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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If you are planning an event and want to incorporate Bicentennial information into it, we can provide you with a Bicentennial speaker—just fill out the Bicentennial Speakers Bureau Form.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018 - Monday, March 26, 2018

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

IUPUI Hine Hall and Tower Ballroom


The 2018 Food Waste and Hunger Summit will highlight all of the work each IU campus is doing to address food insecurity on campus and in our surrounding communities through academic, research, and service missions. Faculty, staff, students, and the public are invited to share in real-time relevant discussions about food insecurity, sustainability, public health, and social justice, and think about ways to solve problems of food waste and hunger in America today. Attendees will have access to a broad network of leaders, receive diverse training and learn how to replicate programs for their local communities and engage in inclusive dialogue on these important issues. For more information, please contact the Campus Kitchen at IUPUI, and/or the IUPUI Office of Sustainability. 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, 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.

Friday, April 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 10 to 15 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, April 11, 2018

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

Indiana Memorial Union, Bloomington, IN


This is the first of what will be an annual summit to enhance and expand the understanding and application of learning analytics as a means to further student persistence and graduation rates both at IU and more broadly for post-secondary institutions. Faculty and staff from universities across the nation will have the opportunity to share and build knowledge, solve problems together in active workshops, focus on advancing this burgeoning field in a collaborative way, and consider the ethical factors of using data and predictive models to advise students on their career paths.

Friday, April 13, 2018 - Sunday, April 15, 2018

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

Bloomington Convention Center


The IU Center for the Integrated Study of Animal Behavior sponsors an annual Animal Behavior Conference each spring. The conference has grown into a regional meeting attended by over 225 students and scientists from undergraduates to senior faculty members from 16 states and 38 universities. The conference offers an outstanding opportunity for animal behaviorists to meet and present their latest research.

The conference typically consists of ≈20 talks across multiple sessions and an afternoon poster session. It culminates with a plenary lecture by a highly accomplished researcher in the field of animal behavior and an evening reception open to all participants.

Friday, April 20, 2018

11:30 AM 11:30 AM

The Tudor Room, Indiana Memorial Union, Bloomington, IN


Are you interested in IU history? Working on a related project, or have you completed one in the past? Come and share your ideas and your work (preliminary concepts are welcome) at the Bicentennial Bites Lunch and Learn on Friday, April 20, at 11:30am, at the Tudor Room in the Indiana Memorial Union. University Historian James Capshew and IU Bicentennial Director Kelly Kish will facilitate an informal discussion about historical projects, plans, and interests. To RSVP, please send an email to

Sunday, April 29, 2018

12:00 PM 12:00 PM

Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN


To celebrate their 2018 bicentennial anniversary, the City of Bloomington will host a street fair on April 29. Come find the IU Bicentennial tent on Kirkwood Avenue between Indiana and Dunn for IU history and giveaways. This event is free and open to the public.

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.