March 18, 2019

Reporter's calendar: Purdue events for journalists

JOURNALISTS: Here is a list of upcoming Purdue events that reporters may want to consider covering.

PURDUE EVENTS

* March 20 – What IF psychedelics could heal? Best-selling author Michael Pollan to speak

* March 21 – Historian Neil Maher to discuss connections between the space race and political movements of the 1960s

* March 25 – ‘Shark Tank’s’ Daymond John will speak at Purdue

* March 26 – Celebrated economists, including Nobel Laureate, to speak at Purdue to explore ‘deaths of despair’

* March 27 - LGBTQ Center and Latino Cultural Center to host ‘Prieto: A One-Man Show with Yosimar Reyes’

* April 5 – What IF Machines Thought like Humans? ‘Father of the Internet’ takes a look

* April 11 – LGBTQ Center hosting ‘An Evening with Josie Totah’

 

What IF psychedelics could heal? Best-selling author Michael Pollan to speak

March 20. 6 p.m. Stewart Center’s Loeb Playhouse. Six-time New York Times best-selling author Michael Pollan will present “What If Psychedelics Could Heal?” in a Q&A session led by Rhonda Phillips, interim dean of Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies. Pollan is author of the recent “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence,” as well as other books, including “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.” The event is a part of Purdue University’s Ideas Festival, the centerpiece of Purdue’s Giant Leaps Sesquicentennial Campaign, which is a series of events that connect world-renowned speakers and Purdue expertise in a conversation on the most critical problems facing the world. Related news release.

CONTACT: Amy Patterson Neubert, Purdue News Service, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

 

Historian Neil Maher to discuss connections between the space race and political movements of the 1960s

March 21, 7 p.m., Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, Room 1010. The Department of History’s annual John F. Stover Lecture will feature Neil Maher, professor of history in the Federated History Department at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University at Newark, who will discuss themes he addressed in his 2017 book, “Apollo in the Age of Aquarius.” The book explores the connections between the space race and the grassroots political movements of the 1960s that involved issues like civil rights, the Vietnam War, the environment, feminism, counter-culture, and conservatism. Maher’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is one of many Giant Leaps Series events celebrating Purdue’s Sesquicentennial, 150 Years of Giant Leaps. Related news release.

CONTACT: Joseph Paul, 765-494-9541, paul102@purdue.edu

 

‘Shark Tank’s’ Daymond John will speak at Purdue

March 25. 5:30 p.m. at Stewart Center’s Loeb Playhouse. This Giant Leaps Series event, “Moderated Conversation with Daymond John,” is a ticketed event. No audio or video recordings allowed. Related news release.

CONTACT: Amy Patterson Neubert, Purdue News Service, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

 

Celebrated economists, including Nobel Laureate, to speak at Purdue to explore ‘deaths of despair’

March 26. 6:30 p.m. in Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall. Purdue will host husband-and-wife team Sir Angus Deaton and Anne Case, both renowned economists, when they will present their lecture, “Inequality, deaths of despair, and the future of capitalism.” Case and Deaton’s lecture will take a close look at “deaths of despair,” which refer to deaths from suicide, drug overdoses and alcoholic liver disease. The couple will investigate potential explanations as to why these types of deaths are currently on the rise, especially among white, working-class Americans without college degrees. The lecture will explore the links between these deaths and economic inequality. This Giant Leaps Series event is one of many celebrating Purdue’s Sesquicentennial, 150 Years of Giant Leaps.

CONTACT: Amy Patterson Neubert, Purdue News Service, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

 

LGBTQ Center and Latino Cultural Center to host ‘Prieto: A One-Man Show with Yosimar Reyes’

March 27. 6 p.m. in Krannert Auditorium (Room 140), Krannert Building, 403 W. State St. Yosimar Reyes will present “Prieto: A One-Man Show with Yosimar Reyes.” The production is an autobiographical one-man show that follows Reyes’ journey growing up queer, poor and undocumented in the streets of San Jose’s eastside. This event is sponsored by the LGBTQ Center and the Latino Cultural Center.

Reyes was named one of “13 LGBT Latinos Changing the World” by The Advocate, and Remezcla included Reyes on its list of “10 Up and Coming Latinx Poets You Need to Know.” His first collection of poetry, “For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly,” was self-published after a collaboration with musician Carlos Santana. His work has also been published in various online journals and books including “Mariposas: An Anthology of Queer Modern Latino Poetry,” “Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out,” and the forthcoming “Joto: An Anthology of Queer Xicano & Chicano Poetry.” He is a LAMBDA Literary Fellow as well as the recipient of the Undocupoets Fellowship. Reyes previously served as artist-in-residence at Define American, a media and culture organization.

CONTACT: Matthew Oates, Purdue News Service, 765-496-2571, oatesw@purdue.edu

 

What IF Machines Thought like Humans? ‘Father of the Internet’ takes a look

April 5. 1 p.m. Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall. Vint Cerf, Google Chief Internet Evangelist, who is widely known as a “Father of the Internet,” will take a “non-expert” look at artificial intelligence and this emerging idea from all angles when he visits Purdue. “What IF Machines Thought like Humans” is sponsored by the College of Engineering. The notion that machines might someday be able to engage with humans in the same capacity that we engage with each other is still an idea of the future, but Cerf will offer insight into the current state of machine learning. He will also address some of the inevitable limits of machine learning, such as the significant difficulty of making these machines’ functionality on par with human cognitive capacity. The event is a part of Purdue’s Ideas Festival, the centerpiece of Purdue’s Giant Leaps Sesquicentennial Campaign.

CONTACT: Amy Patterson Neubert, Purdue News Service, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

 

LGBTQ Center hosting ‘An Evening with Josie Totah’

April 11. 6:30 p.m. in Purdue Memorial Union’s East and West Faculty Lounges. Josie Totah is an actress known for her recurring role on the Disney Channel series “Jessie” and her starring role on the 2013 ABC comedy series “Back in the Game.” Totah received critical praise for her role as Justin in the 2016 film “Other People.” In 2018, she starred in the short-lived NBC comedy “Champions.” Totah will share insight about her experiences as a child actress, her adjustment to college, and coming out as transgender in an Aug. 20, 2018 Time article, “My Name is Josie Totah –  And I'm Ready to Be Free.”

CONTACT: Matthew Oates, Purdue News Service, 765-494-9723, oatesw@purdue.edu

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