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January 29, 2010

1. Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis Colloquium Series, Spring 2010

2. Finnish Coffee Hour

3. Department of French & Italian Student-Faculty Forum Series: Of Angles and Beasts

4. Passionate Convictions at the IU Art Museum

5. Wrapped in Paisley: The Story of the Kashmir Shawl – Mathers Museum Exhibit

6. International Ibsen Scholarships










1. Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis Colloquium Series, Spring 2010

Place: Workshop Tocqueville Room
513 North Park Avenue
You are welcome to bring your lunch. Coffee is provided free of charge and soft drinks are available. Copies of Workshop colloquia papers can be found on our website at If you have a question regarding assistance or our Colloquium Series, please contact Gayle Higgins (812-855-0441, We hope you will be able to join us!
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February 1, 2010
Presented by Professor Barbara Cherry, Department of Telecommunications, Indiana University Bloomington
Abstract: This presentation discusses the challenges for institutional governance posed by deregulatory policies, particularly in the financial and telecommunications sectors, in a world of rapid technological change. It stresses that a complexity theory perspective is critical for understanding the evolution – both historical and in the future – of policymaking processes and specific policies. From this perspective, the recent wave of deregulatory policies is another phase in the further evolution of policymaking systems in response to technological changes, but its occurrence in a high-speed world is forcing us to the brink of a new phase transition in policymaking systems.
BIO: Barbara A. Cherry is Professor of Telecommunications at Indiana University (IU). Dr. Cherry’s research reflects an interdisciplinary academic background integrated with telecommunications industry and government experience. Prior to joining IU, Barbara worked at the FCC, initially as Deputy Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy and later as Senior Counsel in the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis. Prior to the FCC, Barbara was Associate Professor and Associate Director of the James H. and Mary B. Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law at Michigan State University. Also, prior to entering academia, Barbara also worked on public policy issues while employed with Ameritech and AT&T. Dr. Cherry holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in Economics and Law from Harvard University while recipient of a National Science Foundation Fellowship in Economics, and a B.S. in Economics summa cum laude from the University of Michigan.
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February 5, 2010
Co-sponsored by the Political Economy of Democratic Sustainability (PEDS)
Presented by Professor Arthur Lupia, Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor, Department of Political Science; and Research Professor, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Abstract: Looking forward, for whom will Barack Obama continue to be black? In other words, will voters who saw him as black during his 2008 presidential campaign continue to see him as such? At one extreme, race could have no effect on how they see the president. At the other extreme, race can be all that they see. So, if people change the racial lenses through which they view Obama, who will change and why?
In the paper, I focus on how common variations in the kind of information to which people are exposed will affect how people evaluate President Obama into the future. The variations pertain to whether or not the information is true and whether or not people can recognize the costs associated with basing political judgments on mistaken views about race. A key point of the analysis is to clarify how a person’s ability to recognize their mistakes depends on how critical attributes of their psychological makeup interact with the context in which they encounter information-providing entrepreneurs.
BIO: Arthur Lupia is the Hal R. Varian Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and Research Professor at its Institute for Social Research. He studies how information and institutions affect policy and politics with a focus on how people make decisions when they lack information. He draws from multiple scientific and philosophical disciplines and he integrates many research methods. His work provides insights on voting, civic competence, legislative-bureaucratic relations, parliamentary governance, and political communication.
His articles have appeared a wide range of academic journals. His books include The Democratic Dilemma: Can Citizens Learn What They Need to Know?; Stealing the Initiative: How State Government Reacts to Direct Democracy; Elements of Reason: Cognition, Choice, and the Bounds of Rationality; Positive Changes in Political Science: The Legacy of Richard D. McKelvey’s Most Influential Writings; and The Cambridge Handbook of Experimental Political Science (forthcoming).
He is active in developing new opportunities for social scientists. As a founder of TESS (Time-shared Experiments for the Social Sciences), he has helped hundreds of researchers run innovative experiments using nationally-distributed subject pools. As an original and regular contributor to NSF’s EITM (Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models) program, he has helped to develop curricula that show young scholars how to better integrate advanced empirical and theoretical methods into effective research agendas. As a Principal Investigator of the ANES (American National Election Studies), he introduced many procedural, methodological, and content innovations to one of the world’s best-known scientific studies of elections.
His awards include the 2007 Innovators Award from the American Association for Public Opinion Research and 1998 Award for Initiatives in Research from the National Academy of Sciences. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and had a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
He has held numerous scholarly leadership positions at universities and a range of professional organizations. He has served on the editorial boards of many journals, including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and Public Opinion Quarterly. He is on the Board of Directors of Climate Central, an entity that strives to make climate science accessible to the public. He has held elective office in several professional associations including the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Political Science Association. He is currently APSA’s Treasurer.

