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2014 Celebration

In 2013-14 we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the birth of the School of Humanities, Social Science, and Education (HSSE), the forerunner of the College of Liberal Arts. This historic event marked the moment that liberal arts began in earnest to build its future as Purdue’s center for excellence in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Our alumni vividly demonstrate that excellence in many fields and communities across the globe—so we’ve asked 50 of them to tell us more about their careers and lives, via a modified version of the Proust questionnaire. This survey of revealing questions was a popular parlor game in Marcel Proust’s time, made famous by his answers and adapted by Vanity Fair and the show Inside the Actors Studio. We hope you enjoy getting to know these fascinating and inspiring CLA alumni.



Karen Korellis Reuther

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BA 1979, Industrial Design
MA, Business, Lesley University

Expectations are high for an industrial designer like Karen Korellis Reuther, creative director and brand strategist at Cast Collective: engage in open-ended thinking and envision design that stays ahead of the curve while simultaneously being decisive and results-oriented. That’s no small order, but Reuther has successfully balanced these skills for companies like the design and innovation firm Ziba, Digital Equipment Corporation, Nike, and Pantone.

The challenge of looking forward is exactly what Reuther, former president of the Design Management Institute, thrives on. “As an industrial designer at Digital Equipment Corporation in the early 90s, I led an innovation project to design the ‘desktop of the future’ for display at the company’s internal trade show, DECworld, in Boston, which was visited by over 40,000 customers,” she recalls. “Ten concepts, including flat screens, keyboards, printers, and projectors, were designed and went on to win three awards from the Industrial Designers Society of America. The display was included at the European trade fair, DECville, in Cannes, France. This period in my career solidified my love of design, working with a great team, and travel.”

Read on for Reuther’s responses to our version of the Proust survey. 



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