Events this Week

September 15, 2014  

Here is a list of events happening Sept. 15-21, 2014, at the West Lafayette campus. Additional information below: exhibitions; ticket purchasing information.

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Monday, Sept. 15

-- Discovery Park 2.0 forum: "Convergence: The Next Great Thing for Interdisciplinary Research? Can This Shape Discovery Park 2.0?" Introduction by Gebisa Ejeta, director of the Center for Global Food Security; panel; discussion/interaction. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, Room 121. RSVP requested to Cindy Ream at URL:

-- Callout for Student Soybean Product Innovation Competition. Organizer: Indiana Soybean Alliance in collaboration with Purdue. (Teams compete for top prize of $20,000; competition proceeds in steps through March 24.) 5:30 p.m. Electrical Engineering Building, Room 129. URL: (Callout also on Sept. 24.)

-- "The End of Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Eric Alva, retired U.S. Army staff sergeant and Iraq war veteran. Organizers: LGBTQ Center at Purdue, Veterans Service Center at Purdue, Purdue 360 and Latino Cultural Center. 7 p.m. STEW, Fowler Hall. Alva will discuss his own struggles, his role in the repeal of the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and what it meant being there when President Barack Obama signed the legislation.

-- "Dawn or Doom" film festival. Day 1 of 4. "Transcendence" (2014, drama/sci-fi, 119 min., rated PG-13). Organizers: ITaP and Purdue Convocations. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. STEW, Room 214 (change of location). Free. URL for film series:; URL for this film:

Tuesday, Sept. 16

-- POSTPONED. Opening of ticket sales for alternative pop group Neon Trees, with Fictionist, on "First Things First Tour." Organizer: Purdue Student Concert Committee with Purdue Convocations. (Event is postponed; it was to have been Nov. 7.) URL:

-- College Teaching Workshop Series I: Making a Better Learning Environment. "Encouraging Active Learning I." For faculty, staff and grad students. Center for Instructional Excellence. 10:30-11:45 a.m. Hicks Undergraduate Library, Room B853. Weekly workshop 2 of 10 through Nov. 18 except Oct. 14; choose one or more. Registration required: Questions: 49-66422 or

-- Research Data Depot storage service: Faculty luncheon. Organizer: ITaP Research Computing (RCAC). Additional topic: Initial input on Purdue's next Community Cluster Program research supercomputer. Noon-1:30 p.m. Lawson Computer Science Building, Room 1142. Registration needed due to lunch and seating. URL:

-- Law school fair. Designed for students and others interested in attending law school. Organizer: Center for Pre-Professional Advising. More than 100 law schools expected. 1-5 p.m. Córdova Recreational Sports Center. URL:

-- PCUG: Purdue Confluence Users Group. Organizer: ITaP. 1:30-2:30 p.m. STEW, Room 320. Hear the latest announcements, watch demonstrations and get questions answered about Confluence wiki software. Registration: Questions:

-- POSTPONED to Nov. 11. "A Faculty Forum on Assessing College Students' Intercultural Knowledge, Learning and Effectiveness." Organizer: Diversity Resource Office. Speaker: Nicholas A. Bowman, assistant professor in the Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs at Bowling Green State University; plus panel of Purdue officials. 1:30-3 p.m. STEW, Room 218. Registration requested: Information: or DRO at 49-47307 or

-- ADA audio conference. "Accessible Construction Management." Office of Institutional Equity. 2-3:30 p.m. Young Hall, Room 1057. Description and online registration at; select event title. For more information, for registration assistance or to request a reasonable accommodation: OIE at 49-47253 (voice), 49-61343 (tty), or

-- Library/history lecture. "Prelude to the Dust Bowl: Drought and Depression in the 1890s." Susan R. Curtis, professor of history. Part of event series with "Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry" exhibition (see Exhibitions below). 7 p.m. Hicks Undergraduate Library, Room G980D. URL:,-programs-provide-historic-perspective-of-disastrous-dust-bowl.html

