In This Issue:
Opening Night Celebration, November 2
Public Conversation, November 4
130 National and Local Presenters
50 Festival Topics
Closing Conversation, November 18
Closing Night Celebration, November 18
Center on Philanthropy Celebrates 20 years
Stories of Generosity

Opening Night Celebration at Harrison Center for the Arts
A festive evening that engages all the senses in a vivid celebration of hospitality. Enjoy art by Kyle Ragsdale (inspired by his travels to Germany to visit with ISO’s Mario Venzago,) music from Queen Bee Music, coffee bar, wine and cheese, desserts, and more on November 2, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Admission is free. Learn more…
Public Conversation

A native of Indianapolis who heads the world’s largest philanthropic institution, an expert on money and values, and the founder of the Grammy Award-winning ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock are featured in the 12th annual Public Conversation on November 4, 2:00 p.m., Clowes Memorial Hall. This spontaneous dialogue on the festival theme, Living Generously, will feature Patty Stonesifer, the Hoosier who is chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Nathan Dungan, founder of Share Save Spend®, an organization that helps people develop and maintain healthy financial habits; and Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, a singer, composer, and scholar.

Indiana author Scott Russell Sanders will moderate this free event. Tickets are available at the Clowes Hall Box Office. Learn more…

National and Local Presenters

Over 130 authors and artists, storytellers and scholars, playwrights and preachers, musicians and community leaders explore Living Generously through concerts, workshops, discussions, exhibits and more. Download a complete list of national and local presenters or search events by presenter name. Detailed biographies are online with each event description. National presenters include:

Authors & Scholars


Civic & Community Leaders

50 Festival Topics

Use our advanced search feature to sort by topic, keyword, presenter name, format, discipline, audience, and event cost. Selected topics:

* includes multiple dates/times for some events

First-Ever Closing Conversation

How can we work together to cultivate a spirit of generosity within and across the private, public, and charitable sectors? Butler University President Bobby Fong will moderate the festival’s first-ever closing conversation on November 18, 2 p.m., Reilly Room in Atherton Union, Butler University. Called Creating a Climate of Generosity: A Community Conversation, this event features the Honorable Sarah Evans Barker, Judge, United States District Court; Brian Payne, President of the Central Indiana Community Foundation; and Yvonne Perkins, Vice President, Community Relations at Citizens Gas. Co-sponsored by the Central Indiana Community Foundation. Learn more…

Closing Night Celebration with Montana Logging and Ballet

Enjoy an hilarious examination of generosity with the innovative performing troupe, Montana Logging and Ballet Company on November 18, 7:30 p.m., St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Original music coupled with headlines of the day provide a satirical playground for looking at other-than-generous nations, communities, and individuals. Tickets are $15. Proceeds will benefit the Mar Elias Educational Institutions in Ibillin, Israel, whose founder, Bishop Elias Chacour, was nominated three times for the Noble Peace Prize. Learn more…

Center for Philanthropy Celebrates 20 Years

The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University is sponsor of the Public Conversation and a theme partner for the 2007 Spirit & Place Festival. Founded in 1987, the Center on Philanthropy is celebrating 20 years of serving philanthropy and the nonprofit sector through education, training, research and public affairs. The Center has planned 18 months of events across the country to lead discussions that look back – and especially that look forward – to the biggest questions facing the field of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Learn more…

Stories of Generosity

Hear personal stories of generosity from local arts, religious, and civic leaders on WFYI 90.1 during All Things Considered through November 2 or read them online. Share your own stories on the new Spirit & Place Forum.

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the arts, humanities, and religion.

2007 Theme Partners:

Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University 

Central Indiana Community Foundation

Major Financial Partners:

Lilly Endowment Inc.

Allen Whitehill Clowes
Charitable Foundation, Inc.

The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of
the Central Indiana Community Foundation

Butler University

IUPUI/IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI
University of Indianapolis

Spirit & Place Advisory Board

Karen M. Whitney, Chair
Vice Chancellor for Student Life
& Dean of Students, IUPUI

Jane Henegar, Vice Chair

State Coordinator, Project Citizen,
Indiana Bar Foundation

Judith Cebula, Secretary

Director, Center for Faith & Vocation,
Butler University

Rev. Kevin Armstrong

Senior Pastor,
North United Methodist Church

The Honorable Sarah Evans Barker

Judge, United States District Court

David J. Bodenhamer

Executive Director,
The Polis Center, IUPUI

Janet Boston

Director of Marketing and Communications,
Arts Council of Indianapolis

Michael G. Cartwright

Dean for Ecumenical & Interfaith Programs,
University of Indianapolis

Simon Crookall
President and CEO,
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Margot L. Eccles

Vice President, LDI, Ltd.

Gloria Gaither

Gaither Family Resources
and Gaither Music Company

Rev. Lewis Galloway

Senior Pastor,
Second Presbyterian Church

Darrin D. Gray
Principal, Brandirect Inc.

Rev. Felipe N. Martínez

Associate Executive Presbyter,
Whitewater Valley Presbytery

Rev. Kent Millard

Senior Pastor,
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

Paula Parker-Sawyers
Executive Director, Indiana Office
of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

Gail Plater

Assistant Dean, Development & External
Affairs, IU School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI

Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

Congregation Beth-El Zedeck

Joyce Sommers, Board Member Emeritus
President & Executive Director,
is Art Center

Lynn Youngblood, Board Member Emeritus
Provost Emeritus,
University of Indianapolis

Festival Volunteers

Photographers, greeters, office workers
– volunteers of all stripes are needed.
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2008 Festival: Exploring Imagination

Applications for the 2008 festival
are due March 7, 2008.
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Spirit and Place Forum

Share your stories and opinions
about Living Generously on our new
online forum. Who are your role models
for living generously? How has a single
act of kindness changed your life?
Join the conversation!

Living Generously Festival Magazine

The 2007 festival magazine includes
essays by leading local voices,
event descriptions, a summary
event calendar, an index of
festival partners, and an index
of over 130 presenters. Pdfs of the
full magazine, calendar, and
presenter index are also
available online.

New Collaboration Workshop

January 25, 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
The English Building, 600 N. Alabama

Learn strategies, tips, and tools
for creating successful collaborations.
This free workshop will include a
complimentary copy of Using
Collaboration Handbook: Creating,
Sustaining, and Enjoying the Journey
by Michael Winer and Karen Ray.
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We express our sincere thanks to
all contributors for their commitment.

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