Cultural Arts Series - Spring 2015


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture: Marc Lamont Hill

Jan. 15, 7 p.m.
Loeb Playhouse

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country. He is the host of Huffington Live and BET News, as well as a political contributor for CNN.

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Jazz Templates in Silhouette Paintings by Robert Peppers

Jan. 16 – Mar. 1
Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
McDonald Gallery

"I am deeply inspired by the experiences of listening to jazz, even to the extent of seeking to create a pictorial equivalence for specific musical work. My mixed media artworks are direct responses to jazz from an intuitive perspective." – Robert Peppers

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"Brother Outsider" Film Screening

"The Life of Bayard Rustin"
Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Beering Hall 2280

Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and its national broadcasts on PBS' P.O.V. series, Logo/MTV, and public television's America ReFramed seriesm BROTHER OUTSIDER has introduced millions of viewers around the world to the life and work of Bayard Rustin - a visionary strategist and activist who has been called "the unkown hero" of the civil rights movement. A disciple of Ghandi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

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Am I Black Enough for You? Part I

"A Name I Call Myself: Black, African American, American, or None of the Above"
Jan. 28, 6:30 p.m.
Black Cultural Center

What is "Blackness:" What are the cultural, biological, national, and international challenges that still confront people of African descent in the 21st century? This two-part series will address issues including topics such as identity politics, colorism, religion, and cultural representations through lively engaged and informal debate and discussion.

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Black in America

Feb. 10, 6 p.m.
Elliott Hall of Music
Featuring: Soledad O’Brien, Julianne Malveaux, Chuck D, Daymond John, and Venetria Patton

Black in America 2015 tour gathers academics and experts, students, and community members of all races and politics to discuss their personal stories of how policing impacts their lives.

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"Promoting Justice Through a Neuropsychopharmacology Lens"

Feb. 11, 7 p.m.
Fowler Hall
Presented by Dr. Carl Hart

Co-sponsored by the College of Pharmacy, College of Health and Human Sciences, and University Libraries.

Scientist, activist, author, and educator Dr. Carl Hart is one of the world’s most creative minds. He will take you on a journey of possibilities in health and medicine.

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African American Read-In 2015

Feb. 20, 5 p.m.

Join the BCC Library at the annual read-in where we will celebrate African American literacy and literature.

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Angela Davis

Feb. 25, 5 p.m.
Elliott Hall of Music

Through her activism and scholarship over the last decade, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice. Her work as an educator emphasizes the importance of building communities and struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice.

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Remembering Malcolm X

Feb. 26, 7 p.m.
Graduate Student Center

A tribute in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

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BCC Coffee House

Feb. 27-28, 7 p.m.

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The Will to Adorn: Understanding Black Aesthetics, Identity, and Dress

Mar. 4, 2 p.m.

Kadari Taylor-Watson, a PhD student in American Studies, will showcase a collection of unique adornment pieces from the BCC art collection and provide context of how adornment is an important element of Black cultural histories.

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BCC Educational and Cultural Tour: Louisville, KY

Mar. 6-7

Black Thought Collective Spring Symposium

Am I Black Enough for You? Part 2
Mar. 25, 6:30 p.m.

"Jiggaboos vs. Wannabes: The Madness Continues"

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Black Voices of Inspiration Spring Concert

Mar. 29, 3 p.m.
Loeb Playhouse

Tickets: $5 Purdue Students, $7 General Public

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Championing Equality: LGBTQ Athletes and Allies

Mar. 30, 6 p.m.
Fowler Hall

Dr. Sue Rankin of Penn State University will deliver a keynote followed by a responding panel featuring Dr. Heidi Lewis of Colorado College and a panel of current and former Purdue student athletes.


Gordon Parks Ensemble Spring Exhibition

Apr. 8, During regular BCC hours

"A Retrospective: Exploring Purdue Life Through a Black Lens"

Haraka Writers Spring Production

Apr. 10-11, 7 p.m.
Directed by Khari Bowden

New Directional Players Spring Production

Apr. 17-18, 7 p.m.
Directed by Kecha Nickson

Jahari Dance Troupe Spring Revue

Apr. 25, 7 p.m.
Loeb Playhouse
Choreography by Joshua Ishmon

Tickets: $5 Purdue Students, $7 General Public


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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