January 27, 2020

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   

* Jan. 27-Feb. 1 – Lunar New Year celebrations

* Feb. 3 – MicroAffections

* Feb. 4 – American Strategy and National Security Decision Making

* Feb. 5 – “A Conversation with Ryan Russell”

* Feb. 10 – “An Introduction to Queer Game Studies: Panel Conversation with Leading Scholars”

* Feb. 18 – Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center Speaker Series: Dance Workshop: Performance and Stories for Social Change, featuring Yuri Doolan and Hetal Patel

* Feb. 18 – “How to be an Unhidden Figure in Science”

* Feb. 19 – Democracy, Civility and Freedom of Expression panel discussion: "Religion, Polarization, and the Public Space"

*  Feb. 21-23, 27-29, and March 1 – “Angels in America”

* March 1 – “Walk On – The Story of Rosa Parks”

* March 6 – Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center Speaker Series: “Addressing Dementia Health Disparities Among Older Asian Americans: A Doctor's Prescription”

* March 10 – Joint Performance by the Morehouse and Purdue glee clubs

* March 31 – Democracy, Civility and Freedom of Expression panel discussion: "The Role of the Media in Democracy Now"

* March 27 – Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center Speaker Series: “Decolonizing Hegemonic Narratives of Justice: Chasing After the Participatory Rights of Cambodian Diaspora in the U.N./Khmer Rouge Tribunal”

* April 6 – Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center Speaker Series: Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye spoken word performance

* April 25 – BCC Cultural Arts Festival

* April 28 – Lavender Graduation

 

Lunar New Year celebrations

27-Feb. 1. Various hours Monday-Friday at the Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center at Purdue University, 915 Fifth St., West Lafayette. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 at France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center (Feature Gym). The Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center will have activities from 1-4 p.m. daily Monday through Friday to celebrate the Lunar New Year. On Feb. 1, the AAARCC will have a celebration at the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center (Feature Gym) which will include organizations' activity booths, Chinese Performing Arts Troupe, lion dance, taekwondo, BACI Indianapolis Cultural Performance, Okinawa Yuyukai and refreshments. More info here.

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

 

MicroAffections

Feb. 3-26. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Purdue University Black Cultural Center, 1100 Third St., West Lafayette. Microaggressions are statements or actions regarded as subtle yet incidental against marginalized groups generally based on race, ethnicity or gender. Acting as an intervention against microaggressions and a tool to encourage genuine connection with one another, this work fills the space with counternarratives to common microaggressions.

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

 

American Strategy and National Security Decision Making

Feb. 4, 2 p.m., Honors College and Residences North, Room 1066. On behalf of its director, Dr. Sorin Matei, the College of Liberal Arts’ FORCES Initiative announces the inaugural event of its Guest Speakers Series. In peace and war, Richard Samuels, colonel U.S. Air Force (retired), commanded at the senior-officer level and logged more than 3,600 flying hours. He currently chairs the Grand Strategy Seminar at the USAF Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama. His remarks will center on his Joint Staff experiences as Department of Defense liaison to the National Security Council. Representing the Pentagon during the George W. Bush administration, he had almost daily interactions with the White House staff. More information is available at https://www.cla.purdue.edu/research/forces-initiative/speaker-series.html.

CONTACT: Joe Paul, Purdue News Service, 765-494-9541, paul102@purdue.edu

 

“A Conversation with Ryan Russell”

Feb. 5, 6 p.m., Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall, free. Russell is a football player who has played in the NFL, a published poet, writer, artist and Purdue alum. He came out to the world as the first active NFL player to identify as bisexual.

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

 

“An Introduction to Queer Game Studies: Panel Conversation with Leading Scholars”

* Feb. 10, 6 p.m., Krannert Building’s Krannert Auditorium (Room 140), free. This event will expand on the concept of queer game studies, identity development, and social justice through video games, board games and role-playing games. Samantha Blackmon of the College of Liberal Arts will be joined by Kishonna Gray, a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Adrienne Shaw, an associate professor in the Department of Media Studies and Production at Temple University in Philadelphia.

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

 

Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center Speaker Series: Dance Workshop: Performance and Stories for Social Change, featuring Yuri Doolan and Hetal Patel

Feb. 18, 6 p.m., Purdue University Black Cultural Center, 1100 Third St., West Lafayette. Yuri Doolan, an assistant professor in the History Department and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Brandeis University and a former member of a competitive Bollywood dance team, will lead a workshop on how to use dances to tell stories for social change. Doolan also will present at the Asian American Studies Program Spring 2020 Colloquium at 11 a.m. on Feb. 19.

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

 

“How to be an Unhidden Figure in Science”

Feb. 18, 7 p.m., Stewart Center Room 278. Talitha Washington is a program officer at the National Science Foundation and tenured associate professor of mathematics at Howard University. She was featured by NSF as a Woman History Maker and is the recipient of the STEM Innovator Award and African Scientific Institute fellow. Washington will speak about how to be unhidden, a referenced to the movie “Hidden Figures.”

