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IU Bloomington: 20 photos of 2020

Dec 18, 2020

In 2020, the Indiana University Bloomington community came together to make it through a year full of ups and downs. Through the tears, the laughter, the masks and the video calls, we discovered how strong the IU community is.

Before this roller coaster of a year comes to an end, click through the photo gallery below to take a look back at some of the best photos from IU Bloomington in 2020:

Woman holds degree, men clap
Jan. 20: Viola Davis receives an honorary degree from Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie. Davis spoke as part of the Day of Commemoration celebrating the IU Bicentennial and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.Photo by Alex Kumar, Indiana University
Four men cheer
Feb. 8: Former Indiana University men’s basketball coach Bobby Knight is honored at halftime of the IU-Purdue game at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.Photo by Missy Minear, IU Athletics
Child whispers into man's ear as they play a game
Feb. 25: Easton Arsenault, a first-grader in Jennifer Somes’ class at Fairview Elementary School in Bloomington, whispers into the ear of Indiana University student Joey Brunk, a forward on the men’s basketball team, as Brunk plays with students during a class recess.Photo by James Brosher, Indiana University
Two people sit in chairs on stage
March 6: Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch speaks with Indiana University Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies Dean Lee A. Feinstein during the America’s Role in the World Conference.Photo by James Brosher, Indiana University
Closeup of Glenn Gass standing at the front of a classroom
March 10: Indiana University Provost Professor of Music Glenn Gass watches a video clip of James Brown performing during Gass’ Z202 History of Rock Music II class. Known as “Doctor Rock,” Gass created the first rock history classes offered by a school of music, the IU Jacobs School of Music. He retired at the end of the semester after almost 40 years at IU.Photo by James Brosher, Indiana University
Colorful lights reflect on building
April 28: The Light Totem illuminates the side of the Eskenazi Museum of Art.Photo by Eric Rudd, Indiana University
Moon shines through silhouette of carillon
May 29: The moon, pictured in its first quarter phase, shines through the top of the Arthur Metz Bicentennial Grand Carillon. IU unveiled the new carillon on Jan. 20 to mark the university’s 200th anniversary. During its unveiling, a carillonneur played the alma mater, and the bells were rung 200 times.Photo by James Brosher, Indiana University
Peaceful protestors fill a street
June 5: Hundreds march peacefully against police brutality along Seventh Street, from Dunn Meadow at IU Bloomington to the Monroe County Courthouse.Photo by James Brosher, Indiana University
Man blows disinfectant inside building
June 16: A staff member disinfects a common area inside the Indiana Memorial Union.Photo by Ethan Gill, Indiana University
People cook food in kitchen
June 18: IU Dining cooks prepare to-go meals.Photo by Haley Semian, Indiana University
President McRobbie takes a COVID-19 test
Aug. 9: Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie is tested for COVID-19 at Memorial Stadium.Photo by Eric Rudd, Indiana University
Students lay around in field
Sept. 3: Students listen to performances during a socially distanced First Thursdays Festival.Photo by Chris Meyer, Indiana University
Students work in a class wearing masks
Sept. 14: Students work during a chemistry class in Teter Hall.Photo by Eric Rudd, Indiana University
Dancers practice while wearing masks
Sept. 15: Dancers practice during a meeting of THTR-D 456: Advanced Jazz Dance inside IU Auditorium.Photo by James Brosher, Indiana University
Ballet dancers practice while wearing masks, with the professor on a monitor in the background
Sept. 17: Freshman ballerinas practice in a ballet class at the Jacobs School of Music. Professor Christian Claessens, teaching the class remotely via Zoom, is pictured on a monitor in the background.Photo by James Brosher, Indiana University
Silhouette of person painting while standing on hill
Sept. 24: Patrick Dimond is silhouetted as he paints a scene from atop a hill at Mill Race Park during an architecture class near downtown Columbus.Photo by Chris Meyer, Indiana University
Football players celebrate with coach
Nov. 7: Indiana football coach Tom Allen celebrates with players after a win against the University of Michigan at Memorial Stadium. It was IU’s first win against Michigan since 1987.Photo by Missy Minear, IU Athletics
Two girls take selfie on phone
Nov. 17: Freshmen Lilia Brunetti, left, and Lilly O’Dea take a selfie after a small ceremony marking the annual lighting of holiday candles on the side of the Indiana Memorial Union.Photo by Chris Howell, Division of Student Affairs
Snowy river
Dec. 16: The Student Building clock tower is reflected in the Campus River in Dunn Meadow. The dusting of snow was the first of the season.Photo by James Brosher, Indiana University

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