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February 17, 2021
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The Indiana Lawyer

IU McKinney professor part of docuseries on 14th Amendment

A new docuseries on the 14th Amendment to the Constitution that debuts Wednesday on Netflix features Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Professor Gerard Magliocca, who has researched and written about the drafter of the amendment. The series, "Amend: The Fight for America," is six-part exploration of the impact of the 14th Amendment. A review by the Hollywood Reporter described the documentary as "meticulously researched" and "bringing history alive through strikingly presented archival materials ..." In the first episode, Magliocca discusses John Bingham, the drafter of the Equal Protection Clause. The IU McKinney professor took a close look at the antislavery lawyer and the constitutional amendment in his book, "American Founding Son: John Bingham and the Invention of the Fourteenth Amendment."

Inside Indiana Business

IU launches business partnerships website

Indiana University has launched a website for the Office of Business Partnerships with the goal of managing and developing industry-academic partnerships. Through its new website, IU says the OBP team will be able to bring more collaborative opportunities to IU faculty, staff, researchers and students. IU Associate Vice President of Business Partnerships Valerie Gill says the website is intended to showcase the impact of IU's business partnerships. The website will also serve as a resource for internal stakeholders and businesses looking to partner with the university. "Our business partnerships team is here to help the IU community connect with new and existing business partners, and to develop plans to guide partnership efforts and optimize outcomes," said Gill.

IU Voices in the News


Trump, Giuliani accused in lawsuit of conspiring to incite Capitol riot

A Democratic congressman, in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, accused former President Donald Trump, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and two right-wing groups of conspiring to incite last month's deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol. ... Indiana University law professor Gerard Magliocca said Trump will likely be dismissed as a defendant from the lawsuit because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision from 1982 that protects presidents from lawsuits over official acts. "I don't see how the tort suit can proceed" against Trump, Magliocca said, adding that in his view, Trump's speech was within the scope of his official duties.

USA Today

The first trip to spring training: A Jackie Robinson story you may not know from 75 years ago

Written by Chris Lamb, chair of the journalism and public relations department at IUPUI. Jackie and Rachel Robinson, married less than three weeks, waited during the early evening of February 28, 1946, at Los Angeles' Lockheed Airport to board a plane to go to Daytona Beach, Florida. Jackie was on his way to spring training, where he would try to make the roster of the Montreal Royals, the top minor league team in the Brooklyn Dodgers organization. If he did, he would become the first Black in what was called "organized professional baseball" in the 20th century. To succeed he would have to do so in the violent Jim Crow South, where the Ku Klux Klan rode at night and white cops shot unarmed Black men with no consequences. This was not the honeymoon either had dreamed about.

The New York Times

The water bottle that won't leave you alone

The idea that a person should drink eight glasses of water a day (about a half-gallon), comes from nutritional recommendations issued more than 70 years ago, said Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine who has written about health myths (and has contributed to The New York Times). Those recommendations accounted for water ingested from other sources like fruits, vegetables, coffee and even beer. But drinking an additional gallon of water every day, or even a half a gallon, is neither necessary nor harmful for most people, he said. "For the vast majority of people, it's not a terrible idea to drink a half-gallon a day," he said, especially if the water ends up replacing sugary beverages like soda. "But the idea that you have to do it is somewhat strange and the main result will be that you end up peeing more."

The Conversation

Why Indian farmers' protests are being called a 'satyagraha' -- which means 'embracing the truth'

Written by Sumit Ganguly, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and the Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations, Indiana University. For the past few months, farmers protesting in India's capital, New Delhi, have been demanding the repeal of three farm laws that were passed last year. These largely peaceful protests have been referred to as a "satyagraha" by many in the Indian media, politicians and activists. As a political scientist who writes on Indian politics and society, I argue that the choice of this word, which means "embracing the truth," is important to note. It evokes a long political history that goes back to the Indian nationalist movement against British rule.

Kokomo Perspective

Unemployment trending downward in Ho. Co.

Dr. Alan Krabbenhoft, professor of economics at Indiana University Kokomo, said it was "pretty amazing" how quickly the economy recovered post-COVID-19 shutdowns. "As of December, actually, we're down near, for lack of a better term, full employment," Krabbenhoft said. "And when you think that back in April we spiked as a state to 17 percent, and now we're back down to 4 percent, which pre-pandemic had us anywhere between 3.2 to 3.6 (in late 2019), I mean we're just a fraction away from that." Krabbenhoft cited the quick thinking of some of the largest employers at the time, such as FCA US, now Stellantis, which allowed workers to return quicker than expected. Krabbenhoft explained that those companies, by working with public health experts and their management, were able to figure out how to reopen for workers when many smaller companies were struggling to do the same.


Scholars reflect on Black experience in America

Structural issues are at the root of many problems of racial inequality that continue today, according to Jakobi Williams, associate professor in Indiana University's Department of History and Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies. "A lot of what we saw taking place over the summer was not a new phenomenon but a continuation of long political trends when you are looking at policing, when you are looking at medical disparities and all of those aspects," Williams said. "It's a continuation of long political trends the community is still dealing with." Williams emphasized that a major part of the Civil Rights Movement was about enforcing laws such as those under the 14th and 15th amendments and the Brown v. Board of Education ruling at state and local levels.

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