Opinion: Something interesting this way comes
The works of Ray Bradbury have stood the test of time. Bradbury’s works including: “The Martian Chronicles;” “Icarus Montgolfier Wright;” “Something Wicked This Way Comes;” “Fahrenheit 451” and even a script for Warner Brothers’ release of the classic “Moby Dick” still challenge us to contemplate the role of government, censorship and the aspiration that we are not alone in this universe.
A few weeks back, a few civic leaders were invited to meet with the management team from Gen Con – the celebrated gaming convention often held in Indianapolis. As the conversation traversed topics as wide ranging as aggressive panhandling to hotel capacity to religious freedom, attention turned to those things that make our community unique. Reminded of a recent visit to the basement archives of IUPUI, I mentioned the repository of Bradbury’s works, personal papers, and other artifacts safeguarded at the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies hoping that the out-of-towners might be interested in visiting the collection and seeing the treasures therein contained. Happily, they were.
Now, Jonathan Eller, Chancellor’s Professor of English and director of the Center, is opening the collection for the general public. In the Campus Center Atrium (420 University Boulevard, Indianapolis), at 5 p.m. on Aug. 27, the Center will host a reception and Eller will give a lecture “on the collection’s amazing journey from California to IUPUI and the importance of Bradbury’s legacy in the 21st century”. Both are free and open to the public. Eller knew Bradbury for many years, has authored several books including “Becoming Ray Bradbury & Ray Bradbury Unbound,” and edits the Bradbury Center’s multi volume “Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury.”
Bradbury worked in the best and worst of our real and imagined culture. To take advantage of this amazing opportunity for an inside look, contact IUPUI at 274-1456 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.