Powerful discussions part of 2018 Festival

The 2018 Spirit & Place Festival will be held from Nov. 2-11. The festival this year will explore the theme of “intersections.” Intersecting lines can be found anywhere from the cross and cloverleaf, to crossroads and connections. They represent collective creativity and deeper understanding, as well as points of division or conflict.

There will be 32 unique events this year that will take place across 27 venues and feature a variety of presenters, speakers and performers. This year’s festival includes a variety of events centered on powerful literature and panel-style discussions. These discussions are intended to inspire conversation and delve into current and historical events that are relevant to citizens across Central Indiana.

Visit the website at www.spiritandplace.org for the full festival lineup, including these discussion events below:


Saturday, November 3, 1:30—4 p.m.
Niki’s Honor: Violence Against Girls & Women Needs to Stop
Presented by author Laila Anwarzai Ayoubi and Nur-Allah Islamic Center
Nur-Allah Islamic Center—2040 E. 46th St.

Through the lens of a native Afghan woman and author of Niki’s Honor, Dr. Laila Anwarzai Ayoubi, this event invites attendees to discover that violence against women is not confined to any one religion, culture, geographic area or age group. Told against the background of the death of a young Afghan girl as described in the pages of Niki’s Honor, the interactive components of this event will deepen understanding of how these abhorrent acts hurt women everywhere.

Sunday, November 4, 2:30—5 p.m.
Reimagining the Spiritual Text through Watercolor
Presented by artists Bianca Dudeck-Mandity and Monica Bergers
Marian University—Library—3200 Cold Spring Rd.
Cost: $10 

This event is a collaborative experience joining the power of words, music and art. Attendees should bring a copy of spiritual text meaningful to them as well as writing materials. Painting supplies will be provided. Participants will be guided through a series of free-writing, discussion, music listening and painting exercises. By exploring inner beliefs, painting techniques, and sounds and music, attendees will broaden their understanding of how a spiritual text can engage multiple senses at once. Participants will leave with an abstract watercolor that expresses their multi-sensory experience of the spiritual. 


Monday, November 5, 6:30—8 p.m.
A Crossroads of Nations
Presented by artist Lauren Ditchley, Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Association, A Taste of Philly Pretzels and College Avenue Branch Library
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and Indiana Historical Society —Clowes Court—500 W. Washington St.

Indiana has a rich history predating its 1816 statehood. What is now known as Indiana was inhabited by tribal nations including the Miami, Potawatomi, Wea, Shawnee, Kickapoo and Delaware. Learn from a panel of experts, including Miami, Delaware and Potawatomi voices, on how the St. Mary’s Treaties of 1818 affected Indiana’s first peoples, the future settlement of their land and how and why treaties are still relevant today.


Monday, November 5, 6:30—8:30 p.m.
Where Freedoms Collide
Presented by ACLU of Indiana, Exodus Refugees and Jewish Community Relations Council
Indiana Landmarks—Cook Theater—1201 Central Ave. 

How do we balance minority and majority rights? America’s history is full of intersections where the rights of the minority conflict with the rights of the majority. Where the promise to protect individual liberty conflicts with the promise to protect our communities from harm, foreign and domestic. Join the ACLU for a moderated conversation about the intersection where competing rights, and competing values, must be resolved.


Monday, November 5, 6—8 p.m.
Bringing Science to Life: Medical Ethics & Literature
Presented by Indianapolis Public Library, Indiana Humanities and March for Science
Central Library—Clowes Auditorium—40 E. St. Clair St.

Although 200 years apart, the two books guiding the panel, Frankenstein and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, both explore the intersection of science and literature. One is a horror novel and the other a biography, but both examine human characteristics, emotions and stories of scientific explorations into what it means to be human.


Tuesday, November 6, 7—9 p.m.
Race Matters: Faith & Philanthropy in the African American Community
Presented by Lake Institute on Faith and Giving, Christian Theological Seminary and Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Christian Theological Seminary—Shelton Auditorium—1000 W. 42nd St.

Featured panelist Starsky Wilson has led congregational activism through his work at Saint John’s Church in St. Louis, including leadership on the Ferguson Commission. Similarly, Brad Braxton, Director of the Center for the Study of African American Religious Life at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, is committed to courageous social justice activism and compassionate interfaith collaboration. Aimée Laramore serves as Philanthropic Strategist for the first PhD program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric at Christian Theological Seminary. All three panelists are experienced religious leaders who have navigated the work of philanthropy and social justice in their communities. Hear their stories and learn from their insights.


Wednesday, November 7, 6—8 p.m.
Mapping Lost Intersections
Presented by IUPUI University Library, Indiana Historical Society and Herron School of Art & Design Library
Indiana History Center—450 W. Ohio St. 

Using multiple archival sources, guests are invited to investigate lost, demolished and re-developed Indianapolis intersections. From the relocation of Greenlawn, the city’s first cemetery, to reconstruction of White River State Park, and finally stumbling upon an early 20th century red light district, local library experts will showcase how the Indianapolis built environment has changed over time and consider what this change meant for people then and now. Participants will be guided on how to use digital collections, formulate research strategies when doing local history and will be invited to share memories of lost spaces and places in their communities. 


Thursday, November 8, 6—8 p.m.
Lonesome No More Through Faith Communities
Presented by Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, and National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) FaithNet
Congregation Beth-El Zedeck—600 W. 70th St.

This event looks at the ways in which loneliness is present in religious communities and the strength, structure and support that churches, synagogues and other faith communities can provide. Through this moderated discussion, arts event and book signing, the event will share knowledge and connect people of all faith backgrounds in an effort to curb loneliness. 


Thursday, November 8, 7—9 p.m.
INspired to Give: Women, Faith & Philanthropy
Presented by Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (IUPUI), Center for Interfaith Cooperation, Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis and Indescribable Gift
Indiana Interchurch Center—Krannert Room, 2nd Floor—1100 W. 42nd St.

Hear stories from women of different faith traditions and take part in small group discussions to explore the role faith has and can have on giving. The panelists will share sacred text important to them and engage attendees in using their own stories to continue exploring in interfaith settings and how to fuel a culture of giving. Attendees may also visit with partnering organizations in an exhibit area before and after the event. 


Friday, November 9, 6—8 p.m. (arrive by 5:45 p.m.)
From Auschwitz to Indiana: Medical Ethics through History with Eva Kor
Presented by CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center and Indiana Medical History Museum
Indiana Medical History Museum—3045 W. Vermont St.
RSVP required due to limited seating here.

The intersection of medical ethics, the Holocaust and Indiana’s history with medical malpractice come together in this engaging lecture and panel discussion. The Holocaust is often viewed as a subject removed from the U.S.; in particular the Midwest. This event looks at the connections between medical studies (including eugenics) and how these inhumane experiments actually originated in Indiana and were later used by Nazi doctors. Eva Kor will share her personal story of perseverance after being treated as a subject rather than a human being.


Sunday, November 11, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
23rd Annual Public Conversation
Presented by Spirit & Place, Indiana State Museum, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, IUPUI University Library, IUPUI Center for Service and Learning, IUPUI Office of Research and Administration, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs, The Polis Center, Centric and Kheprw Institute
Indiana State Museum—650 W. Washington St. 

Featuring Zeynep Tufekci, this year’s Public Conversation will discuss the intersections of social media, politics and our everyday lives. Zeynep Tufekci is a techno-sociologist who focuses on social movements and civics, privacy and surveillance and social interactions. Tufekci’s latest book, Twitter and Teargas, thoughtfully examines both the positive and negative ways digital platforms support the work of social change.

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