It’s almost impossible to put into words what it’s like to walk around Robben Island, an island about three miles west off the coast of Cape Town, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of his 27 years behind bars during South Africa’s apartheid era. One could describe the 8-foot-by-8-foot jail cells where Mandela and […] Read more »
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On the Ground
A member of IU's communications team for more than a decade, Piurek currently serves as director of news and media at IU Bloomington. As a graduate of the IU School of Journalism, Piurek helps coordinate media coverage for the university and keeps Hoosiers informed about the teaching, research, and creative activities of IU faculty, students, and staff. Piurek is a Connecticut native who has been living in Bloomington for 15 years, with past experience in newspaper reporting, public relations, marketing, advertising, and copywriting. The 2013 Presidential trip will be his first visit to Africa.