Quantum Leap was a two-year thematic initiative that encouraged Hoosiers to explore and celebrate the spirit of possibility and problem-solving that occurs when we bridge the humanities with science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and medicine.
In 2017 and 2018 Indiana Humanities invited Hoosiers to learn more about how we question, tinker, invent and imagine—and what the consequences are for those innovations.
Quantum Leap events and programs included a podcast, a statewide read of Frankenstein, a book club for popular science fiction titles, field trips to places of scientific discovery, a poetry tour and more.
The theme will most likely be remembered for its larger-than-life Frankenstein activity, which included a kickoff Frankenfest event, campus and community reads, a speakers bureau, grants and hundreds of other activities. But thousands of Hoosiers also engaged with the theme through completing “shelfie challenges,” ordering a Hoosier Ingenuity poster, listening to a podcast or participating in a community discussion. The legacy of Books, Booze & Brains as a popular science fiction book club lives on, as does our statewide read.
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INseparable was a multiyear thematic initiative that invited Hoosiers to explore how we relate to each other across boundaries, real or imagined, and consider what it will take to be inseparable.