Alvin H. Rosenfeld is a professor of English and Jewish Studies; the Irving M. Glazer Chair, Jewish Studies; and the director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism. | Photo by Gale Nichols

Prof. Alvin H. Rosenfeld is the founder and director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism at Indiana University. On a recent trip to Jerusalem, he was interviewed on a podcast by Amanda Borschel-Dan, an IU alumna who is now deputy editor at The Times of Israel. Among other topics, they discussed how antisemitism is now “a form of entertainment.” Click here to hear the podcast and read the transcript.

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    January 27, 2023

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Above is the main control center for Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), in Carmel, Indiana. MISO is an independent, nonprofit organization that manages the generation and transmission of high-voltage electricity across 15 U.S. states and the Canadian province of Manitoba. Most of Indiana’s electric power comes from MISO. | Courtesy photo

Advocates say electric grid operators in the Great Lakes region need to update their planning process to better prepare for extreme weather that is becoming more common, and that more transmission lines can help lessen the risk of blackouts. This report is part of a collaborative series from several publications examining climate resilience across the Great Lakes region. Click here to read the article.

Many people go their entire lives knowing little about their relatives’ childhoods and formative experiences. | Photo by Westend61/Getty Images

Anthropologist Elizabeth Keating was close with her parents. Yet after they passed away, she had many questions she wished she had asked. Keating has used her scholarly training to write a guide for how to question family members about their past. You could use Keating’s tips during the holidays for getting to know your family members even better. | Click here for Keating’s tips!

Kathryn Moyle, Ph.D., a dementia advocate for the Dementia Australia Research Foundation, has written a response to Rebecca Hill’s article “The Long Goodbye: Living with Alzheimer’s Disease,” published recently in Limestone Post. What particularly resonates with Kathryn, she writes, is how loved ones with dementia lose their identity. | Photo via Hippopx

Kathryn Moyle, Ph.D., a dementia advocate for the the Dementia Australia Research Foundation, has written a response to Rebecca Hill’s article “The Long Goodbye: Living with Alzheimer’s Disease,” published recently in Limestone Post. Rebecca’s reporting on treatment, research, and other aspects of the disease were pertinent, but none resonates as much, Kathryn writes, as how loved ones lose their identity. Click here for more on Living with Alzheimer’s.

For this year’s “Sense of Place” project, students in Rachel Bahr’s English 11 class at the Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship created 18 videos that reveal how our community has “countless places that people can identify with, each holding a different story,” writes student Lilly Laudeman. The videos also “capture our sense of place,” she says, and they record “why these places mattered so much to us.” Above, a screenshot from Violet Melvin’s video.

‘Sense of Place’ 2022 by Students at Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship

Limestone Post is proud to present the 2022 “Sense of Place” project by Rachel Bahr’s English 11 class at the Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship. “From the students who talked about the local teen space downtown to our local college campuses,” writes student Lilly Laudeman, “we’ve created these videos that invite you into our special places.” Click here to discover their “Sense of Place.”

“She looked me in the eye and wouldn’t let go of my hand.” For most patients with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers, it’s the long goodbye that is the hardest, writes Rebecca Hill. With no cure, not enough trained medical professionals, and an aging population, the U.S. appears unprepared to handle the disease in the coming years. | Illustration by Christian Bowden

The Long Goodbye: Living with Alzheimer’s Disease

No cure. Not enough doctors, nurses, or trained caregivers. Years of research wasted. With an aging population, the U.S. appears unprepared to handle patients with Alzheimer’s disease in the coming years. Rebecca Hill looks at the issue, including diagnosis, treatment options, living with Alzheimer’s disease, and moving toward a more “dementia-friendly place.” Click here for an in-depth reading of Alzheimer’s.

The process of conducting elections has become a focal point for misinformation. AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

Experts Grade Social Media Companies on Midterm Misinformation

The 2022 midterm election season is prime time for misinformation and disinformation on social media. Three social media experts, including Scott Shackelford, professor of Business Law and Ethics at Indiana University, evaluate Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube on their ability to handle the problem. This article first appeared in The Conversation and is republished with permission. Click here to see who got a failing grade.

