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IUPUI events will explore Spirit and Place Festival theme of 'home'

| November 1, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- The 2016 Spirit & Place Festival explores "home" -- as a place, a space and an idea -- through more than 50 programs, including nine Indiana University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis events.

The festival begins Nov. 4 and continues through Nov. 13.

An initiative of The Polis Center, part of the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the annual Spirit & Place Festival is Indianapolis' largest collaborative festival that uses the arts, religion and humanities as a vehicle for shaping individual and community life through experiences presented in partnership with more than 100 organizations.

Focusing on the meaning of "home," events will range from pet ownership to affordable housing, mass transit, art therapy, homelessness, race relations, public health, religion, home renovations and more.

IU and IUPUI Spirit & Place Festival events are:

My Earth, My Home, My Responsibility, Nov. 9. Lead partner: IUPUI Senior Academy. Through exhibits, conversations and short multimedia presentations, experts in the fields of architecture, aging and the environment will explore how our choices can help preserve our common home -- Earth -- for future generations.

Homes Before Highways, Nov. 9. Lead partner: Department of Anthropology at IUPUI. Share stories and see photos of homes and businesses destroyed on Indianapolis' south and west sides by the interstate construction of the 1960s and '70s.

Leaving Home, Nov. 10. Collaborating partner: IUPUI Medical Humanities program. Exhibit opening and panel discussion on the closure of Indiana's Central State Hospital in 1994 and the current state of mental health care in Central Indiana.

A Place to Call Home, Nov. 10. Collaborating partner: IU Public Policy Institute. How can Indianapolis end homelessness? Tell us what you think in this unique town hall meeting and workshop to create a community plan.

Chronicling Hoosier, Nov. 12. Lead partner: IUPUI University Library. What is a "Hoosier"? Learn what digital historical newspapers reveal while exploring community history.

Refugees Welcome,  Nov. 12. Collaborating partner: The Polis Center. Explore the concept of "home" through refugee perspectives with creative placemaking through art, faith and data.

Wandering to Where We All Live, Nov. 12. Collaborating partner: IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute. Art, science and curiosity combine in this exploratory walk with local artists, scientists and community members, which will explore a different way of seeing our waterways.

Genius Loci: Herman B Wells and the Spirit of Place, Nov. 13. Lead partner: professor Richard Gunderman. Deepen and enrich your connection to the Hoosier state by learning about the authentically Indiana ideas of legendary IU President Herman B Wells.

The Public Conversation/Barlow Lecture in the Humanities, Nov. 13. Part of the School of Liberal Arts' Barlow Lecture in the Humanities, also sponsored by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. A sculptor, a sociologist, a community activist and a political scientist will reflect on poverty, homelessness, public policy and the human spirit.

Learn more about these and other Spirit & Place Festival events at spiritandplace.org.