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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.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

8:30 AM 8:30 AM

Alumni Hall, Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E 7th Street, Bloomington, IN


Indiana’s “do-everything” forward completed 16 seasons in the WNBA, stepping away from her future-hall-of-fame-career following the 2016 season. Her naming as recipient of the very first ESPN Humanitarian Award in 2015 and a 14-year run of community service by her Catch The Stars Foundation are testament to her work off the court, however – more impactful than her MVP career on the court.

Since her playing retirement, she serves as director of player programs and franchise development with Pacers Sports & Entertainment, a post that keeps her engaged working with all three Pacers franchises: the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever and Ft. Wayne Mad Ants. She operates the cozy Tea’s Me Café on the north side of downtown Indianapolis, and continues her service as an ambassador with the NBA and WNBA. She serves on a developmental committee with USA Basketball. She also serves as an SEC ESPN Women’s Basketball Analyst.

In March 2016, Catchings released an autobiographical story, Catch A Star: Shining through Adversity to Become a Champion sharing her story of overcoming hearing loss, separation from family, high expectations and the pain of debilitating physical injuries. She reached for the stars with hard work, perseverance and her faith in God.

On the court, Catchings’ legacy is cemented as one of the greatest women ever to play the game. She retired as the league’s No. 2 scorer (7,380 points) and rebounder (3,316) of all-time, already its career leader in free throws (2,004) and steals (1,074). In postseason play, nobody appeared in as many WNBA Playoff games (68) as Catchings, or started as many (67). She retired as the WNBA postseason leader in points (1,141), rebounds (598), free throws (356), steals (152), double-doubles (27) and minutes played (2,310).

The first man or woman in recorded basketball history to record a quintuple-double (Duncanville High School in 1997), Catchings’ leadership, tenacity and all-around skills led the Indiana Fever to becoming one of the WNBA’s elite franchises. The Fever reached the playoffs 13 times in Catchings’ 15 active seasons, including a WNBA-record run of 12-in-a-row from 2005-16. The Fever reached the conference finals eight times, including five straight seasons. The Fever won a WNBA championship in 2012 and came within one game of two more championships in five-game WNBA Finals appearances in 2009 and 2015. Catchings played in every playoff game in Fever history through the time of her retirement.

Catchings was the WNBA’s only player ever to spend an entire career of 16 or more seasons with the same franchise.


This event is brought to you by the IU Office of the Bicentennial and the IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs. RSVP Here:

Thursday, January 24, 2019

12:00 AM 12:00 AM


On January 24, 1969, Indiana University, Purdue University, city, and state leaders officially created the IUPUI campus. 

IUPUI will be marking this milestone with a day that is sure to include birthday cake and community, among many other features. 

For more information about this event, visit

Saturday, February 16, 2019

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

To be determined, Bloomington, IN


The Indiana Latino Leadership Conference is a student-led conference that engages students, faculty, staff, and alumni from across the state of Indiana in a dialogue that celebrates and recognizes the unique contributions, experiences, and challenges of Latino students in education. This year's conference theme is "Education is Power." For more information, visit This event is brought to you in part by a grant from the IU Office of the Bicentennial.

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - Saturday, March 23, 2019

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. 7th Street, Bloomington, IN


In the past decade, "superfoods" have taken U.S. and European consumer markets by storm. Novel commodities like quinoa and acai, along with familiar products such as cranberries and raw milk, are increasingly framed as superfoods, a classification that seeks to draw attention to their exceptional nutritional prowess and curative properties, but that has not been defined in any standardized way. The increasing visibility of superfoods brings to the fore pressing questions about scientific authority and nutritional expertise, shifting consumer understandings of health and the body, and issues of ownership and bioprospecting. 

This workshop will convene scholars with diverse disciplinary backgrounds and analytical approaches to discuss, debate, and explore the emerging phenomenon of "superfoods."

This conference is organized and facilitated by Emma McDonell, Prof. Sarah Osterhoudt, and Prof. Richard Wilk, and is sponsored in part by a Bicentennial grant. More information about this conference may be found by contacting the Indiana University Food Institute. 

Friday, March 22, 2019

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

IU Northwest, 3400 Broadway, Gary, IN 46408


The IU Northwest Bicentennial 2020 Educational Conference will provide an opportunity for the Gary community to engage in a search for truth, by an examination of the diversity of community ideas present within the region. Through this conference, the campus will also celebrate its rich history of contributions to the economic vitality of the region, and engage students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and community stakeholders in the documentation and exploration of important questions that will guide the economic and social development of the region. 

This conference is sponsored in part by a Bicentennial grant. More information about this conference may be found by contacting the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - Saturday, May 11, 2019

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. 7th Street, Bloomington, IN


The Dictionary Society of North America has held biennial meetings since 1995. Bringing together scholars of lexicography and professional lexicographers, the conference is an important event for anyone interested in modern dictionary research and practices.

This conference is sponsored in part by a Bicentennial grant. More information about the conference may be found at 

Monday, June 3, 2019 - Saturday, June 8, 2019

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, IN


Taking its cue from the unofficial state song, the International Society of Bassists will be "Back Home Again in Indiana" for its 2019 Convention, June 3rd through 8th, at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana.

The ISB held its 1995 convention at Indiana University, and returns at the invitation of Dean Gwyn Richards and our 2019 Site Host Kurt Muroki, professor of bass at the Jacobs School of Music. ISB President-Elect John Schimek, who hosted the 2007 ISB convention at Oklahoma City University, will serve as Chair of the 2019 convention.

The convention is expected to attract over 1,300 attendees from around the world, and will feature more than 100 performances, lectures and masterclasses as well as exhibits and a week-long program for young bassists for ages 18 and under.

Learn more here:

This event is sponsored in part by a grant from the IU Office of the Bicentennial.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - Saturday, June 22, 2019

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. 7th Street, Bloomington, IN


The Workshop on the Ostrom Workshop showcases the international intellectual impact of Indiana University on issues of global significance including good governance, economic development, and environmental health and sustainability. The conference brings past and present Ostrom Workshop students, affiliated faculty, and alumni together from all over the world to celebrate and reflect on almost 50 years of research and map a path for the future.

This conference is organized by the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop, and is sponsored in part by a Bicentennial grant. More information about the conference may be found by contacting the Ostrom Workshop.