Bicentennial events start now

The Indiana University Bicentennial offers many events between 2019 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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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. 

Sunday, June 23, 2019 - Thursday, June 27, 2019

8:00 AM 8:00 AM

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405


The Executive Committee of the Division of Organic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society and the Department of Chemistry at Indiana University invite you to attend the 46th National Organic Chemistry Symposium. This biennial event will be held from Sunday, June 23 to Thursday, June 27, 2019 on the beautiful campus of Indiana University, Bloomington.

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

Monday, July 1, 2019

7:00 PM 7:00 PM

Four Winds Field South Bend, IN


Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Indiana University South Bend are invited to attend the kickoff of IU’s Bicentennial Celebration Year at the South Bend Cubs game at Four Winds Field on July 1. Incoming Chancellor Susan Elrod will throw out the first pitch, Titus the Titan will be there, and we will sit together in section 116 representing all things IU.

For a $5 registration fee you get a ticket to the game ($13 value), an IU South Bend Bicentennial baseball cap (priceless), and $5 worth of Cubs Bucks for food at the game. You can order tickets for your family and friends. All we ask is that you have some connection to Indiana University or IU South Bend and be prepared to celebrate IU’s Bicentennial.

The game starts at 7 p.m. and features the South Bend Cubs playing the Dayton Dragons. To register go to and pay by credit card. Tickets can be picked up at the Will Call window on the day of the game.

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - Tuesday, July 16, 2019

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

Indiana Memorial Union, Bloomington


The Higher Education Financial Wellness Summit is a venue for professionals looking to grow or build their student financial wellness and education efforts across their campuses. 

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

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - Friday, July 19, 2019

8:00 AM 8:00 AM

Herman B Wells Library, 1320 E 10th St., Bloomington, IN 47405


Archivists and librarians at IUB are once again hosting a three-day Primary Source Immersion Program that will help Indiana University instructors integrate primary sources into an existing or new course, and show them new ways to foster students’ information literacy skills in relation to primary sources.  The program is open to instructors at all Indiana University campuses through application. Look for the call for 2020 proposals early next year at or contact Meg Meiman, Head of IU Libraries Department of Teaching & Learning for questions.

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

Friday, July 26, 2019

11:00 AM 11:00 AM

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


Your opportunity to find out everything you need to know about IU Bicentennial programs and activities. More details to come!

Friday, August 23, 2019 - Friday, August 30, 2019

6:00 PM 6:00 PM

Grunwald Gallery, 1201 E 7th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405


This exhibit will display items from Indiana prehistory along with contemporary artworks by Indiana artists. This conference is sponsored in part by a grant from the IU Office of the Bicentennial.