Four years of Bicentennial events start now

The Indiana University Bicentennial will offer many events between 2016 and 2020 on all IU campuses and at other locations around the state and nation.

These events will stem from the Office of the Bicentennial’s Signature Projects, Project Proposals, and other qualifying events being hosted with IU-affiliated campuses, schools, departments, and organizations.

Add your event to the Bicentennial celebration

If you are planning an event and want to incorporate Bicentennial information into it, we can provide you with a Bicentennial speaker—just fill out the Bicentennial Speakers Bureau Form.

To have your event added to the calendar, please contact the Office of the Bicentennial by email at

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

11:30 AM 11:30 AM

Noodles and Company, 2650 E. Third Street, Bloomington, IN


Interested in IU history? Working on related project or have you completed one in the past? Come and share your ideas and your work—preliminary concepts are welcome. University Historian James Capshew and IU Bicentennial Director Kelly Kish will facilitate an informal discussion of historical projects, plans, and interests. Lunch is available to purchase at Noodles and Company.  Snow date January 27th if needed.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

4:00 PM 4:00 PM

TBD, IU Kokomo


The Bicentennial Oral History project will interview faculty, staff, and alumni for oral histories from 4-6pm, and will host a table from 6-8pm.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

6:00 PM 6:00 PM

St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260


The Thomas H. Lake Lecture is presented by Lake Institute on Faith & Giving. Each year a noted scholar is invited to give a public address on a topic related to faith and giving. The lecture includes a question and answer session and an opportunity to interact with the speaker.   This year's speaker is Scott Harrison, who founded the non-profit organization charity: water in 2006. Turning his full attention to the global water crisis and the world's 663 million people without clean water to drink, he created public installations and innovative online fundraising platforms to spread international awareness of the issue. In ten years, with the help of more than 1 million donors worldwide, charity: water has raised over $250 million and funded over 23,000 water projects in 24 countries. When completed, those projects will provide over 7.1 million people with clean, safe drinking water. This lecture is co-sponsored by the IU Office of the Bicentennial and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.   RSVP here: 

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - Sunday, March 11, 2018

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

Crowne Plaza Indianapolis-Downtown Union Station, 123 West Louisiana Street Indianapolis, Indiana 46225


This ​is ​the ​annual ​meeting ​of ​the ​Society ​for ​the ​Advancement ​of ​American ​Philosophy ​(SAAP). ​SAAP ​exists ​to ​advance ​American ​philosophy ​by ​promoting ​interest ​and ​research ​in ​its ​history, ​encouraging ​original ​and ​creative ​work ​in ​its ​spirit, ​and ​providing ​forums ​for ​the ​exchange ​of ​information ​and ​ideas. ​The ​annual ​meeting ​includes ​presentations ​of ​scholarship, ​panel ​discussions, ​and ​a ​business ​meeting ​and ​banquet.

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - Monday, March 26, 2018

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

IUPUI Hine Hall and Tower Ballroom


The 2018 Food Waste and Hunger Summit will highlight all of the work each IU campus is doing to address food insecurity on campus and in our surrounding communities through academic, research, and service missions. Faculty, staff, students, and the public are invited to share in real-time relevant discussions about food insecurity, sustainability, public health, and social justice, and think about ways to solve problems of food waste and hunger in America today. Attendees will have access to a broad network of leaders, receive diverse training and learn how to replicate programs for their local communities and engage in inclusive dialogue on these important issues. For more information, please contact the Campus Kitchen at IUPUI, and/or the IUPUI Office of Sustainability. This conference is sponsored in part by a grant from the IU Office of the Bicentennial and is part of the IU Bicentennial Conference Season.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

7:00 PM 7:00 PM

IU Auditorium


Sir Salman Rushdie is the author of a dozen classic novels about modern India and one of the world's most influential living writers. His breakout novel, Midnight's Children, won the Booker Prize in 1981, and Rushdie received a Queen's Knighthood in 2007. His most recent novel, The Golden House, was published in 2017.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

Indiana Memorial Union, Bloomington, IN


This is the first of what will be an annual summit to enhance and expand the understanding and application of learning analytics as a means to further student persistence and graduation rates both at IU and more broadly for post-secondary institutions. Faculty and staff from universities across the nation will have the opportunity to share and build knowledge, solve problems together in active workshops, focus on advancing this burgeoning field in a collaborative way, and consider the ethical factors of using data and predictive models to advise students on their career paths.

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - Wednesday, June 6, 2018

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

To be determined, Indianapolis, IN


The World Education Congress delivers premier education, business and networking opportunities for meeting and event planners. This conference is sponsored in part by a grant from the IU Office of the Bicentennial and is part of the IU Bicentennial Conference season.