Purdue Campuses Offer “An Evening with Julia Marlowe”

Purdue University North Central and Purdue University Calumet will present performances of “An Evening with Julia Marlowe” featuring Kali Rasala.

Performances will be April 22 at 9:30 a.m. in the Purdue Calumet Room With a View and April 24 at 6 p.m. in the Purdue North Central Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The production is free and open to the public. The PNC event will also celebrate the birthday of Marlowe’s favorite playwright, William Shakespeare. Birthday cake and punch will be served at both performances.

Julia Marlowe, though born in England, has a story that is uniquely American. She came to this county in 1869 at the age of four, on the run with her fugitive father. They lived first in poverty, but she then found work in Cincinnati as a child actor. This would lead to a remarkable rise to prominence in the world of 19th century American theater and then to worldwide fame as the greatest Shakespearian of her time. Along the way she waged her own battle for women’s rights in a male-dominated theatrical community and she won.

Playwright Dr. Jerry Holt, Chair of the PNC Department of English and Modern Languages, brings Marlowe’s story to the stage in this one-person show. Rasala will be directed by Dr. Bethany Lee, PNC continuing lecturer of English.

The event is co-hosted by Holt and Dr. Colette Morrow, Purdue Calumet associate professor of English.

PNC Students Present 26th Annual Potpourri of Literature

Purdue University North Central Communication 240 students will host the 26th annual Potpourri of Literature Readers’ Theatre on Tuesday, April 21 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, April 26 at 2 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The program is free and open to the public. It will last about one hour.

This year’s edition of Potpourri of Literature is “Mars-Venus; Venus-Mars; The Eternal Struggle” with an original script written and edited by Dr. Daniel Padberg, associate professor of Communication, who teaches the Communication 240 class. The script is a deft mix of humor, irony, melancholy and food for thought.

The Potpourri of Literature Readers’ Theatre program has been an annual feature on the PNC campus since its 1989 debut as a showcase for students in Communication 240, Introduction to Oral Interpretation. While the theme of the program changes annually and reflects various moods, trends and social issues of the day, the program is built around literature and music of varying genres that illustrate the program theme from different perspectives.

Students in the Communication 240 Introduction to Oral Interpretation class are Angela E. Barreto, New Carlisle; Jordan M. Benton, Hobart; Brandon M. Chambers, Valparaiso; Shelby K. Clindaniel, Kouts; Jordan Hancock, Mishawaka; Sarah Maddox, Rolling Prairie; Maria Elena Miller, Michigan City; Griselda Montanez, La Porte; Logan A. Moore, Valparaiso; Joe Reed, Jackson Township; Kaitlyn N. Snyder, LaPorte; Timothy J. Stephens, LaPorte; Kristen Wozniak, LaPorte and Chrystal L. Ziegler, LaPorte.

To obtain further information, contact Padberg at 219-785-5384. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Padberg.

PNC ASL Club Fun Night April 20

Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Fun Night on

Monday, April 20 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event is free and open to the public.

Participants are welcome to bring a favorite: board game, card games or decks of playing cards, snacks and drinks. Hearing and deaf children are invited to attend with an adult.

This will be a casual, fun evening with a fun atmosphere featuring ASL humor, storytelling and games for all to enjoy through participation or as an observer. Guests with all ASL abilities are welcome – whether a beginner, fluent, or simply interested in knowing more. This is an appropriate time to practice ASL, make new friends and learn some new signs to better communicate with friends, co-workers or family members.

Information about the Purdue North Central ASL Club may be found at www.aslclub.info. Information about other events in the community is posted at: www.nwideaf.org.

Further information about this event may be obtained by contacting Karen Donah, PNC continuing lecturer and Coordinator of American Sign Language, at 785-5200, ext. 5432 or kdonah@pnc.edu. The PNC ASL Club and the Northwest Indiana Deaf Community are on Facebook.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Donah.

PNC, Purdue Calumet Host Lean LaunchPad Sessions

Purdue University North Central and Purdue University Calumet will offer two free information sessions on the basics of the Lean LaunchPad methodology, led by Dushan Nikolovski, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship Success, at Purdue University Calumet.

The Lean LaunchPad is an experiential learning program that directs early stage entrepreneurs on how to navigate the continually shifting and unpredictable landscape of a startup. The three key points of the program are: the use of a business canvas model; customer discovery – get out of the building – information is outside and  agile product development.

An information session will be held at Purdue North Central on April 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02 and at Purdue Calumet on April 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hospitality and Tourism Management Building, Room 193.

Registration can be completed at http://webs.purduecal.edu/ecenter/lean-launchpad/

Nikolovski will present an overview of Lean LaunchPad, exploring topics such as: building a team organically, gathering customer feedback, using agile development, using business canvas model, learning  to use feedback and pivoting to success.

Purdue North Central Hosts MBA Information Session

Purdue University North Central will host a reception and MBA information session for those interested in earning a PNC Master of Business Administration degree on Tuesday, April 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. (Eastern time) at Tippecanoe Place, 620 W. Washington Street, in South Bend.

