Women: Hollywood and Its Chick Flick Audience
            MP4 Video


Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 Time: 5:30pm
Place: Ballantine Hall 244, IUB.

            Diane Negra is Professor of Film Studies and Screen Culture in the School of English, Drama and Film Studies at University College Dublin, Ireland.   She is a prominent scholar whose research areas encompass the studies of contemporary feminism, film and television, U.S. and British social histories, critical ethnic studies, and stardom.  Among her extensive publications are books on early cinema ( A Feminist Reader in Early Cinema, Duke 2002); female stardom (Off-White Hollywood: American Culture and Ethnic Female Stardom,  Routledge 2001); whiteness and ethnicity (The Irish in Us: Irishness, Performativity, and Popular Culture, Duke 2006); and contemporary feminism (Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture, Duke 2007).


Thomas B. Edsall


The Media and American Politics
            MP4 Video

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2009 Time: 3:00pm
Place: Dogwood Room, Tree Suites, Indiana Memorial Union, IUB.



Thomas B. Edsall is the political editor of the Huffington Post and Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.  From 1981 to 2006, he was a political reporter at the Washington Post where he covered national politics, including presidential elections, the House and Senate, lobbying, tax policy, demographic trends, social welfare, the politics of race and ethnicity, and organized labor.  Prior to his work at the Washington Post, Edsall reported for The Baltimore Sun and The Providence Journal.  He has contributed television and radio commentary to CNN, CSPAN, MSNBC, PBS, FOX, and NPR.  He is the author of Chain Reaction and Building Red America and has written extensively for magazines, including American Prospect, The Atlantic Monthly, Civilization, Dissent, Harper's, The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, and Washington Monthly.



Carolyn Merchant


Partnership with Nature: Women and the Environment
            MP4 Video

Date: Monday, March 30, 2009 Time: 4:00pm
Place: University Club, Indiana Memorial Union, IUB.



Carolyn Merchant is Chancellor’s Professor of Environmental History, Philosophy, and Ethics in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley.  She is a prominent scholar whose work focuses on American environmental and cultural history in the overall context of Western history, philosophy, and the history of science.  Among her most influential books are her groundbreaking monograph, The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution (1980); The Columbia Guide to American Environmental History (2002; 2nd ed. 2007); and Reinventing Eden: The Fate of Nature in Western Culture (2003).  The author of numerous articles on the history of science, environmental history, and women and the environment, Merchant has been awarded multiple NEH and NSF grants as well as Guggenheim and McArthur fellowships.  

                    Photo by Peg Skorpinski.




Colin J. Davis


In Praise of Overreading
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Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 Time: 4:00pm
Place: University Club, Indiana Memorial Union, IUB.



Colin J. Davis is Professor of French at the School of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Royal Holloway, University of London, U.K. His principal research focuses on twentieth-century French literature, thought, and film.




Darius Rejali


Torture, Democracy, and Our Future
            MP4 Video

Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 Time: 7:00pm
Place: Woodburn Hall 101



Darius Rejali is Professor of Political Science at Reed College and an internationally recognized expert on government torture and interrogation. His recent book, Torture and Democracy (Princeton, 2007), is a trenchant account of the use of torture by democracies in the 20th century and has won the 2007 Human Rights Book of the Year Award from the American Political Science Association.




Gary C. Jacobson


The Bush Legacy and the 2008 Elections
            MP4 Video

Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Time: 7:00pm
Place: Woodburn Hall 120



Gary C. Jacobson is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego whose research areas encompass congressional elections, American politics, and American political parties. Among his books are: Politics of Congressional Elections; A Divider, Not a Uniter: George W. Bush and the American People; and Money in Congressional Elections.




Charles H. Franklin


The Shape of the Campaign: Composition and Dynamics in the 2008 Election
            MP4 Video

Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 Time: 7:00pm
Place: Woodburn Hall 120



Charles H. Franklin is Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who studies statistical methods, elections and public opinion. His articles on partisanship, public opinion, the Supreme Court, and U.S. Senate elections have appeared in major journals. His current work focuses on Bayesian (probabilistic) models of election campaigns and polling data.




