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Fall 2014 Cultural Arts Series

Cultural Arts Series - Fall 2014


Aug. 28

Boilerfest – New Student Orientation

BCC (Parking Lot) • 4-6 PM

Connect with the BCC to begin the celebration of our fall theme “Unmasking Blackness through Rhythm, Culture and Celebration.”  Boilerfest will introduce you to the BCC, various student organizations and campus support services.  It will feature a live DJ, performances by BCC ensembles, carnival dancers and food representative of Trinidad/Brazilian culture and cuisine.  Planeta Azul Samba band from Chicago will be performing.


Sep. 6

Friends and Family Day

Black Cultural Center (immediately following the football game)

Participate in a “hands on” exploration of traditional carnival dance, mask making, music and storytelling.  No previous experience required, just come with your creativity.  Bacchanal Steel Band will bring the sounds of the Caribbean to the BCC.

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Sep. 9

"Phenomenal Woman:" An event honoring the life of Dr. Maya Angelou

BCC • Noon

Cosponsored by African American Studies & Research Center, Black Cultural Center, and Butler Center for Leadership Excellence

Joins us for a special celebration as we honor an extraordinary woman!

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Sep. 17

Windy City Carnival

Fowler Hall • 7 PM

Through a combination of music, conversation and dance, this interactive presentation will explore the cultural expressions of Trinidad & Tobago.  You will be exposed to Caribbean history, folklore, steel pan and carnival.

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Sep. 24

Jerome Ringo, "The New Color of Green: A Collective Voice Towards Change"

Cosponsored by Indiana NAACP and College of Agriculture

Dean's Auditorium, Pfendler Hall • 7 PM

Historically, those who prioritize environmental issues are perceived to be upper class, white, and college educated who think globally and act locally.  At the same time, however, there is a history of diverse people acting locally on problems that directly impact their families, friends, and communities.  Integrating these voices into the mainstream has long been a goal of the environmental movement, but it has remained elusive.  In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, local issues have become global, and environmental speaker Jerome Ringo demonstrates why making these voices heard has become more urgent than ever.

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Oct. 7

Sonia Manzano, "Black Latinos and the Civil Rights Movement"

Cosponsored by the Latino Cultural Center

Fowler Hall • 6 PM

In this presentation based on her new book, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, speaker Sonia Manzano explores the impact that the Civil Rights Movement had on the Hispanic community.  She examines how growing feelings of self-worth in both the African American and Latino communities gave rise to social programs like Head Start and the United Farm Workers, as well as educational TV programs like Sesame Street.  Manzano gives her personal take on how the whole movement made Latinos examine racial prejudices in their own groups and sadly, in their own families.

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Oct. 10-14

Research Tour – Trinidad and Tobago

Ensemble participants will learn about the richness, aesthetic beauty and depth of the festivities relevant to Carnival and the folk traditions of Trinidad and Tobago.  Immerse yourself in one of the world’s most ethnically and culturally diverse societies.  Students will engage in research at the University of West Indies and National Museum of Trinidad, and participate in master class instruction and site visits to develop a comprehensive understanding.

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October (cont.)

Oct. 23

Dance Samba School

BCC • 6:30 PM

Experience the sizzling hot Brazilian dance that was brought to the Americas by African slaves.  Samba is highly energetic, rhythmical and fun to learn.  Come prepared to learn the dance of celebration and joy.

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Oct. 28

Cummings-Perrucci Lecture Series on Class, Race, and Gender Inequality: bell hooks

Hosted by the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

Loeb Playhouse • 5 PM

bell hooks is an American scholar whose best known work focuses on perceptions of black women in the United States.  Although hooks is mainly known as a feminist thinker, her writings cover a broad range of topics on gender, race, teaching and the significance of media for contemporary culture.  She is among the leading public intellectuals of her generation. Doors open at 4:30pm and close at 5pm.

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Oct. 31

Masquerade Ball

Adelino's Restaurant • 8 PM

If participating in the pageantry of Rio’s Carnival or of dancing with the masses during Mardi Gras are dreams that have eluded you, join the Black Cultural Center as they host their Masquerade Ball.  Come out and dance the Samba and soak in Calypso and Soca rhythms! There will be music, dancing and surprise performances.  Dress as your favorite Carnival character or dress to impress.  You have always DREAMED of participating in Carnival or Mardi Gras, but life has kept you from getting there… NOW the Black Cultural Center has brought a celebration of Carnival to you.

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Purchase Tickets

Admission: Purdue Students $15; General Public $25


Nov. 4

Freedom Summer Film Screening

Fowler Hall • Noon

PBS documentary Freedom Summer celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Mississippi Summer Project, in which blacks and whites came together to fight racism.  The film explores the complex history of the campaign for voter registration and education in Mississippi.

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An Evening with Julian Bond

Sponsored by the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion

Loeb Playhouse • 7PM

Julian Bond, former chairman of the NAACP, social activist, leader in the American Civil Rights movement, politician, professor and writer will reflect on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

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Dec. 5

Cultural Arts Festival – "Peepin' Calypso: It's Carnival Time!"

Loeb Playhouse • 7 PM

Admission:  Purdue Students $5; General Public $7

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Dec. 7

Kwanzaa Celebration

PMU, East and West Faculty Lounges • 4 PM

A University-wide event celebrating the seven principles of Kwanzaa.  The program will feature traditional Kwanzaa rituals such as the lighting of the kinara, music, the oral tradition of storytelling and refreshments.  Kwanzaa focuses on the traditional African values of family, community responsibility, commerce and self-improvement.

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