NewsMore than 20 organizations across the state have received funding to bring scholars to their cities and towns to help Hoosiers understand and talk about urban, suburban and rural differences and connections.

The talks are part of Indiana Humanities’ INseparable speakers bureau, which is designed to help communities examine many aspects of the urban, suburban and rural dynamics at play throughout history and today. The speakers bureau is one facet of a much broader statewide INseparable initiative that encourages Hoosiers to consider how they relate to each other across boundaries and what it will take to indeed be inseparable, in all the ways that matter.

“The scholars in the speakers bureau are excited to travel the state in the coming two years to have conversations with Hoosiers about the history and future of our Indiana communities,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “We hope that the speakers bureau is just one way we can encourage Indiana residents to come together to consider how we relate each other across urban, rural and suburban spaces.”

Twenty-three organizations were selected to host speakers on topics ranging from the ways social media is blurring urban/rural distinctions online to the myths vs. the realities of immigration in rural Indiana.  Wild Rose Moon in Plymouth will host an event at 7 p.m. on September 26th.

Speakers will include scholars from Indiana University, Purdue University, Valparaiso University, Wabash College, IUPUI, Ball State University, University of Indianapolis, Butler University, Trine University, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Indiana University-South Bend and more.

Other selected organizations are:

Bartholomew County Public Library, Columbus

Brick Street Poetry Inc., Zionsville

Carmel Clay Public Library, Carmel

Crown Point Community Library, Crown Point

Cumberland First Baptist Church, Indianapolis

Danville Public Library’s Book and a Meal, Danville

Dubois Branch Library, Dubois

Eckhart Public Library, Auburn

Hamilton East Public Library, Noblesville

Hanover College, Hanover

Hoosier Farmers Market Association, Inc., Carmel

Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis

Jasper Newton Foundation Inc.,  Rensselaer

Jasper Public Library, Jasper

Johnson County Public Library, Greenwood

Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Kokomo

La Porte County Public Library, La Porte

Lake County Public Library, Merrillville

T.C. Steele State Historic Site, Nashville

Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, Terre Haute

The Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel

Vibrant Communities Elkhart County, Elkhart

Over the next two years, Indiana Humanities’ INseparable programming will push Hoosiers to look beyond the demographics of the urban-suburban-rural divide to consider the people behind the data. With programming that facilitates discussion, self-examination and fresh perspectives, Indiana Humanities seeks to help residents from all settings cross boundaries and gather to explore the opportunities and challenges we share.