January 16, 2020

Purdue LGBTQ Center announces spring programs

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue LGBTQ Center has announced its upcoming program schedule for the Spring 2020 schedule.

  • “A Conversation with Ryan Russell”: 6 p.m. on Feb. 5 in Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall, free. Russell is a professional 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 on Aug. 29.
  • “An Introduction to Queer Game Studies: Panel Conversation with Leading Scholars”: 6 p.m. on Feb. 10 in 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.
  • “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.
  • Lavender Graduation: 7 p.m. on April 28 in 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.

Writer: Matthew Oates, 765-496-2571, oatesw@purdue.edu, @mo_oates

Source: Kelsey Chapman, 765-494-3676, chapma21@purdue.edu, @purduelgbtq

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