Ideas and Issues 2011-2012

Ideas and Issues brings speakers from a variety of disciplines and perspectives to the IUP campus to present and discuss ideas and issues of a topical and/or far-reaching nature.

First Commonwealth is proud to partner with IUP for the First Commonwealth Endowed Lecture at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

View the Events Calendar for Lively Arts.

Eileen Ivers: The Celtic Repertoire
October 5, 2011
Award-winning Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers will visit the campus for a special event in advance of her December return for an Irish Christmas concert. Ms. Ivers will perform several traditional Celtic pieces that illustrate her culture and repertoire, while Music Librarian Carl Rahkonen shares information about the music, its history, and its relationship to Irish culture.

Valerie Plame Wilson and Joseph Wilson
November 14, 2011
Outed CIA operations officer Valerie Plame Wilson and former U.S. diplomat Joseph Wilson, both subjects of the film Fair Game, speak as this year's First Commonwealth Endowed Lecture and part of the Ideas and Issues series. Free admission, tickets required (available October 10, limit of four per person).

Upaj: Film and Commentary
March 21, 2012
Upaj takes us behind the scenes to watch the birth of India Jazz Suites, a phenomenal East-meets-West dance collaboration featuring Indian kathak master Pandit Chitresh Das and rising tap star Jason Samuels Smith.