From the Desk of the Provost: June 2015
Dear IU families,
I’m so pleased to welcome you to the new IU Family Connection newsletter, which will be emailed to you every other month. In these letters, I’ll share updates and news about the many opportunities and experiences available to your student living on the Indiana University Bloomington campus.
I’d like to start by telling you about our 2014-2015 campus-wide, yearlong reflection on the enduring legacy of World War I.
Starting in the fall 2014 semester, IU students, faculty, staff and community members came together to reflect upon the war’s impact from multiple perspectives through special courses, art exhibitions, readings and panels, a film series at IU Cinema -- which included a March 4 visit from Oscar-nominated director Peter Weir -- lectures, musical performances and a unique international roundtable that brought together ambassadors and diplomats from many of the nations involved in WWI.
The beauty of this academic year of shared reflection was that, without taking a single class, students could get a meaningful, multifaceted education on the war that so profoundly impacted today’s social, cultural and political landscape.
This kind of immersive educational experience is at the heart of IU Bloomington’s mission, and our stellar reputation in the arts and humanities allows us to draw world-renowned scholars, artists and public figures to campus for the benefit of our students.