January 31, 2018

Purdue AAARCC releases February event schedule

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center has announced the first events of its 2018 spring schedule. The events are meant to allow people from all backgrounds to learn about multiple aspects of the Asian and Asian-American experience, says Xavier Hernandez, director of the AAARCC.

“We are very excited to present a variety of events throughout February and the entire spring semester that capture the social and cultural diversity of Asian and Asian-American communities,” he said. “The overwhelming support from the Purdue community as volunteers and co-sponsors for these events has been unprecedented in our young history on this campus.”

The AAARCC will host a free lunch workshop series consisting of cultural events facilitated by student organizations from noon-1 p.m. each Thursday through April 12. During the month of February, hosting organizations include the Israel Council at Purdue, alpha Kappa Delta Phi, and the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Club. The workshops will be held at the AAARCC, 915 Fifth St.

Other scheduled events, which are free and open to the public, include:

In Pursuit of Brown Women: Creating Our Tribe will be presented on Feb. 7. Piyali Bhattacharya, writer-in-residence at Vanderbilt University and editor of the Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian Women on Obedience and Rebellion anthology, will discuss the process of gathering South Asian women narratives for the book and the importance of writing within resistance and community organizing. This event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Krannert Building, Krannert Auditorium (Room 140) and is co-sponsored by the Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs.

Also on Feb. 7, Bhattacharya will deliver a talk titled “Writing the Political in Personal Essay” as part of the OIGP’s Social Justice Series. The talk will begin at 11:30 a.m. in Room B-64 of Young Hall.

On Feb. 16, the Lunar New Year Celebration will take place. Attendees can ring in the Year of the Earth Dog with an evening of cultural performances, crafts, exhibits, and food. This event is co-sponsored by Purdue Student Government and the Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment, and Research, and will take place from 6-9 p.m. in the Feature Gym at the France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center.  

Musician and activist Simon Tam will give a keynote lecture on Feb. 20, discussing his recent U.S. Supreme Court case, Matal v. Tam, which centered on Tam’s dispute with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark the name of his all-Asian-American band, “The Slants.” This lecture will address larger issues of free speech, reappropriation, and the U.S. legal system. This event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Class of 1950 Lecture Hall. It is co-sponsored by the Brian Lamb School of Communication and the Department of Political Science.

Events will continue to be added to the spring calendar. Check the AAARCC website for details, times and locations. 

About the Purdue Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center: Since opening its doors in April 2015, the AAARCC has welcomed all and sought to be a source of education, integration, and support for the ever-changing needs of the campus community.  The center it is committed to preserving, advancing, and connecting the rich diversity at Purdue to offer an exciting global experience for all. 

Writer: Tim Doty, 765-496-2571, doty2@purdue.edu

Source: Xavier Hernandez, 765-496-0464, xhernand@purdue.edu

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