‘Guide on the side’

Natasha Duncan

Natasha Duncan’s administrative role in the Honors College – she serves as Associate Dean of International Education and Affairs – prevents her from spending as much time in the classroom as she once did for the Department of Political Science. But while her role at Purdue may have changed, Duncan’s influence over the university’s undergraduate […]

Accessing Deleuze

Gilles Deleuze

Parisian Gilles Deleuze was one of the most important philosophers of the 20th century, and thanks to the work of Purdue’s Daniel Smith and his team, Deleuze is receiving attention in a decidedly 21st century way. Known for his interest in philosophical history and metaphysics, Deleuze was a prolific writer and speaker who wrote numerous […]

Part One: On the role of the arts and humanities in Purdue’s early days

University Hall from 1890s

A Purdue English professor since 1994 with a specialty in poetry analysis and literary criticism, I sometimes find myself wondering about the history of my disciplines at a leading STEM-oriented university. As Purdue celebrated the anniversary of its founding more than 150 years ago, I became increasingly curious to know if Indiana’s Land Grant has […]