Robert Dallek


The Making and Unmaking of American Presidents
            MP4 Video

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2008 Time: 7:00pm
Place: Rawles Hall 100



Robert Dallek is a prominent historian specializing in the study of American presidents and U.S. diplomacy. He is a former Professor of History at Boston University, Columbia, UCLA, Oxford, Dartmouth, and Stanford. He won the Bancroft Prize in 1980 and many other awards for his scholarship and teaching. Among his numerous books are acclaimed biographies of Lyndon Johnson, John F. Kennedy, and, most recently, Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power (2007).




Peter Turnley


McClellan Street
            Real Video

Date: Thursday, November 1st, 2007 Time: 4:00pm
Place: University Club, Indiana Memorial Union



Peter Turnley is a world-renowned photojournalist who for the past twenty years has worked in more than eighty-five countries and has documented nearly every major international news event. He has photographed the aftermath of 9/11 as well as conflicts in the Balkans, Somalia, Rwanda, South Africa, Chechnya, Haiti, Afghanistan, Persian Gulf, Kosovo, Iraq, and the Middle East.



In the late 1970s, Turnley worked as assistant to the French photographer Robert Doisneau. Turnley's work-inspired by photographers such as Edouard Boubat, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andre Kertesz, and Josef Koudelka-has been exhibited worldwide. He has received numerous awards, including the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad as well as awards and citations from World Press Photo and from the Pictures of the Year competition of the University of Missouri.



From 1984 to 2001, Turnley worked as a contract photographer for Newsweek magazine. His photographs have appeared on its cover forty three times. Over the years, his work has also been featured in numerous national and international publications, including LIFE, Stern, Paris Match, National Geographic, The London Sunday Observer, Geo, Le Figaro, Le Monde, VSD , and Double Take .



Since completing a Neiman Fellowship at Harvard in 2000-2001, Turnley has been a contributing editor for Harper's magazine, publishing an eight-page photo-essay every three months. He teaches two workshops a year for the Maine Photographic Workshops and a workshop in Rio de Janeiro during the Carnival. In addition to the Neiman Fellowship, he has received honorary doctorates from the School of Social Research in New York and from Saint Francis College in Indiana . He has published five books: Beijing Spring, Moments of Revolution, In Times of War and Peace, Parisians,  and McClellan Street . Turnley lives in New York and Paris.




Wallace Baker


The Nature and Importance of Business Ethics: How Can A Research University Help Improve Ethics?

Date: Wednesday, April 25th 2007 Time: noon
Place: Poynter Center


Wallace Baker is an international partner in the Baker & McKenzie Law firm which has seventy offices in thirty eight countries.  He lives in Paris and is member of the Paris and Illinois Bars (LLB from Harvard Law School, 1949-1952).  He holds Doctor of Laws, University of Brussels, 1959-1961 and Licence en Droit, University of Paris, 1970-1972.  Baker is currently engaged in research for and advice to companies in risk management relating to the rapidly developing field of corporate responsibility (the triple-bottom-line).   Since 1990 he has also been active at MIT in creating and developing the Global System for Sustainable Development (GSSD –, a knowledge meta-networking system to generate and communicate the best information related to achieving sustainable social and economic development.  He has written on subjects such as corporate social responsibility, business ethics, the GSSD, the Kyoto Protocol, and emissions trading.  He served as Chairman of a UNESCO symposium in December 1998 on Business Ethics.  More recently, he has been involved in studies on how UNESCO can work with companies in order to fulfill its mission of education for all and promotion of ethical behavior and corporate social responsibility including protecting the environment.



Wallace Baker discussed the origins of ethics and examined various ethical questions from an interdisciplinary perspective. The central inquiry of his paper is whether it makes a difference if businesses in a community act ethically. He raised a number of questions: Do ethics vary in time and in different cultures? Does ethical conduct pay? What is the relation of ethics to justice? How can a research university improve business ethics?




