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Spring 2022 Cornerstone Contest

This spring the Cornerstone contest is seeking writings and artworks as well as other forms of creativity including videos and poetry inspired by our readings in Transformative Texts (SCLA 101 or 102).

Our theme is Reading Voyages. Transformative texts can propel us through time and space while always returning us home and to ourselves once again, often with a new sense of self.  We learn about other people and other times; we learn that they have loved and laughed, suffered and cried as we do; we learn of our common humanity, but mostly we learn about ourselves. What reading voyages have you taken?

This contest asks students to reflect back on all the books they have loved since childhood to the books they have read in SCLA 101 and 102, and speak to how one (or more) inspires them.  For contest details see the flier here.


 The Teagle Foundation Workshop Series on Teaching with Transformative Texts

 A series of free workshops on what can be done to strengthen general education—as students move into STEM, business, health, and other pre-professional fields—to ensure that college students, whatever their major or background, encounter inspiring works of literature and philosophy and grasp the power of the humanities and its relevance to their professional aspirations

Teaching with Transformative Texts (Session 4): Andrew Delbanco on "Bartleby, the Scrivener" -  February 10, 2022 - REGISTER HERE

Teaching with Transformative Texts (Session 5): Deborah Nord and Melinda Zook on "Frankenstein" - March 31, 2022 - REGISTER HERE

Teaching with Transformative Texts (Session 6): Rachel Hadas and Major Jackson on Teaching Poetry - April 21, 2022 - REGISTER HERE


Conference, New York University | Steinhardt: A Student’s Search for Meaning: A Conversation Between College Chaplains, Humanities Scholars, and Representatives of the Broader University World

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Melinda Zook, panelist, "The Humanities and the Search for Meaning," 10:15-11:45am.


Cornerstone and the Purdue Departement of Theatre Reception

Thursday, October 28 at 3:30pm

Cornerstone faculty join the Department of Theatre to learn about their exciting Spring performances designed to enrich our students.


"How I Teach This Text" Cornerstone Workshops

Wednesday, September 29 at 9:00am

Location: BRNG 1284

  • Lynn Hooker (DAP) presents on the Mahābhārata

Tuesday, November 9 at 9:30am

Location: BRNG 1284

  • Bill White (HIST) presents on the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Cornerstone Reading Room Grand Opening

Dedication and grand opening of the Chris and Michelle White Cornerstone Reading Room, HSSE Library, September 3, 2021. 

 


Fall 2021 Cornerstone Contest

This fall the Cornerstone contest is seeking writings and artworks as well as other forms of creativity including videos and poetry inspired by our readings in Transformative Texts (SCLA 101 or 102).

Our theme is chance encounter. Reading is a form of encountering; to read is to fill our minds with voices that are not our own and to fill our hearts with emotions that we might never experience otherwise. Your SCLA classes encourage you to read outside of your comfort zones, to explore a new topic, listen to a new voice, and appreciate a new perspective. We are forever changed by the story and by the author.

Encountering a good book is only one example of such a transformative encounter. In your own creative way, please share with us your experience with one chance encounter—with a person, a place, a text, a hobby, a form of art, an alternative perspective, etc.—that enchanted and changed you. You can also portray an imaginary chance encounter that challenges and transforms your fictional characters. For contest details see the flier here.


“An Introduction to the Cornerstone Program,” a Virtual Address for the Annual Liberal Arts Deans Meeting at Texas A & M, Melinda Zook, February 12, 2021.  


“Big Ideas: The Humanities and the Profession,” a Virtual Address to the faculty and administration of Indiana University in Pennsylvania, Melinda Zook, March 27, 2021.  


A Conversation with Andrew Delanco (Columbia University) and Melinda Zook, “Revitalizing the Humanities: The Power of Transformative Texts,” The Association of Core Texts and Courses, April 14, 2021


 “For the Resurgent Liberal Arts: Revitalizing the Humanities across Campus,” The Pinanski Lecture, Wellesley College, Melinda Zook, April 9, 2021.


Spring 2021 Cornerstone Contest 

This Spring Semester, Purdue’s Cornerstone program is celebrating “the book” with a contest for our students.

Books take us on journeys; they open our eyes to new vistas and ideas; they can change our lives, become our companions, even our mentors and spiritual guides. Books challenge us, inform us, infuriate us, and transform us.  We can write in them, display them, use them for doorstops; and hide love letters and press fall leaves in them. They can hold our secrets.  What do books mean to you?  

 Our Spring 2021 contest seeks artwork as well as other forms of creativity including videos and poetry based on our readings in Transformative Texts (SCLA 101 or 102).  Winning artwork entries will be considered for exhibition in the new Cornerstone Reading Room in HSSE Library (grand opening Fall 2021) and all entries will be considered for publication in the Cornerstone Review.  For contest details see the flier here


The Institute for Humane Studies (George Mason University) offers a day-long seminar devoted to the political thought of Frederick Douglass for Cornerstone students, Sunday, October 25

Organized by Zachary Goldsmith

Discussion of Douglas moderated by Douglas Casson, Professor of Political Science at St. Olaf College in Minnesota


Teagle Foundation: Faculty Institute for Cornerstone: Learning for Living, Thursday, October 15

Welcome by Andrew Delbanco, President, The Teagle Foundation

“How I Teach This Text”: Dan-El Padilla Peralta, Associate Professor of Classics, Princeton University, Cicero’s Speech in Defense of the Poet Achias

“Transformative Texts for an Emancipatory Education,” Roosevelt Montas, Senior Lecturer in American Studies, Columbia University 


Teagle Foundation: Faculty Institute for Cornerstone: Learning for Living, Thursday, October 8

 Welcome by Andrew Delbanco, President, The Teagle Foundation

“How I Teach This Text:” Roosevelt Montás, Senior Lecturer in American Studies, Columbia University

on “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?" is the title now given to a speech by Frederick Douglass delivered on July 5, 1852.

“Giant Leaps for the Liberal Arts at Purdue”, Melinda Zook, Professor of History and Director of Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts, Purdue University