Bicentennial Lecture Series

Bringing IU Bicentennial themes to life

The Bicentennial Lecture Series has created and expanded 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 offers thought-provoking content for IU students, staff, faculty, and alumni university-wide during the 2019-2020 academic years.

Upcoming Bicentennial Lectures

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

Past Bicentennial Lectures

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

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

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

Monday, January 21, 2019, 8:30am, IU Bloomington: Tamika Catchings, former WNBA player, record-holder, and author

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 6:30pm, IU Southeast: Frank Oz, American actor, puppeteer, director, and producer

Monday, September 30, 2019, 5:00pm, IU Bloomington: Jonathan Banks, Emmy-nominated American actor, Critics' Choice Television Award winner

Monday, February 10, 2020, 4:00, IU Bloomington: David Chalmers, Australian philosopher and cognitive scientist specializing in the areas of philosophy of mind and philosophy of language

Saturday, March 28, 2020, 7:00pm, IU Bloomington (postponed): Laverne Cox, three-time Emmy-nominated actress, Emmy-winning documentary film producer, and a prominent equal rights advocate


Carolyn Calloway-Thomas, Chair, African American and African Diaspora Studies, IUB (Chair)
Christine Fitzpatrick, Chief of Staff, Office of the Chancellor, IUPUI
Jon 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