Purdue to be featured as part of C-SPAN’s 2014 Cities Tour

November 21, 2014  

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Tracy Grimm, Purdue’s Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration archivist, confers with C-SPAN video journalist Adrienne Hoar before filming the “Steps to the Moon” exhibit in the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center. (Purdue University photo/Mark Simons)
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Purdue’s place in aviation and space history will be among topics explored in segments to be aired in December as part of C-SPAN’s 2014 Cities Tour.

The C-SPAN tour, which is traveling to selected cities to feature the history and literary life of each area, stopped in Lafayette and West Lafayette Monday through Thursday (Nov. 17-20). C-SPAN crews interviewed local historians, authors and civic leaders for segments that will air on C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3 on Dec. 20-21.

Purdue-related topics and interviewees include:

* Sammie Morris, associate professor and university archivist, and head of archives and special collections, on Purdue’s George Palmer Putnam Collection of Amelia Earhart Papers, which is the world’s largest compilation of artifacts on the late aviator.

* Tracy Grimm, Purdue’s Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration archivist, on the exhibit “Steps to the Moon: Selections from the Neil A. Armstrong Papers and the Eugene A. Cernan Papers,” which is currently on display in the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center on the fourth floor of the Humanities, Social Science and Education Library in Stewart Center.

* Stephanie Schmitz, Purdue Libraries psychoactive substances archivist, on Purdue’s Psychoactive Substances Research Collection.

* Angie Klink, Purdue alumna and local author, on her book “The Deans’ Bible: Five Purdue Women and Their Quest for Equality,” which highlights the contributions of Purdue women deans Dorothy Stratton, Helen Schleman, Beverley Stone, Barbara Cook, and Betty Nelson. 

* Glenn Sparks, professor of communication, on "Refrigerator Rights," a book about the challenges of forging close relationships in the age of new media. Sparks co-wrote the book with Will Miller.

* John Norberg, Purdue retiree and writer of "Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA's Record-Setting Frequent Flyer” with Purdue graduate Jerry Ross, on the University’s aviation and space history.

* Robert May, professor of American history, on his book "Slavery, Race and Conquest in the Tropics," which focuses on what Abraham Lincoln did to stop slavery's growth southward, while Stephen Douglas, the U.S. senator from Illinois, wanted the United States to own much or all of Latin America even if slavery went along with it.

* Robert Browning, director of the C-SPAN Archives and an associate professor of communication and political science, on the C-SPAN Archives. The archives, , located at Purdue Research Park, index all C-SPAN programming from its three networks, and the content such as speeches and debates, are available online. There are 40,000 online views daily.

More information about the tour is available on the C-SPAN Cities Tour website and the C-SPAN Cities Tour Twitter page

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