In 2016, the state of Indiana celebrated its 200th birthday. Hoosiers at the beginning of the twenty-first century share many similarities with their pioneer ancestors, but the differences are perhaps even more striking.
While agriculture is still an important industry, Indiana’s economy is multi-faceted. Indiana entrepreneurs, businesses and universities are leaders in technology and research. Multi-national corporations have production facilities in cities around the state.
Immigrants from around the world make Indiana their new home. As a people, we are learning to become more inclusive, welcoming diverse cultural and political viewpoints, accepting more nuanced definitions of gender and gender roles, and educating ourselves about Indiana and Hoosiers’ place in a world that has no geographic boundaries.
Some think Indiana is changing too slowly in a rapidly changing world, but others resist change. Some Hoosiers embrace change, some cling to tradition. Blending old and new is not always easy. How can you help welcome new people and ideas into your world?
New Targets of Discrimination
Ryan White and HIV
Source: Kokomo Tribune, August 31, 1985
Compelling Question: What can society do to limit discrimination based not only on race but also physical or intellectual disabilities, gender preference, and health?
Desert Storm Veterans
Hoosiers Go to War Again
Source: Indianapolis Star
Compelling Question: How should a society honor and protect those who serve in times of war or peace?
The Modern Powwow
Source: First Nations Educational & Cultural Center
Compelling Question: How do we preserve the past while making way for the future?
Batman’s Michael Uslan
Source: Indiana University Archives
Compelling Question: How do universities meet the changing interests of their students? Should they?
Art & Architecture
Cummings Corp. & Columbus, Indiana
Source: Indiana Landmarks
Compelling Question: How can corporations be good neighbors and citizens?
The U.S. Supreme Court
Indiana’s Sherman Minton
Source: Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites
Compelling Question: What contributions has Indiana made to the nation’s legal history?