Bicentennial Symposia

Showcasing IU’s Unique and Historic Strengths

Immerse yourself in IU’s historic strengths by attending Bicentennial Symposia. The Office of the Bicentennial will offer three symposia that discuss Indiana University’s historic strengths in languages, chart the path forward for higher education, and examine campus history.

60th Anniversary of Title VI

Title VI of the Higher Education Act offers grants to institutions of higher education to develop and maintain capacity and performance in area/international studies and world languages. Held October 26-28, 2018, this nation-wide symposium will highlight “IU as an oasis in a linguistic desert” and demonstrate the university’s historic commitment to foreign language instruction and its connection to Title VI. The symposium will bring together administrators, linguists, technologies, and historians to focus on the effects of Title VI. Attendees will discuss the opportunities that Title IV has afforded and identify threats to its continuation.

Campus History Symposia Series

The campuses that comprise the Indiana University system have unique and interesting history. The Campus History Symposia Series is comprised of a symposium hosted on each IU campus that will rigorous examine its history engage students, staff, and faculty on the campus’ evolution over the decades. The Series will be held during the Bicentennial Celebratory Year. The campus symposia will occur during the Fall 2019 semester. The Series will conclude in the Spring 2020 with a university-wide meeting to discuss themes that connect the campuses.

Higher Education Symposium

Held during the Bicentennial Opening Weekend (September 26-28, 2019), this symposium will allow participants to identify trends in higher education and discuss how higher education will need to changes in the decades to come to remain a relevant part of society. Invitees will include high-level administrators from peer institutions.