IU Bicentennial Ceremony Archival Compilation Film

Indiana University Bicentennial Mural in Wright Quadrangle

Description of the video:

I'm Caleb Weintraub. I teach painting and drawing here at IU and I was asked to create a mural that would be the final mural in the right quad sequence of murals.

Well, I was thinking of bringing back some of the lightness and brightness from the earlier murals and maintaining some of the rendering and description that was in the late 90s mural and kind of blending those two ideas.

So flattening out the space, sometimes tilting the perspective in ways that aren't entirely convincing, but allow us to see more of the space than we would if we were seeing it from one contiguous point of view, but then also maintaining that degree of description.

So people who are familiar with the characters and people being described would be able to recognize those people.

The process it really starts with a general idea of how I want that composition to be, and that's usually just a physical drawing, and then a number of photographs and then digital drawings, some thematic pages where I just kind of think about what are the different themes that I want to be in here.

And because Luddy Hall is an informatics building associated with technology and some of the kind of advancements that have happened in that regard over the past 20 years.

And also because there's a kind of a geometry to the building itself or a boxiness,

I decided that I wanted it to be integrated with some bright color and almost like digital palette. One of the kind of strategies I use in my own work is to build models in a 3D environment and work from those models as if they were mocquettes.

It allows me to make changes to the composition of the elements in there without having to start from scratch all the time.

And it also allows me to react to observed kind of lighting situations.

I think really it's a celebration of some of the achievements.

So, for instance, we have a Nobel Prize winner.

We have people who are highly decorated in their fields.

So I think in terms of just commemorating individuals and what those individuals represent, they represent extremely strong devotion to research.

And really, there are thousands of individuals who've been successful in their careers and in their research.

And these are just a few examples of people
that sort of typify that for me.

These represent a lot more research that hasn't
happened here.

That's really striking and significant.

So even though we can only include a few people, I kind of see those people as embodying the goals and the and the achievements of other faculty and students.

There's a panel it's devoted to athletics and all the kind of achievements that are connected to athletics in the past 20 years.

One panel takes on activism and student activity and social responsibility, sustainability, the environment.

I've had people at all levels helping with various components of the mural.

And that's also been exciting and fun to share the process and learn from the students also.

And then just to allow people to kind of be involved in something that is kind of a somewhat large scope and then hopefully they'll be able to see it on the wall and and recognize little parts of it that they made or that they painted or that they had something to do with and I think that that'll be exciting.

I think the idea of using the technology like computer graphics and 3D modeling, but also painting it with oil paint, which is a very traditional medium, is a way of kind of expressing our interest in integrating or blending respect for history the past and for tradition, but also an interest in embracing the future and progress and whatever may come.

Indiana University Bicentennial.
The IU Ten

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It’s never too late to do the right thing.

No matter how long it takes.

Just one year removed from a Rose Bowl appearance, Indiana University football had lofty expectations heading into the 1969 season.

But in early November, 10 African-American players boycotted practice to protest their treatment by the staff.

Coach John Pont promised to kick the “IU 10” off the team if they didn’t return.

They refused, and Coach Pont followed through.

The dispute affected both the players’ careers and the IU program.

The team lost its final three games of the season and went 1-9 the following year.

Nearly 50 years later, the university retroactively reinstated the “IU 10” to the team and recognized the contributions they made to identifying and addressing racial issues on campus.

Don Silas was glad the university was finally willing to listen.

It was a long overdue reconciliation.

19th Century Student Life at IU Bloomington

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Today, Indiana University students might mock their professors with online posts.

19th and early 20th century students published satirical newsletters called "boguses."

None created more of a stir than the infamous “Turd” bogus of 1890.

Its authors attacked students and faculty questioning their intellect, morality, and sobriety.

The IU Board of Trustees wanted the authors punished and called in Chicago’s Pinkerton National Detective Agency.