Peter Katzenstein


Anti-Americanisms in World Politics
            MP4 Video

Date: Monday April 2nd, 2007 Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: Woodburn Hall 101



Peter Katezenstein is the Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies at Cornell University. His research area encompasses the fields of international relations and comparative politics (political economy, security and culture in both Europe and Asia, with specific concentrations on Germany and Japan). His current work focuses on the role of anti-Americanism, religion and popular culture, and regionalism in world politics, as well as changes in German politics. In 1987 Katzenstein was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science. He has held numerous visiting fellowships and serves on the editorial boards and academic advisory boards of several journals and organizations both in the United States and abroad. He is the author, coauthor, editor, or coeditor of more than twenty books and has written over eighty papers and book chapters. Among his recent books are: Anti-Americanism in World Politics, coedited with Robert O. Keohane and in preparation for Cornell University Press (2006); Religion in an Expanding Europe (Cambridge University Press, (2006), coedited with Timothy A. Byrnes; Beyond Japan: East Asian Regionalism (Cornell University Press, 2006), coedited with Takashi Shiraishi; A World of Regions: Asia and Europe in the American Imperium (Cornell University Press, 2005); and Rethinking Security in East Asia: Identity, Power, and Efficiency (Stanford University Press, 2004). In 2005 Katzenstein was made one of Cornell University's Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellows, in recognition of sustained and distinguished undergraduate teaching. Peter Katzenstein will be at the Institute April 1-5, 2007.



Anti-Americanisms are politically significant even when their consequences may not be readily apparent in the short-term. They are rooted in the multiple modernities of a global civilization as well as in the polyvalent character of the United States




Justice Michael Kirby


Alfred Kinsey and His Continuing Impact on the Human Rights of Sexual Minorities
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Date: Saturday, October 14, 2006 Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: State Room East IMU, IU - Bloomington



Justice Michael Kirby a Branigin Lecturer in 2004 and a Distinguished Citizen  Fellow of the Institute, will return for another visit this October 13-16,  2006.  His lecture on Alfred Kinsey and His Continuing Impact on the Human Rights  of Sexual Minorities will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 14th, in State Room East, Indiana Memorial Union, IUB.



Justice Kirby received his  Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Law degrees from the University of Sydney.   From 1983 to 1984, he was a judge in the Federal Court of Australia and  the youngest person ever appointed as a Federal Judge.  He was then appointed President of the New  South Wales Court of Appeal, the highest court in that state's legal  system.  In February of 1996, he was  appointed to the High Court of Australia and has served on it ever since.  He received Australia’s  highest honor in 1991, when he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia  (AC).  He is also a Companion of the  Order of St Michael and St George (CMG).



In the 1990s, Justice Kirby  acted as Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Human  Rights in Cambodia  and served on many other UN bodies.   Justice Kirby is currently a member of  the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO, the Ethics Committee of the  Human Genome Organisation, and the Global Panel on Human Rights of UNAIDS (the  Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS).   He  was among the founders of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, an organization which played a prominent part in ‘No  Republic’ campaign during the lead up to Australia’s 1999 republic  referendum. Earlier  this year, Justice Kirby received the 2006 NSW (New South Wales) Australian of the Year Award.  He is recognized as an  exceptionally eloquent and compelling speaker.




Angelo Pizzo

Running the Gauntlet:  From the Movie in My Mind to the Movie on the Screen
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Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Fine Arts Auditorium 015, IU - Bloomington



Angelo Pizzo is an accomplished screenwriter and film  producer.  The son of a Sicilian immigrant, he grew up in Bloomington,  where he graduated from Indiana  University in 1971 with a  B.A. in Political Science.  He then attended film school at the University of Southern California.  After  beginning his career at Warner Brothers Television, he moved to Time Life Films  where he eventually became vice president for feature film production.   His biggest success came in 1987 with the film Hoosiers (nominated for two Academy Awards), which he wrote and co-produced. The film is now in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry  and has been declared by ESPN and USA Today the best sports film of all time.  In 1993, Pizzo wrote and co-produced another successful film, Rudy.   Both films were directed by his college roommate and close friend, David  Anspaugh.  Pizzo and Anspaugh also collaborated on their third film, The  Game of Their Lives, released theatrically in 2005.



After thirty years in  Southern California, Pizzo—who is also an avid reader and book collector—moved  back to Bloomington,  where he is pursuing new film projects and, along with his wife Greta, raising two  young sons. In addition to working on films, he serves  on boards of the Heartland Film Festival and the New Harmony Writers'  Project.  He also served on the former Indiana Film Commission. 



Pizzo received an  honorary doctorate from Franklin   College and was its  commencement speaker in 2002.  He has been the recipient of the Thomas  Hart Benton Award as a Distinguished Indiana University Alumnus and of the  Governor's Arts Award for contributions to the arts. He was also named a  Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest civilian honor given to a resident of Indiana.




