‘Celebrating American Culture Forged in Steel’ Saturday (4/21)
Through music and dance, Purdue Calumet is “Celebrating American Culture Forged in Steel,” Saturday (4/21).
The family friendly, multicultural event will begin at 2 p.m. in Alumni Hall on the third floor of the Student Union and Library and will represent American culture in northwest Indiana, specifically paying tribute to the steel industry that has played such an important role in the community.
The event will encompass performances, exhibits and food that will honor the steel industry, including featured performances by Pan Go Steel Band, South Shore Dance Alliance and Stephanie Knox – with Roosevelt Purifoy and Michael Carson. Chenn Zhou, director of the Purdue Calumet Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation, will present new and innovative advancements in the steel industry with the help of modern technology. Attendees can wear three-dimensional glasses for this part of the program.
Stephen McShane, archivist and curator for the Calumet Regional Archives at Indiana University Northwest has provided a collection of historic community photographs that will be on display.
Food will also be available to attendees in the form of a brown bag lunch, typical of steel industry workers.
“Steel has historically been a major force that inspired immigration to northwest Indiana,” said Regina Biddings-Muro, executive assistant to the chancellor for engagement and program coordinator. “This program will highlight the experiences of the many people whose lives were ‘forged in steel.’ Our planning committee selected this theme to discover how the steel industry has helped reshape the American culture.”
This event is part of Purdue Calumet’s Building Community through the Arts program series, designed to celebrate the ethnic and cultural diversity of northwest Indiana.
Here are a few photos of last year’s Building Community through the Arts event.