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January 27, 2021
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The Indiana Lawyer

IU McKinney dean Bravo to speak at Southern District Black History Month event

Karen Bravo, the first person of color to serve as dean of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, will be the keynote speaker at the Indiana Southern District Court's annual Black History Month event next month. Bravo will deliver a speech, "Looking Back, Leaning Forward," at a virtual event at 2 p.m. Feb. 24. "Dean Bravo's remarks will focus on key moments throughout African American history, while putting recent events into a broader historical context," according to a news release from the court. The death in May of Minneapolis man George Floyd sparked what the Southern District Court described as "social unrest and a popular (re)awakening about the legacy of enslavement."

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The Indianapolis Star

What 3 Indianapolis-based hospital systems will do to fight racism as public health crisis

Together the three hospital systems oversee more than 70% of the state's physician workforce, said co-moderator Joseph Tucker Edmonds, a member of the NAACP's education committee and an assistant professor of religious studies and Africana studies at IUPUI. "The Black community is enraged that in the most vulnerable moments of their lives, they are not safe and they cannot get the care and treatment that they deserve," he said. "Can Black Hoosiers and Hoosiers of color trust these hospital systems with their bodies?"

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The coronavirus is mutating: How fast will vaccines catch up?

Thomas Duszynski, MPH, the director of epidemiology education at Indiana University's Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health (at IUPUI), says developing a new vaccine will take some time to develop "because you still have to do the clinical phases and testing for safety and efficacy." ... The current vaccines are thought to be efficacious against the variants, says Duszynski. If that holds true, new vaccines may not be necessary. Scientists originally hoped the vaccines would be at least 50 percent effective and were pleasantly surprised when the studies found the mRNA vaccines to be around 95 percent efficacious, says Duszynski.

Book Riot

Getting rare books appraised: What to know

Not every book is collectible. Rebecca Baumann, Head of Public Services at Indiana University's Lilly Library, answered some of my questions about rare books. They noted, "you may have the only copy in existence of a book -- but it still won't sell for anything if no one wants it." ... If you are lucky enough to live near a library with special collections or a rare book and manuscript division, you may be tempted to consult the librarians there. You might get some useful information about your books, but you will not leave with an official appraisal. Rebecca Baumann, commenting on the woefully understaffed and underfunded nature of libraries, shared, "I want people to know that it's not that librarians don't want to help them, but sometimes we don't have a lot of time and have to make difficult decisions about what to prioritize. And of course professional ethics bar us from doing any kind of monetary appraisal. But I would also say don't be afraid to contact a library with questions about your old books; we love to help when we can!"

The Conversation

The problem with India's 'love jihad' laws

Written by Sumit Ganguly, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and the Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations, Indiana University. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership, the Bharatiya Janata Party government has put forward several anti-Muslim policies. The latest is a clampdown on what it sees as "love jihad," the belief that Muslims are seeking to deceive Hindu women through marriage and convert them to Islam. Over the course of the past year or so several BJP politicians have suggested that this is part of an Islamic conspiracy to increase India's Muslim population. More recently, one of India's most populous states has assumed the right to intervene in matters of marriage -- particularly between a Hindu woman and a Muslim man. Other states are planning to follow suit.

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