Martin E. Marty

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Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Woodburn Hall 120, IU - Bloomington

Around the world, contrary to Enlightenment-era expectations that religion would disappear or that surviving religions would be soft-line, reasonable, and tolerant, religion is back in full force. And much of the energy is along the "hard line" in all the religions. This lecture will include report on the trends, attempts to account for them, and some envisionings of strategies for the future.



Martin E. Marty is The Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Religious History at the University of Chicago . He is one of the most prominent scholars of Modern Christianity and interpreters of religion and its role in American political and social life. Before joining the Chicago faculty, he served as a Lutheran pastor. He taught in the Divinity School for thirty five years and was the first Director of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion, which opened in October of 1979. In 1998, the Institute was renamed the Martin Marty Center in his honor. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal, the Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and fifty nine honorary doctorates. Marty is author of more than fifty books, among them Righteous Empire (winner of the National Book Award); the three-volumes of Modern American Religion; The One and the Many: America's Search for the Common Good; Places Along the Way; Our Hope for Years to Come; The Promise of Winter; and most recently The Promise of Grace, The Protestant Voice in American Pluralism and Martin Luther (part of the “Penguin Lives” series). In addition to books, he has written more than 5,000 articles, essays, papers, chapters, and forewords. He has served as president of the American Academy of Religion, the American Society of Church History, and the American Catholic Historical Association. Martin E. Marty visited the Institute for a week beginning on February 28, 2006.




John Crowley

Practicing the Arts of Peace

Date: Thursday, December 1, 2005 Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Woodburn Hall 101, IU - Bloomington


John Crowley is an acclaimed novelist and documentary film writer and producer. His fiction is often categorized as science fiction or fantasy. Crowley was raised in Vermont, Kentucky, and Indiana. In 1964, he received his B.A. from Indiana University with a major in English and a minor in Photography. In 198, his fantasy novel, Little, Big, won the World Fantasy Award and earned him a fast-growing circle of fans (Harold Bloom and Ursula LeGuin among them). Among his other works of fiction are: Three Novels, AEgypt, Great Work of Time (which won another World Fantasy Award), Love and Sleep, The Translator, and, most recently Lord Byron's Novel: The Evening Land.



In 1989, in conjunction with his wife, Laurie Block, Crowley co-founded an innovative media production company, Straight Ahead Pictures, Inc., which specializes in making documentaries on subjects of American history and culture (the attack on Pearl Harbor, the 1930 World's Fair, the Depression, the 1950s bomb-shelter hysteria, and the fitness craze in America, among others). Several of their films have been selected for major film festivals and have won numerous awards. Crowley teaches fiction writing and screen writing at Yale. He was a Branigin Lecturer November 29-December 3, 2005.


Peter Turnley

Moments of the Human Condition: A Visual Tour of World Affairs and the Family of Man during the Past Twenty Five Years (view in RealPlayer)

Date: March 2, 2005


Peter Turnley is a world-renowned photojournalist who for the past twenty years has worked in more than eighty-five countries and has documented nearly every major international news event. He has photographed the aftermath of 9/11 as well as conflicts in the Balkans, Somalia, Rwanda, South Africa, Chechnya, Haiti, Afghanistan, Persian Gulf, Kosovo, Iraq, and the Middle East .



In the late 1970s, Turnley worked as assistant to the French photographer Robert Doisneau. Turnley's work-inspired by photographers such as Edouard Boubat, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andre Kertesz, and Josef Koudelka-has been exhibited worldwide. He has received numerous awards, including the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad as well as awards and citations from World Press Photo and from the Pictures of the Year competition of the University of Missouri.



From 1984 to 2001, Turnley worked as a contract photographer for Newsweek magazine. His photographs have appeared on its cover forty three times. Over the years, his work has also been featured in numerous national and international publications, including LIFE, Stern, Paris Match, National Geographic, The London Sunday Observer, Geo, Le Figaro, Le Monde, VSD , and Double Take .



