INconversation

INconversation engages a small, intimate group in interesting, engaging and insightful conversations with some of the nation’s most intriguing thought leaders.

INconversation
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INconversation engages a small, intimate group in interesting, engaging and insightful conversations with some of the nation’s most intriguing thought leaders. This question-and-answer style discussion involves the thought leader, a moderator and the audience. Videos (when available) and audio of the conversations are provided below.

INconversation 2016

INconversation with Jim Madison

Thursday, Dec. 1 | WFYI Community Room | 8 – 9:30 a.m.

Attend a special Next Indiana-themed INconversation with Indiana historian Jim Madison days before our state’s bicentennial. Eric Halvorson, a former anchor for WISH-TV, will moderate a candid, surprising and thoughtful discussion with Madison about what’s next for the Hoosier State. The audience will also get a behind-the-scenes look at stories from WFYI’s Hoosiers: The Story of Indiana. The two worked on the four-part documentary released earlier this year. Register here.

INconversation with Terry Tempest Williams

Wednesday, May 4 | Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

“What does an old-growth forest offer to the human heart and mind? Science is not set up to answer that question—but art may be.” This observation, by acclaimed Hoosier author Scott Russell Sanders, is at the heart of Next Indiana Campfires. To jump start our thinking on these questions, we invited Terry Tempest Williams, one of the nation’s foremost thinkers about environmental issues, to join us for a special INconversation exploring how writers shaped our comprehension of nature and awakened us to the need to care for it.

Williams, a Guggenheim Fellow and titan of environmental literature, has been called a “citizen” writer for her fierce advocacy of freedom of speech about environmental literature. The conservation was moderated by Sanders, whose own writing about the hills and forests of southern Indiana continues the tradition of essential Hoosier nature writers like Gene Stratton Porter and Edwin Way Teale.

INconversation with Angel Ysaguirre

Feb. 5, 2016

How do civic leaders use the arts to build vibrant cities? Can cities sustain affordable, healthy arts ecosystems and also realize the full promise of urban renewal—and if so, how? What can Indianapolis learn from places like Chicago or Philadelphia, home of the nation’s oldest percent-for-art program and site of many impactful public art projects that engage residents and visitors alike?

Angel Ysaguirre, executive director of Illinois Humanities, explored the opportunities and tensions that lie at the intersection of the arts and civic leadership with Michael Kaufmann, director of special projects and community investment for the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County (Eskenazi Health). This special INconversation kicked off the half-day Fairbanks Symposium presented by the Institute for Civic Leadership and Mayoral Archives at University of Indianapolis, Indiana Humanities and the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
INconversation 2015

INconversation with Ken Gladish, former president & CEO of Indiana Humanities

November 17, 2015

As part of our “Humanities Homecoming” for former staff/board members and partners of our organization, we hosted an engaging conversation with Ken Gladish, the former president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. Gladish, now the president and CEO of the Seton Foundations, led Indiana Humanities from 1984-1993. The conversation was moderated by Rosemary Dorsa, former board chair and current board member of Indiana Humanities. Gladish discussed our organization’s history of innovation, his philanthropic journey and the power of the humanities. It was a joy to hear him share his many memories of his time in Indiana!

INconversation with NEH Chairman WIlliam Adams

May 15, 2015

A candid conversation with National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman William “Bro” Adams, moderated by The Honorable Randall T. Shepard, former Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court. The discussion centered on the Chairman’s “Common Good” initiative, which seeks to illuminate how the humanities can deepen our understanding about issues such as citizenship, the environment, changing demographics, war and conflict, biomedical technologies and more.

INconversation with Nathan Alan Davis

April 9, 2015

In April, Indiana Humanities hosted an intimate conversation with playwright Nathan Alan Davis (an IU grad), whose play “Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea” was featured at the Phoenix Theater. The discussion, moderated by Modupe Labode, IUPUI’s Public Scholar of African American History and Museum Studies, centered around themes of memory, identity, African-American history, and the different ways we understand these ideas–through history, through theater and art, through material culture and family stories.

INconversation with Oliver Luck

March 23, 2015

In the week leading up to the Final Four in Indy, we hosted a conversation with Oliver Luck — the new VP of regulatory affairs at the NCAA. Moderated by WISH-TV sports anchor Anthony Calhoun, we discussed the role of college sports, the pressure on today’s athletes and much more. In partnership with the Indiana Sports Corp.

INconversation 2014

INconversation with Mark Miles and Matt Hunckler

May 8, 2014

Mark Miles, the CEO of Hulman & Co., sat down with Verge’s Matt Hunckler for an INconversation in conjunction with Verge’s popular Pitch Night program. They chatted about sports, leadership and being versatile. Read a blog post about the event.

