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 diverse 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 2019-20 board includes Stephanie Farlow (president), Vince Sitterding (vice president), Kate Bagosy (CVN), Cadi Bien, Bruce Craig, Sue Doke, Natasha Duncan, Kristen Edmundson, Sherri Guido, Patrick Harper, Pam Hermes, Emily Jerome (SCC), Lorraine Kisselburgh, Maureen McCann, Stacey Mickelbart, Michael Moya, Dawn Ogas, Steve Schlenk, and Sandra Sydnor.