Upcoming Event Features: Indiana Bicentennial

Slow Saunter Hike/Next Indiana Campfire
Saturday, November 5, 2—5pm
Morgan-Monroe State Forest
6220 Forest Rd., Martinsville
$10 per person, RSVP by Nov. 2 (limit 40 per hike)
317-602-3692 / sandra@indianaforestalliance.org
Presented by the Indiana Forest Alliance and Indiana Humanities

Experience nature directly and encounter big ideas while hiking and discussing the works of noted environmental writers.

As part of the Indiana Forest Alliance’s Slow Saunter hiking series, which aims to inspire advocacy for Indiana’s forests, and Indiana Humanities’ Next Indiana Campfires, which connects nature, literature, and the Hoosier bicentennial, this hike and campfire discussion will explore the enduring yet often fraught relationship we have with the natural environment.

Transportation to Martinsville is on your own and upon arrival you will be greeted and given a short history of Morgan-Monroe State Forest before venturing out on a guided 3-mile hike. Along the way, you’ll pause to read aloud the words of important environmental thinkers. Imagine 15 minutes of walking, 5 minutes of reading, followed by more walking and reading over the course of 90 minutes. A forest ecologist will also join the group to answer questions about flora and fauna along the trail.

Following the hike we’ll gather for a 90-minute campfire meal and discussion led by University of Indianapolis English professor Kevin McKelvey connecting the ideas of nature and home. The two readings include “Wilderness Letter,” Pulitzer-winning author Wallace Stegner’s landmark 1960 essay in praise of untouched wilderness, and “Stone,” an essay by Susan Neville from her 1994 book Indiana Winter.

RSVP by November 2 at indianahumanities.org.
screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-2-13-42-pmFinding Home: Indiana at 200
Saturday, November 5, 4pm & 8pm
Sunday, November 6, 2pm
Tuesday. November 8, 6:30pm
Wednesday, November 9, 7:30pm
Thursday, November 10, 7:30pm
Saturday, November 12, 5pm & 9pm
Sunday, November 13, 2pm
Indiana Repertory Theatre, Upperstage
140 W. Washington St.
IndyGo: 2, 4. 11,12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 28, 31, 38, 39, 55

Tickets start at $25—Order at irtlive.com or by calling 317-635-5252
Presented by Indiana Repertory Theatre and Indiana Historical Society

A multifaceted look at Indiana’s life and times mixes music and history, comedy and drama, fact and fable.  

Finding Home: Indiana 200 is a collaboration of more than 30 Indiana writers—fiction writers, poets, journalists, historians and playwrights—from across the state coming together to celebrate the 200th birthday of Indiana. Interwoven with songs performed by Hoosier singer-songwriter Tim Grimm, this production allows you to delve into Indiana’s beloved icons and hidden gems.

This original production showcases many notable stories about our home state—from Princess Mishawaka, the daughter of Chief Elkhart to Madame C.J. Walker, the nation’s first African American female millionaire. Audience members will journey back in time with Abe Lincoln as he takes his first steps towards becoming a lawyer and with James Dean as he visits his high school drama teacher. Share in the memories of a middle-aged man recalling what it was like going to high school with Ryan White and eavesdrop on a conversation between William Henry Harrison and one of his descendants, eight generations later. Unique, engaging, and rooted in our shared history as Hoosiers, Finding Home: Indiana at 200 is a bicentennial treat for all!

Purchase tickets at irtlive.com or by calling 317-635-5252


There’s No Place Like Home: Love Letters to Planet Earth
Saturday, November 12, 1—3:30pm
Orchard School
615 W. 64th St.
IndyGo: 28
317-835-9827 / jimpoyser@earthcharterindiana.org

Presented by Elders Climate Action, The Orchard School, The Nature Conservancy, and Youth Power Indiana

Youth and elders come together to learn from each other and explore the different ways we share and care for our home, planet earth.

Dorothy knew the truth: “There’s no place like home.” Since planet earth is our only home, how we treat it matters. We are more than mere sojourners passing through without consequence. Our choices about the earth affect our lives, our children’s lives, and grandchildren’s lives. Let’s work across generational lines to be the best stewards of the earth we can be!

This intergenerational event invites you to learn from today’s youth as well as from the wisdom of elders. Third grade students from The Orchard School as well as other area schools will kick off the gathering by reading love letters to the earth. Older students will then present on climate education topics such as Climate Recovery.  (They’ll also be happy to swap stories on how they have achieved policy victories in IPS!) Afterwards, older attendees will be invited to write their own love and action letters while youth learn about the new Children of Indiana Nature Park. When the two groups recommence, some of the elders will read their love letters to the next generation.

This event gives a voice to the young and energizes elders to exercise their power to protect and preserve. United, these generations can teach and learn from each other.  Begin with love, and anything is possible.

Walk-ins welcome. RSVPs requested at spiritandplace.org.

Are you ready to Vote?

Did you know, The General Election is Tuesday, November 8? First-time voters and anyone who has moved or changed their name since the last election should update their registration by Tuesday, Oct. 11. This includes college students who have moved onto a campus and want to vote from that location rather than vote absentee-by-mail from their “home” address.

Visit a BMV branch, FSSA office, public library, or County Clerk’s office to register or update your voter registration. You can also check out indianavoters.com to register, update, or confirm your voter registration status.

Out of town on Election Day? Can’t get away from work? Transportation issues? Confined to home? Overseas or in the militascreen-shot-2016-10-06-at-2-13-42-pmry?

That’s okay! There are many ways to vote early in Indiana.

You can download an absentee ballot application, send it in by October 31, and get a ballot mailed to your home.

  • You can contact your County Election Office to ask about in-person, early voting options.

  • You can contact your County Election Office if you are confined to home and request a bi-partisan “traveling board” come to you so you can vote.

    Besides the President of the United States, did you know the Governor’s race and several seats in the Indiana General Assembly will be on the ballot? Check out who is on your ballot – and confirm your polling location! – at indianavoters.com.

President Peters

This morning, I was perusing an article on LinkedIn by Jeff Haden, which declared that irrational optimism is the key to success. As much as I identify as a pragmatist, I have one dream that is the epitome of irrational. I will run for president in 2052.

Running for president is not a new or fleeting passion for me; it is a position of public Senior Headshot [37674]service that I have been pursuing since childhood. Growing up, I was inundated with various political views from my divorced parents, who shared their radically opposite ideologies with me. My mother is extremely liberal and married to an extraordinarily active union member and my father is a small business owning conservative. Starting in middle school, I would often debate my teachers on pressing political issues from entitlement reform to American foreign policy. For me, problem solving through a complex and multi-faceted political issue is an incredible and rewarding challenge.

When I began high school, my grandmother, who is also politically active, began taking me to political functions and I also paged every year at the Indiana State House. These were eye-opening experiences that transformed my ideological views into real places where such change and reform “could” be accomplished. Through those years, my political views evolved significantly. In my senior year of high school, I received an internship with the Libertarian Party of Indiana that again helped expand my view of real life policy making.

Whether I run for president in 2052 or not is irrelevant. I strongly believe I will be rewarded in full by simply having a lofty and idealistic dream for the next 37 years. My personal goal will help guide me through tough decisions. It will help inspire me to pursue difficult paths, and it will help define me as a person and a professional. Regardless of what your dream is or where it may take you, persist and pursue it as though it is not only a possibility, but a likelihood. We often naively underestimate the power of a dream. Walt Disney understood the power and implications of dreams when he declared, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”

Austin will matriculate at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in the fall to study Finance, International Business, and Spanish.