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January 29, 2013

'The Idea of the University' lectures to kick off

"The Idea of the University: Past, Present, and Future," a weekly series of lectures by professors and alumni exploring facets of academia and university life, will open this evening (Jan. 29) with a look at engagement.

Speakers will offer insights into the reality and value of a university, for instance in how engineering, art and athletics combine at a land-grant institution. The series is hosted by Honors 299, a University honors course with the same name as the series, taught by Kristina Bross, associate professor of English. All lectures are free and open to the public, and they are designed for general public interest, not just for students.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/IdeaOfTheUniversity or contact Bross at kbross@purdue.edu.

All events will be held at 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in Rawls Hall, Room 1062. Here is the schedule:

Jan. 29 -- "Engagement in 2013" by Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, professor of human development and family studies, and director of the Military Family Research Institute and the Center for Families. The focus will be on how Extension is being reinvented and revitalized in the 21st century.

Feb. 5 -- "The Theology of Engineering" by Kristina Bross, associate professor of English

Feb. 12 -- "Engineering and Social Justice" by Alice Pawley, assistant professor of engineering education

Feb. 19 -- "The Definition of Diversity" by Susan Curtis, professor of history

Feb. 26 -- TBA

March 5 -- "Art and the Public University" by Fabian Winkler, associate professor of visual and performing arts

March 19 -- "Tenure Tales" and Academic Freedom Roundtable by TJ Boisseau, director of women's studies and associate professor of history; Howard Zelaznik, associate vice president for research and professor of health and kinesiology; and Steve Wereley, professor of mechanical engineering

March 26 -- "On Interdisciplinarity" by Venetria Patton, associate professor of African American studies and English, and director of the African American Studies Research Center

April 2 -- "Alumni Stories" in roundtable format

April 9 -- TBA