20 aƱos de fotos y recuerdos

In the Spring of 2003, the Purdue University Latino Cultural Center opened its doors. This year we are commeorating the event with 20 años de fotos y recuerdos, and taking this opportunity to look back at the contributions of the Latino, Latina, and Latinx communities at Purdue. We are collaborating with campus partners on exciting projects and programming to commemorate 20 years of the Latino Cultural Center.

March Events

Yours/Ours: El palimpsesto colonizado deshecho (The Colonial Palimpsest Undone) - Carlos Castro Arias

March 27-May 6 |10AM-7PM, Monday-Saturday|Robert L. Ringel Gallery, Stewart Center

March 30 | 5:30PM | Reception featuring Carlos Castro Arias | Ringel Gallery, Stewart Center

Colombian artist Carlos Castro’s work invites conversation about reframing constructed narratives in public spaces. Castro’s interdisciplinary work creates new meanings and recontextualizes monuments to better understand suppressed histories.  Carlos Castro is an Associate Professor of Painting and Printmaking at San Diego State University, and his solo exhibition celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Latino Cultural Center.

Carlos Castro will visit campus on March 20th for an event; more information to come. 


 Co-Sponsored with Purdue University Galleries


Día de la Familia

Saturday, April 1st, 2023 | 1:00 PM-4:00 PM | Latino Cultural Center

On April 11th, 2003, the Latino Cultural Center opened its doors at Purdue University. Since then, every year, we recognize our history and communities with a celebration that gathers our familias and makes us reflect on our accomplishments and look toward the future. 

Join us to celebrate our 20th anniversary at this year's Dia de la Familia. Live performances, family-friendly activities, food and much more.  

Siempre Selena: Preserving a Latinx Icon

Monday, April 10th | 6:00 PM-7:00 PM | Krannert Auditorium

403 W State St, West Lafayette, IN 47907

Co-Sponsored with the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, the Honors College and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Center 

Though she's been gone for over a quarter of a century, Selena seems more popular than ever. The subject of podcasts and a Netflix series, Selena remains an enduring icon of Latinx admiration and aspiration. This talk explores why Selena is experiencing such a remarkable revival event in recent years and questions if she has ever really ben that far from our thoughts or our playlists. 

Deborah is the author of the award-winning critical study, Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory (Duke 2009) and of the poetry collections, This Side of Skin (Wings Press 2002) and Year of the Dog (BOA 2020). She has published widely on topics including Black and Latinx performance, poetry of war and witness, feminist elegy, and the role of divas in American culture. Her poetry, essays, and commentary have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, National Public Radio, Boston Review, The Georgia Review, Feminist Studies, and elsewhere.

Deborah is a Co-Founder and for a decade (2009-2019) served as Co-Director of CantoMundo, a national organization for Latinx poets. She is a founding member of the Poetry Coalition and currently serves as a board member of CLMP: Community of Literary Magazines and Presses and LitNet: The Literary Network.

Genessa and the Selena Experience Concert

Friday, April 14th | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM | Long Center for the Performing Arts

Co-sponsored with the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Department of English, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Transgender and Queer Center, Mama Inés, La Tapatía, and Malena's Hair Designs 
Upon the 20th anniversary of Selena's passing in 2015, the formation of this incredible class of musicians came to be. Right out of New York, NY, a locale known amongst musicians as the "mecca" for professional cover bands, "Genessa & The Selena Experience" was created! Their musical history spans decades and genres but with lead vocalist, Genessa Escobar, she has taken her childhood dreams and memories of Selena and made them come alive on-stage.  Recently "Genessa & The Selena Experience" has appeared on National Television for TELEMUNDO "Un Nuevo Dia,"  local television networks such as; TELEMUNDO NY "Acesso Total," and News 12.  This isn't just a live show, it's an "EXPERIENCE!"  With the huge popularity of Selena's last "Live" album, this band has expanded upon that concert and fine tuned an attention-grabbing, memorable, live show that resurrects the legend of Selena and puts the audience face to face with the music and her spirit. 
Keeping the memory alive; the concert continues...