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Purdue University. Convocations


Historical Information

Purdue Convocations began in 1902 with the “Lecture Concert and Course” and continues to offer a wide-variety of performances in the genres of ballet and dance, Broadway-style shows, cinema, comedy, popular and classical music, and stage theatre. A number of performers have made multiple appearances at Purdue University, courtesy of Purdue Convocations, including the Oak Ridge Boys, the Beach Boys, Amy Grant, Chicago, Alan Jackson, STOMP, and the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performed on over forty-five occasions between 1932 and 2002. Purdue Convocations has also offered students, faculty, and local residents an opportunity to see a number of overseas performers, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chinese Acrobats of Taiwan, Danzas Venezuela, the Hungarian Quartet, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Ballet of Canada, the National Chinese Opera Theatre, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stars of Soviet and Eastern European Ballet, and the Warsaw Philharmonic. Notable lecturers have included Dean Acheson, George Ade, Clement Attlee, Jimmy Carter, Barry Goldwater, John F. Kennedy, and Alex Haley.


Purdue Convocations Performance Database, at

Materials found within the collection

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Media of Purdue Theatre productions, 1959 - 1981

 Series — Box: 1
Identifier: UA 102, Series 2
Scope and Contents This series contains and undated 16mm film labeled "Woodpile"; color slides of "Long Days Journey into the Night" (1973), "On Golden Pond" (1981), and "Shadowbox" (1980); and photographs of "Hamlet" (1959), "School for Wives" (1959), "Ghosts" (1959), "The Diary of Anne Frank" (1959), "The Wizard of Oz" (1959), "Hansel and Gretel" (1960), "Look Back in Anger" (1960), "The Boy Friends" (1961) and "Much Ado About Nothing" (1961).
Dates: 1959 - 1981