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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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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.

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - Sunday, June 10, 2018

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

IUPUI and Herron School of Art + Design


[Make] seeks to establish a space where designers, educators, and researchers can come together to discuss the concept of ‘making’ as it exists within today’s contexts. Designers sit at a unique intersection of the arts and social sciences where making serves as a distinct asset to our process. Whether planning new healthcare services, organizing a community, building a website, or speculating on the future, designers have an inherent drive to make as a way to facilitate solutions. Making is a loaded word for many designers. A focus on process via Design Thinking has provided us exposure to colleagues and opportunities outside of design but this shift has sometimes come at the expense of the legitimacy of making. For many designers, being labeled a ‘maker’ may be perceived as a slight.

Despite this, designers know that making is complex and heterogeneous. We do not make as a way to simply sharpen the end of a pre-defined process. We make to think, explain, and conceptualize. We make to communicate, mediate, and teach, to formalize, plan, and provoke, to explore, process, and improve. 

[Make] is built to help us explore the full complexity of making and its applications.

The conference will be divided into four areas of focus: Make [community], Make [curriculum], Make [form], and Make [experiences]. These areas provide distinct lenses through which we can discuss the act of making.

Monday, August 6, 2018

12:00 AM 12:00 AM


The IU Bicentennial offers a wide variety of internship opportunities for IU students, on all IU campuses, at all levels of study, and from any discipline. Bicentennial Interns complete project-based research and deliver special, one-time project outcomes defined by the Office of the Bicentennial, project supervisors and mentors. Our internships are typically one semester long and average from 8 to 12 hours per week. Internships are paid and provide the IU Bicentennial with content and program development and provide the intern with critical job experience.

For more information, and to apply, please visit the Bicentennial internship program web page.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - Sunday, August 12, 2018

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

School of Global and International Studies, Bloomington, IN


The Visible Evidence community is a collection of scholars and practitioners engaged in research and debates on historical and contemporary documentary practice and nonfiction media culture.

Work presented at conferences focuses on the role of film, video and other media as record, witness, and voice of social reality, exploring a wide range of cultural, political, social, historical, ethnographic, aesthetic, and pedagogical questions and perspectives from fields such as film studies, communication studies, anthropology, architecture, art history, ethnic studies, queer studies, history, journalism, law, medicine, political science, geography, sociology, urban studies and gender studies.

Friday, September 21, 2018 - Sunday, September 23, 2018

8:00 AM 8:00 AM

Beijing, China


The IU China Bicentennial Alumni Conference and Reunion is a gathering of alumni from across the globe. The central event will include content from IU faculty and regionally active senior alumni, networking and social elements, and celebration of the developing alumni community in China. Concurrent IU events in China will be coordinated with the conference and reunion. 

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - Sunday, October 28, 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.