The Bicentennial Steering Committee and Council of Historians

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie has announced the creation of a Bicentennial Steering Committee to plan and organize activities celebrating the 200-year anniversary of the university’s founding.

The Bicentennial Steering Committee will be made up of faculty, administrators, staff and students from a range of units and departments and from multiple campuses. 

Read the charge to the Committee.

Members will include:

  • Simon Atkinson, Chancellor’s Professor of Biology and Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, IUPUI
  • Kelly Bomba, Senior Assistant Athletic Director for External Operations / Director of Principal Gifts, IU Athletics
  • Doug Booher, Director of University Events
  • Katy Börner, Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Systems, IU Bloomington
  • David Brenneman, Director, IU Art Museum
  • James Capshew, Associate Professor of History and Philosophy of Science and University Historian, IU Bloomington (ex-officio)
  • Rebecca Carl, Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff, Office of the Vice President for Engagement
  • Janet Carpenter, Distinguished Professor of Nursing, IUPUI
  • Lillian Casillas, Director, La Casa/Latino Cultural Center, IU Bloomington
  • Niki DaSilva, undergraduate student, IUPUI
  • Zeb Davenport, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, IUPUI
  • Richard Dupree, Executive Vice President for Development, IU Foundation
  • Valerie Eickmeier, Dean, Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI
  • Janice Lin Farlow, MD/PhD student, and former member, IU Board of Trustees
  • J T. Forbes, Chief Executive Officers, IU Alumni Association
  • Dennis Groth, Associate Professor of Informatics and Computing and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, IU Bloomington
  • Richard Gunderman, Chancellor’s Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, Philanthropy, and Medical Humanities and Health Studies, IUPUI
  • Kathy Johnson, Professor of Psychology and Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer, IUPUI (co-chair)
  • Kelly Kish, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the President and Director, IU Bicentennial (ex-officio)
  • James Madison, Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor Emeritus, Department of History, IU Bloomington
  • Michael Martin, Professor of Communication and Culture and American Studies and Director, Black Film Center/Archive, IU Bloomington
  • Shawn Reynolds, Associate Vice President for International Partnerships, Office of the Vice President for International Affairs
  • Gwyn Richards, Dean, Jacobs School of Music, IU Bloomington
  • Jim Sherman, Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Psychological and Brain Sciences, IU Bloomington
  • Jack Tharp, former Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, IU Kokomo
  • Adam Thies, Assistant Vice President, Capital Planning and Facilities, Office of the Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities
  • Carolyn Walters, Associate Librarian and Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries
  • Jalen Watkins, undergraduate student, IU Bloomington
  • Stephen Watt, Provost Professor of English and Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, College of Arts and Sciences, IU Bloomington (co-chair)
  • James Wimbush, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs and Dean, University Graduate School
  • Marianne Wokeck, Chancellor’s Professor of History, IUPUI

Capshew will convene a Council of Historians, made up scholars, archivists and librarians from eight IU campuses, to collaborate on policy development and best practices related to IU’s historical identity. The Council will coordinate research and public outreach for all aspects of the bicentennial; collaborate with university campuses, units and local communities; develop curricula to enable students to participate with IU history; create historical marker campaigns for all campuses; and coordinate publication of writings related to IU history and the bicentennial.

The Council of Historians, in addition to Capshew, will include:

  • Dionne Dannes, associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies, School of Education, IU Bloomington campus historian
  • Stephen E. Towne, assistant university archivist, University Libraries, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus historian
  • Frances Yates, director of the IU East campus library, IU East campus historian
  • Sarah Heath, chair of the Department of Sociology, History and Political Science, IU Kokomo campus historian
  • Stephen McShane, director of the Calumet Regional Archives, IU Northwest campus historian
  • Elizabeth Gritter, assistant professor of history and director of the Director, Institute for Local and Oral History, IU Southeast campus historian
  • Alison Stankrauff, archivist and associate librarian, Franklin D. Schurz Library, IU South Bend campus historian
  • James Lutz, chair of the Department of Political Science, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne campus historian.