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Spring 2021 Cornerstone Contest 

This Spring Semester, Purdue’s Cornerstone program is celebrating “the book” with a contest for our students.

Books take us on journeys; they open our eyes to new vistas and ideas; they can change our lives, become our companions, even our mentors and spiritual guides. Books challenge us, inform us, infuriate us, and transform us.  We can write in them, display them, use them for doorstops; and hide love letters and press fall leaves in them. They can hold our secrets.  What do books mean to you?  

 Our Spring 2021 contest seeks artwork as well as other forms of creativity including videos and poetry based on our readings in Transformative Texts (SCLA 101 or 102).  Winning artwork entries will be considered for exhibition in the new Cornerstone Reading Room in HSSE Library (grand opening Fall 2021) and all entries will be considered for publication in the Cornerstone Review.  For contest details see the flier here

 


“An Introduction to the Cornerstone Program,” a Virtual Address for the Annual Liberal Arts Deans Meeting at Texas A & M, Melinda Zook, February 12, 2021.  


“Big Ideas: The Humanities and the Profession,” a Virtual Address to the faculty and administration of Indiana University in Pennsylvania, Melinda Zook, March 27, 2021.  


A Conversation with Andrew Delanco (Columbia University) and Melinda Zook, “Revitalizing the Humanities: The Power of Transformative Texts,” The Association of Core Texts and Courses, April 14, 2021


 “For the Resurgent Liberal Arts: Revitalizing the Humanities across Campus,” The Pinanski Lecture, Wellesley College, Melinda Zook, April 9, 2021.


The Institute for Humane Studies (George Mason University) offers a day-long seminar devoted to the political thought of Frederick Douglass for Cornerstone students, Sunday, October 25

Organized by Zachary Goldsmith

Discussion of Douglas moderated by Douglas Casson, Professor of Political Science at St. Olaf College in Minnesota


Teagle Foundation: Faculty Institute for Cornerstone: Learning for Living, Thursday, October 15

Welcome by Andrew Delbanco, President, The Teagle Foundation

“How I Teach This Text”: Dan-El Padilla Peralta, Associate Professor of Classics, Princeton University, Cicero’s Speech in Defense of the Poet Achias

“Transformative Texts for an Emancipatory Education,” Roosevelt Montas, Senior Lecturer in American Studies, Columbia University 


Teagle Foundation: Faculty Institute for Cornerstone: Learning for Living, Thursday, October 8

 Welcome by Andrew Delbanco, President, The Teagle Foundation

“How I Teach This Text:” Roosevelt Montás, Senior Lecturer in American Studies, Columbia University

on “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?" is the title now given to a speech by Frederick Douglass delivered on July 5, 1852.

“Giant Leaps for the Liberal Arts at Purdue”, Melinda Zook, Professor of History and Director of Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts, Purdue University