History of Events

2014

THE 2014 CANCER CULTURE AND COMMUNITY COLLOQUIUM

Confronting Our Environmental Health Risks: A TEDxPurdueU Satellite Event

Monday, November 3, 2014, 7 p.m., Fowler Hall, Stewart Center

Featuring TED-styled presentations by members of Discovery Park’s Center for the Environment and a representative from Wabash River Enhancement Group along with videos from students. Speakers and their topics are:

Presentation by Dan Fagin, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Fowler Hall, Stewart Center

Dan Fagin

The true story of a New Jersey town ravaged by industrial pollution, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation merges solid reporting with a gripping narrative about childhood cancer clusters in a sleepy seaside village. Now, Dan Fagin’s book and its broader messages about environmental quality and a community’s response to cancer will be the focus of the 2014 Cancer Culture and Community colloquium.

Tom's River

A science journalism professor at New York University, Dan Fagin is a journalist who writes frequently about environmental science. Before joining the NYU faculty in 2005, he was the environmental writer at Newsday for 15 years, during which time he was twice a principal member of reporting teams that were Pulitzer finalists. The winner of the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism 2014, Fagin has also won both of the best-known science journalism prizes in the United States: the Science Journalism Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Science in Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers. His recent publications include The New York Times, Scientific American, Nature and Slate, and he is a former president of the 1,400-member Society of Environmental Journalists.

Photo Album from the Event

Special 2014 partner: Discovery Park’s Center for the Environment

Other sponsors and partners: Oncological Sciences Center; College of Liberal Arts; Department of English; Office of Public Affairs; Purdue Center for Cancer Research; Office of the Provost; Discovery Lecture Series; Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts; TEDxPurdueU; Humanities, Social Sciences and Education Library; Hicks Undergraduate Library; and West Lafayette Public Library

2013

Awesome Baby!

Awesome Baby!

Boilermakers pay tribute to Dick Vitale, one of our featured presenters at the 2013 Cancer Culture and Community colloquium, in this “Awesome, Baby!” video.

LAUGH, THINK AND CRY: THE LEGACY OF JIMMY V’S LAST SPEECH

Laugh Think and Cry

THE 2013 CANCER CULTURE AND COMMUNITY COLLOQUIUM
November 7, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Fowler Hall, Stewart Center, Purdue University
Featuring:

In 1993, less than two months before he succumbed to cancer, award-winning college basketball coach Jimmy Valvano inspired millions with his speech at the ESPY Awards, urging people to live life to the fullest.

Now, 20 years later, we’ll explore the legacy of that message with two of the people closest to him: Nick Valvano, his brother; and Dick Vitale, who escorted Jimmy to the stage that night. What did Jimmy’s message mean to the world of sports? To people with cancer? To the V Foundation, which since its creation has donated millions to cancer research in hopes of a cure?

Click here to listen to an interview of Nick Valvano.

OUR BEAUTY: The Transcendent Journey

This is a video documenting the CCC exhibition (briefly) and the performance given by Rebecca Bryant’s class on October 25th in Rueff West Gallery.

Click here to see the video

The Unintended Consequences of PINK - Reorienting the Cause

April 11, 7 p.m., Forney G-140: Screening of the documentary Pink Ribbons, Inc., based on the book by Samantha King.

April 15, 7 p.m., Krannert Auditorium: Panel discussion on breast cancer culture and its effects on individuals and society.

The goal of these events is to foster open discussion and raise awareness of the system-wide factors that impact breast cancer as the experience of an individual, a society and a health epidemic. Audience members are invited to participate.

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Resources

Breast Cancer Consortium - Interview with Samantha King

2012

CREATING HOPE...WITH THE LOOK GOOD-FEEL GOOD COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR AND VARIETY SHOW
Sunday, October 28, Jefferson High School
Health Fair, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Entertainment, 5-8 p.m. (with more than $5,000 in door prizes)

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SCREENING OF THE MOVIE 50/50
Thursday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (double feature), Fowler Hall

OFFERING RED
Thursday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m., Wells Center
A poem written by Donald Platt (multi-media performance combining poetry, live music, video and movement based on the paintings of Mary Hambleton)

"HOW DO YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT?"
EXHIBITION OF ARTWORK INSPIRED BY 50/50
October 29-November 9
Reception: Thursday, November 8, 5-7 p.m., PAO Hall, Rueff East Gallery
Movement experiment by VPA Division of Dance and Contact Improvisation in Gallery at 6:15 p.m.

