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February 24, 2021
IU in the News is a daily review of the important news stories relating to Indiana University. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive gathering of news, and no editorial revisions are made to the content, which is presented as it was initially published or broadcast.

Big News

IU planning in-person, outdoor spring commencement ceremonies for graduates only

This story has been covered by: Fox 59, Inside Indiana Business, Indiana Public Media, The Bloomington Herald Times, Indiana Daily Student, WDRB.

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New IUPUI research shows disproportionate impact of evictions on Black and Hispanic tenants

In a new research brief, a team at IUPUI analyzed a decade of court data and found the majority of Marion County evictions filed in predominantly Black and Hispanic neighborhoods. IUPUI's Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy, or CRISP, released the brief Monday. It collected data from the county's nine small claims courts as part of a partnership with the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana. "We are consistently very high with evictions even compared with the rest of the country," research coordinator Kelsie Stringham-Marquis said.

Related stories: WFYI

Inside Indiana Business

Anthem, Fever target social justice

Two hometown teams in Indianapolis have forged a multi-year partnership focusing on health, leadership, and advocacy with special attention given to social justice. The Indiana Fever and Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc. say the initiative will address issues in under-resourced communities. ... A cornerstone of the program is an academic element for professional athletes to become advocates for change. The two organizations are collaborating on the "Athlete to Advocate" professional executive certificate program. It was developed and will be led by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. It is designed to equip professional athletes to become effective advocates. "The Athlete to Advocate program is part of our school's ongoing commitment to collaborating with our partners in Central Indiana and around the world to support those who are working to achieve lasting change and make the world more just," said Amir Pasic, dean of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI.

Related stories: The Indianapolis Star, Fast Company, The Washington Post, WTHR

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The New York Times

A donor's ties to Epstein are criticized at MoMA and Dartmouth

The artist Ai Weiwei said that he would ask the Museum of Modern Art to remove his works from its collection if the museum refuses to part ways with its chairman, the investor Leon Black, given recent revelations about the Wall Street executive's close professional association with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. ... Philanthropy experts said the decision to revoke naming rights or ask big donors to step down from board positions is not an easy one when a situation involves guilt by association with a notorious individual, rather than proven wrongdoing by the donor. ... "It is sort of a gray area for Black," said Bill Stanczykiewicz, the assistant dean for external relations and fund-raising at Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. "When artists start saying, 'We don't want to put our work in your museum,' that does send a signal."

Jewish Insider

The end of an era for Nazi hunters?

Recently, German prosecutors have demonstrated something of a belated renewal of commitment to try aging collaborators, just this month bringing charges against a 94-year-old woman and a 100-year-old man for Nazi war crimes. ... But in many ways, the attitudinal shift isn't sufficient given years of neglect. "This newfound commitment to pursuing justice comes at a very late date," (veteran Nazi hunter Eli) Rosenbaum lamented, "and the vast majority of the most heavily implicated Nazi perpetrators went unpunished." Günther Jikeli, a professor in the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism at Indiana University in Bloomington, agreed with that assessment. "It's very late and in many cases too late," Jikeli told JI. "But it's important, of course, for the victims and descendants of victims that there is some kind of justice."


Disinformation fuels a white evangelical movement. It led 1 Virginia pastor to quit

On its website, the Patriot Church is described as a movement: "a church interceding on behalf of her nation." That movement has a name: Christian nationalism. Some conservative evangelical circles have incubated and spread these kinds of conspiracy theories -- some of which have led to violence -- for years. Andrew Whitehead, who has spent several years researching Christian nationalism at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, defines it as the belief that America is a Christian nation, one that should privilege white, native-born politically conservative Christians. "We do find evidence that Americans who embrace Christian nationalism are much more likely to embrace conspiratorial thinking," Whitehead told NPR. "The leaders of those movements have continually cast doubt on who you can really trust or even the federal government."