INconversation with Mark Samels and Amos Brown

Feb. 25, 2014

Amos Brown and a room full of adults and 5th graders chat with Mark Samels, the executive producer of the American Experience film series on PBS. Billed as ”TV’s Most-Watched History Series” the documentaries include Freedom Riders, about the courageous band of civil rights activists who challenged segregation in the south, and the upcoming film Freedom Summer, about the civil rights movement of 1964.

INconversation with Krzysztof Urbanski and David Hochoy

Feb. 13, 2014

A conversation about a unique arts collaboration in Indianapolis — the performance and production of Daphnis Et Chloe – which will feature a full orchestra, original choreography and 150 voice choir. Featuring Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra music director Krzysztof Urbanski and Dance Kaleidoscope artistic director David Hochoy, the conversation will be moderated by Classical Music Indy’s Michael Toulouse and include a tour of Clowes’ backstage.

 

INconversation 2013

INconversation with Jenna Golden

July 17, 2013

What’s the future of social media as a tool for change? That’s what we discussed with Twitter’s Jenna Golden, in town for the Millennial Impact Conference and ExactTarget’s social media guru (who literally wrote the book on Twitter marketing) Kyle Lacy. Jenna is a leader in Twitter’s D.C. office responsible for building Twitter as a platform for political and community engagement. Special thanks to The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, which provided a grant to support the INconversation series in 2013.

INconversation with Glenn Gass

June 11, 2013

We sat down with Glenn Gass, one of the country’s preeminent rock & roll scholars to chat about the work of one of the most important bands of all time — The Beatles. Attendees were surrounded by the exhibit We Buy White Albums from artist Rutherford Chang, which incorporates 700+ copies of The Beatles’ iconic White Album. The conversation was moderated by Vess Ruhtenberg, a local artist and musician. Special thanks to The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, which provided a grant to support the INconversation series in 2013.

INconversation with Kim Beck

May 23, 2013

This conversation with contemporary artist Kim Beck and Lisa Freiman (who is about to leave her position as senior curator and chair of the Department of Contemporary Art at the IMA) features a behind-the-scenes peek at Kim’s new installation in 100 Acres at the IMA. It’s also a farewell conversation for Lisa, who spent 11 years building up the contemporary art scene at the IMA and in Indianapolis. Special thanks to The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, which provided a grant to support the INconversation series in 2013.

INconversation with Gary Ginstling

May 15, 2013

The new president and CEO of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Gary Ginstling, brings serious chops to the position as both musician and innovator with degrees in performance from Julliard and Yale, and an MBA from UCLA. He spent several years working in Silicon Valley before stints with orchestras in Cleveland, San Francisco and Berkeley, where he developed a reputation for new and innovative programs. The conversation was moderated by IBJ Arts & Entertainment Editor Lou Harry. Special thanks to The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, which provided a grant to support the INconversation series in 2013.

INconversation with Oliver Blank

April 11, 2013

Oliver Blank is a composer who builds sound toys, creates public installations and composes symphonic cinematic music. His goal is to empower residents to connect with sound and create surprising experiences that bring a sense of wonder back to their city. The conversation was moderated by Michael Huber, the senior director of commercial enterprise at the Indianapolis Airport Authority. Special thanks to The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, which provided a grant to support the INconversation series in 2013.

INconversation with James Reeves

March 7, 2013

James Reeves is a writer, educator, and designer who is spending one month in Indianapolis as part of We Are City  [IMPORT]. James talks with the audience about Indianapolis’ identity, its strengths and weaknesses, and what he learned about Americans during an epic road trip that led to The Road to Somewhere: An American Memoir. Moderated by Krista Skidmore. Special thanks to The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, which provided a grant to support the INconversation series in 2013.

INconversation 2012

INconversation with Ann Meyers Drysdale

June 22, 2012

Ann Meyers Drysdale, the first woman to sign an NBA contract (with the Indiana Pacers), talks about hope, failure, and success during a Title IX Anniversary celebration. Moderated by Chris Denari.

INconversation with Jim Lehrer

April 14, 2012

Jim Lehrer has served as the moderator for more U.S. presidential debates than anyone in history. He sat down with  moderator Jim Shella and a small audience for an intimate conversation.

INconversation with Christopher Bedford

March 16, 2012

Popular sport and high art don’t normally go hand in hand. But contemporary art curator Christopher Bedford led a discussion at iMOCA about his most recent exhibit that pairs the two quite nicely. Moderated by Sarah Green.

INconversation with Will Allen

January 12, 2012

Spirit of Competition meets Food for Thought in this INconversation with Will Allen, a former Miami Hurricane basketball star who has become an influential and inspiring urban farmer. Moderated by Bill Benner.

INconversation 2011

INconversation with Aaron Renn

November 30, 2011

Urban analyst Aaron Renn discusses the future of Indianapolis’ urban neighborhoods. Moderated by Erika Smith.

Questions?

Contact Leah Nahmias, 317-616-9804, or email lnahmias@indianahumanities.org.