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August 7, 2020
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Inside Higher Ed

'A Field Guide to Grad School'

Graduate school is a great mystery to students, and to some faculty members, says Jessica McCrory Calarco, the author of A Field Guide to Grad School: Uncovering the Hidden Curriculum (Princeton University Press). Calarco is an associate professor of sociology at Indiana University. She believes many faculty members (as well as graduate students, of course) will benefit from her book. She responded to questions via email. Q: How did you get the idea to write this book? Why did the issue speak to you? A: This book started as a tweet. Or, rather, as a series of tweets about the hidden curriculum of higher ed. Ph.D. student Kristen K. Smith had tweeted about the need to better educate undergrads about grad school opportunities, and it made me think about how opportunities in academe are often hidden from grad students, as well.iculum part of the formal curriculum, instead.


AUDIO: In Netflix's 'Indian Matchmaking,' arranged marriage is the anti-entanglement

In the new Netflix docuseries, "Indian Matchmaking," affluent Indian singles look for love and marriage with the help of a professional matchmaker. Based on criteria they provide, clients are matched with ostensibly compatible dates, but they soon find that the goal of marriage is more difficult to attain that they had hoped -- even with a matchmaker who consults biological data profiles, astrologers and face readers. ... Host Anita Rao talks to Manisha Dass, one of the singles featured in the series; Jasbina Ahluwalia, founder and CEO of the South Asian matchmaking service, Intersections Match by Jasbina; and Keera Allendorf, associate professor of sociology and international studies at Indiana University Bloomington.


Silicon Valley has a caste discrimination problem

When Maya, a computer scientist, left India in 2002 at 21 she thought she was finally leaving her country's oppressive caste system behind. Maya is a Dalit, a group previously called "untouchables" in India’s caste system, which has structured Hindu society for centuries. ... But she soon learned that caste discrimination didn't respect borders and for 18 years she has faced discrimination at the hands of higher caste Brahmin Indians who have established powerful cliques within many of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies, hiding her identity and even using fake names to get work. ... "There's no question that when Indians come to the United States, they carry their culture with them, and the overwhelming majority of them are higher-caste Hindus. Only about 1% of them are Dalits," Kevin Brown, a professor at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law who has been traveling to India to study caste discrimination for 25 years, told VICE News. "If they're identified as Dalit by the caste Hindus, there's no question they're subject to discrimination here in the U.S."

Foreign Policy

Kashmir's year of hopelessness

Written by Sumit Ganguly, a distinguished professor of political science and the Rabindranath Tagore chair in Indian cultures and civilizations at Indiana University, Bloomington. On Aug. 5, 2019, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi revoked the special constitutional status of Indian-administered Kashmir. It did so by using a legislative sleight of hand, relying on its parliamentary majority at the national level. Had it chosen to adhere to constitutional proprieties it would have had to obtain the imprimatur of the local, elected legislature in the state before embarking on the change. After the ending of its special status, the state was divided into two Union Territories -- regions under the direct rule of New Delhi. In practical terms, the termination of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution (as well as an earlier law, Article 35A, which had defined the basis of state citizenship) not only ended the state's autonomy, but also made it possible for non-Kashmiris to acquire land in the state.

South Bend Tribune

Giving police more input in citizen review board angers activists

South Bend Common Council members, aiming for more police support of their proposed citizen police complaint review board, received pushback from reform-seeking activists during a committee meeting Wednesday night to discuss changes they're considering. ... Paul Mishler, associate professor of labor studies at Indiana University South Bend, ... was concerned that the discussion seemed to focus on connecting the board to the police department. Mishler said programs such as the Citizens Police Academy were popular when he was growing up in the 1950s and ‘60s, but they're no longer adequate in the current environment. "The demand for these boards, which is now a national demand, is because there are very serious issues of trust between communities that are essentially being victimized by police departments and the police departments themselves," Mishler said. "This is a repetition of the public safety board that already exists and does very little. This board has to be independent for it to have any purpose in this city."

Big News

COVID-19 hurting vulnerable populations already struggling to pay utilities

This story has been covered by: The Washington Post, Axios, The Indianapolis Star, The Conversation, NPR, EarthBeat, Fox 59.

Partnership with Big Ten peers provides free online courses to IU Bloomington students

This story has been covered by: Campus Technology, Inside Indiana Business, The Bloomington Herald-Times, The Bloomington Herald-Times (related story), Inside Higher Ed, Cleveland.com.

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