Since completing a Neiman Fellowship at Harvard in 2000-2001, Turnley has been a contributing editor for Harper's magazine, publishing an eight-page photo-essay every three months. He teaches two workshops a year for the Maine Photographic Workshops and a workshop in Rio de Janeiro during the Carnival. In addition to the Neiman Fellowship, he has received honorary doctorates from the School of Social Research in New York and from Saint Francis College in Indiana . He has published four books: Beijing Spring, Moments of Revolution, In Times of War and Peace, and Parisians . Turnley lives in New York and Paris.


Interviews with Peter Turnley
Peter Turnley's Interview on WTIU's Weekly Special (Jan. 18th 2007)
Interview with Peter Turnley published in IU Home Pages (April 8th, 2005)



Linda and Michael Hutcheon

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Date: November 18, 2004

Linda Hutcheon is  Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto and a renowned literary and cultural critic best known for her extensive writings on postmodern theory and feminism. Her research interests also extend into art, architecture, and modern philosophy. Michael Hutcheon is Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Together, they have co-written three books on opera (Opera: Desire, Disease, Death , 1999; Bodily Charm: Living Opera , 2000; Opera: The Art of Dying , 2004).  By combining literary and scientific discussions, they engage in an interdisciplinary exploration of operatic languages and metaphors from historical and cultural points of view.  They probe such subjects as disease, death and the art of dying, desire, and representations of the operatic body both on stage and among audiences.




Judge Robert L. Carter
Date: November 16, 2004



Judge Robert L. Carter was hired as an assistant to NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall in 1952 and stayed on as lawyer for the NAACP for twenty four years. During that time he argued twenty two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, twenty one of which he won. He also successfully argued such famous cases as Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 and in NAACP b. Alabama in 1958. In 1972, Judge Carter was appointed a U.S. District Court Judge for the Southen District of New York; in 1986, he assumed senior status. He has held adjunct faculty positions at University of Michigan, NYU, Yale, and was Regents Lecturer at UCLA. He has been a strong advocate of equal rights and has served on the boards of a wide variety of social organizations - among them the Northside Center for Child Development, National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing, and Amercian Civil Liberties Union. In 2004, he was awarded the Springarn Medal, the NAACP's highest honor designed to highlight distinguished merit and achievement among African Americans.




The Honorable Justice Michael Kirby

Terrorism: Global Response of the Courts (view in Windows MediaPlayer)

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Date: September 21, 2004

            Justice Michael Kirby
has served on the High Court of Australia since 1996 and has been a judge since 1975, serving on the Federal Court of Australia and as President of the Courts of Appeal of New South Wales and the Solomon Islands. In the 1990s, he served as Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Human Rights in Cambodia and on many other UN bodies. Justice Kirby is currently a member of the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO, the Ethics Committee of the Human Genome Organisation, and the Global Panel on Human RIghts of UNAIDS (the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS).



Fred Hersch

Leaves of Grass (view in RealPlayer)

Date: April 16, 2004

Fred HerschFred Hersch is a world renowned jazz pianist, composer, and educator living New York City who has received many prestigious awards and grants, including a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition. He has released over twenty albums as a solo artist or bandleader, two of which were nominated for Grammy Awards. His collaborators include such star performers as Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, Toots Thielemans, Charlie Haden, Dawn Upshaw, Bill T. Jones, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Jeffrey Kahane, Art Farmer, and Renee Fleming. He has recorded over fifty of his compositions for such labels as BMG, Nonesuch, Harmonia, Mundi, Palmetto, Concord Jazz, Enja, and Chesky. Leaves of Grass premiered in April of 2003 with Kurt Elling and Norma Winstone (voice).



Additionally, follow this link to the National Public Radio website to hear the audio recording of Hersch's Leaves of Grass performed at Carnegie Hall .




Todd Gitlin

The Media Torrent and the Erosion of Democracy

Date: 2002


Todd Gitlin, Professor of Sociology & Journalism at Columbia University, is a public intellectual and author of numerous books,  including The Twilight of Common Dreams and The Sixties: Years of Hope and Days of Rage.  He is former president of the Students for a Democratic Society, has taught at Berkeley and NYU, and is North America's Editor of Open Democracy. He writes regularly for DISSENT and a variety of general journals of opinion. Gitlin was a Branigin Lecturer with the Institute from November 4 through 8, 2002. (Unfortunately, due to problems with audiotaping, Todd Gitlin's lecture, The Media Torrent and the Erosion of Democracy, scheduled for Wednesday, November 6, was not taped.  Instead, we taped :

          A Conversation With Todd Gitlin , which took place on Thursday, November 7, 2002, at 8 pm in IUB University Club.)




