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Larger than Life? Romans from the Colosseum to HBO
March 23, 7:30 p.m., Rawles Hall 100, Bloomington -- Mary Beard, a professor of classics at Cambridge University, is visiting the Bloomington campus as a Patten Lecturer to present two free public lectures. Beard has stimulated scholarly dialogues about Roman society for almost 25 years. Her wide-ranging interests include Latin poetry, Greek sculpture, gender constructs in Roman society and cinematic interpretations of Homeric epics.

Horizons of Knowledge Lecture: "Gender and Genre: News and Fiction in the Brazilian Novelas (TV soap operas)"
March 24, 3 p.m., Ballantine Hall 205, Bloomington -- Esther Hamburger, a visiting film professor at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, will discuss the global phenomenon of the Brazilian soap opera. Broadcast throughout Brazil and to hundreds of cities abroad, the Brazilian soap opera has had an impact not only on media networks worldwide, but also on the way Brazil is imagined in countries as far away as China and Japan. The soap opera is one of the most popular programs in Portugal, and it has introduced customs, vocabulary and other linguistic forms never before used there. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Darlene Sadlier at

Our Country's Good
March 24, 25, 27-April 1, 7:30 p.m., Wells-Metz Theatre in the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center, Bloomington -- Called "a moving, often funny story in which art and humanity triumph over ignorance" by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, this play addresses the ability of the theatre to move and change lives. A recipient of the 1988 Olivier Award, it dramatizes Thomas Keneally's novel, The Playmaker. For more information, visit or call 812-855-1103 for ticket information.

Jacobs School of Music Ballet Theater: Spring Ballet

Students dance in a ballet during a prior event at the Musical Arts Center.

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March 24, 8 p.m., Musical Arts Center, Bloomington -- This semester's ballet, titled "From Bournonville to Balanchine: An Evening of Legendary Ballets," includes August Bournonville's Napoli, Marius Petipa's Paquita and George Balanchine's Who Cares? Tickets are $12 to $20 for general admission and $8 to $16 for students. For more information, visit or call 812-855-4733 for ticket information.

Navruz Festival
March 25, 2 p.m., Willkie Auditorium, Bloomington -- Navruz is an ancient festival of spring celebrated by a diverse group of people from Afghanistan, Iran, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Turkey. Performances of musical selections and skits by student groups and participants from nations that celebrate Navruz will kick off the event, followed by samplings of local cuisine and cultural displays. Food will be served in the Forest Quad Dining Hall after the performances at approximately 5 p.m. For more information, contact Rebecca Gordan at

2nd Annual Bloomington Turkish film Festival
March 25, 8 p.m., Ballantine Hall 013, Bloomington -- This year's theme is "Lives on the Margins." All movies will be shown in Turkish with English subtitles and are free to the public. The first film is the 1996 movie Somersault in a Coffin. The 74-minute film is about Mahsun, who is unemployed and lives on the street, staying alive with the help of local fishermen. He steals cars either to find a warm place to sleep in or to satisfy his yearning for high technology. He falls in love with a young heroin addict and almost drowns in the sea. Stealing a second peacock, Mahsun attracts the attention of the media and, ironically, has his 15 minutes of fame. Other films will be shown during the festival including: The Bandit at 8 p.m. March 26; Cholera Street at 8 p.m. March 27; On Board at 8 p.m. March 31; The Third Page at 8 p.m. April 1; and Head-On at 8 p.m. April 2. For more information, visit the Web site or contact the Turkish Students Association via e-mail at

"Agate Nesaule -- Writing from Life: Memoir and Fiction, a reading and workshop"
March 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monroe County Public Library Conference Room 1C, Bloomington -- In honor of Women's History Month, Indiana University graduate Agate Nesaule will return to Bloomington to present a reading and book signing from 10 a.m. to noon in the Monroe County Public Library Auditorium and a workshop on writing memoir and fiction from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the library's conference room 1C. Nesaule is the author of the award-winning memoir A Woman in Amber: Healing the Trauma of War in Exile and the upcoming novel Shopping for Relatives. Both events are free and no pre-registration is required. Nesaule's family fled its comfortable home in Latvia during World War II only to be captured first by Germans, then by invading Russian troops. The family eventually made it to safety in Indianapolis. Nesaule received her bachelor of arts degree from IU Bloomington in 1961 and her master of arts degree in 1963. Bloomington serves in part as the setting for her upcoming novel. The event is a collaboration between Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Project grant recipient Nadine Pinede and Women Writing for a Change of Bloomington. For more information, contact Beth Lodge-Rigal at 812-333-7957 or

The Art of Saying "No"
March 27, 7-8 p.m., Leo Dowling International Center, Bloomington -- Sometimes it is difficult to figure out the best approach to getting to know new people and being in unfamiliar social situations. This will be a discussion on those topics, including the art of saying no, ways to keep yourself safe and resources to assist you. For more information, please e-mail

Filmmaker to discuss documentary, case of Emmett Louis Till

Keith Beauchamp, a documentary filmmaker, will talk about the case of Emmett Louis Till at IU East.

