Local News Headlines: August 11, 2022

Indiana Department of Education says 20% of Indiana 3rd graders have not mastered reading skills
The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) released results from the 2021-2022 Indiana Reading Evaluation and Determination (IREAD-3) assessment, which show that nearly one in five Hoosier students have not mastered foundational reading skills by the end of third grade.

Statewide, results show that more than 65,000 of Indiana’s third grade students – or 81.6% – demonstrated proficient reading skills on the assessment. This is a modest improvement of 0.4 percentage points over results for the 2020-2021 school year. Overall, results remain 5.7 percentage points below pre-pandemic proficiency rates from the 2018-2019 school year, the last data set available prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While some student populations experienced a significant improvement in reading skills, other student populations will need renewed, intentional support to become strong readers. In total, more than 14,000 third grade students – or 18.4% – will need additional support to build their reading skills to meet grade-level reading standards. Reading proficiency declined overall for third grade students receiving free or reduced-price meals, special education students and English learners. Despite Black and Hispanic students experiencing a 2.1 percentage point and 1 percentage point increase respectively, their proficiency rates remain significantly below their grade level peers.

40 Books Named To Indiana Authors Awards Shortlists
The 2022 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards announced the shortlist of books eligible for top honors in its eight literary categories. Forty books written by Indiana authors and published in 2020 and 2021 have been shortlisted. Winners will be announced on Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. via social media and the IAA newsletter. Follow @INAuthorsAwards and sign up at www.IndianaAuthorsAwards.org to receive the announcement. 

Shortlisted books were written by lifelong Hoosiers, professors at Indiana colleges and universities, and former residents with a deep connection to Indiana. This year’s shortlists feature stories and poetry elevating the everyday and exploring the strange in Hoosier life. From books for our youngest readers to insightful scholarship on unexpected topics, the range of diverse voices recognized in the shortlists show that Indiana’s literary prowess persists and continues to grow. Whether exploring the local or looking out to the world, Indiana’s authors are claiming their place in the legacy of Midwestern writing about the history of this nation and our lives today.

All shortlisted books can be found at Bookshop.org. Shortlisted books by authors with ties to Bloomington include:

  • Craig Fehrman, Bloomington, for Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrotethe story of America’s presidents as authors. Addressing everything from beloved tomes to volumes lost to history, Author in Chief unearths insights about the presidents through their literary works and offers a window into their public and private lives.
  • James H. Madison, Bloomington, for The Ku Klux Klan in the Heartlandthe history of the creation and reign of the Ku Klux Klan through the lens of their operations in Indiana and the Midwest. Starting from the KKK’s roots in respectable white protestant society, the book offers a detailed account of the infamous organization and its echoes in America today.
  • Angela Jackson-Brown, Bloomington, for When Stars Rain Down, the story of Opal Pruitt and the summer of 1936 in Parsons, Ga., where the arrival of the Ku Klux Klan shakes the tight-knit community and challenges unspoken codes of conduct in their post-Reconstruction town.
  • Joseph Lee, Bloomington, for Forgiveness: The Story of Eva Kor, Survivor of The Auschwitz Twin Experiments. This illustrated biography of Eva Kor tells the story of a girl who found herself fighting to survive in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and an adult in Terre Haute who discovered that forgiveness could save her life.
  • Steve Schatz, Bloomington, for Seashell Virgin: A Nacho Mama’s Patio Café Novel, a humorous novel in which a band of middle-aged friends from Nacho Mama’s Patio Café fight a scheme to close the area’s only gay bar and upend their town.
  • Kaveh Akbar, West Lafayette, for Pilgrim Bella collection of poems that take readers on a spiritual journey of disavowal by daring to exist in the empty spaces where song lives.
  • Ross Gay, Bloomington, for Be Holding, a lyrical love song to legendary basketball player Julius Erving — known as Dr. J — and how the imagination might bring us closer to each other.
  • Kim Howard, who grew up in LaPorte and now lives in Bloomington, for Grace and Boxa picture book in which a young girl befriends a box and they go on lively adventures together.

IU Cinema fall season spotlights women in film, classic remakes
Indiana University Cinema returns this fall with over 80 events, including the unveiling of new programming that foregrounds the work of women in global cinema. Highlighting the past, present and future importance of women’s contributions to film, Women on Top: Legacies of Women in Global Cinema is a yearlong series that combines film screenings, industry guests, student mentorship sessions and masterclasses, and keynote speakers that feature a wide range of female film professionals from around the world.

Supported by a grant from the Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council at IU, Women on Top programming showcases:

  • Shaandiin Tome, an Indigenous writer, director and cinematographer, and Oscar winner Rayka Zehtabchi, an Iranian-American writer, director and producer, with a shorts program and an exclusive recorded introduction from Zehtabchi and her frequent collaborator, filmmaker Sam A. Davis.
  • New 4K restorations of revered Japanese actress Kinuyo Tanaka’s “Love Letter” and trailblazer Márta Mészáros’ “Adoption.”
  • A talk by special-effects scholar Julie Turnock, who wrote a book on the history of George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic. She pulls back the curtain on visual film effects in the global marketplace, and her talk will be followed by a screening of the popular Chinese film “The Mermaid.”

IU Cinema has something spooky for everyone in October with Friday Night Frights, a monthlong series of horror films. Featuring psychological thriller “Watcher,” classic Italian thriller “Suspiria,” and back-to-back double features of “Shaun of the Dead” and “Slither” plus “Kill List” and “The Descent,” this series is sure to make viewers laugh, scream and maybe look over their shoulder on the way home.

It’s clear that Hollywood loves to remake films. Re:Made pairs an original film, its remake and a conversation between filmmaking professionals, academics and other experts articulating how filmmaking, film culture and film impact evolve over time.

The series kicks off with two icons of sci-fi cinema, “The Thing From Another World” and “The Thing,” followed by a conversation on sound design in genre films. Next up is the 1968 “Romeo and Juliet” and Baz Luhrmann’s gonzo “Romeo + Juliet,” with a talk between two professional costume designers and scholars. The series concludes with 1957’s “3:10 to Yuma” and its 2007 remake of the same name, engaging the audience on the trope of the Western anti-hero.

For full information and film listings, and to download IU Cinema’s calendar, visit the IU Cinema website.

This Week in Hoosier History


1908 – The Delphi, Indiana, Wagon Works Company began making wagons and plows. Later, the firm, established by Fisher and Bradshaw, built the first school bus. Called a “school hack,” it was a closed-body horse-drawn school bus. It was made until the 1920s when vehicles became powered by gasoline engines.

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