Bicentennial Lecture Series

Bringing IU Bicentennial themes to life

The Bicentennial Lecture Series will create and expand upon university-wide conversations on present and future issues in Arts and Literature, Business, Civility and Tolerance, Geopolitics, Science and Technology, and Sustainability. Coordinating with already-existing lecture series, the Bicentennial Lecture Series will offer thought-provoking content for IU students, staff, faculty, and alumni university-wide during the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic years.

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 6:00pm: Scott Harrison, charity:water, “Reinventing Charity”

Thursday, March 29, 2018, 5:00pm: Sir Salman Rushdie, award-winning author, “Wonder Tales: East Meets West”

Saturday, September 22, 2018, 6:00pm: Rita Dove, award-winning author, “How Does a Shadow Shine? Poetry, Music, and the Underside of History”

Monday, January 21, 2019: Tamika Catchings (Time, Location, and Title TBD)

*Bicentennial lectures will appear here as they are scheduled

For a complete list of Bicentennial events, check out the Bicentennial Events page.

Suggest a Lecture Series Topic or Speaker

The deadline to propose speakers and topics was December 8, 2017. Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting submissions.


Carolyn Calloway-Thomas, Chair, African American and African Diaspora Studies, IUB (Chair)
Christine Fitzpatrick, Chief of Staff, Office of the Chancellor, IUPUI
John Vickers, Director, Indiana University Cinema, IUB
Andrea Ciccarelli, Dean, Hutton Honors College, IUB
Carol Branson, Director of Communications and Marketing, IUPUC
Jason Kelly, Director, Arts and Humanities Institute, IUPUI
Kirk Randolph, Director of the Ogle Cultural and Community Center, IUS