Meet Murphy Award winner Yvonne Pitts

Yvonne Pitts

Meet Yvonne Pitts, one of two College of Liberal Arts professors who won the 2019 Charles B. Murphy Award, Purdue’s highest undergraduate teaching honor. Here the associate professor of history shares her thoughts on teaching with THiNK Magazine: Q: Do you remember when you decided to become a teacher and what motivated that interest? A: […]

Man + Machine: Research from the Neil A. Armstrong Papers

Neil Armstrong

To help commemorate the 150th anniversary of Purdue University and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the Department of History, in partnership with Archives and Special Collections, have offered a yearly series of undergraduate archival research seminars (History 395) since 2014. We feature excerpts from several student essays in this issue. Their […]

Grading Indiana inclusivity


On the Tuesday and Thursday mornings before finals week, Jay McCann’s class, a group of seniors on the brink of graduation, gave out varying grades – C-minus, B-plus, D-plus, A – to city councils, local businesses, and religious organizations. The students analyzed the various aspects of civic life and how well they served growing immigrant […]