-- "Dawn or Doom" film festival. Day 2 of 4. "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" (2001, adventure/sci-fi, 146 min., rated PG-13). Organizers: ITaP and Purdue Convocations. 8 p.m. PMU, front lawn. Free. URL for film series:; URL for this film:

Wednesday, Sept. 17

-- Jewish Studies Noon Lecture and Discussion Series. Andrew Fogel, doctoral student, Department of History, Purdue, "Supermentsh: Superman's Covert and Overt Jewish Origins." 12:30 p.m. Beering Hall, Room B222. Questions: 49-47965 or or

-- Constitution Day celebration at Purdue. Organizer: James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship in the College of Education, with others. Quiz-offs, "Democracy Plaza" viewpoint sharing, videos, banned book display, more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. PMU, Room 118. URL:

-- Windy City Carnival. Black Cultural Center. Music, conversation and dance express Trinidad & Tobago -- Caribbean history, folklore, steel pan and carnival. 7 p.m. STEW, Fowler Hall. URL:

-- Basic Mandarin Chinese course for adult beginners. Session 1 of 6 weekly sessions through Oct. 22. Organizer: Confucius Institute at Purdue. Basic topics and conversational skills. 7-9 p.m. Location TBA. Cost: $120 includes course materials. Advance registration needed; URL:

-- "Dawn or Doom" film festival. Day 3 of 4. "Jurassic Park" (1993, adventure/sci-fi, 127 min., rated PG-13). Organizers: ITaP and Purdue Convocations. 8 p.m. and 10:10 p.m. PMU, front lawn. Free. URL for film series:; URL for this film:

Thursday, Sept. 18

-- Reminder: No Farmers Market on campus today. It will return Sept. 25-Oct. 30.

-- "Dawn or Doom: The New Technology Explosion." One-day summit in the "If/Then: Decoding Our Future" series. Noon-6 p.m. Schedule on website. Organizers: Office of the Provost with Purdue Convocations. Presentations by 20 Purdue professors; see also listing below for keynote speaker. URL:

-- "Dawn or Doom" film festival. Day 4 of 4. Three films, all in a tent on the Agricultural Administration Building lawn. Organizers: ITaP and Purdue Convocations. (1) "Tron" (1982, adventure/sci-fi, 96 min., rated PG). 10 a.m. URL for this film:; (2) "Gattaca" (1997, drama/sci-fi, 106 min., rated PG-13). Noon. URL for this film:; (3) "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" (1964, comedy/war, 95 min., rated PG). 2 p.m. URL for film series:

-- "Dawn or Doom" keynote: James Barrat, author and documentary filmmaker. Part of the "Dawn or Doom: The New Technology Explosion" summit. Organizers: Office of the Provost with Purdue Convocations. Curated by Office of the System Chief Information Officer. 5 p.m. STEW, Fowler Hall. Admission free; no tickets. URL:

Friday, Sept. 19

-- Friday football/athletic spirit events. Highlights:
• Boilermaker Special free rides. Open to Purdue community. Typically 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Details of these and other events:

-- Cross country in Indiana Intercollegiates. Time TBA. Cross country course off McCormick Road south of Schwartz Tennis Center.

-- Volleyball (women's). Active Ankle Challenge. Day 1 of 2 days. Session one: 10 a.m.: Purdue vs. Saint Louis. Noon: Morehead State vs. Notre Dame. Session two: 5 p.m.: Notre Dame vs. Saint Louis. 7:30 p.m. Purdue vs. Morehead State. Holloway Gymnasium in Brees Center. Tickets: adult, $8-$12; youth/Purdue student, $5-$8; groups of 20 or more, $5 as available. Tickets are by two-game session.

