Our History

“The communication program at Purdue has a long, rich history. The first communication (speech) coursework was offered at Purdue over 100 years ago and the Department of Communication was founded at Purdue just over 60 years ago.  The Brian Lamb School of Communication officially replaced the “department” on July 1, 2011 through an act of the Purdue Board of Trustees. For detailed history of communication at Purdue, of Charles Redding and organizational communication, we encourage you to download the articles below:

  1. An Informal History of Communication by W. Charles Redding

  2. W. Charles Redding: The Teacher-Scholar Model of the Redding Tradition by Patrice M. Buzzanell

  3. The Redding Tradition of Organizational Communication Scholarship: W. Charles Redding and His Legacy by Patrice M. Buzzanell & Cynthia Stohl

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