March 28, 5-9 p.m., Vivian Auditorium in Whitewater Hall, Richmond -- Fifty years after his murder, Emmett Louis Till could have justice after a documentary has examined the truth behind his death. Keith Beauchamp, a documentary filmmaker, released the documentary on Oct. 14, 2005, in seven selected cities. It has since made its way to university and college campuses nationwide. Beauchamp will visit the Indiana University East campus on March 28 to give a talk and take questions. Beauchamp began the documentary at age 24. Nine years later, the Louisiana native completed the film and witnessed the reopening of the case by the United States Department of Justice in May 2004. The documentary is an eye-witness account of what happened to a young Chicago boy during a summertime visit with relatives. In August 1955, Emmett Till was visiting his family in Money, Mississippi. His mother, Mamie Till-Bradley, allowed him to take the train from Chicago to the Delta on Aug. 20. Eight days later, the 14-year-old boy from the north was kidnapped, beaten, tied to a 75-pound cotton-gin fan and thrown into the Tallahatchie River. For more information, visit

Facts, Myths and the Story of Survival: Real-Life Experiences from a Breast Cancer Survivor
March 28, 12 -1:30 p.m., UC Lower Level, Indianapolis -- Amanda Wood will be at IUPUI to talk about her struggle to beat breast cancer, as well as to help men and women both understand the impact of the disease. You won't want to miss this honest and informative presentation; join us for discussion and information that may help save the life of you or a loved one. Staff from the Susan G. Komen Foundation (Indianapolis Affiliate) will be presenting this program for all students, faculty, staff and friends of IUPUI.

Jacobs School of Music: Philharmonic Orchestra
March 29, 8 p.m., Musical Arts Center, Bloomington -- Conductor Uriel Segal will lead the orchestra in a program that includes Fauré: "Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, Op. 80" and Strauss: "Don Juan" and Dvoák: "New World Symphony." For more information, call 812-855-2255 or visit

Edmund Barry Gaither Lecture
March 30, 5-6:30 p.m., Indiana Memorial Union, Frangipani Room, Bloomington -- Edmund Barry Gaither, director and curator of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists and special consultant at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, will give a lecture entitled "'Still Life Revisited' and other Adventures in Iconography: The Art of Eldzier Cortor." A dance performance, based on a print by Eldzier Cortor and featuring new choreography from Iris Rosa, director of the IU African American Dance Company, will follow at 6:45 p.m. on the first floor of the IU Art Museum's Thomas T. Solley Atrium. The evening will continue from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with a reception on the second floor of the Thomas T. Solley Atrium for Gaither and to mark the opening of the IU Art Museum exhibition, "Black Spirit: Works on Paper by Eldzier Cortor." There will be gallery tours beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, visit

Singing Hoosiers spring concert
April 1, 8 p.m., Frangipani Room, Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St., Bloomington -- Join the Singing Hoosiers for an evening of entertainment with a concert. For more information, visit or contact Laura Brumback via e-mail at

Evening Caving Trip -- IUOA
April 5, 6 p.m., Bloomington -- This evening trip will visit southern Indiana caves. Southern Indiana has over 3,000 caves located south of Bloomington. We'll be taking a drive to some of Indiana's classic caves with small groups (no larger than six). Come with us during a weeknight and take a break from the bars. We'll leave campus around 5 p.m., and you can still come strolling in sometime in the morning hours. Best of all, you'll be able to remember the great times you had the night before! See the real wild side of Indiana and go underground with IUOA. Fee: IU students $25/nonstudents $30 (includes transportation and group equipment). Contact John Meuser at for more information or visit

Black Spirit: Works on Paper by Eldzier Cortor
Now through May 7, IU Hexagon Gallery, Art Museum, Bloomington -- This exhibition, comprising 18 prints in a wide variety of media and three early drawings, explores the African American painter/printmaker Eldzier Cortor's interpretation of the Black American experience from his WPA-period portrayal of the working class in Chicago's South Side, to his study of African retentions in the former slave cultures of the U.S. South and Caribbean, to his focus on the allegorical Black female figure in his later works. The exhibition, which highlights the artist's thematic and stylistic evolution over almost 50 years, is presented in conjunction with IU's interdisciplinary conference, "Variations on Blackness." For more information, visit

The Big Shoe Exhibit

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This shoe is part of the Big Shoe Exhibit in downtown Indianapolis.

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Now through April 5, downtown Indianapolis -- If basketball is your thing, then head for downtown Indianapolis to see a parade of traffic-stopping, big basketball shoes. Really big basketball shoes. This display of public art celebrates Tourney Town, USA -- commonly known to Hoosiers as Indianapolis -- as host of several basketball championships during the months of March and April: the boys' and girls' high school championships, the men's and women's Big Ten Conference championships, and the biggest "shew" of all, the men's NCAA Final Four. The display features fiberglass basketball shoes mounted on a platform that measures 7 feet by 3 feet, with the actual shoe standing 4 feet tall. Each shoe has a sponsor -- thus the Jaguar shoe, sponsored by IUPUI in honor of its big cat mascot. It also can be seen on IUPUI's events page at The IUPUI shoe can been seen "up close and personal" at the corner of Meridian and Pearl Streets. IU Bloomington also has a shoe called "Big Footsteps to Follow." It was designed by Kyle Caird, a junior from Elkhart, who is majoring in fine arts and minoring in art history, in a university-wide contest. The shoe illustrates how fans think of their beloved players and court. This shoe can be seen just outside Circle Center Mall. For a look at "Big Footsteps to Follow," go to

Talking Shoes
Ongoing, Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Bloomington -- This Children's Gallery exhibit features hands-on activities and shoes from around the world. "Talking Shoes" explores how shoes can reveal much about their makers and wearers. Native American beaded moccasins, sandals from the Republic of Congo, felt shoes from Tibet, and wooden shoes from the Netherlands and Surinam are just a few highlighted artifacts in the exhibit, which features some hands-on activities for younger visitors. The exhibit was developed by students in Anthropology A403/Introduction to Museum Studies during spring semester 2004-05. The students worked with staff at the Mathers Museum to select shoes from the museum's collections, research and write the exhibit labels, prepare the artifacts for display, design the case lay-outs, and install the exhibit. For more information, or to schedule a guided group tour, please call 812-855-6873 or e-mail