book discussion
Vonnegut’s Cats Cradle

Leonard Hoops from Visit Indy will read from Vonnegut’s Cats Cradle.

Martin Luther King Park Beautification

Join the Kennedy-King Memorial Initiative, King Park Development Corporation, and Indy Parks as we beautify the Landmark for Peace memorial at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. Volunteers will help plant more than 50 bushes and 7,500 bulbs. With your help, the park will look its best on April 4, 2018 when we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Senator Robert Kennedy's memorable speech in the Park and honor the life of Dr. King.

film and discussion
Show Me Democracy

Amid the uprising in Ferguson, seven St. Louis college students evolve into advocates and activists as they demand change through policy and protest. The film documents the efforts of The Scholarship Foundation’s Education Policy Internship Program, which empowers students to research education policy issues that affect them and their peers. The documentary follows the interns’ initial frustrations with failing school systems; one student’s experience of being a leading activist in the protests in Ferguson, and the group’s visits with Missouri representatives. At the state capitol, they advocate for educational reforms that would improve educational access for students of color, those with limited financial resources, and immigrant students in Missouri. The film examines the students’ personal lives and diverse backgrounds, follows them as they cope with the events in Ferguson, and will ultimately reveal whether a group of committed young people can make a difference in complex and imperfect systems.  

James A. “Spider” Marks

Since retiring from the military, where he attained the rank of Major General, General Marks has continued his engagement in national security as an on-air military and intelligence contributor to CNN and as a keynote speaker and author addressing our dynamic geo-political environment.

author talk
Douglas Wissing: “Beer and endless war go together”

Meet scholar/adventurer Douglas Wissing as he discusses his new book Hopeless but Optimistic: Journeying through America’s Endless War in Afghanistan.

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panel discussion
The Intersection of Mental Health & Domestic Violence

We continue to explore upcoming section of DVN's Community Wide Plan, Intersections. In our last Advocates Group training of 2017, we explore the intersection of mental health and domestic violence. Mark Sattler, Director of Comprehensive Outpatient Services for Aspire Indiana, presents. Our discussion will include the capacity of DV shelters and other services to address mental health issues and common mental health outcomes for DV victims and survivors.

WFYI Nerds Launch Party

"WFYI Nerds" is an in-person event series designed for college and post-college adults, early and mid-career professionals, new parents, and any public media fans between the ages of 20-40 who have an interest and passion for public media programming. Our purpose is to gather regularly for fun, meaningful conversation and networking opportunities with other interesting people in our community.

dinner and talk
Turkish Freedom of the Press in Peril

Abdülhamit Bilici, an exiled journalist from Turkey, will share his harrowing experience while being a journalist in Turkey.

business talk
Entrepreneur Fair and Urban Farmers Market

Join the Indy Urban League for its first ever Entrepreneur Fair and Urban Farmers Market! Support local, entrepreneur- owned businesses as well as local farmers, urban gardeners, food trucks and food vendors!

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Environmental Advocate Training

Join Hoosier Environmental Council's Outreach Coordinator, Amanda Shepherd, for the latest training of HEC's volunteer program! We will discuss potential roles that you can play in our work across the state, how to engage with citizens and legislators, opportunities for action, and more.

Walk a Mile in a Refugee’s Shoes

Walk a Mile in a Refugee's Shoes is an hour-long simulation that allows participants to assume the identity and role of a refugee. Through the simulation you will be given the opportunity to learn what experiences a refugee is faced with once forced to flee their country. You will encounter seven stations meant to mimic the process a refugee would encounter. We hope that you walk away from this experience enlightented on refugee reality and what steps you can take to advocate or a desire to get involved.

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music performance
The Build: A Music Community Forum

A monthly discussion on the third Thursday of every month. Come and discuss your experience and thoughts on the current and future state of the Indy music community. Each month we focus on a different topic and feature a different artist.

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Amnesty International Death Penalty Witness

Why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong? Take a stand! Make a difference. Please join the monthly Statehouse protest to end capital punishment. We meet on the third Thursday of each month between 12:30 and 1:30 PM at the east steps of the Statehouse at Capitol and Market Street. Come for all or any part of the hour; bring a sign or use one of ours. Sponsored by Amnesty International Group 317 – Indianapolis and Indiana Abolition Coalition.

art exhibit
Homeless Voices – First Friday Opening

Join CHIP Indianapolis for a powerful, museum-like art experience filled with educational vignettes and audio and video stories from individuals experiencing homelessness in Indy. Combining audio, video, and tactile components, Homeless Voices immerses the visitor in the lives of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis. The exhibition will feature a collection of zines created by individuals experiencing homelessness, a virtual reality experience of what it’s like to live in a family shelter, and other artistic and educational opportunities.

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