Writer Ruthie Cohen says Crystal Orly’s Ekah Yoga studio, pre-pandemic, was a community destination, with live music events, pot luck gatherings, a community garden, family nights, and kids’ activities. “Post-lockdown has been less rosy,” says Ruthie. But Ekah is hosting a Halloween-themed “Spooktacular Event” to bring the community back. (l-r) Yoga teachers Sarah Peters, Ruthie Cohen, and Marci Becker. | Courtesy photo

Stirring the Pot: The Little Yoga Studio That Could

Limestone Post columnist Ruthie Cohen says Crystal Orly’s Ekah Yoga studio, pre-pandemic, was a community destination, with live music events, pot luck gatherings, a community garden, family nights, and kids’ activities. “Post-lockdown has been less rosy,” says Ruthie. But Ekah is hosting a Halloween-themed event to bring the community back. Click here to read Ruthie’s article.

Alfred Kinsey’s 1948 book “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male” was a milestone in the study of human sexual behavior. Today, the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University is still conducting cutting-edge research and programs by partnering with groups ranging from schools in rural counties to IU’s School of Medicine and Kelley School of Business. To celebrate its 75th year, the institute commissioned the above sculpture of Kinsey by Melanie Cooper Pennington. | Limestone Post

Kinsey Institute Still on the Cutting-Edge after 75 Years

Alfred Kinsey’s book Sexual Behavior in the Human Male was a milestone in the study of human sexual behavior. Today, after 75 years, the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University is still conducting cutting-edge research and programs by partnering with groups ranging from schools in rural counties to the IU Kelley School of Business. Click here to read the article by Laurie D. Borman.

In a year marked by controversy, Americans’ confidence in the U.S. Supreme Court has hit a historic low. And yet, writes Julia Vaughn, executive director of Common Cause Indiana, the court is set to hear a case that could upend how elections are conducted and make it easier for lawmakers “to gerrymander, suppress the vote, and challenge election results.” | Photo provided

Supreme Court Could Do Even More Damage

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that could upend how elections are conducted, writes Julia Vaughn, executive director of Common Cause Indiana. The court’s decision could make it easier “to gerrymander, suppress the vote, and challenge election results.” First published by Indiana Capital Chronicle, this article is part of Limestone Post’s coverage for Democracy Day. Click here to read more.

By means of partisan gerrymandering, the Indiana legislature has violated the democratic principle of one person, one vote, says retired Indiana University Professor Emeritus Jim Allison. Proportional representation, he says, would help to give Hoosiers “free and fair” elections, as required by the state constitution. | Photo of the Indiana Statehouse via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0; the original uploader was Jasont82 at English Wikipedia.

Indiana Legislature Violates Principle of ‘Free and Equal’ Elections

Retired IU Professor Emeritus Jim Allison shows how the Indiana legislature, by means of partisan gerrymandering, has violated the democratic principle of one person, one vote. Proportional representation, he says, would help to give Hoosiers “free and fair” elections, as required by the state constitution. This article is part of Limestone Post’s coverage for Democracy Day, a nationwide collaborative. Click here to read more.

Since May, the U.S. has gone from zero to more than 15,000 cases of monkeypox, a viral disease that has been declared a public health emergency by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. While vaccines exist, supplies are limited, as city, county, and IU health officials prepare for monkeypox cases. | Source: Indiana Department of Health

Monroe County, IU Preparing for Monkeypox Virus

Since May, the U.S. has gone from zero to more than 15,000 cases of monkeypox, a viral disease that has been declared a public health emergency by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. While vaccines exist, writes Rebecca Hill, supplies are limited, as local health officials prepare for the virus. Click here to read about what’s being done.

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    “The rise in mental health cases throughout the pandemic led to a growing realization that the U.S. needed a new infrastructure to tackle growing mental health issues. As a result, a designated telephone number, 988, was adopted as an entry point for focusing on mental health crises.” —Rebecca Hill, in "988 Mental Health Lifeline to Include System of Care"
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