The Spirit & Place Festival will close Nov. 16. But there are still some interesting events to catch before this year’s festival is over. Here are just a few. For a complete lineup and information, go to www.spiritandplace.org.
• Dr. Stephen Prothero, chair of the Department of Religion at Boston University and author of the New York Times bestseller Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know — And Doesn’t, will present “The Problem of Religious Illiteracy in America” at the Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St., Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. Prothero claims the U.S. is one of the most religious places on Earth, but it is also a nation that knows little about religion. He pinpoints religious illiteracy as one of our most pressing civic problems. Only through understanding the complexity of the world’s religions, including the diversity within Christianity, can we as a nation imaginatively explore solutions and develop a greater understanding to pressing national and global concerns. Prothero asks, “Can citizens understand the war in Iraq without knowing something about Islam? Can they truly engage in thoughtful debate about gay marriage or stem cell research without knowing something about the Bible?” Admission is $25 ($15 students). For registration, call 317-232-1882.
• Epworth United Methodist Church, 6450 Allisonville Road, will present “Reused Threads: A Green Fashion Show” Nov. 14, 7 p.m. Entries from the community were accepted through Nov. 6 in various categories. The one requirement: All the clothing and accessories had to be second-hand. Prizes will be awarded, and audience popularity will be one of the considerations. Also, a belt, scarf and tie swap will be held, so bring in an item you no longer wear to trade in for a new-to-you one. The event is free; for information, call 317-251-1481.
• Tyler Green, blogger for Modern Art Notes, will present “Ten Things I Hate About Contemporary Art” Nov. 13, 7 p.m. at the Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium. The Wall Street Journal calls Modern Art Notes “the most influential of all visual arts blogs.” Green is a no-holds-barred, hard-hitting reporter: In a post on the design of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., Green wrote, “The new monument feels as if a fascist architect had designed a food court for the Mall of America, and then accidentally shipped it to Washington.” Check it out at www.artsjournal.com/man/. Admission is free, with Q&A following the lecture. Central Library is located at 40 E. St. Clair St.