Meet Public Conversationalist
Angelo Pizzo

Hoosier film writer and producer Angelo Pizzo is the mastermind behind Hoosiers (1986), Rudy (1993), and The Game of Their Lives (2005). Hoosiers, Pizzo’s first feature film, received two Oscar nominations and was named best sports film of all time by both ESPN and USA Today. The film is also in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry.

Pizzo will appear in the 11th annual Public Conversation with award-winning author Sr. Joan Chittister and scholar-author Manning Marable (who replaces Juan Williams) on November 5, 4 p.m., Clowes Memorial Hall. For free tickets, visit the Clowes box office, Butler University, 4602 Sunset Avenue. Group tickets can be reserved by calling Spirit & Place at (317) 278-3623.

Pizzo will also present Hoosiers from Page to Screen on Monday, November 6, 7 p.m. at the Eidson-Duckwall Rectial Hall, Butler University.

Family Fun at the Festival!

The festival includes programs for all ages and interests. To explore all the family options, click here. Here are a few examples:

Festival Receives Grant from The Indianapolis Foundation

The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), recently awarded $15,000 to support the 2006 festival. Brian Payne, President of CICF, commented, “CICF values and encourages community connections. The Spirit & Place Festival provides a unique opportunity to connect diverse people throughout our community for a common conversation, understanding, and inspiration.” Thank you, CICF!

Environmental Delights

Celebrate nature, explore neighborhoods, learn about business design, and more!

Program Update!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Welcome Back, Madam and May! program on Friday, November 3 has been changed. The new program, May Wright Sewall: Indianapolis and International Heroine, will be held at the Indianapolis Propylaeum, 1410 North Delaware at 6:30 p.m. on November 3. The evening will explore the life of May Wright Sewall, international and local innovator, through a dramatic presentation and panel discussion. The dramatic scenes are co-written and played by three women: Rev. Dr. Mary Rudy, her granddaughter Melissa Paschke, and Candace Webb. Darlene Phillips, Dr. Rudy’s daughter, is creating the costumes. Indiana historians Nelson Price and Ray Boomhower will discuss Sewall’s influence as well as her organizational and creative genius. Refreshments will be served. Please call 334-1424 for reservations; the cost is $10.00.

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Become a Program Partner in 2007

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March 7, 2007.

Festival Closing Event!

The festival’s first-ever closing event, sponsored by the Liberty Fund, will take place on November 18, 7 p.m., at the Indiana History Center. Join us for a lively public discussion on Tradition versus Innovation? Arts and Mass Culture.

Future Festival Themes

Living Generously

Exploring Imagination

Inspiring Places

Spirit & Place is made possible by the generous support of several major donors.
Lilly Endowment INC The Indianapolis Foundation
IUPUI IU School of Liberal Arts
Butler University University of Indianapolis
Indianapolis Public Library Community Health Network
The Center On Philanthropy at Indiana University Christian Theological Seminary
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
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