PROGRAM: Next Indiana Bicentennial Programs

Presented by:
Indiana Humanities
Local Partner: Colleges and Universities, K-12 Institutions, Libraries, Nonprofits, Other Subject: Digital Humanities, History, K-12 Education, Literacy, Other, Varies Audience: All

In 2016, Indiana Humanities launched a two-year series of programs to celebrate the state’s bicentennial and to focus on envisioning, imagining, and creating Indiana’s future. According to its website, Next Indiana is designed to encourage “Hoosiers to think, read and talk about the people, places and ideas that will shape the next 200 years.”

Throughout the two-years series, Indiana Humanities is running the following programs:


Sponsored in part by the Pulitzer Prizes, Next Indiana Campfires encourages participants to explore and connect literature with nature either through scholar-led hikes or DIY “Trek and Talk” toolkits. In 2016, the council supported more than 15 treks across state and national parks, historic sites, and preserves.


A collection, Next Indiana Bookshelf consists of 13 titles that encourage readers to talk about the present and future of Indiana. Created in partnership with the Indiana State Library and the Indiana Center for the Book, the council awarded 55 book sets to libraries and community organizations across the state in 2016.


The council is making available the new documentary Hoosiers: The Story of Indiana, The Next Indiana for Indiana communities. Additionally, organizations can request resources, including a film discussion guide, related to the film.


This podcast series is supported in part by an Indiana Humanities special grant and is produced in partnership with DePauw University’s Prindle Institute for Ethics. The podcast series will run throughout the summer in 2016 and will explore ethical questions raised throughout Indiana’s history.

Additionally, the council has sponsored the following programs in conjunction with the state’s bicentennial: