Human (biology) eats!

May 25, 2012

When HBO’s four-part documentary “The Weight of the Nation” (presented with the Institute of Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Institutes of Health) premiered in mid-May, the media was overstuffed with stories on America’s virulent obesity epidemic. The films and accompanying website offer a full plate of resources and action recommendations […]


On marriage

May 23, 2012

It’s nearly June, the traditional time for weddings galore. But marriage—its legality, longevity, permutations, and failures—seems perennially in the news. Here are some recent views on love and marriage from different corners of the IU Bloomington campus: In an article for the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Winter 2012), Constance Furey, a professor […]


The art of the arts

May 17, 2012

The color photograph at left is called I Throw Myself at Men #12; it’s part of the Contemporary Relationships exhibit on display at the IU Art Museum until June 10. According to the Art Museum’s text, the photograph, by Lilly McElroy (with artistic partners Dutes Miller and Stan Shellabarger), is a “statement about contemporary life, […]


Not happily ever after

May 11, 2012

In this recent blog post. IU media specialist and health/wellness blogger Tracy James comments thoughtfully on Distinguished Professor Emerita Susan Gubar’s new book, Memoir of a Debulked Woman.  Gubar, co-author of the signature feminist book The Madwoman in the Attic (1979), has a long history of applying honest, clarifying critical thinking to topics too long […]


It’s graduation season. Scores of students leaving high school and college (and kindergarten, for that matter) are being told they can do anything, accomplish anything, achieve anything. They’re the best and the brightest, we say. But what if most of us are simply average … or below? “The Best and the Rest,” co-authored by Herman […]