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Friday, March 30 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Indianapolis: More than the 500

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Please join us to celebrate three of the Indianapolis region's most iconic institutions beginning with a reception and awards ceremony from 6-6:30pm where the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, and The Saturday Evening Post will each be recognized for their many longstanding and enduring achievements with the PCA Governing Board Award for Outstanding Contributions to Popular Culture.
Representatives from these respective institutions with moderators from the PCA will follow with concise half-hour overviews of past accomplishments and current initiatives.

6:30-7:00pm: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
This session will address the history, mission, and activities of the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, ranked by USA Today and TripAdvisor as among the nation’s best places for indoor and outdoor family fun and learning!  Visitors to the museum can conduct real NASA experiments on board a replica of the International Space Station, explore films, toys, and memorabilia across the decades in American POP, see a real steam locomotivewalk among dinosaurs in Dinosphere, and experience renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s Fireworks of Glass.  And new this year, museum goers can run, drive, putt, and play twelve different sports outdoors and at Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience!  With five floors and 7.5 acres of exciting exhibits, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis should be on every family’s must-see (and do) list!
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis:  Exhibiting, Development, and Preservation
  • Popular Culture in Formal Education (Grades 3-8), Contact:  Mary Fortney, Resource Development Manager, Schools & Family Programs, and Laura Ferries, Resident Archaeologist and Family Learning Resource Developer
  • Collaborating with Advisors on the Development of a Popular Culture Exhibit, Melissa Pederson and Cathy Hamaker, Exhibit Developers
  • Preservation of Popular Culture Artifacts and Objects, Christy O’Grady, Exhibition Conservation Manager, Collections
  • Moderator:  Kathy Merlock Jackson, Virginia Wesleyan University

7:00-7:30pm: The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University in Bloomington
In 1948, Alfred Kinsey and his colleagues published the landmark Sexual Behavior in the Human Male.  Based upon interviews with thousands of men, it created a sensation in the academic and popular spheres through its conclusions that male homosexuality was far more widespread than traditionally thought.  A second study, Sexual Behavior in the Human Female, published in 1953, investigated previously taboo subjects such as premarital sex, masturbation, and orgasm.  Fascination with the topic and the low cost of the volumes made them among the only scientific works also to become popular bestsellers.  The Institute’s work found its way into popular culture in references in newspapers, music, film, theatre, and the new medium of television.  In the years since, the Institute has continued its groundbreaking work, with publication of the multi-volume The Kinsey Institute Series, as well as syndicated newspaper columns, website FAQs, and trade books.  Once an independent nonprofit research corporation, the Institute was merged into Indiana University in 2016.
The Kinsey Institute:  70 Years of Bringing Sexuality to Popular Culture
  • Moderator:  Bruce Drushel, Miami University of Ohio

7:30-8:00pm: The Saturday Evening Post, Indianapolis
Since 1821, The Saturday Evening Post has chronicled American history in the making, reflecting the cherished ideals and values that define the American way.  Famous for its Norman Rockwell covers that so perfectly captured everyday life, the Post helped define for a nation of immigrants what it means to be an American.  The Post is also known for championing such literary luminaries as Ray Bradbury, Agatha Christie, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Anne Tyler, J.D. Salinger, and Kurt Vonnegut, and continues that legacy by seeking out emerging writers of the 21st century.  Today, the Post puts the chaotic swirl of news and issues into historical perspective—past, present, and future—covering science, art, fiction, humor, health, pop culture, medicine, humor, and the world of ideas—and remains committed to producing enlightened, impartial, and construction content.  More than a magazine, The Saturday Evening Post is a unique cultural legacy and now regarded as an American Institution.
Bringing an American Perspective to National and World Events for Almost 200 Years
  • Executive Editor, Patrick Perry
  • Historian and Director of Archives, Jeff Nilsson
  • Advertising Director, Alex Dunham
  • Moderator:  Gary Edgerton, Butler University

Friday March 30, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm CDT
JW Grand Ballroom 10 J.W. Marriott, 10 S West Street, Indianapolis‎