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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Thursday, October 25, 2018 - Saturday, October 27, 2018

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

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


2018 marks 60 years since the National Defense Education Act (NDEA) was signed 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.

To register for the conference, or to find out more about the program, please visit 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

3:00 PM 3:00 PM

Indiana Memorial Union Faculty Room, 900 E 7th Street, Bloomington, IN


In celebration of the 40-year anniversary of Indiana University's partnership with Universität Hamburg, Jannis Androutsopoulos, professor of Linguistics at the Institute for Linguistics and the Institute of Media and Communications at Universität Hamburg, will give a special lecture on Sociolinguistic change and digitally-mediated communication.

This special lecture will be on October 30, 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Indiana Memorial Union Faculty Room. This event will be co-sponsored by OVPIA, the School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Friday, November 9, 2018

12:00 PM 12:00 PM

President's Hall, Franklin Hall


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

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - Saturday, November 17, 2018

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46625


When you attend the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), you join one of the largest communities of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students attend this conference to present their research, enhance professional development skills, explore graduate schools, and network. Research faculty and program directors play an essential role in mentoring students and strategies for facilitating student success. 

During the four-day conference, over 2,000 students from over 350 colleges and universities participate in poster and oral presentations in twelve STEM disciplines. All undergraduate and postbaccalaureate student presentations are judged and those receiving the highest scores in each scientific discipline are given an award during the closing banquet.

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

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.