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January 13, 2021
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The Times of Northwest Indiana

IUN cuts ribbon on new Academic Media Production Space

Officials at Indiana University Northwest cut the ribbon Tuesday on a state-of-the-art media production studio designed to facilitate innovation in teaching. The new Academic Media Production Space in the university's John W. Anderson Library/Conference Center includes telecasting devices, a green screen, a transparent digital lightboard, a teleprompter and video editing tools to allow instructors to maximize the use of technology in teaching. It's a space IUN administrators hope will aid in both in-person and continued online learning, which all students are expected to engage in through Feb. 7 due to the coronavirus pandemic. "As IU Northwest is already a leader in online education, allowing us to excel during the period of increased remote learning, the AM space will provide our faculty with even greater cutting-edge technology, to create broadcast-quality, high-definition videos, presentations and other video aids to enhance both online and in-person instruction," IUN Chancellor Ken Iwama said.

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The Washington Post

Impeachment won't keep Trump from running again. Here's a better way.

Written by Bruce Ackerman, Sterling professor of law and political science at Yale Law School; and Gerard Magliocca, the Samuel R. Rosen professor at Indiana University's law school in Indianapolis. House Democrats' plans to rush through an impeachment of President Trump won't work, for a simple reason: The Constitution envisions impeachment only as a tool for proceeding against a president while he remains in office. Impeachment is meant to protect the country, not punish the offender. But that needn't be the end of efforts to prevent Trump from again holding federal office. There is another, little-known constitutional provision that can achieve precisely that without distorting the Constitution's meaning. Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, passed in the aftermath of the Civil War, bars Trump from holding another federal office if he is found to have "engaged in insurrection or rebellion against" the Constitution of the United States.

Related stories: ABA Journal, Intelligencer, Vox, KIRO 7, Reason

Jewish Insider

Indiana insiders assess Pence's post-Trump prospects

Leslie Lenkowsky, a professor emeritus in public affairs and philanthropy at Indiana University who has known (Mike) Pence for 30 years, believes that the vice president will likely slink away from public view after he leaves office and as he makes preparations for his next move. "My hunch is that Mike will keep his head fairly low for a while," said Lenkowsky. "He's not a very wealthy man, and I'm sure he'll have some offers coming his way, so he might take some of them up in order to earn some money."


VERIFY: Can the president impose martial law in his final week in office?

Martial law refers to emergency situations in which the military steps in and takes control from civilian authorities. Under martial law, local courts are replaced by military tribunals and decisions rest with military commanders rather than elected officials. Martial law has been invoked dozens of times during wartime, but not since the attack on Pearl Harbor almost 80 years ago. Could it be used now due to unrest over the recent election? "That's about as likely as the Loch Ness Monster coming to downtown Indianapolis," said Gerard Magliocca, a constitutional law professor at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. "Martial law would be used in a battlefield setting where there's no other authority to enforce the law,” the law professor told 13News. "In the middle of war, if you occupy a city, initially there has to be martial law because there is no one else there and somebody has to establish the law. But as soon as lawful authority can be put in place, that’s the end of martial law. There's no circumstance I can think of where it can be used in peacetime."

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Teaching in the age of disinformation

Is higher education prepared to teach students how to navigate this terrain? While many professors say they're able to handle difficult topics in the classroom, two recent surveys suggest that's not always the case. "A lot of them aren't even going to get near these conversations about misinformation or trust, because either they're not prepared to deal with it or are afraid of consequences from their institutions," says Allison BrckaLorenz, an associate research scientist with the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University at Bloomington. She and Sarah Hurtado, an assistant professor of higher education at the University of Denver, asked faculty members in a national survey how they navigated tricky topics. "A lot of what faculty cited as their go-to is to de-escalate in the classroom and deal with it privately," says BrckaLorenz. "What does that mean for everybody else who doesn't get to be part of that resolution, or get any sort of closure on that?"

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