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.

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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 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.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

School of International and Global Studies Building, Bloomington, IN


2018 marks 60 years since the National Defense Education Act (NDEA) was signd into law. The NDEA's Title VI funding underwrote the dramatic and transformative expansion of language and area studies at all levels of education across the U.S. This symposium will assess the current state of international education and explore directions for the future.