Students interested in pursuing a Purdue North Central MBA will have the opportunity to attend an informational session about the accredited degree program and plan of study, receive informational materials and learn more about financial aid opportunities.

The PNC MBA class schedule is designed to meet the needs of working adults, with classes conveniently offered on Saturdays. Students, regardless of their baccalaureate field, will be able to complete their degrees in two years. Prospective students may begin the admissions process now for the fall 2015 session.

Classes will meet on Saturdays at PNC – Porter County in Valparaiso, where students will utilize state-of-the-art educational and business technology and have full access to the University libraries, online resources, computer systems and other forms of academic support. All faculty members are certified by the Graduate School in West Lafayette and are supported by the full teaching resources of Purdue University.

To RSVP or to obtain further information, contact the program office at 219-785-5557 or mba@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the program office.

PNC Co-sponsors Program, “Working with Deaf People in Kyrgyzstan”

The Purdue University North Central ASL Club, Northwest Indiana Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community and Association of Late Deafened Adults, Northwest Indiana will present the program,

“Working with Deaf People in Kyrgyzstan and Learning Russian Sign Language,” on April 4, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., at the Lake County Public Library, Merrillville Branch at 1919 W 81st Ave., Merrillville.

The presenters will be Nina and Roger Coyer. Nina Coyer is a retired American Sign Language (ASL) professor at Eastern Kentucky University and Roger Coyer is a retired teacher and coach with the Kentucky School for the Deaf.

The Coyers have traveled to Bischeck, Kyrgyzstan several times to work with deaf and hard-of-hearing children at a church day camp. In addition, they held deaf Bible studies for deaf adults.

In addition, Nina Coyer was invited to host workshops for educators of the deaf at the State School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. There she taught current teaching methods used in U.S. deaf schools, including the Kentucky School for the Deaf, where she taught for 12 years. She encouraged the teachers to set high expectations for their students. In addition she was invited to the School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing graduation ceremony where she encouraged graduates to be like the “Little Engine That Could”. “I think I can, I think I can…. I thought I could!”

The Coyers will share their unique experiences and offer their insights into the similarities and differences of the U.S. and Kyrgyzstan deaf education systems and cultures.

The presentation will be in American Sign Language and interpreted into spoken English. Real Time Captioning (CART) will also be available

Following this presentation, there will be a gathering at the Southlake Mall Food Court at 5:00 p.m. for dining, mingling and socializing.

PNC ASL Club Coffeehouse is April 17

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, April 17, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Uptown Café, 1400 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso.

The coffeehouse is open to ASL students as well as community members and children are welcome to attend with a parent or adult. This is a pleasant, casual event for all to enjoy either through participation or as an observer.

Participants are asked to use ASL for conversation. This provides an ideal opportunity to practice ASL to better communicate with friends, co-workers or family members. Coffee, food and drink may be ordered throughout the evening.

There will also be a coffeehouse on May 15. Coffeehouses may feature a guest speaker who will begin at about 6 p.m. If there is not a presenter, guests may bring their own decks of cards and games to play together. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Information about the Purdue North Central ASL Club may be found at www.aslclub.info. Information about other events in the community is posted at: www.nwideaf.org. The PNC ASL Club and Northwest Indiana Deaf Community are on Facebook.

Further information about the coffeehouses may be obtained by contacting limited term lecturer in American Sign Language, at pncaslwitulski@yahoo.com.

PNC Lecture on Writer Virginia Woolf and Air Power Between the Wars

Purdue University North Central will welcome Dr. Elizabeth Evans for a lecture entitled “Virginia Woolf’s Airplanes: Air Power and Aerial Views Between the World Wars,” on April 16 at 6 p.m. in the Technology Building, Room 301. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Evans, assistant teaching professor at the University of Notre Dame, will examine how the growing importance of military air power affected art and literature in Britain during the years between World War One and Two. Evans’s research focuses specifically on the work of the feminist writer Virginia Woolf, who experiments with the airplane as model for novelistic point of view in her novels “Mrs. Dalloway” and “The Years.”

In a recent essay that appeared in the journal “Modern Fiction Studies in 2013,” Evans argues that Woolf is both attracted to and troubled by the aerial point of view – she admired its aesthetic possibilities but was disturbed by its seemingly necessary links to warfare.

This lecture, sponsored by the Chancellor’s Diversity Fund, will appeal to students and community members interested in subjects as diverse as British and European literature, women writers and the history of the world wars.

Evans is an active member of the community of Woolf scholars and recently edited a volume of essays from the annual international conference on Woolf. She is currently working on a book about aerial views in British and Anglophone writing from the early twentieth century to the present.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Dr. Heather Fielding, PNC Assistant Professor of English, at hfieldin@pnc.edu or 219-785-5327.


PNC Hosts Performance by “Secret Keeper”

Secret Keeper

Stephan Crump and Mary Halvorson of Secret Keeper

Purdue University North Central will welcome the band “Secret Keeper” for a performance on Monday, April 6, at noon in Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The performance will last approximately one hour and is free and open to the public

Secret Keeper has released the CD, “Super Eight,” and has another, “Emerge,” due out at the end of April. Acoustic bassist Stephan Crump and guitarist Mary Halvorson have been performing together as Secret Keeper since 2011.

