Cultural Arts Series - Spring 2017


Hidden Figures Film Screening

January 14, 4 pm
Wabash Landing Theater 9

Hidden Figures is a biographical film depicting a team of African American women's contribution of necessary mathematical data to launch NASA's first successful missions into space. Thanks to the efforts of these human computers, legendary astronauts such as Purdue's own Neil Armstrong could make their mark on the moon as well as in history

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Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fierce Urgency of Now: Where Do We Go From Here?
An Evening with Harry Belafonte

January 17, 7 pm
Loeb Playhouse

Harry Belafonte will give the Keynote Address celebrating the legacy of his close friend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The veteran music and film artist has advocated and committed to social change for more than 60 years. Recently, he founded the Sankofa Justice and Equity Fund, a nonprofit social justice organization that partners culture and celebrity with activism.

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Margot Lee Shetterly, Author of Hidden Figures

January 25, 7:30 pm
Loeb Playhouse

Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the book Hidden Figures, will talk about the incredible, often overlooked story of the African American Women who powered much of the mathematics behind the race to make space flight a reality.

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Unraveling the Confusion featuring Von Washington

February 2, 7 pm
Fowler Hall

Theater professional, Von Washington, will remind the audience of the challenges associated with transferring the written word to the spoken word, while drawing attention to the complexities of life that he discovered in his work. Washington draws attention to the dialogue between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, shedding light on the complicated relationship that often exists between men and women.

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African American Quilt Traditions (Hands on Learning)

February 8, 12-5 pm
Black Cultural Center

Following simple guidelines participants will create a quilt block utilizing traditional African fabrics. The blocks will be sewn together to create a contemporary African inspired work of fiber art. No experience required, all materials will be provided. Soul Food dinner at University Residence immediately following activity.

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Historical and Cultural Tour to Lyles Station and Evansville African American Museum

February 10-11
Evansville, Indiana

Pre-registration required.

On the Shoulders of Our Ancestors: The Art of Willis Bing Davis

Through February 26
Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, 102 S. 10th St.

Gallery Talk: Feb. 16, 12 pm | Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
Art Talk (Joy of Being Alive): Feb. 16, 3 pm | Black Cultural Center

Working in paint, pastel, ceramics and mixed media, Willis Bing Davis is inspired by and draws upon his rich African heritage, creating contemporary works that reflect his ancestral past. Don't miss your chance to see his collection, which has been exhibited at numerous venues including the Studio Museum of Harlem and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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BCC Coffee House

February 24-25, 7 pm
Black Cultural Center

Don't miss your chance to see our Performing Arts Ensembles in a showcase that features powerful acts, words, movement and music.

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"Mouride Muslims in South Africa" Art Exhibit by Iris Dawn Parker

March 6-10
Black Cultural Center

Iris Parker is a native of North Carolina residing in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her work as an artist, teacher and mentor explores issues of identity formation, gender, family and community. This is an exhibition of images documenting the daily life and practice of the Mouride Muslim Community in BEZ Valley, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Dr. Brittney Cooper, "Professor Crunk"

March 23, 7 pm
Stewart Center, Room 218CD

Brittney Cooper, the "Professor Crunk," is an Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. The co-founder of the infamous blog, Crunk Feminist Collective, writes about race and gender representations in pop culture, black feminist thought, hip hop feminism, and racial justice. She is also a regular TV Commentator with appearances on The Melissa Harris-Perry Show, All In with Chris Hayes and Al Jazeera America.

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Black Voices of Inspiration Spring Concert

April 2, 3 pm
Loeb Playhouse

Directed by James Dekle

Tickets: $5 Purdue Student; $7 General Public

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Haraka Writers Haraka Fest

"Radical Melanated Love: When Love Is A Revolutionary Act In An Unloving Society"

April 7-8, 7 pm
Black Cultural Center

Directed by Khari Bowden

Radical gets a bad name. Haraka will explore what it means to Love Radically...Radical Love. They will explore: Radical LOVE of Family; Radical LOVE of Food; Radical LOVE of Community. The many facets of Black LOVE and the celebration of Black Love as an essential mental health practice.

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New Directional Players Spring Production

"Laughing Ladies!"

April 14-15, 7 pm
Black Cultural Center

Directed by Sonita Surratt

Laughing Ladies explores all things comedy! Skits, scenes, monologues and Improv all focused on tickling your funny bone! Come EARLY and Stay Late...well not too late (we got stuff to do).

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Jahari Dance Troupe Spring Revue

"MORE! Busting Stereotypes and Stigmas"

April 22, 7 pm
Loeb Playhouse

Choreography by Joshua Ishmon

MORE! Explores the resiliency of the human spirit. Stereotypes and stigma are challenges to human possibility...MORE! Busts those imposed limits and uses dance to reach toward the limits of human possibility.

Tickets: $5 Purdue Student; $7 General Public

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Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

8 a.m. - 8 p.m.


2 p.m. - 9 p.m.

*Library hours vary slightly

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