Many Worlds, One Globe

Many worlds, one globe

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the Hutton Honors College is sponsoring Many Worlds, One Globe, a multi-year theme that addresses research and extracurricular activities, as well as pedagogical initiatives (including funds for the development of courses with an integrated international component). This comprehensive topic reflects the wishes of Edward L. Hutton, who was an enthusiastic advocate of the importance of international experience in the education of IU students, and recognizes one of the primary themes of the IU 2020 Bicentennial. The contrastive nature of the theme stresses the paradox of the current times, caused by the universal access to information (which makes us feel part of a global dimension) and the innate feeling to belong to specific roots, with a strong identity and autonomy.

Many worlds

Many Worlds, because we live in a multifaceted, multicultural, and multilingual world; because individual drive is a necessary ingredient to achieve success in any field; and because without the respect for individual intelligences, different cultures, beliefs, and ways of life, we rarely accomplish any high achievement.

One globe

One Globe, because technology, social media, the economy, and the international common policies that aim at improving everyone's and the planet's well-being, can and should help embrace all our vital and individual differences, and transform them into a global commodity.

Past events

Food Deserts & the Gardening Revolution - A conversation with 'Gangsta Gardener' Ron Finley

4 p.m. April 2, 2018

Solarium, Indiana Memorial Union

Ron Finley is a creative phenomenon: a gangsta horticulturalist with a strong vision for community gardening and changing culture. Nicknamed the “Gangsta Gardener,” Finley planted organic vegetables in the parkway in front of his South Los Angeles home and a revolution began. His belief that gardens build communities has blossomed into a quest to change how we eat.  

Cybersecurity & Geopolitics - A Conversation with R. David Edelman

4 p.m. Jan. 29, 2018

Solarium, Indiana Memorial Union

David Edelman, former Technology Adviser to the President during the Obama Administration, has spent a decade as one of the government’s foremost voices on how technology is changing our economy, national security, and daily lives. 

A Conversation with Irshad Manji

4 p.m. Oct. 2, 2017

Oak Room, Indiana Memorial Union

Irshad Manji, author of The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith and founder of the Moral Courage Project, will participate in a moderated conversation about her work.

"Binge-Worthy Journalism" with Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder

5-6:30 p.m. March 31, 2017

Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union

Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder of This American Life are co-creators of the award-winning podcast Serial. Sponsored by the Hutton Honors College, this talk is part of the Many Worlds, One Globe series designed to highlight research and creative activities that connect global understanding with individual identity.

Launched in 2014, Serial is credited with bringing mainstream attention to the podcast format and has been downloaded more than 175 million times, making it the most listened-to podcast in the history of the form. The first season re-investigated a 1999 murder in Baltimore; the second focused on the case of Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who walked off his post in Afghanistan and was held captive for five years. Among other honors, Serial won the 2014 Peabody Award for distinguished and meritorious public service, the first time the award has been given to a podcast.

Sarah Koenig became a producer at the radio show This American Life in 2004, following a career as a newspaper reporter. She has guest-hosted This American Life several times, most memorably for the “No Coincidence, No Story” show about best coincidences; she has also produced and reported some of the show's most popular episodes, including “Switched at Birth,” “Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde” and “Habeas Schmabeas,” a Peabody Award-winning show about Guantanamo Bay.

Julie Snyder began working at This American Life in 1997—almost from its inception—and along with host Ira Glass, has set the editorial agenda for the program, winning four Peabody Awards along the way. She has produced many of This American Life's most entertaining and memorable episodes, including “24 Hours at the Golden Apple,” and “Notes on Camp.” In addition, she has also headed the program's most ambitious and topical programs, notably episodes covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, health care reform, and urban violence in Chicago.

"America's Role in the World" - A Conversation with Ben Rhodes, Senior Advisor to Former President Barack Obama

3-4 p.m. February 27, 2017

Solarium, Indiana Memorial Union

Ben Rhodes, a senior advisor to former President Barack Obama, was instrumental in shaping foreign policy during his time in the Obama administration. Sponsored by the Hutton Honors College, this moderated conversation about America's role in the world is part of the Many Worlds, One Globe series designed to highlight research and creative activities that connect global understanding with individual identity.

