Discussion events included in 2019 Festival

The 2019 Spirit & Place Festival will celebrate, explore, challenge and reflect on the meaning behind revolution and evolution, creating the unique theme of R/Evolution on Nov. 1-10. Exploring the idea of change in the world, whether it’s sudden and abrupt, or gradual and unfolding, this year’s festival offers the public a chance to share in experiences that build community.

Now in its 24th year, the Spirit & Place Festival continues to be Indianapolis’ largest collaborative festival that uses the arts, religion and humanities as tools for shaping individual and community life through 10 days of events designed with community partners, individuals and congregations.

There will be 32 unique events this year that will take place across Indianapolis and feature a variety of presenters, speakers and performers. This year’s festival includes many events centered around panel-style discussions over powerful topics. These discussions are intended to spark conversation and explore current and historical events that are relevant to citizens of Central Indiana.

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

EVENT INFO:

 Sunday, November 3, 1:30—3:00 p.m.

 We Need to Have this Conversation. Period.

Presented by Indiana Historical Society, Indiana Medical History Museum, Indiana State Department of Health – Office of Women’s Health, LifeSmart Youth, Dr. Sharra Vostral, and Women4Change Indiana

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center—450 W. Ohio Street

Cycles. They are a fact of life, yet too taboo to talk about. Go public with your period for a conversation about adventures in menstruation.

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 Sunday, November 3, 2—4 p.m. 

 A Tailored Fit: Three Conversations on Fitting In featuring Dr. Maria Hamilton Abegunde (#1)

Presented by the IU Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, IU Department of Gender Studies, Fatness Fiction, and Big Car Collaborative

Tube Factory Artspace—1125 Cruft St.

 What does it mean to fit in? How do we do so when who we are conflicts with the community in which we live? When—why—do we decide that trying to fit in (or not) helps us grow spiritually? In this series of three conversations, you are invited to explore how friction points that exist in personal and community (r)evolution can help us grow spiritually has human beings.

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Tuesday, November 5, 6—8 p.m.

 A Tailored Fit: Three Conversations on Fitting In featuring Dr. Brenda Weber (#2)

Presented by the IU Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, IU Department of Gender Studies, Fatness Fiction, and Big Car Collaborative

Tube Factory Artspace—1125 Cruft St.

What does it mean to fit in? How do we do so when who we are conflicts with the community in which we live? When—why—do we decide that trying to fit in (or not) helps us grow spiritually? In this series of three conversations, you are invited to explore how friction points that exist in personal and community (r)evolution can help us grow spiritually has human beings.

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Wednesday, November 6, 5:30—8:00 p.m.

 Stuck

Presented by the Indianapolis Film Project, Spades Park Branch Library, Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, Big Car Collaborative, and Bluebeard Restaurant

Spades Park Library—1801 Nowland Ave.

 An evening of conversation and film. Join local authors and artists to discuss how evolving threats and fears of the “other” affect art, culture, and community and watch the 1956 film “Storm Center” starring Bette Davis. Food by Bluebeard!

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 Wednesday, November 6, 6—8 p.m.

 A Tailored Fit: Three Conversations on Fitting In featuring Ellise Antoinette Smith (#3)

Presented by the IU Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, IU Department of Gender Studies, Fatness Fiction, and Big Car Collaborative

Tube Factory Artspace—1125 Cruft St.

What does it mean to fit in? How do we do so when who we are conflicts with the community in which we live? When—why—do we decide that trying to fit in (or not) helps us grow spiritually? In this series of three conversations, you are invited to explore how friction points that exist in personal and community (r)evolution can help us grow spiritually has human beings. 

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 Wednesday, November 6, 6:30—8:00 p.m.

 God(s) & Aliens: A Conversation on Faith, Science, and E.T.

Presented by IUPUI Department of Earth Sciences, IUPUI Center for the Study of Religion & American Culture, IUPUI Senior Academy, Earth Charter Indiana, Hoosier Environmental Council, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, All Souls Unitarian Church, and Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library

Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation Chapel—6501 N. Meridian St.

