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February 12, 2021
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Rolling Stone

Bon Iver, poet Ross Gay team up to launch Jagjaguwar 25th-anniversary celebration

Indie label Jagjaguwar has announced a year-long 25th-anniversary celebration that kicks off Thursday with a collaboration between the poet Ross Gay and Bon Iver. "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" is an expansive piece that finds the Bloomington, Indiana-based poet and (Indiana University professor of English) reciting a piece over a characteristically sprawling Bon Iver soundscape. Bon Iver's art director, Eric Timothy Carlson, handled the visuals for the piece. Jagjaguwar's 25th-anniversary celebration will center around a new series, Jag Quarterly: A four-part project that, per a release, will "deliver collections of music, creative endeavors, and partnerships that span physical mediums, born through brand new collaborations from artists within and outside of the Jagjaguwar family." ... The first Jag Quarterly release will be Dilate Your Heart, on which "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" will appear. The record will boast four other pieces combining Gay's poetry with new music.

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NBC10 Philadelphia

Philly workers are dying of COVID-19. Some miss out on special death benefits

Aaron Holliday, a labor union representative for the fleet workers, said he is frustrated that the city is "pinching pennies" in a seemingly arbitrary fashion. "I think the message that basically sends the workers is 'Yeah, we know you put in 40 years, we know you did all of that, but we're done with you now. So now we're going to give you as little as we legally have to,'" Holliday said. But according to labor and employment law expert Ken Dau-Schmidt, some of those essential workers may have a solid legal argument to get the full set of line-of-duty death benefits. "Workers who are subjected to a higher risk than the general public have a good argument for compensation," said Dau-Schmidt, a labor and employment law professor at Indiana University. ... "Their employers hopefully have tried to make it safe, but there's no way to make it completely safe. There's no way the employees can make it completely safe," Dau-Schmidt said. "The employees shouldn't have to bear the cost of that. Their family shouldn't be left without compensation."

Indianapolis Business Journal

Una Osili: It's time to review how tax policy affects giving

Written by Una Osili, professor of economics and associate dean for research and international programs at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. Last week, author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott announced a $25 million gift to the United Way of Central Indiana. Her gift made news as the largest individual donation UWCI has received in its 102-year history. ... While large donations at the million-dollar level capture media attention, the full picture of philanthropic giving is much broader than merely the size of individual monetary contributions -- as much of a game-changer as single large gifts can be. In addition to the gifts of time, talent and treasure, testimony -- including the use of personal social media -- from Americans of all income and cultural backgrounds matters.

Indianapolis Business Journal

Shariq Siddiqui: Consensus on stimulus bill would be commendable

Written by Shariq Siddiqui, assistant professor and director of the Muslim Philanthropy Initiative at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. As anyone who has been in an argument knows, finding consensus is not easy. It doesn't leave you happy in the immediate term but brings forth the possibility of long-term progress. Missing from the national public-policy discourse since the election of President Barack Obama has been the idea of bipartisan policymaking. Early in Obama's administration, Sen. Mitch McConnell vowed obstruction to make Obama a one-term president. ... Even more deeply disturbing was the failure to enact meaningful bipartisan policies that would make the lives of citizens, businesses and not-for-profits better. The result has been decade-long policy atrophy that has made us look diminished across the world.


Bill would allow no-license gun carry in Indiana

Among those testifying against the bill was Jody Madeira, professor of law at Indiana University in Bloomington, whose areas of expertise include the Second Amendment. Madeira warned that removing the licensing requirement might increase the risk of threatening behavior and accidental shootings. "Legislative determinations about firearm regulation don't just require us to counterpose constitutional rights of gun owners against some worthless safety or policy interests," Madeira said. "Instead, we have to examine the full spectrum of reasons why gun laws are enacted. They not only prevent shootings, they not only protect bodies from bullets -- protecting public safety also means protecting the public's interest in physical safety as a good in itself and as a basis for other constitutional liberties."

Fox 59

Learning more about who’s next for vaccine eligibility

We are working to learn exactly when Hoosiers with medical conditions will be eligible for vaccinations and what will be required of them when the time comes. Hoosiers ages 60 and older will be next, once the state department of health expands its covid-19 vaccine eligibility. That group will be followed by those who are 50 and older and those with co-morbidities. "The thought process behind that is those who are 50-year-old and older are also those who have the highest chance of having comorbidities that are associated with bad outcomes of COVID," said Indiana University Hospital, Medical Director of Infection Prevention, Dr. Cole Beeler, MD (assistant professor at the IU School of Medicine). Dr. Beeler says the state is continuing to follow the age-based priority group while also focusing on those who are at a higher risk for complications. "Those would include things like cancer, and heart disease, diabetes, among other diseases, and so the state is looking at that data," said Regenstrief Institute, Director of Public Health informatics, (and associate professor at the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI) Dr. Brian Dixon.

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