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On Monday
The Nature of Nature:  Enjoy conversation in this exploration of the relationship between the natural system of Marian University's EcoLab and the sustainable design of the Broad Ripple Green Alleys project.
IndyNing-Place Making in a Virtual World:  Join the kickoff of a social networking site that allows users to explore the connection and meaning of inspiring places in Indianapolis.
Bill McKibben: Pursuing Prosperity and Local Sustainability:  McKibben, author of Deep Economy, challenges the notion of a growth economy and frames an important conversation about where to take our environment, economy, and society.
Nature Connects Us All:  Celebrate the history, beauty, and culture of Indianapolis's White River and the Central Indiana Land Trust preserves through a community art exhibition, photography by David Thomas, poetry by students, and community discussion.
On Tuesday
My Place in the Voting Booth:  Join members of a courtroom audience to re-enact the extraordinary experiences of preeminent suffragette Helen M. Gougar, one of the first women to argue before the Indiana Supreme Court.
Neightborhood Place-Making Workshop:  Learn how to add the stories, anecdotes, and images of people, places and events in your neighborhood to a community-wide database, which will illuminate how ordinary spaces become beloved communities.
Nature Awakesn Creativity:  Musicians, poets, writers, and fine artists weave together an evening of readings and images as well as live and improvised music in this multi-sensory presentation inspired by the natural beauty of Central Indiana Land Trust Properties.

Major Sponsors
Thanks to our leading sponsors: Lilly Endowment Inc; the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation; IUPUI; TrendyMinds; The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of CICF; Butler University; Eli Lilly and Company; and the University of Indianapolis.

2009 Festival
Win Lunch with the Mayors!
You and a guest could win lunch on Friday, November 13, with John Fetterman and Bill Hudnut. Enter here by Wednesday.
Choirs Galore!
8 local choirs with the Indianapolis Brass Choir-all part of the 14th Annual Public Conversation!
Thank You To: 
Signature Series Partners:
Special thanks to our Signature Series partners--Indianapolis Museum of Art, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, and WFYI--for creating an awesome opening weekend!
2009 Festival Leadership:
Working behind the scenes to make it all happen: 21 advisory board members, Honorary Chair Michael S. Maurer, Chair Brian Payne, 9 steering committee members, 33 local organizing committee members, and over 65 volunteers. See full leadership list...
The Lilly EndowmentAllen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation Inc.Trendy Minds

IUPUI      IU School of Liberal Arts     The Polis Center

Butler UniversityCentral Indiana Community FoundationUniversity of IndianapolisEli Lilly and Company

Indianapolis Museum of ArtSt. Luke's United Methodist ChurchWFYIIndianapolis Marion County Public Library
Christian Theological SeminaryFranklin CollegeSt. Paul's Episcopal Church
Hilton IndianapolisChristel DeHaan Family Foundation