A partnership between the Purdue University Oncological Sciences Center and the College of Liberal Arts, Cancer Culture and Community explores the human response to cancer as expressed through the arts and literature.
Our program was inspired by a powerful exhibition hosted by the Lafayette Art Museum of paintings by the late Hollis Sigler, who had chronicled her battle with breast cancer. Lectures surrounding her exhibit demonstrated the powerful influence art and literature had on the experience of cancer, and in 2007, a group of faculty and staff members at Purdue created Cancer Culture and Community to continue this legacy.
Since then, we have hosted an annual colloquium featuring films, gallery exhibitions, poetry readings and lectures by nationally renowned authors, poets, filmmakers and other creative professionals. We also have invited the Greater Lafayette community to share their cancer experiences through poetry, essays and art and by participating in bone marrow registries.