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Last modified: Monday, November 29, 2010

Closing Exposition to wrap up Indiana University's semester on sustainability

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 29, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Bloomington students will exhibit research projects, visual and performance art and service-learning projects this Friday (Dec. 3) at a Closing Exposition for a themed semester on sustainability.

In addition to student presentations and informational displays, activities will include contemporary dance performances and speeches from IU scholars. Sustainability-related artwork by fourth and fifth graders from The Project School will be on display at the event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Indiana Memorial Union's Alumni Hall.

The exposition will gather students, faculty, staff and community members in celebration of the broad array of sustainability-related projects offered as part of Fall 2010 Themester "sustain.ability: Thriving on a Small Planet," sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences in conjunction with IU's Office of Sustainability. Fall events have included campus lectures, art exhibits and performances, and opportunities for engaging in sustainability on and off campus.

Themester programs offered hundreds of events related to sustainability, including lectures and classroom discussions from world-renowned scholars and authors such Wendell Berry; Nobel Laureates Sir Harry Kroto, Vernon Smith, and Elinor Ostrom; New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman; environmental justice activist Majora Carter; and more.

Ongoing events have included seminar series featuring experts in energy, climate change, and global economic issues. Additionally, students across multiple disciplines studied a diverse set of sustainability-related themes through classes listed in Themester-related courses. Simultaneously, student and community groups have been working on sustainability projects outside of the classroom.

For the Closing Exposition, doors will open at 11 a.m., and beginning at 11:15 a.m. attendees will hear remarks from IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson, author and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English Scott Russell Sanders, IU Director of Sustainability Bill Brown and a number of students. The exposition featuring posters, dance performances, visual art and other student work created in conjunction with Themester 2010 will begin at 12:30 p.m. Free appetizers and snacks will be served from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Additional information regarding Themester 2010 can be found at http://themester.indiana.edu. To learn more about the IU Office of Sustainability visit http://www.indiana.edu/~sustain.