Brian’s picks – September 22nd

Exhibit Columbus’ inaugural symposium, “Foundations and Futures,” will be Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 at various locations. Activities will include a gallery exhibition of work by 10 of the nation’s top designers. Plus, there will be free discussions, including native Will Miller, son of J. Irwin Miller, the man who launched Columbus’ architectural legacy, moderating a chat Sept. 30 with noted designers Deborah Berke (Hope Branch Library building), Michael Van Valkenburgh (Mill Race Park) and Robert A.M. Stern (Columbus Regional Hospital). Information:

I always have been fascinated with pioneering pilot Amelia Earhart, partly because I cannot fathom how she surmounted society’s obstacles of her gender and day, much less the aviation ones. Author John Norberg will offer a free presentation, “Amelia Earhart: Her Indiana Connections,” at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. in Columbus. He will discuss Earhart’s life, her impact on society, her years at Purdue University and her career as a pilot and her advocacy for women. Information: 812-379-1266 and

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.