by Thomas P. Hustad

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Ellen MacKay’s love of Shakespeare was born when she was just 9 years old, after seeing her first Shakespeare production, Twelfth Night, at Stratford, England. Today, the associate professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington is is making it possible to interact with Shakespeare in a whole new way. […]


Patrick Feaster

May 31, 2012

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IU sound media historian Patrick Feaster accomplishes the seemingly impossible task of creating sound from century-old images. He’s uncovered and played back what may be the world’s oldest record.


“As long as they let me have a camera, I’ll grind it.” So says Orson Welles in this audio excerpt below from a recording made after the premiere of Welles’s landmark film Citizen Kane. The recording, which exists on a lacquer disc in the Orson Welles Collection at the Lilly Library, was one of the […]


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 […]


YouTube, Hulu, Flickr, Facebook, Picnik, Google, Amazon … What’s not to like about the cloud? Cloud computing means fast, convenient, on-demand network access to shared resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services). It’s speed and accessibility are wonderful, but what if your lawyer is using it to store your confidential data? That’s the question […]

Testing Prayer

April 27, 2012

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When sickness strikes, people around the world pray for healing. Many claim prayer has cured them of blindness, deafness, metastasized cancers. Some believe they have been resurrected from the dead. Can science test such claims? Should it? Science cannot prove prayer’s healing power, but according to Candy Gunther Brown, associate professor of religious studies in […]


Herman B Wells

April 17, 2012

By James H. Capshew

Mary L. Gray

March 27, 2012

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An IU professor of communication and culture and senior researcher at Microsoft Research, Mary L. Gray studies people on the margins of information access and how location and time still matter, even in our mobile age.


The virtue of empathy?

March 5, 2012

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You’ve had a wretched day at work, and things aren’t so hot at home, either. You unload to your best friend or the stranger standing next to you in line, and your confidante responds, “I know how you feel.” Ah, you think, a little empathy at last. Generally speaking, we think of empathy as a […]