The Oncological Sciences Center in Discovery Park in partnership with the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University created the Cancer Culture and Community (CCC) Program in 2007 to explore the human response to cancer as expressed through the arts and literature. This is a truly unique program blending the sciences and the arts. The genesis of the CCC program was inspired by the powerful exhibition hosted by the Lafayette Art Museum of paintings by Hollis Sigler, which chronicled her battle and ultimate death from breast cancer. Lectures surrounding this exhibit demonstrated the powerful influence art and literature can have on how one deals with cancer. The Cancer Culture and Community program features an annual Colloquium held in November focused on the human response to cancer as expressed through literature. The Colloquium features nationally renowned writers and provides a venue for interactions with Purdue students and faculty as well as members of the Greater Lafayette Community.