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 […]

Timeless Wisdom

Frederick Douglass Timeless

Frederick Douglass was a man of deep conviction, and also great complexity. Himself an escaped slave, Douglass gained international renown in the 19th century as a brilliant orator and leader in the American abolitionist movement. But while Douglass’ passion for the cause of equality drove his actions as a reformer, his rhetoric could seem contradictory […]

Multiplier effect

Jay Zawacki can look back and identify many ways in which his Purdue experience impacted the direction his life would take. For one thing, it was in the Purdue Memorial Union’s music listening room that he met a persistent, Brahms-loving fellow student named Alice Acton. After enrolling at the university in fall 1948, Zawacki got […]