What Does It Mean to Be A Citizen?
By The Policy Circle Team
July 18, 2019
The Beauty of Front Porch Citizenship
The Indiana State Leadership Council of The Policy Circle is partnering with the Sagamore Institute to promote an exhibition of original manuscripts and art interpreting the manuscripts dedicated to exploring the theme of citizenship. The Sagamore Institute has curated a selection of original manuscripts from The Remnant Trust collection, and local artists from the Harrison Center in Indianapolis will respond to, and interpret the themes of the texts in different media. These will highlight different experiences of citizenship in both Indiana’s and America’s history.
The exhibition will engage and inspire guests through direct experience of these texts and through the lectures and events exploring the ideas of the humanities more broadly. One manuscript that will be showcased is an original printing of Mary Wollstonecraft’s famous “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects,” and pairing that text with a local artist’s depiction of Madame Walker – a well-known civil rights activist, but also a proponent of women’s rights and entrepreneurship. Another examples includes, pairing Plutarch’s “Moralia” with an oil painting of May Wright Sewall – a prominent suffragist in Indianapolis history, but also a major proponent of women’s classical education (Plutarch is the cornerstone of classical education).
Painting by Alicia Zanoni
The Indiana State Leadership Council is hosting a reception and conversation at the exhibit located at the Harrison Center on Monday, July 22, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event is open to all Indiana Policy Circle members, connectors and stakeholders. The evening will begin with an overview of the exhibit provided by Policy Circle member and author, Alexandra Hudson, followed by discussions on citizenship. Katie Glick, co-leader of the Indiana State Leadership Council noted: “We’re a country founded on ideals of human dignity and equality and we hope this exhibit and conversation helps us explore these ideals further as we touch history and shape the future.
Don’t forget to register for the upcoming 2019 Policy Circle Leadership Summit on November 15 in Chicago. We hope all circle members from Indiana and across the country can join us.