'What's wrong with me?' Young COVID survivors battle long-haul symptoms

It's likely that different long-haul symptoms are being caused by different aspects of either the coronavirus itself or the way COVID-19 impacts the body, experts said. For example, there are several competing theories to explain the brain fog of which (Mark) Robbins (a financial adviser in Fishers, Ind.) and many other long-haulers complain. "There was a patient who told me last week that he was employed full-time before getting sick, but after developing COVID he's afraid of being left alone in the kitchen," said Dr. Sikandar Khan, a research scientist with the Indiana University Center for Aging Research at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis. "There are times that he's left the faucet on, there are times that he's left the stove running, and his wife comes home from work and discovers that things are still running because he's having so much difficulty with short-term memory," Khan said.


Black history education in schools reveals inadequacies

In a school district that is 98% black, black history is vital to the curriculum at Benton Harbor Area Schools. But not all school districts in Michiana are as diverse and one civil rights historian said adequately teaching black history is a major issue plaguing local schools. ... "When people look at kind of where the state of black America is today, the tendency because of the way we teach it, is to blame black people for their situation, versus a very insidious historical process that produced the results that we see today," Darryl Heller, the Civil Rights Heritage Center Director said. ... Heller also teaches history at Indiana University South Bend. "When I teach students some parts of what black history, African American history, but it's American history, and they're like, why did I why am I just learning this," he said.

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Bills to block mandatory worker vaccines falter in the States

Public health experts note that millions of COVID-19 shots have been given with few ill effects. More than 43 million people have received at least one vaccine dose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We're seeing very few significant side effects, and the significant side effects that have arisen -- it's like somewhere between three and five cases out of every million shots," said Ross Silverman, a professor at Indiana University's Fairbanks School of Public Health and McKinney School of Law (at IUPUI).


Climate change from a social scientist's perspective: How people's views have changed

Many scientists believe climate change is an ongoing problem our world is facing. If changes don't happen soon, some believe it will have major impacts on future generations. "We need to take action on that now if we want to be a resilient society," Matthew Houser, an environmental sociologist and assistant research scientist at Indiana University, said. Houser studies peoples' behavior and attitudes toward climate change. He wants to help encourage supportive attitudes about and ultimately action toward addressing climate change. "I've got young children and I want a better world for them and I am not ok with the perspective of the next generation will take care of this because I do not think that is fair to them and frankly we do not have that time," Houser said.

The Conversation

John Keats' concept of 'negative capability' -- sitting in uncertainty -- needed now more than ever

Written by Richard Gunderman, Chancellor's Professor of Medicine, Liberal Arts and Philanthropy, Indiana University. When John Keats died 200 years ago, on Feb. 23, 1821, he was just 25 years old. Despite his short life, he's still considered one of the finest poets in the English language. Yet in addition to masterpieces such as "Ode to a Nightingale" and "To Autumn," Keats' legacy includes a remarkable concept: what he called "negative capability." The idea -- which centers on suspending judgment about something in order to learn more about it -- remains as vital today as when he first wrote about it. Keats lost most of his family members to an infectious disease, tuberculosis, that would take his own life. In the same way the COVID-19 pandemic turned the worlds of many people upside down, the poet had developed a deep sense of life's uncertainties.

The Conversation

Why Black and Hispanic small-business owners have been so badly hit in the pandemic recession

Written by Carlos Avenancio-Leon and Isaac Hacamo, both assistant professors of finance at Indiana University. The pandemic has taken a heavy toll on Main Street, with small businesses across the U.S. closing by the thousands. But as bad as the overall scene is, for minority-owned businesses the picture is even bleaker. A survey released on Jan. 27 by advocacy group Small Business Majority found that almost 1 in 5 Black and Hispanic entrepreneurs expected to permanently close their business over the course of the next three months -- a rate higher than for white business owners. It comes on the back of a report by the Federal Reserve of Cleveland that suggested that the impact of the coronavirus could be over two times larger for Black- and Hispanic-owned businesses than for white-owned enterprises. As scholars who research racial inequities and entrepreneurship, we know that even before the pandemic, Black- and Hispanic-owned businesses were more vulnerable to economic downturns.

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