A Day of Commemoration: IU's 200th Anniversary

On January 20, 2020, we will commemorate the university’s 200th anniversary and Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a keynote lecture featuring Viola Davis on the Bloomington campus.

Other events include the dedication of the new IU Bloomington history mural panels in Wright Quad as well as the newly commissioned Lux et Veritas paintings in Presidents Hall, the dedication of the Big Red 200 Supercomputer, and the return of Megalonyx jeffersonii, a 3-D printed skeleton of a giant sloth that once existed within the natural history collections at Indiana University.

More events to be announced.

Day of Commemoration events


Big Red 200 Supercomputer Dedication Ceremony

Cyberinfrastructure Building
2709 E. 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405


200th Anniversary Luncheon

Presidents Hall (in Franklin Hall)
601 E. Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405


Keynote Lecture

Viola Davis

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
1001 E 17th St
Bloomington, IN 47408
Please note the location for this event has been changed to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.


Free general admission tickets to the lecture will be issued at the IU Auditorium beginning at 10 a.m. EST on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

Tickets also may be obtained in person at the IU Auditorium box office, beginning at the same time. There is a limit of two tickets per person.


200th Anniversary Dinner

Wright Quadrangle
501 N Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405