Introducing Leo P

May 10, 2013

  Meet Leo P, a new dwarf galaxy identified by astronomers using the WIYN 3.5m telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Southern Arizona (WIYN is owned and operated by the WIYN Consortium, which consists of University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, Yale University, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory). IU Bloomington astronomer Katherine Rhode worked […]


Gatsby at the Lilly

April 30, 2013

Once again, IU’s Lilly Library demonstrates the breadth of its stunning collections. Cherry Dunham Williams, curator of manuscripts at the Lilly Library, says the university’s rare books and manuscripts library is home to both a U.S. and British first edition of Fitzgerald’s famous novel, The Great Gatsby. “We hold several letters written in the author’s personal […]


IU Bloomington media specialist Tracy James blogs about an upcoming conference hosted by Brenda Weber, associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Gender Studies at IU Bloomington. Weber has organized Reality Gendervision, a conference focused on “sexuality and gender on reality TV” that is drawing researchers from as far away as New […]

NCAA number-crunching

March 20, 2013

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President Barack Obama may have picked IU to win it all in the NCAA, but IU professor Wayne Winston gives IU about a 12 percent chance of winning, according to a story from Indiana Public Media and IU’s public radio station WFIU. He should know. The John and Esther Reese Professor of operations and decision […]


An essay on the wonders of the Lilly Library’s rare collections, posted by Jessica Ferri on  The Daily Beast: In 2005, I found myself working as a public services assistant at Indiana University’s rare books library, The Lilly Library. The job title was a glorified term for a photocopier. I spent most sunny Saturday afternoons in […]


Student life, 1840s-style

February 6, 2013

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It’s the spring semester on college campuses. Facebook feeds are filling up with photos of smiling young people who have rushed their favorite sororities and fraternities, but what was student life on campus like before the rise of Greek organizations? The staff at the Indiana University Archives has been answering this question with Student Life […]

If you’re a Downton Abbey fan (and yes, we are legion), you know that the Grantham family is in turmoil, their aristocratic privilege threatened by financial disaster. Still, it seems unlikely that their lavish  lifestyle will be too much affected. We Americans will just have to wait for Season 3 to unfold to know the […]


A Press of influence

November 13, 2012

November 11-17 is  University Press Week, an event designed to highlight the work of university presses and their contributions to culture, the academy, and society. The week and its events are spearheaded by the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Indiana University Press and 25 other academic presses are uniting this […]

An infamous and ill-fated talking Barbie doll once said, “Math class is tough. Let’s go shopping.” At least until public outcry compelled Mattel to take that 1992 doll off the shelf. Yet that soundtrack still plays for flesh-and-blood girls. The message—that girls do not have the same aptitude or interest as boys in math and […]

Habeas corpus is one of those terms most of us learn in high school civics and promptly forget (or relegate to jokes — an old friend of mine and I once started a goofy murder-mystery story with the line, “Hey! Be as corpses!”). But habeas corpus is serious stuff, a central pillar of our American […]