“AN EVENING WITH WILL REISER” (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)
Thursday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m., Fowler Hall

"Whispers"
Written by Ian Sturges Milliken and performed by Lafayette Symphony Orchestra

“BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER: DRAMEDY WORKSHOP” WITH WILL REISER
Friday, November 9 at 10:30 a.m., Krannert Auditorium

Partners: Oncological Science Center, College of Liberal Arts, Department of English, Office of Engagement, Office of the Provost, Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts, Purdue Center for Cancer Research, Purdue Student Union Board, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Discovery Lecture Series, WBAA Radio, Dennis Gerhardt, Michael Shelton and Tippecanoe Arts Federation, Lafayette Symphony Orchestra

2011

Seun Adebiyi Noah HuttonFeatured Artist:
Noah Hutton, filmmaker, and Seun Adebiyi, featured athlete, More to Live For

Events:
Presentation by Noah Hutton and Seun Adebiyi, with opening performance by the Purdue Jazz Band
VPA exhibition of More to Live For-inspired works
12 Hour Draw-a-Thon, creation of mural in response to More to Live For, A&D graduate students, Rueff Gallery west.
Workshop with Noah Hutton and filmmaking students

Creating Hope:
Jazz sampler and bone marrow registry in partnership with DKMS; Purdue campus bone marrow registry with more than 1,000 participants

2010

Our cancer yearFeatured Artists:
Joyce Brabner, co-author, and Frank Stack, illustrator, Our Cancer Year

Events:
Presentation by Joyce Brabner and Frank Stack
Comic Book Creating, Jeffrey Brown, Tippecanoe County Public Library
Exhibition of illustrations from Our Cancer Year
Screening of the film American Splendor, based on Harvey Pekar’s graphic novels, Stewart Center Gallery
Joyce Brabner and Frank Stack, "Exploring the Collaborative Process" , Workshop, Pao Hall
The original art work, for the graphic novels, was on display at the Lala Gallery from March 18 until April 19, recieving 425 visitors to view them during that period of time. This project is featured as part of a panel discuss at the Comics & Medicine: The squential Art of illness at Northwestern, Feinberg School of Medicine in June 2011, Craig Martin from the CCC committee represented this project.
Illness at Northwestern, Feinberg School of Medicine

Creating Hope:
Lafayette, Our Cancer Year, a graphic novel created with community members’ cancer stories and illustrations by artists

2010 Mini Event


Featured Artist:
Rebecca Skloot, author, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Events:
Reading and discussion with Rebecca Skloot

Read More:
'Henrietta Lacks': A Donor's Immortal Legacy'

2009

Featured Artist:
Donald Hall, 14th Poet Laureate of the United States

Events:
Reading by Donald Hall, with opening Dance Peformance Inspired by His Writings
VPA Student Exhibition inspired by the works of Donald Hall, Pao Hall
Exhibition : Hard Rain: The late Works of Mary Hambleton, Stewart Center Gallery,
Lecture by Ken Buehler on the work of Mary Hambleton, Stewart Center

Creating Hope:
Exhibition of cancer inspired artwork by local high school students and other community members, featuring Klondike School art teacher Lisa Ariano, with proceeds donated to a cancer research fund

2008

Featured Artist:
Margaret Edson, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright of Wit

Events:
Selected scenes from Wit discussed with Margaret Edson and performed by Purdue Theatre

Creating Hope:
Special screening of the movie version of Wit, Long Center

2007

Featured Artist:
Terry Tempest Williams, author, Refuge, An Unnatural History of Time and Place

Other Artists:
Sue Ellen Thompson, poet, The Golden Hour; Sandi Wisenberg, author, The Sweetheart Is In

Events:
The Power of Story: Finding Refuge in Change, Terry Tempest Williams
The Poetry of Cancer, Sue Ellen Thompson

Creating Hope:
Capture Your Stories, Sandi Wisenberg