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Student Life in the 19th Century

Student Life in the 19th Century
  1. Author: IU Libraries
  2. Number of episodes: 4
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This series of podcasts explores student life and culture at Indiana University in the nineteenth century. Students, all male until 1867, perhaps sought to balance the strict discipline and control in the classroom by engaging in outlandish activities such as competing in "scraps" and lampooning the university in controversial publications.

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Student Life in the 19th Century

  Name Time Artist/Performer Release Date Description Author Language  
1.Education Model00:10:33IU Archives11/20/2009A classical education model defined the curriculum in the mid-19th century. Students had little choice in the selection of their major or electives and primarily studied Greek and Latin, mathematics, physics, rhetoric, and history. They were expected to be of upstanding moral character.IU LibrariesEnglishDownload
2.Bogus Publications00:11:00IU Archives11/20/2009Students have written and distributed publications since the university's earliest days. Underground "bogus" publications lampooned the university and were particulary controversial. Two of the most popular during the mid-19th century were The Dagger and The Turd.IU LibrariesEnglishDownload
3.Literary Societies00:10:30IU Archives11/20/2009Literary societies dominated the intellectual and social lives of the IU students in the late nineteenth century. Students gathered to exhange "witty declamations and spicy remarks" and debate hot topics of the day, including, for example, if the medical profession was honorable for women.IU LibrariesEnglishDownload
4.Scraps00:12:53IU Archives11/20/2009Scraps, or student competitions of the 1800's, pitted one class against another in the days before intramural sports were a part of college life. Though they began as simple brawls, scraps evolved into highly organized challenges. University Archivist Philip Bantin traces their colorful bloody history.IU LibrariesEnglishDownload