Cross-generational collaborators

Alyson Braden

When Alyson Braden accompanied Purdue roommate Loran Pelecky’s family on a trip to Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks, she got more than she anticipated. Beyond simply enjoying a fun vacation, Braden also met a future creative collaborator: Loran’s grandmother, Debbie. “She kind of became an adopted granddaughter when she would come with Loran on vacation, […]

Continuing the conversation on race

Isabel Wilkerson Image

America’s racial hierarchy functions like a caste system somewhat like those in India and Nazi Germany. While this assertion from Isabel Wilkerson’s acclaimed “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” is not necessarily new among civil rights historians, the 2020 book debuted at the perfect time to contribute to the national dialogue on racial inequity. Jolivette […]

Global reach

TJ Boisseau

In 1945, Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas introduced legislation to use funds from surplus war materials to support a new international educational exchange program dedicated to supporting peaceful relationships between the United States and other countries. More than 380,000 scholars – approximately 8,000 per year – and 155 nations have participated in the Fulbright […]