Thursday, October 6, 5 to 8 p.m.
Puppets have a lot to say about personal and cultural identity. Come make your own and explore what puppets have to say at the First Thursdays festival. IUMAA staff will be on hand to present crafts and information about the new museum. The IU Quilt will be revealed too! This event is free to the public.
Indigenous Peoples' Day
Sunday, October 9, 1 to 2 p.m. (at Monroe County Public Library)
Indigenous Peoples' Day recognizes the resilience and diversity of Indigenous Peoples in the United States. It is a day set aside to remember, commemorate, and learn about Indigenous people and their histories and cultures.
Join the museum and MCPL Children's Services to learn more about Indigenous Peoples' Day, which is celebrated on October 10 this year. The event will feature a reading of Stolen Words by Melanie Florence, as well as a language activity for children 5 to 12. The event will be free and open to the public.
Race, Gender, and the Western in Video Games
Thursday, October 19, 4:30 p.m.
Themester 2022 lecture by Alberto Varon
As a visual and text-based medium, video games provide perhaps the newest form of literary expression but are informed by questions fundamental to aesthetics and
narrative. In this talk, Alberto Varon will examine how the reconstruction of the American west in video game narratives animates longstanding tropes about racial difference, which has implications for how we understand American history and the US nation's racial past.
Alberto Varon is an associate professor of English and director of the Latino Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. His research focuses on questions of citizenship, race, and representation in American cultures. Varon is a scholar of Latinx writing cultures from the 19th century to the present, and an expert in Latinx writing and popular cultures. He regularly teach courses in American, Latinx and ethnic American cultures.
The event will be free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Themester 2022: Identity and Identification.