Funding Awarded For Talks on Rural, Urban Dynamics

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Ivy Tech Community College will be among groups hosting the talks. Ivy Tech Community College will be among groups hosting the talks.

More than 20 organizations statewide have been awarded funding to bring scholars to their communities to facilitate discussion on urban and rural dynamics. Representatives from Indiana University, Purdue University, Valparaiso University, Wabash College, IUPUI, Ball State University, University of Indianapolis, Butler University, Trine University, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and Indiana University-South Bend will speak at the events.

The events are part of Indiana Humanities’ INseparable  initiative that encourages Hoosiers to have open discourse about how culture differs and is similar throughout Indiana.

“The scholars in the speakers bureau are excited to travel the state in the coming two years to have conversations with Hoosiers about the history and future of our Indiana communities,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “We hope that the speakers bureau is just one way we can encourage Indiana residents to come together to consider how we relate each other across urban, rural and suburban spaces.”

Topics will range from how social media is blurring urban/rural distinctions online to the myths vs. the realities of immigration in rural Indiana. 

Organizations participating in the event are:

  • Bartholomew County Public Library, Columbus
  • Brick Street Poetry Inc., Zionsville
  • Carmel Clay Public Library, Carmel
  • Crown Point Community Library, Crown Point
  • Cumberland First Baptist Church, Indianapolis
  • Danville Public Library's Book and a Meal, Danville
  • Dubois Branch Library, Dubois
  • Eckhart Public Library, Auburn    
  • Hamilton East Public Library, Noblesville 
  • Hanover College, Hanover
  • Hoosier Farmers Market Association, Inc., Carmel           
  • Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis
  • Jasper Newton Foundation Inc.,  Rensselaer
  • Jasper Public Library, Jasper
  • Johnson County Public Library, Greenwood
  • Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Kokomo
  • La Porte County Public Library, La Porte 
  • Lake County Public Library, Merrillville
  • T.C. Steele State Historic Site, Nashville 
  • Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, Terre Haute 
  • The Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel
  • Vibrant Communities Elkhart County, Elkhart
  • Wild Rose Moon, Plymouth

The talks will be scheduled over the next several months, to see an updated list of events, click here

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