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It’s a new semester, a new year, and the library is continuing its mission to collect oral histories from IU East alumni and retired faculty for the IU Bicentennial and IU East archives! We are a few years away from celebrating 200 years of IU history, as well as IU East’s 50th anniversary, but it is never too early to start preserving and collecting all the unique and interesting stories from so many different members of the IU family.

Please join the IU Libraries and the Office of the Bicentennial in remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Thursday, January 19 from 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm for a screening of several civil rights documentaries. These rare documentaries were made during and just after Dr. King’s life, offering a historical lens into how he was viewed and understood by a contemporary audience.

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A Kokomo native’s artwork is on display at Indiana University Kokomo until early next month. A collection of Misch Kohn’s prints will be on display at IUK until Dec. 10 in celebration of his 100th birthday. Kohn passed away in 2003. Kohn was born in Kokomo in 1916. He attended Kokomo High School and earned a scholarship to the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis.

A black and white drawing of a tiger.

From humble beginnings in Kokomo, Misch Kohn built a career as a pioneer in printmaking, with his work exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. Now, he will inspire a new generation of artists, as the IU Kokomo Art Gallery hosts Misch Kohn: Beyond the Tradition.

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To kick off a spirited weekend of homecoming activity, the IU Bloomington Homecoming parade will take a new route this year, running north from the Indiana Memorial Union on the newly renovated Woodlawn Avenue to 17th Street. IU President Michael A. McRobbie will formally dedicate the new route at the beginning of the parade.

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In 2007, IU President Michael McRobbie brought together a group of historians, archivists and librarians to discuss plans to document history for the bicentennial. Today, more than 400 oral histories have been recorded.

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IU Bicentennial archivist Kristin Leaman-Morris joins Michael Glab on today’s Big Talk to discuss her role in collecting recordings of faculty, alumni, and support staff members talking about life on campus, including both everyday descriptions and extraordinary stories and personalities.

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A new website and a series of campus open houses will spread the word and engage faculty, staff, students and alumni in the Indiana University Bicentennial celebration, which is underway and will continue through the university's bicentennial year of 2020.

The limestone clock tower of the Student Building on the IU Bloomington campus against a blue sky.

A new website and a series of campus open houses will spread the word and engage faculty, staff, students and alumni in the Indiana University Bicentennial celebration, which is underway and will continue through the university's bicentennial year of 2020.

President Michael A. McRobbie stands with his hands in the air behind a podium.

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie officially announced the launch of four programs that are part of IU’s bicentennial celebration during his state of the university address Wednesday afternoon in Indianapolis.

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Plans for celebrating the Indiana University Bicentennial are well underway, especially with the incoming Class of 2020 arriving this fall. Many Signature Projects have been designed for IU’s Bicentennial, one of which is the Bicentennial Oral History Project.

A close up of a bronze IU seal.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie has announced the creation of a Bicentennial Steering Committee to plan and organize activities celebrating the 200-year anniversary of the university’s founding, and the appointment of the first University Historian.