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New WTIU Documentary Explores The Beauty Of IU's Campus
Updated May 14, 2018 6:45 AM | Filed under: Education
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Ranked as one of the most beautiful college campuses in America, Indiana University has charmed many with its natural topography, native limestone, and appealing architecture.

A new documentary from WTIU Public Television explores the distinctive features of the Indiana University campus and the reasons for its appeal.

Beautiful by Design: The Indiana University Bloomington Campus premieres June 2 at 7 p.m. on WTIU and Facebook Live ( The documentary reveals that the campus's beauty is not by chance. Careful planning and cultivation went into creating an environment that evokes feelings of admiration and wonder.

The program also explores how people experience the campus. There are few places on campus where you can walk in a straight line, and this has been quite intentional. When the trustees moved the location of the university to Dunn's Woods in 1884 after a fire destroyed the original facility, they also abandoned the square design of the Seminary campus. This mirrored a shift toward a liberal arts education and a newly placed value on science, independent thinking, and fostering new ideas.

As the documentary reveals, this liberal arts philosophy is embodied in every aspect of the campus scenery, with its curving paths, isles of green, buildings that look out on nature, courtyards, benches, and artworks that encourage reflection. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors can chart their own journey across campus, taking in the scenery and making new discoveries along the way.

Beautiful by Design is produced by Susanne Schwibs and Justin Crossley, who both have connections to the IU campus. Schwibs is a senior lecturer at the IU Media School, where she teaches documentary, experimental, and 16mm filmmaking. Crossley is an IU alumnus, who currently works for WTIU and IU Radio/TV Services.

Beautiful by Design is made possible with production support from the IU Office of the Vice President for Engagement. Watch a trailer and learn more about the program at Following the premiere on WTIU and Facebook Live, Beautiful by Design will be available to watch on this website from June 3 to July 3.

DVD and BluRay copies of the program will be available for the public to purchase starting in September from

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