IU honors legacy of Nobel Prize winner Elinor Ostrom with historical marker

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie dedicated a historical marker Oct. 7 honoring the late Elinor Ostrom, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences. 

The historical marker sits outside Woodburn Hall, where Ostrom taught in the Department of Political Science for several years. 

"In the years to come, the countless students, faculty and visitors who pause here to read the words about Elinor Ostrom —cast not in aluminum, but in bronze—will be inspired to understand the meaning of those words and the incredible impact of her life's work on Indiana University and, indeed, the world," McRobbie said during the dedication. 

IU President McRobbie and Provost Lauren Robel unveil a historical marker honoring Elinor Ostrom outside Woodburn Hall; a crowd gathered to watch the dedication of the new marker, which is the first placed at IU Bloomington.  Chris Meyer, Indiana University

IU has also commissioned a statue of Ostrom, which will be placed outside Woodburn Hall. Michael McAuley, the same artist who created the Hoagy Carmichael Landmark Sculpture, will create the piece. It will be the first statue of a woman on the IU Bloomington campus. 

Read President McRobbie's speech