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.

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Purdue Convocations has a diverse staff versed in programming, marketing, production, education, development, and business.

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Friends Advisory Board

These stellar individuals are devoted arts advocates, stewards of Friends of Convocations financial resources, and advisors to Convos in all areas of work.

Friends Advisory Board 15-16

Beverly Shaw* – President, Dawn Walker* – Vice President, Cadi Bien*, Barrett S. Caldwell*, Nick Carpita, Kristen Edmundson*, Stephanie Farlow*, Alison Greene, Jon Harbor*, Abby Johnson, Jim Leslie*, Steve Lincoln*, Amy Long, Pam Luenz*, Stacey Mickelbart, Tom Parent, Paige Pope*, Jamie Reed, Jason Snapp*
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Presidential Lectures

Launched in 2014, the Presidential Lecture Series is a diverse series of lectures that will examine policy, leadership, culture, and society.

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