Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations is among the oldest collegiate performing arts presenters in the United States. With an artistic eye and entrepreneurial flair, Convocations brings a diverse array of world-class performances and intellectual encounters—including collaborations with an ever-widening circle of partners—fulfilling our mission by connecting them to our academic, local, and regional audiences through engaging educational opportunities.
Purdue Convocations catalyzes the curriculum, energizes the community, and distinguishes Purdue through powerful performances, illuminating discourse, and extraordinary learning encounters.
Purdue University has a rich history of bringing concerts, lectures and performances to campus. In 1902 the “Lecture and Concert Course” was first offered, creating the earliest evidence of what is now Purdue Convocations. Over the years and decades the names and formats have changed, but one thing has remained constant: the desire to expand the Purdue experience beyond the classroom.
Purdue Convocations has a staff versed in programming, marketing, production, education, development, and business.
These stellar individuals are devoted arts advocates, stewards of Friends of Convocations financial resources, and advisors to Convos in all areas of work. The 2020-21 board includes Stephanie Farlow (president), Vince Sitterding (vice president), Bruce Craig, Natasha Duncan, Sherri Guido, Patrick Harper, Pam Hermes, Lorraine Kisselburgh, PhD, Maureen McCann, PhD, Mike Moya, Dawn Ogas, Sandra Sydnor, Tammy Loew, Jason Ware, Sujatha Ramani, Johanna Downey and Tara Mason.