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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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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

Friday, November 8, 2019

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

Hine Hall, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN


The Indiana Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference creates a space for educators to meet annually to share important learning and insights through Social Studies. The November 2019 conference theme - How Hoosiers Exemplify Our World - celebrates and recognizes Hoosiers, past and present, from all walks of life. This conference is open to all Indiana educators, pre-service teachers, and those interested in teaching and supporting Social Studies. Learn more here: 

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

Monday, January 20, 2020

12:00 AM 12:00 AM


On January 20, 2020, we will commemorate the university’s 200th anniversary and Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a public event featuring a major speaker on the Bloomington campus, the dedication of the new IU Bloomington history mural panels in Wright Quad as well as the newly commissioned “Lux et Veritas” paintings in Presidents Hall, and the ceremonial first ringing of the bells in the newly renovated Arthur R. Metz Bicentennial Grand Carillon. Other events and activities will take place on all IU campuses. More events to be announced as the year develops.

Friday, April 3, 2020 - Saturday, April 4, 2020

9:00 AM 9:00 AM

Indiana Convention Center, 100 S Capitol Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46225


The Indiana Academies Symposium is a unique opportunity to celebrate and support Indiana’s broad intellectual capital. The symposium will offer a platform to share and promote cross-disciplinary research, discussion, and collaboration.

The symposium will be held April 3-4, 2020, at the Indiana Convention Center, and will draw on IU’s 200 years of leadership in higher education and research by bringing the state’s academic associations together. The event will both facilitate annual meetings for organizations that choose to do so, and also offer programming with sessions and speakers that focus on cross-disciplinary topics.

Sunday, April 5, 2020 - Wednesday, April 8, 2020

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

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


The EPIC-N conference empowers university professionals with a greater understanding of best practices, innovative techniques, and successful models for community engagement. Attendees will build a larger professional network to inspire and support stronger university-community partnerships across the United States and beyond. This conference is sponsored in part by a grant from the IU Office of the Bicentennial.

Monday, May 11, 2020

6:30 PM 6:30 PM

Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza; Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802


A presentation entitled "Indiana University and the Civil War: We were there. On both sides" will be hosted by the Northeast Indiana Civil War Round Table. The lecturer is John Summerlot, Director of the Center for Veteran and Military Students at Indiana University.

For such a small Midwestern university (at the time), IU has an oversized presence in the Civil War. From a campus and community divided over the issues, to state and federal battles over slavery, from John Brown’s raid to Appomattox, IU alumni and faculty were there and often on both sides.

They were generals and spies. They were “the bravest of the brave” according to General Sherman. They exclaimed “My God is that you? Have we been fighting each other?” when meeting on the battlefield. IU alumni and faculty represent an interesting cross section of the Civil War culture, people, politics, and battles. We will look at some notable examples in some of the most historic moments of the Civil War.


Monday, June 1, 2020 - Saturday, June 6, 2020

12:00 AM 12:00 AM


Celebrate IU’s past, present, and future with a university-wide event honoring alumni. This reunion will be held June 1-6, 2020, co-hosted by IUPUI and IU Bloomington. It will highlight the university’s vast alumni network and the impact they have had locally, regionally, and around the world. The event will feature faculty and alumni panels, campus tours, keynote speakers, and entertainment.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

1299 E. 7th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405


Join us for an outdoor event to celebrate the end of IU's Bicentennial year, featuring musical performances and entertainment, and an IU alumni data visualization. More information forthcoming.