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City-Wide Collaboration Offers Provocative Discussions on Indiana's Future


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IndyTalks, City-Wide Collaboration Offers Provocative Discussions on Indiana's Future

Indianapolis — In a citywide effort designed to foster a sense of community through respectful and creative civic dialogue, some of the city and state's most active organizations will examine Indiana's future from their own unique perspective in provocative and fresh ways through the IndyTalks initiative.

A series of community-based discussions will take place at different venues across the city to promote civic dialogue while exploring what it will take for Indiana to survive and prosper in the 21st century. Using Richard C. Longworth's 2008 book Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism as a starting point, Indianapolis residents will have to chance to participate in a series of dynamic exchanges themed on the question, "What is the future of Indiana and the Midwest?"

IndyTalks will begin on Jan. 13, 2010, when 90.1 WFYI-FM will air a live radio interview with Longworth. Subsequent program offerings will allow for the discussions to range from the role of economics and politics to faith, education, heritage, the arts, and even food practices in our collective futures.

Participants are encouraged to do more than listen - they are encouraged to talk, offer ideas, connect to their community and create solutions. Individuals will also be encouraged to keep the conversation going on their own by using the IndyTalks Facebook page and by heading to the Athenaeum's Rathskeller for freelanced monthly conversations on the issues raised during the IndyTalks series.

For more information about IndyTalks, including a complete 2010 schedule, visit

IndyTalks is a collaboration of the Athenaeum Foundation, Indiana Historical Society, Indiana Humanities Council, WFYI, Marian University, Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, Big Car Collective, Arts Council of Indianapolis, University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community, Christian Theological Seminary, IUPUI Common Theme Project and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and Spirit & Place. Promotional support is also being provided by Smaller Indiana and IndyHub.


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