But, the content and tone of the bogus had, from the beginning, cast suspicion on seven Beta Theta Pi fraternity members many the offspring of prominent families and one the son of an IU Trustee.

All seven were expelled but two years later the faculty relented

All they were reinstated.

And their spirit of youthful irreverence lives on in today’s social media posts and satirical online publications.

Vintage South Shore Travel Posters at Indiana University Northwest

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In 1973, IU Northwest history professors Ron Cohen and Jim Lane established the Calumet Regional Archives.

They began to collect materials from northwestern Indiana … specifically Lake and Porter counties.

Documenting the history of industry, labor, education, immigration, minorities, women, religion and politics.

One collection comprises over 2,000 glass-plate negatives from US Steel’s Gary Works …

It’s a visual record of the factory’s history and the growth of the City of Gary.

Once Cohen and Lane persuaded a local union to donate its records.

As the boxes were being carted out, union leaders became curious and started looking through them.

They decided to keep most of the records.

The professors had fueled a new appreciation for the union's history.

Today, the Calumet Regional Archives includes over 500 collections … over five thousand linear feet of manuscripts and materials.

Scholars, students, journalists and filmmakers have used its holdings to shine a light on the unique history of the Calumet Region.

Ray Bradbury

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How do you gather the artifacts and memories of one of America’s best-known storytellers and bring his world of creativity to Indiana University?

That was the challenge facing the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at IUPUI.

After the author’s death, his family asked the Center to preserve his legacy as an American cultural icon.

In 2013, Center director Jon Eller of the IU School of Liberal Arts worked in Bradbury’s Los Angeles home to pack his papers, awards and mementos.

The collection includes a Mars globe given by NASA and a replica of Captain Nemo’s Nautilus submarine created by one of Walt Disney’s “Imagineers.”

Also, Bradbury’s Pulitzer Prize crystal, his National Book Award and National Medal of Arts, an Academy Award nomination and an Emmy statuette.

Three artifacts have been to outer space.

State and federal grants will support public engagement and extend IU’s role in preserving the legacy of an American literary treasure and space-age visionary for future generations to enjoy.

Studying the Beatles

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In December 1980, John Lennon was shot and killed.  

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Two years later, Glenn Gass, a young assistant instructor,

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created a course called “The Beatles” 

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as a kind of tribute to Lennon.

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By the time he received his Ph.D. the classes had grown  

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and the School of Music offered Gass a teaching position. 

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Some of the older faculty 

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 struggled to think of rock as “music” 

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let alone worth an entire course. 

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One esteemed musicologist asked, why anyone would

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 “spend even one minute on musical garbage.” 

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But "The Beatles" became a generation-defining class.

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Bo Diddley, Neil Young, 

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Todd Rundgren, Booker T. Jones and John Mellencamp 

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are just some who also visited music classrooms at IU.

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Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Lou Reed told Glenn Gass 

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speaking to his music class

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was the weirdest thing he’d ever done.  

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For Glenn Gass it was like having Mozart 

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 visit a music appreciation class.
Mutsa Mutembwa

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Indiana University has produced 18 Rhodes Scholars, 

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who are chosen not only for academic excellence 

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but for character, leadership and commitment to others. 

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Mutsa Mutembwa, a native of Zimbabwe, 

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arrived at IU wanting to make an impact

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on the Hoosier Field Hockey team.

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Her athletic success paled 

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in comparison to her academic achievements. 

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In 2010, she became the 14th Indiana University student 

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and fourth IU student-athlete

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to be chosen as a Rhodes Scholar. 

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Previous IU student-athlete Rhodes Scholars were 

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Frank Aydelotte in 1905,

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Ernest Baltzell in 1919,

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Harlan Logan in 1928

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and Bill Wolfe in 1970.

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An economics and mathematics major at IU, 

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Mutembwa did her postgraduate studies

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in Water Science, Policy and Management at Oxford. 

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Today, she works in London as an investment banking analyst.