2. Finnish Coffee Hour

Tuesday, February 2: Finnish Coffee Hour
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Ballantine Hall 106
Finnish Coffee Hour meets biweekly on Tuesdays

3. Department of French & Italian Student-Faculty Forum Series: Of Angles and Beasts

Hall Bjørnstad
Of Angels and Beasts: Rhetoric and Anthropology in Montaigne and Pascal
Friday, February 5
2:30-3:30 pm
Ballantine Hall 208
Talk followed by discussion and refreshments.

About the talk: Pascal’s indebtedness to Montaigne is undeniable; in fact at times it is so great that critics, such as the theorist of the anxiety of influence, Harold Bloom, have condemned Pascal for outright plagiarism. Focusing on the only textual evidence provided by Bloom, Pascal’s famous aphorism “L’homme n’est ni ange ni bête et le malheur veut que qui veut faire l’ange fait la bête” and its equally famous source on the very last page of Montaigne’s Essais, this paper will show that in spite of the proximity of the two passages, a close reading of them allows for the formulation of some of the major differences between the projects of the two writers. This will be done by first situating this concrete textual transfer from Montaigne to Pascal in relation to their writing practices inside a rhetoric of imitation, and then by analyzing the function of the commonplace of angels and beasts inside their anthropology (in terms of world view, living and dying, moral duty, and exemplarity).
About the speaker: Hall Bjørnstad is Assistant Professor of French in the Department of French and Italian. He received his PhD from the University of Oslo, Norway, in 2006, where he defended his dissertation entitled Créature sans créateur: Pour une anthropologie baroque dans les “Pensées” de Pascal, which he is currently developing into a book for the Presses de l’Université Laval (Quebec). This semester he is completing the third year of a postdoctoral fellowship from the Research Council of Norway on the topic “The Mirror of the Sun King: Literature, Politics and the Seventeenth-Century Crisis of Exemplarity.”

4. Passionate Convictions at the IU Art Museum

Indiana University Art Museum
Friday & Saturday, February 26-27, 2010

Passionate Convictions pushes classic music to extremes with a rock-music-influences and multi-level-staged production of J.S. Bach’s “St. John (St. Johannes) Passion”. The production will explore the depths of fear, love idolization, and betrayal experienced by Peter, Pilate, Jesus, and the disciples in the Passion story. The production is framed as a trial where the Judge (evangelist) holds each character responsible for their actions and asks the audience the question, What would you do in this situation? Save yourself for fear of death? Stand behind the heroic and tragic figure of Jesus? Would you condemn an innocent person in the face of intense political and social pressures to do so?

Passionate Convictions breathes new life into the traditional Passion story by excavating the raw grief, pain, horror, and hope that Bach infused into his dramatization of the Passion. The production is conceived and will be directed by Mark Doerries, doctoral candidate in choral conducting at the Jacobs School of Music. The performers will be students from the JSOM.
For more information, contact Hannah Carmichael at or Laura Block at

5. Wrapped in Paisley: The Story of the Kashmir Shawl – Mathers Museum Exhibit

Curated by collector Joan Hart, this exhibit examines the history of the paisley shawl, from its origins in India to its place in European high fashion. The exhibit will be on display January 26-May 9, 2010, at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. A special curator’s talk and reception will be held Friday, February 5. The event will begin at 5 p.m., and feature a presentation by Joan Hart at 5:30 p.m., followed by a reception. The presentation and reception are free and open to the public.

Mathers Museum of World Cultures
416 North Indiana Avenue, Bloomington
For more information: 812-855-6873 or e-mail

6. International Ibsen Scholarships

A total of $150,000 will be awarded to individuals or institutions which organize projects related to Henrik Ibsen. The International Ibsen Scholarships were initiated by the Norwegian government and will be handed out for the third time in 2010. Applications are accepted for projects initiated throughout the world. The scholarships are meant to act as incentives for critical discourse in regards to existential and society-related subject matters concerning Henrik Ibsen. Scholarships are applicable to individuals, organizations and institutions within the artistic and cultural communities.

The International Ibsen Scholarships are awarded annually and the applications are subject to scrutiny by an appointed jury. Previous years, projects from Asia, North-America, Europe, Africa and Australia have received scholarships. The presentation of the scholarships is staged in Ibsen’s birth town, Skien in Norway in September 2010 and coincides with Skien International Ibsen Conference.

The application deadline for The International Ibsen Scholarships is April 15th, 2010.
For more information, visit

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