Central Library Exhibit and Community Forum Explore Homelessness in Indianapolis

November 28, 2011

What does it mean to be homeless in Indianapolis? How do homeless people identify their cultural heritage? An examination of these and other questions can be seen during a special exhibit entitled "What Does Homelessness Look Like?" beginning Tuesday, December 6 and continuing through Tuesday, December 20 at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Sponsored by IUPUI students in the class, "Issues in Cultural Heritage", this exhibit will highlight the challenges of homelessness in Indianapolis and bear witness to the stories of homeless people through a display of material objects, oral histories and archeological data. Visitors will discover unexpected realities of homeless life, gain insight into homeless people's perspectives and relief efforts, and learn what people can do to help.

An opening event for the exhibit will be held at Central Library on Tuesday, December 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Following the exhibit opening at 6:30 p.m. in Central Library's Clowes Auditorium, a public forum entitled "The Archeology of Homelessness" will address issues related to homelessness in Indianapolis. It will feature a presentation on why archeologists study homeless material culture, a point-counterpoint dialogue on relief efforts and civic policies, and an open discussion on homeless life. Presenters include Dr. Larry Zimmerman, Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies, I.U. School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI; Rachael Kiddey, a graduate student in the Department of Archeology, University of York (U.K.); and Courtney Singleton, a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland.

Call 275-4099 for more information about this free Library program.