2019 Signature Events &
Award of Awesomeness 


Opening Night & After Party!

Friday, Nov. 1, 2019

First Friday
6-9pm
Harrison Center
1505 N. Delaware St.

After Party
9-11pm
McGowan Hall
1305 N. Delaware St.

Soak in some local art and enjoy First Friday with us at the Harrison Center. Check out a new exhibit by Kyle Ragsdale, grab something to eat at a food truck or a beer from Sun King, and participate in other fun activities! Afterwards, head down the street to McGowan Hall for a Spirit & Place after-party featuring live music, local art, and a cash bar. 
 
24th Annual Public Conversation featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019
4:30-6pm
Shelton Auditorium on Butler's South Campus (formerly CTS campus)
1000 W. 42nd St.

THIS EVENT HAS REACHED IT'S SEATING CAPACITY. 

GUESTS WHO HAVE RSVP'D WILL BE SEATING ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVE BASIS. AN RSVP DOES NOT GUARANTEE A SEAT.

ANY "WALK IN" GUESTS WILL BE SEATED IF SEATS ARE AVAILABLE BEGINNING AT 4:25PM.


*RSVPs do not necessarily guarantee a seat. Seating is first-come, first-serve.

Hear from the lead journalist from The 1619 Project at the close of this year's Spirit & Place Festival.

 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.


Award of Awesomeness Nominees

Songs of Revolution 

Saturday, Nov. 2, 6-9 p.m. 
The Church Within 
1125 Spruce St.
FREE

Music and revolution have a long history together. Join us as we sing together to explore this history and examine how “songs of revolution” have changed over time. Featured artists and presenters include Indy Justice Choir, David Anderson Hooker, Spiritual Gangsters, Edison School for the Arts, Douglas Peach and Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters.

Presented by All317HipHop, Indy Justice Choir and The Church Within.

A Faith Leader and a Scientist Walk into a Bar
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6-8 p.m. 
Books & Brews South Indy
3808 Shelby St. 
FREE

Let’s talk science and religion over beer! Using theatrical improvisation techniques, you’ll be given the chance to take on the persona of a scientist, faith leader or “everyday person” and then practice empathy-rooted communication strategies. All backgrounds, faiths, traditions and practices welcome!

Presented by IUPUI/IU School of Medicine Communicating Science Program; The daVinci Pursuit; Center for Interfaith Cooperation; March for Science; and IU Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society. 

Cey More with Art: Art in Cultural R/Evolution
Thursday, Nov. 7, 6-8 p.m. 
Central Library – Auditorium 
40 E. St. Clair St. 
FREE

Cey Adams, Creative Director of Def Jam Recordings, will discuss his career during the event. Local musicians and visual artists will participate in the talk to explore art’s impact, and they will perform and create demos and displays of their work throughout the library. 

Presented by The Indianapolis Public Library and The Kheprw Institute.

The Evolution of Sci-Fi Fandom
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2-3:30p.m.
Center for Inquiry Indiana
350 Canal Walk, Ste. A
FREE

Sci-fi fandom is evolving to be more diverse, but, as seen in recent Twitter harassment of Star Wars actors, not everyone reacts well to change. A panel of experts moderated by Starbase Indy CEO Lisa Meece and featuring Gal's Guide to the Galaxy founder Leah Leach, fantasy and horror author Maurice Broaddus, LGBTQ+ Youth Group Trainer Candice Gary, and cosplayer Michelle Mussoni will discuss how we got here and where we are going.

Presented by Starbase Indy, Gal’s Guide to the Galaxy, Center for Inquiry and Indiana Youth Group. 

(W)rites of Passage: Moving Beyond Incarceration
Friday, Nov. 8, 7-9 p.m.
The Church Within
1125 Spruce St.
FREE

Hear the voices of currently and formerly incarcerated men and women presented through readings that explore life beyond incarceration. How does one “evolve” beyond the walls? And what do you do to grow as a person within the walls? After the readings, there will be a facilitated discussion with a Q&A session.

Presented by Inside Out Prison Exchange Program, Indiana Prison Writers Workshop and Indiana Women’s Prison History Project.