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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Monday, June 3, 2019 - Saturday, June 8, 2019

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, IN


Taking its cue from the unofficial state song, the International Society of Bassists will be "Back Home Again in Indiana" for its 2019 Convention, June 3rd through 8th, at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana.

The ISB held its 1995 convention at Indiana University, and returns at the invitation of Dean Gwyn Richards and our 2019 Site Host Kurt Muroki, professor of bass at the Jacobs School of Music. ISB President-Elect John Schimek, who hosted the 2007 ISB convention at Oklahoma City University, will serve as Chair of the 2019 convention.

The convention is expected to attract over 1,300 attendees from around the world, and will feature more than 100 performances, lectures and masterclasses as well as exhibits and a week-long program for young bassists for ages 18 and under.

Learn more here:

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

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. 

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - Sunday, September 29, 2019

12:00 AM 12:00 AM


Please join us for a weekend of programs and activities to officially kick off IU's year-long Bicentennial celebration. Activities will include: 

Opening Ceremony

Outdoor Street Festival and Fireworks

Higher Education Symposium

College Themester: Remembering and Forgetting

Book Releases

Faculty Research Showcase

IU Football Watch Party

All-Star Show at the IU Auditorium

IU Cinema Screenings

IU Theater Productions

And more! 

More information will be posted here as the event date approaches.


Saturday, October 26, 2019 - Sunday, October 27, 2019

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, IN


In October 2019, the 10th annual Indiana International Guitar Festival and Competition will welcome participants from around the world to compete in a highly selective adjudication process. World-renowned guest artists are invited to present workshops, master classes, and recital performances. This event is sponsored in part by a grant from the IU Office of the Bicentennial.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - Sunday, November 10, 2019

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

Indiana Memorial Union, Bloomington, IN


The Society for Ethnomusicology is the largest association of ethnomusicologists in the world, and its annual meeting is the world's largest gathering of ethnomusicologists. The organization of the SEM 2019 Annual Meeting at IU Bloomington, sponsored in part by the IU Office of the Bicentennial, will highlight IU's legacy as an international center of ethnomusicology. Instruction in this field began at IU in the late 1940s with George Herzog and continued with such figures as George List, Walter Kaufmann, and Alan Merriam. Since then, ethnomusicology has flourished within IU's Folklore Institute/Department, which became the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology in 2000.

Friday, November 8, 2019 - Saturday, November 9, 2019

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

IU Kelley School of Business, Bloomington, IN


This annual conference is the largest academic gathering of its kind and convenes scholars, practitioners, and students from around the world to explore topics in social enterprise, innovation, sustainability, and impact. The conference is dedicated to the ongoing development of theory and research on social entrepreneurship and its impact on global communities. This conference is sponsored in part by a grant from the IU Office of the Bicentennial