Join Dr. Gabriel Filippelli (IUPUI Earth Sciences), Dr. Philip Goff (Center for the Study of Religion & American Culture), Rabbi Scott Fox (Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation), and Reverend Anastassia Zinke (All Souls Unitarian Church) in a conversation moderated by Jill Sheridan (WFYI) as they explore matters of science, faith, and the history of American thought. Facilitated small group conversations will give attendees the chance to deeply explore what it means when fact and faith collide.

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 Thursday, November 7, 4:30—6:00 p.m.

Seen & Heard: Cultural Organizations and the LGBTQ Experience

Presented by IUPUI Museum Studies Program, IUPUI Public History Program, and Indiana Historical Society

Eugene and Marilyn Glock Indiana History Center—450 W. Ohio St.

 Panel discussion exploring national and local initiatives to archive, preserve, and interpret LGBTQ history and culture, as well as evolving practices to involve and include LGBTQ communities.

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 Thursday, November 7, 6:00—8:30 p.m.

 Ain’t I a Woman? The Evolution of Women in Politics

Presented by The Indianapolis Propylaeum, Central Indiana Community Foundation, Indiana Historical Society, Indiana Humanities, Indiana Latino Institute, Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council, Indianapolis Women’s Chorus, League of Women Voters of Indianapolis, Muslim Alliance of Indiana, Peace Learning Center, The Exchange, and Women4Change Indiana

The Indianapolis Propylaeum—1410 N. Delaware St.

Cost: $20/$10 Students

Come to the table! Through conversation over dinner we will explore the incomplete legacy of the women’s suffrage movement in an effort to build bridges, see new perspectives, and find a path forward.

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 Friday, November 8, 6—8 p.m. 

 C.H.A.T. Culture, Heart, Art, & Talk!

Presented by CAGI – Community Action of Greater Indianapolis, Ryan L. Bennett, and The Reset Center

The Reset Center—4330 N. Post Rd.

Creating a safe space to witness transformative art and discuss issues of the heart in pursuit of social justice and equality for ALL. Join Artist-led group discussions to target solutions to chronic violence and health disparities plaguing our community. 

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 Sunday, November 10, 12– 2 p.m.

 Is it Revolution or Evolution?

Presented by Hindu Temple of Central Indiana, Geeta Mandal, and Hindu American Vanaprasthi Network

Hindu Temple of Central Indiana—3350 N. German Church Rd.

Immigrants to the United States bring their religion, art, and culture with them, but connections to these things change over time. You are invited to listen in as Hindu youth and elders discuss and debate the evolution of their culture in America.

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Sunday, November 10, 1:00– 3:30 p.m.

 Spirituality at the Intersections: A Conversation featuring Dr. Maria Hamilton Abegunde, Fr. Richard Rohr, Teresa Mateus, and Ven. Lobzang Dorje

Presented by Purdue University Black Cultural Center, Center for Black Literature & Culture, Peace Learning Center, and Rokh

IUPUI Campus Center Theater—420 University Blvd.

 Engage in this cross-faith dialogue exploring the bridges between spirituality, faith, justice, and wellness featuring Fr. Richard Rohr (via video conference) from the Center for Action & Contemplation, ancestral priest Dr. Maria Hamilton Abegunde, and Teresa Mateus of Mystic Soul. A reception precedes the event and closes with a “sound bath.”

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 Sunday, November 10, 4:30– 6:00 p.m.

 24th Annual Public Conversation
Presented by Spirt & Place, Butler Arts Center, IUPUI Africana Studies Program, and Indiana University Bloomington Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies.

Shelton Auditorium—1000 W 42nd St.

Nikole Hannah-Jones is an award-winning investigative reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine. A 2016 Peabody Award winner for her series on school segregation for “This American Life” and 2017 MacArthur Fellow, Hannah-Jones was most recently the lead journalist for The 1619 Project.

 Join us–Civic Saturday style–as we use history, poetry, and music to anchor a conversation about why it is time to revolutionize the way we talk about our past. About how it is a moral imperative we re-frame conversations on history, society, and race in order to address systemic injustices. America’s traditional origin stories don’t work for everyone and now is the time to wrestle with the meaning of who we are and who we want to be in order to bring America closer to its promises.

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