Robert Pennock

Darwin and Design: From Natural Theology to Applied Biology

Date: March 26, 2002

Robert T. Pennock, Associate Professor of Philosophy and of Science and Technology Studies at Lyman Briggs School at Michigan State University.  Pennock's book, Tower of Babel:  The Evidence against the New Creationism (MIT, 2000) offers a philosopher of science's full-length discussion, explanation, and cogent refutation of the perspective espoused by creationism, creation-science, or what is sometimes referred to as intelligent-design theory.  Based on considerable contact with some of the primary proponents of creationism, Pennock, finally, distinguishes between public scientific knowledge and private religious beliefs:  "Science is neither God nor devil, but profoundly human.  It is not infallible.  It cannot answer every question.  It reveals nothing of possible supernatural realms.  It is simply the best method that we evolved, natural creatures have yet discovered for finding our way around this natural world" (377).



Rosemarie Garland Thomson

"Seeing the Disabled: Visual Rhetorics of Disability in Popular Photography"

Date: 2002

Rosemarie Garland Thomson combines feminist theory and American Studies to offer a humanistic critique of what she identifies as the "extraordinary" body, the body that differs from the culturally constructed norm or normate.  Her 1997 book-Extraordinary Bodies:  Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature--explores, among other things, the enormous popular appeal of the "freak" show in the United States between l840 and l940 when the "freak" became medicalized, privatized, and pathologized.  Of the  "shows" in general, she suggests, "These collective cultural rituals provided dilemmas of classification and definition upon which the throng of spectators could hone the skills needed to tame world and self in the ambitious project of American self-making" (59).  She has become a leading figure in the development of  Disability Studies in the Humanities.



Ruth Behar

"The Last Time Tere Danced a Rumba..."  

Date: 2001

Ruth Behar is an Anthropology Professor from the University of Michigan. Behar has received a number of awards including a MacArthur grant; has written extensively on Latina/o culture and experience (including that of her own family - a Jewish Cuban family), and has published a number of poems.




Robert Darnton

"Poetry and Police in Eighteenth Century Paris"

Date: 2001

Robert Darnton is Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of European History and Director of the Program in European Studies at Princeton University. Author of the books on the Enlightenment and 18th century France, recipient of numerous awards including Guggenheim and MacArthur fellowships, Darnton was President of the American Historical Association in 1999, the same year he was named Chevalier, French Legion of Honor.




David Harvey

"Geographical Knowledges/Political Powers"

Date: 2001

David Harvey is currently Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Senior Research Fellow, St. Peter's College, Oxford; Miliband Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics.  Among his research interests are geography and social theory; urban political economy and urbanization in advanced capitalist countries; architecture and urban planning; environmental philosophies; ecological movements; geographies of difference; utopianism.




Chantal Mouffe

Politics and Passions: The Stakes of Democracy

Date: 2000

Chantal Mouffe was a Quintin Hogg Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, School of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Westminster (London). A political theorist, she has written commentaries on contempary liberal political philosophy, offered critiques of the works of various theorists (Rorty, Derrida), and produced new strategies for thinking through the dilemmas of radical politics in the postmodern era. Mouffe is best known for Gramsci and Marxist Theory, Hegemony, and Socialist Strategy (with Ernesto Laclau) and The Return of the Political.




Slovaj Zizek

Psychoanalysis between Judiasm and Christianity  

Date: 2000

Professor Slovaj Zizek has focused his academic attention on psychoanalytical, philosophical, and cultural criticism; widely published in a variety of languages, his The Sublime Object of Ideology has been particularly influential. Politically active in the alternative movement in Slovenia during the 1980s, Zizek was a candidate for the presidency of the Republic of Slovenia in the first multi-party elections in 1990.



Roger Chartier

"The Stage and the Page..."

Date: 1999

Roger Chartier was the Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large, Cornell University. He has served as visiting professor at a number of universities and has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. His historical works have been widely translated; see most particularly Cultural History: Between Practices and Representation (1988), Forms and Meanings: Texts, Performances, and Audiences from Codex to Computer (1995), and On the Edge of the Cliff: History, Language, and Practices (1997).