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

 

Democracy, Civility and Freedom of Expression panel discussion: "Religion, Polarization, and the Public Space"

Feb. 19, 6-8 p.m., Stewart Center’s Loeb Playhouse. This panel will discuss the role of religion in the pursuit of democracy, civility and the freedom of expression and the challenges posed by increasing polarization in public discourse as it relates to religious identity and expression. A religiously diverse panel of well-known leaders will explore this topic and others via conversation and contemplation. Panelists include Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and president of the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute; Sarah Hurwitz, who served as a speechwriter to former first lady Michelle Obama and recently wrote “Here All Along: A Reintroduction to Judaism” about her rediscovery of Judaism; Ron Reagan, former radio host and commentator, who identifies an atheist, and son of the late President Ronald Reagan; Reza Aslan, an Iranian-American scholar of religious studies, writer and television host; and Amy Goodman, a host and executive producer of “Democracy Now!,” who will serve as the moderator.

This event is free, but general admission tickets will be required and will be available from the Purdue box offices at a later date.

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

 

 “Angels in America”

Feb. 21-23, 27-29, and March 1. Various times, Nancy T. Hansen Theatre at Yue-Kong Pao Hall. Tickets are required and can be purchased online. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, this epic drama traces the intertwined lives of Prior, diagnosed with AIDS; his lover, Louis, who cannot cope with his illness; Joe, a closeted gay Mormon who works for the gay and homophobic power broker Roy Cohn; Harper, an agoraphobic addict married to Joe; Belize, a former drag queen and Prior’s nurse; Hannah, Joe’s mother from Salt Lake City; and the Angel, who appears to Prior announcing that “The Great Work” is about to begin. Tony Kushner weaves political, intellectual and spiritual themes to generate a powerful play that changed the world when it was first produced, with profound resonance today.

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

 

“Walk On – The Story of Rosa Parks”

March 1, 3 p.m., Stewart Center’s Loeb Playhouse. Through music and drama, the production recounts Parks’ life while dispelling reductive myths about her protest to paint a complex, comprehensive portrait of her civil rights leadership.

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

 

Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center Speaker Series: “Addressing Dementia Health Disparities Among Older Asian Americans: A Doctor's Prescription”

* March 6, 11 a.m., Wilmeth Active Learning Center, Room B091. This talk will be by Benjamin Woo, M.D., who is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the Geffen School of Medicine and holds a joint appointment as associate professor in the Asian American Studies Department at UCLA. He has published many articles addressing mental health care disparities among Chinese Americans in the fields of emergency psychiatry and geriatric mental health.

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

 

Joint Performance by the Morehouse and Purdue glee clubs

March 10, 7:30-9 p.m. in Stewart Center’s Loeb Playhouse. This event is free, but general admission tickets will be required and will be available from the Purdue box offices at a later date.

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

 

Democracy, Civility and Freedom of Expression panel discussion: "The Role of the Media in Democracy Now"

March 31, 6-8 p.m. in Stewart Center’s Loeb Playhouse. Media professionals from multiple news agencies will convene for a timely and insightful conversation about the ever-changing landscape of the role of media in our democracy. Panelists include Mara Liasson, national political correspondent for National Public Radio; Juan Williams, political analyst with Fox News and award-winning columnist and author; and Soledad O’Brien, broadcast journalist and executive producer. This event is free, but general admission tickets will be required and will be available from the Purdue box offices at a later date.

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

 

Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center Speaker Series: “Decolonizing Hegemonic Narratives of Justice: Chasing After the Participatory Rights of Cambodian Diaspora in the U.N./Khmer Rouge Tribunal”

* March 27, noon, Lawson Computer Science Building, Room 1142. This presentation by Leakhena Nou will also include a screening and discussion of “Daze of Justice.” Nou is a medical sociologist and professor of sociology at California State University, Long Beach. Nou’s primary research interests are the epidemiology of social stress and health/illness, political sociology, sociology of women, and human rights/humanitarian/transitional/international justice, particularly issues of health and mental health and the long-term impacts of stress and trauma among Cambodian adult refugees and the post-Khmer Rouge generation.

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

 

Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center Speaker Series: Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye spoken word performance

* April 6, 6 p.m., Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall. Armed with only a microphone, award-winning Project VOICE performers Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye are champions of vulnerability, cheerleaders for the unexpected, and ruthless flashlights for all your heart’s nooks and crannies. Kay and Kaye will be giving a limited spoken word workshop for 25 students on April 7.

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

 

BCC Cultural Arts Festival

April 25, 7 p.m., Stewart Center’s Loeb Playhouse. This production by the Black Cultural Center’s performing arts ensembles celebrate the African and Puerto Rico cultural traditions.

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

 

Lavender Graduation

April 28, 7 p.m., Purdue Memorial Union North Ballroom, free. This is a ceremony for LGBTQ and ally students (those who support LGBTQ students) to celebrate the graduating students and share history and progress on campus. Graduates are welcome to invite their friends, family and people who have been influential while at Purdue.

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

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