Indiana Humanities’ One State / One Story program invites Hoosiers to engage deeply with a book as part of a statewide conversation tied to our current theme.

During the statewide read, programs will take place across Indiana through Community Read grants and special Indiana Humanities programs.

Program Details

About Community Reads

A Community Read is a series of three or more programs that explore the themes and ideas of the One State / One Story selection. Indiana Humanities awards grants to organizations to host a Community Read in their neck of the woods.

At least one of the programs offered is a book discussion because there’s nothing better than talking about great books with curious people. Other events might be speaker programs, community conversations, exhibits, hands-on activities and more. Whatever the program, we aim to inspire participants to gather to read, think and talk about big ideas.

Mark your calendars! We’ll announce the selected title and open Community Read applications on August 3, 2021.

Past Community Reads


One State / One Story: The Year We Left Home

During INseparable, we read and discussed Jean Thompson’s The Year We Left Home, which offers a sweeping, multigenerational look at life in the Midwest over the past several decades. Read more about why we chose The Year We Left Home.



One State / One Story: Frankenstein

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic novel and in conjunction with Quantum Leap, we created our first One State / One Story. Read the recap of the first statewide read.

Program Highlights


INconversation with Jean Thompson

In a special INconversation for One State / One Story: The Year We Left Home, Barb Shoup moderated a discussion with author Jean Thompson about place, identity and writing in the Midwest.

Watch the recording
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Scholar Responses

"You must create a female for me:" Negotiating Rights and Responsibilities in Frankenstein

During One State / One Story we ask scholars to respond and give insight to the selected texts. This essay from Dr. Caroline Breashears reflects on the creature's demand for Frankenstein to make him a mate.

Read the essay

Program Resources

These resources are for Community Read and Campus Read hosts.


Contact Megan Telligman, Senior Program Manager: | 317.616.9409

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