From 2009 to 2017, Ben Rhodes served as deputy national security advisor to President Barack Obama, participating in nearly all of President Obama's key decisions and overseeing the President's national security communications, speechwriting, public diplomacy, and global engagement programming. He led the secret negotiations with the Cuban government that resulted in the historic effort to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba and played a key role in advancing the administration's engagement with Burma, Laos, and Vietnam.

From 2002 to 2007, he worked for former U.S. Congressman Lee Hamilton, supporting his work on the 9/11 Commission and Iraq Study Group. He is the co-author, with 9/11 Commission co-chairs Lee Hamilton and Tom Kean, of Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission. From 2007 to 2008, he was a senior speechwriter and foreign policy advisor to the Obama presidential campaign. A native New Yorker, Rhodes earned a B.A. from Rice University and an M.F.A. from New York University.

February 2017 - "Mental Moods, Depression, and Artistic Creativity" - A Conversation with Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison

4-5:30 p.m. February 2, 2017

Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union

Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, Professor of Psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, is an international authority and researcher on mood disorders. Sponsored by the Hutton Honors College, this moderated conversation about her work on mood disorders and artistic creativity is part of the Many Worlds, One Globe series designed to highlight research and creative activities that connect global understanding with individual identity.

Chosen by TIME as a "Hero of Medicine" and the recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, Kay Redfield Jamison has a personal insight into the world of mental illness. She went public with her own struggle with manic depression in a 1995 Washington Post article and a subsequent New York Times bestseller, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness, which according to Oliver Sacks, “stands alone in the literature of manic depression for its bravery, brilliance, and beauty.” Since its release, she has become a trusted advocate for the millions who suffer from mental illness.

Her books include Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide, Exuberance: The Passion for Life, Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament, and Nothing Was the Same. Jamison co-authored the standard medical textbook on manic depression, Manic-Depressive Illness: Bipolar Disorders and Recurrent Depression. Her next book, Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire. A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character, will be published in February 2017.

Jamison's book Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament was awarded the Lewis Thomas Prize, which recognizes scientific works that reach a wider audience outside of the laboratory. Inspired by her work, director Paul Dalio dramatized his own battle with manic depression and bipolar disorder in Touched with Fire, a 2016 film starring Katie Holmes.

Jamison has published more than 100 articles in academic journals. She has shared her expertise on various television programs, including Charlie Rose, and was one of five people featured in the PBS series, Great Minds of Medicine. Jamison is currently the Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the co-director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center. She is an honorary professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom.

A Public Reading by Jhumpa Lahiri, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author

4-5:30 p.m. April 4, 2016

Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union

Jhumpa Lahiri's books, including In Other Words, The Lowland, Unaccustomed Earth, The Namesake, and Interpreter of Maladies, explore the perplexities of the immigrant experience,the search for identity, and in her most recent book, the often emotionally fraught links between identity and language. Sponsored by the Hutton Honors College, this special reading is the inaugural event of the Many Worlds, One Globe series designed to highlight research and creative activities that connect global understanding with individual identity.

Born in London, Lahiri moved to Rhode Island as a young child with her Bengali parents. Although they have lived in the United States for more than 30 years, Lahiri observes that her parents retain “a sense of emotional exile” and Lahiri herself grew up with “conflicting expectations…to be Indian by Indians and American by Americans.” Lahiri's abilities to convey the oldest cultural conflicts in the most immediate fashion and to achieve the voices of many different characters are among the unique qualities that have captured the attention of a wide audience.

In 2015, Jhumpa Lahiri was awarded the prestigious National Humanities Medal by the NEH at the White House. As well as the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for Interpreter of Maladies, Lahiri has also won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the O. Henry Prize, the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Vallombrosa Von Rezzori Prize, and the Asian American Literary Award. Lahiri was also granted a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2006. In September 2015, Lahiri joined the faculty of the Program in Creative Writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.