Saturday, Sept. 20

-- Game Day spirit events. Highlights:
• Boilermaker Crossing. Activities for all ages. Free. 9-11:30 a.m.
• Purdue jazz bands pregame concert. Purdue Bands & Orchestras.
• 211° Session pep rally. (About ready to boil.) 9:49 a.m. Mackey Arena.
• "All-American" Marching Band. Purdue Bands & Orchestras. In 211° Session in Mackey; pre-game, halftime at stadium; and postgame march to Slayter Hill for concert.
Details of these and other events:

-- Football vs. Southern Illinois. Noon. Ross-Ade Stadium. Initial ticket prices: $5-$75 including legacy fee. Dynamic ticket pricing in place for single-game tickets; also numerous mini-plans and specials available; see

-- Volleyball (women's). Active Ankle Challenge. Day 2 of 2 days. 5 p.m.: Saint Louis vs. Morehead State. 8 p.m.: Purdue vs. Notre Dame. Mackey Arena. Tickets: lower bowl, $5; upper bowl, $2; Purdue students free. Also combo with football tickets, $6-$18. Tickets are by two-game session. URL:

-- "Amazing China" traditional dance and song performance. Organizer: Confucius Institute at Purdue. Troupe from North China Electric Power University on tour in honor of 10th anniversary of world Confucius Institute; to perform traditional music, Beijing opera, and folk dances. 7-9 p.m. STEW, Loeb Playhouse. Free. URL: and

Sunday, Sept. 21

-- "Economics in Art." Michael Watts, professor of economics and director of the Center for Economic Education. Organizer: WALLA (Wabash Area Lifetime Learning Association). 2 p.m. West Lafayette Public Library, 208 W. Columbia St.

-- Big Ten+ Graduate School Exposition. Day 1 of 2. Organizer: Graduate School. Opens at 1 p.m. STEW, PMU and Rawls Hall. URL:



-- "Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry." Through Oct. 10. Perspective on 1930s Dust Bowl; organized by American Library Association and others. Hicks Undergraduate Library. Open during Hicks open hours. Also lectures and film screenings; see,-programs-provide-historic-perspective-of-disastrous-dust-bowl.html

-- "Quest for Equality: Celebrating the Leadership, Advocacy and Commitment of Five Purdue Women." March 19-Sept. 30 (showing extended). Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center, fourth floor, HSSE Library, STEW. Hours during summer: 1-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The library also has online exhibits; go to

-- "Leah Yerpe: Constellations." Sept. 2-Oct. 11. Purdue University Galleries. Large-scale figure drawings in multiple poses, twisting, floating and falling. STEW, Robert L. Ringel Gallery. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday plus until 8 p.m. Thursday. URL:

-- "Jenny Morgan: Transcendental Supra-mental." Sept. 2-Oct. 11. Purdue University Galleries. Large-scale figurative paintings. Fountain Gallery, 330 Main St., Lafayette. Hours: Noon-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. URL:

-- Exhibitions in the Patti and Rusty Rueff Galleries, Pao Hall. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; until 7 on Thursdays. URL:
     * "The Dot and the Line: An Artist Book"; Melodie Carr. Sept. 2-18. Book art and braille. Carr is continuing lecturer in dance.



Events are free unless noted (except that conference registrations may be omitted here); some performance and athletic events are marked "free" for clarity. Ticket prices are for single events unless stated otherwise. For information about series, seasons, packages, discounts, groups, promotions at games, etc., see the URLs in the next two paragraphs.

For varsity athletics tickets, go online; or call the Athletic Ticket Office, 765-494-3194 or 800-49-SPORT [497-7678]; or visit the office in the Mackey Complex facing Northwestern Avenue. The office is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and before ticketed events at Mackey Arena, Ross-Ade Stadium, and Holloway Gymnasium in the Brees Center. For ticketed sports events at other Purdue venues, tickets will be on sale before the event at the venue. URL: URL for gameday promotions in association with varsity events:

For Purdue Convocations and Purdue Theatre events and some others as announced, go to a campus box office or call 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW [914-7469]. URLs: and Hours (during semester):

* Elliott Hall box office (lower level, northeast end by Hovde Hall): open two hours before ticketed events in that building.
* Loeb Playhouse box office (west lobby, Stewart Center): 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Also open two hours before ticketed events in that building.
* Pao Hall box office (first floor southeast): 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Also open two hours before ticketed events in that building.

URL for box offices and venues:

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