“Each is fluent in the grammar of modern improv and adept at concocting music from feel,” said noted music writer Jim Macnie. “What you hear on ‘Super Eight’ are the improvisations the pair created on the way to organizing the formal stuff. Luminous, hushed, reflective, whimsical, dramatic, gripping.”

Crump is the bass player of the Vijay Iyer Trio and Halvorson plays guitar with Anthony Braxton, Ingrid Laubrock and Marc Ribot.

An article featured on the All About Jazz website described Secret Keeper as “an incomparable engagement that soars above similar settings or frameworks set forth by others.”

Further information may be obtained by contacting Paul Hecht, PNC associate professor of English, at phecht@pnc.edu or 219-785-5296.

PNC Theatre and Festival Players Guild Present Two Plays

Jeremy Harris (foreground, left) as Tamburlaine and Colin Janiszewski as Techelles

Jeremy Harris (foreground, left) as Tamburlaine and Colin Janiszewski as Techelles

The Purdue University North Central Theatre and Festival Players Guild will present an Elizabethan double-header of two seldom-staged plays, “Tamburlaine” and “Galatea,” on Saturday April 11 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 12 at 3 p.m., Friday April 17 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday April 18 at 7:30 p.m., at Mainstreet Theater, 807 Franklin St., Michigan City.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students with a valid ID. Tickets may be reserved by calling (219) 874-4269 or e-mailing info@festivalplayersguild.org

This show combines two entertaining and completely different plays, “Tamburlaine” by Christopher Marlowe and “Galatea” by John Lyly. Both are compressed into a two-hour whirlwind of the extremes of Elizabethan theater.

Director Paul Hecht, PNC associate professor of English, explained why two plays will be presented in one performance, “I found ‘Galatea’ as I was working on a book about Shakespeare’s Rosalind and reading around in the history of Elizabethan theatre. I thought it was a tremendously subversive play and so funny, I knew I wanted to try to stage it.

“But I also thought that if I’m going to ask students and audiences to deal with a play from Shakespeare’s time that’s not by Shakespeare, I might as well do two as one. If you’re skeptical that any 400-year-old English playwrights are worth reading or seeing other than Shakespeare, I might as well make two arguments at the same time. Here we have it, Marlowe’s thundering line, the poetic and linguistic grandeur of ‘Tamburlaine’ and more cross-dressing, gender-bending antics than you could believe would fit in one play with ‘Galatea’ (along with some very funny bit roles by an Alchemist and Astronomer and a Puck-like Cupid). If you start getting sick of one, don’t worry, it’s just an hour long and then you’ll see something completely different!”

“Tamburlaine” depicts the world-conquering adventures of a real historical figure who was famous among Europeans for having defeated Turkish forces and delaying the conquest of southern Europe. The production emphasizes the affinities of Tamburlaine’s story with the American Dream.

Tamburlaine begins as a shepherd, who believes he is destined to become the king of Persia and conquer the surrounding lands. Through bold and poetic speeches and grand battles, Tamburlaine gains power over those kings and emperors who had earlier brushed him off as unthreatening. As he becomes more powerful he finds his limits tested. Soon Tamburlaine finds that he must go to any length in order to achieve his victory.

“Galatea” is a comedy of mistaken identities and love found in unexpected places. The characters are faced with a deadly custom: every five years, the fairest and chastest maiden in the land must be bound to a tree and sacrificed to a sea monster as a peace offering to the sea god Neptune.

Unsurprisingly the fathers of Galatea and Phillida, the two girls deemed to be the fairest, are not happy about this. To protect their daughters, the men decide separately to disguise their daughters as boys and send them into the woods in attempt to trick the gods. Meanwhile, the gods are playing tricks of their own that lead further to confusion and dispute, all of which leads to a strange and surprising resolution.

The plays feature a large cast of PNC students, including some who have appeared in such performances as Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” in April 2013, and “Henry IV, Part 1” in 2012. Senior Jeremy Harris, of Michigan City, stars as Tamburlaine. In all other cases cast members play at least two parts, some as many as five. Elizabethan playwrights enjoyed writing for large casts, so playing more than one role was the norm. This provides novice actors the opportunity to work on more than one part and more advanced actors have room to show off their skills.

Cast members are: Aram Arden, La Porte; Angela Barreto, New Carlisle; Aaron Collings, La Porte; Cameron Fehland, La Porte; Jeremy Harris, Michigan City; Lamesha Harris, Chesterton; Jacob Hibbard, Chesterton; Kristen Hixon, Michigan City; Colin Janiszewski, Valparaiso; Eileen Long, Michigan City; Katelyn Mosher, Michigan City; Lillianna Pollnow, Michigan City; Kaitlin Richter, Valparaiso; Charles Trott, La Porte; Holly Trott, La Porte; Alexis Ulrich, Chesterton; Nathan Upchurch, Knox; Alice Wasick, Michigan City