March 23, 2007


EDITORS: This calendar lists events on Purdue's West Lafayette campus or involving people or programs off campus during the next four weeks. Events are free, except where noted, and are open to news media coverage. New or updated listings are designated by two asterisks (**).

Events in this calendar, plus many others, are listed in Purdue's online calendar at


-- March 24. 4-6 p.m. Purdue Cancer Benefit. Columbus Club, 121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis. Sponsored by Purdue Musical Organizations and the Purdue Cancer Center, the fourth annual fundraiser will include a reception, a performance by the Purduettes, desserts, speakers, a cash bar and giveaways. Cocktail attire is appropriate. A tax-deductible gift of $30 for the general public and $15 for students is requested. Proceeds will benefit an endowed scholarship that will alternate between a PMO student and a student doing research at the Purdue Cancer Center. To make reservations, call (765) 494-3941.

-- March 25 to April 14. Purdue International Festival. Various locations on and around campus. The festival is an opportunity for university students, faculty and staff to acknowledge, explore and celebrate the many cultures that are represented by nearly 5,000 international students and 700 visiting scholars from 127 countries who work or study at Purdue. A listing of events is available at

-- March 26. 5:30-7 p.m. Opening reception for silent art auction benefiting the Wade Steffey memorial fund. Waldron Art Center, Fountain Square Mall, Bloomington. More than 90 pieces of artwork have been donated by Lafayette, Bloomington and surrounding area artists for the auction. All proceeds will be donated to the Wade Steffey memorial fund. At the reception, food will be available and local musicians O2R will perform. For information, contact event organizer Jennifer Bailey, (812) 336-6296,



-- March 29. 7:30 p.m. Ethos Percussion Group. Loeb Playhouse. For more than 15 years, Ethos Percussion has presented a diverse world of percussion music to audiences. Presented by Purdue Convocations. Tickets are $26 for the general public, $16 for students and are available by calling (765) 494-3933 or (800) 914-SHOW.

** -- March 30. 8 p.m. Purdue's Super Jazz Jam. Loeb Playhouse. The Purdue Jazz Band, Lab Jazz Band, Concert Jazz Band and the American Music Repertory Ensemble will perform.

-- April 1. 3 p.m. Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse. The Black Voices of Inspiration will perform their spring concert. The director is Twana Harris. The ensemble's repertoire includes traditional spirituals, gospel and jazz music by African-American composers. Admission is $5 for students and $7 for the general public. For information, call the Black Cultural Center at (765) 494-3092.

** -- April 11. 8 p.m. Laugh Out Loud Comedy Show. Loeb Playhouse. Roy Wood Jr. and Josh Sneed will perform. Sponsored by the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and the Student Concert Committee as part of Greek Week Activities. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling (765) 494-3933 or (800) 914-SHOW, visiting a campus box office or Ticketmaster.

-- April 19. 7:30 p.m. Diavolo. Loeb Playhouse. Diavolo's approach to dance examines the ways individuals interact with their environment. Doors, chairs and stairways provide backdrop for their dramatic movements. Presented by Purdue Convocations. Tickets are $26 for the general public, $18 for students and are available by calling (765) 494-3933 or (800) 914-SHOW.

-- April 21. 7 p.m. Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse. The Jahari Dance Troupe presents their Spring Revue. The troupe performs a repertoire choreographed by K. Iega Jeff that includes African, ballet, folk, jazz, tap and modern dance. Admission is $5 for students and $7 for the public. For information, call the Black Cultural Center at (765) 494-3092.



-- Through April 22. Ekphrasis: Writing on the Collection. Robert L. Ringel Gallery, Purdue Memorial Union. Ekphrasis is a term to denote poetry or poetic writing concerning itself with the visual arts, artistic objects and/or highly visual scenes. Visitors can express themselves through writing about the artworks on display. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and from 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

-- Through April 22. Discontinuum: Photographs by Jane Calvin. Stewart Center Gallery. Her images are created by montaging projected imagery and found objects into room-sized assemblages, which she then photographs in color. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and from 1-5 p.m. Sunday.



** -- March 28. 1 p.m. Top NASA administrator to speak at Purdue about history, future of aerospace engineering. Stewart Center Fowler Hall. Michael Griffin, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 11th administrator for NASA in 2005, will present "System engineering and the two cultures of engineering." He will focus his talk on the development of aerospace during the past century. The event is free and open to the public. For information, contact Cynthia Sequin, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-4192,

** -- April 10. 3 p.m. Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. Emily Stover DeRocco, assistant secretary of the Employment and Training Administration in the U.S. Department of Labor, will give the keynote address for the College of Technology's Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series. The title of her talk is "Maintaining America's Competitiveness in the 21st Century Global Economy: WIRED (Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development)." There will be a brief question-and-answer session after her speech. Her talk is part of Purdue's inaugural Technology Week.

-- April 16. 3:30-5 p.m. Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse. Discovery Park, in collaboration with Lilly Endowment, Honeywell Corp. and Nobel Media AB, is holding a Discovery Lecture Series event with keynote speaker John L. Hall, who shared the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2005. His talk is titled "Making a Big Deal out of the Small Decimal Digits: The Remarkable Utility of Precision Measurement." After the keynote lecture, Purdue President Martin C. Jischke will join Hall onstage for an armchair conversation titled "What's Next for Science?" Hall shared the Nobel Prize for his role in developing laser-based precision spectroscopy, which allows scientists to measure frequencies with an accuracy of 15 digits. This technique helps researchers develop extremely accurate clocks and improved global positioning satellite technology. More information is available at:  

-- April 19. 8 p.m. Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. Poet, fiction writer and performer Sherman Alexie will be reading and discussing at the 76th annual Purdue Literary Awards. Alexie is the author of 17 books including the PEN/Hemingway-award winning short story collection "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven," which also won a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award.

** -- April 23. 1:30-4 p.m. Purdue Memorial Union. Two national leaders in the health-care field will deliver talks at a Discovery Lecture Series event organized by the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering in Purdue University's Discovery Park. Stephen Shortell, dean of the School of Public Health at the University of California-Berkeley, will begin the lecture series with a 1:30 p.m. talk titled "Marriage of Medicine and Management: Sustaining Improvements in Delivery, Quality, Cost and Outcomes." That will be followed by a 3 p.m. lecture by Karen Davis, president of the Boston-based Commonwealth Fund. Her talk is titled, "Achieving the Best: The Road to Improving National Performance of Healthcare Delivery." The Discovery Lecture Series event, sponsored by Purdue and the Lilly Endowment, will kick off the Regenstrief Center's annual conference titled, "Advancing the Future of Healthcare Delivery: Access, Quality and Responsibility." More information is available at



-- April 6-7. 2007 Purdue Student Pugwash Midwest Conference ? Space and Society: Challenges and Opportunities. The conference is held to increase awareness of current techno-societal issues. This year's conference will focus on space exploration and its effects on society. Bill Nye will be a featured speaker. Space in sessions may be limited. Registration fees are $25 for the general public and $20 for students. For registration information, contact Nona Schaler at (765) 494-2756, Additional information about the conference including a list of sessions is available at

Compiled by Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089,

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