For the 2020 calendar year, the Indiana Studies team has elected to focus on "The Style of the State."
Outside of Indiana, say our name, and you conjure images of cornfields, limestone quarries, and basketball hoops standing over driveways. Here in the state, we know our style is deeper, more refined. So we're asking questions. How do place, identity, and style relate to each other? Is style developed because of the place we live, or in reaction to it?
Consider the Midwest. How does a state at the heart of the heartland reflect or inform culture, values, and politics? Do we consider ourselves as regional or national? Can we be both?
Who is the Hoosier Artist? How have different artists, writers, architects, designers, and musicians, contributed to the identity and lived experience of the state?