In literature and pop culture, Midwesterners are sometimes depicted as friendly and hospitable, while at other times we’re seen as closed-minded and suspicious of newcomers and immigrants. To put it another way, sometimes we’re Leslie Knope, rolling out the welcome wagon, and sometimes we’re the townspeople in Hoosiers, turning a cold shoulder to the new guy and skeptical of his new ideas.
What’s the reality of the community where you live—are you more of a Pawnee or a Hickory? How welcoming is your community to people who come from somewhere else, whether another country or just over the county line? What do we mean when we say someone is or isn’t part of a community? Who decides? Why does openness matter—and how can your community be more welcoming?
Join us at the Schnee Ribeyre Elliot House for a delicious meal catered by Denise Rapp’s Moveable Feats and fun yet in-depth conversation with other curious Hoosiers. Conversation will be led by trained facilitator and Posey County resident, Steven Stump. Tickets are $30.
Chew on This: Who Belongs Here? is presented as part of Indiana Humanities’ INseparable initiative. Your ticket price includes your meal and an unforgettably rich experience.