THiNK Magazine

Spring 2019

THiNK Magazine  features stories that explore contemporary issues through the work of Liberal Arts faculty, students, and alumni.

In this digital edition of THiNK Magazine, we highlight ways that those within Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts use their scholarship and research to address global issues. From Colombian coffee farmers, to South African women dealing with unplanned pregnancies, to elementary schoolchildren who are learning to read and write in their families' native language – these people have all been positively impacted by the work of Purdue Liberal Arts scholars.

Spring 2019 Issue

COM 353 presentation.

Offering online insight
Public relations class partners with five rural Indiana towns, offering guidance that can help the communities attract new citizens and businesses by upgrading their digital presence.

Data science classroom

Filtering ethics into data science
A cultural anthropologist who also works in library science, Kendall Roark explains why the humanities' influence on critical data studies can bring about ethical and just data visualization practices.

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Q&A with Tara Grillos
Assistant professor of political science discusses her research on sustainability and participation in Latin America, East Africa, and Southeast Asia.

"The Big Read" in the Purdue Memorial Union.

‘Big Read’ Bringing Epic Journey to Community
The Purdue English Department’s community reading project will feature an acclaimed new translation of Homer’s The Odyssey in the 2019-20 academic year. Translator Emily Wilson will visit campus in December.

Wea Ridge Elementary School resource center.

There’s No Shame in ‘Learning to Read’
Aprendiendo a Leer, a Spanish-language literacy program Professor Alejandro Cuza founded in 2011, teaches Latino elementary school students in Lafayette and Frankfort to be proud of their ability to speak multiple languages.

Agincourt Health in South Africa.

Studying Community Health in South Africa
Assistant Professor of Sociology Christie Sennott has conducted multiple research studies at the Agincourt Health and Socio-Demographic Surveillance System in rural South Africa, aiming to assess and improve local health processes.

South Korean makers.

Sharing American Maker Culture with Korea
The South Korean government based a policy encouraging the development of 350 makerspaces on research completed by TJ Kim. The industrial design associate professor aims to help Purdue become a hub of Midwestern maker culture.

Colombian coffee.

Keeping Colombian Coffee Crops Healthy
Jessica Eise, a Ph.D. candidate in the Brian Lamb School of Communication, studies the effects of climate change on coffee farmers in Colombia. She aims to develop a tool to help farmers share advice and information.

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Reducing the Stigma Around Mental Health
Through a series of events she organized in February, Dema G. Seelye Chair in the History of Medicine Wendy Kline included historical, psychiatric, scientific, and artistic perspectives on issues in mental health.

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Is This What Sports Fans Want?
Because of technological advances that have revolutionized athletic competition, American Studies program director Rayvon Fouché says individual skill is increasingly unimportant. Fouché says we’re at a point where we must decide what sports should look like in the future.

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It’s Our Being That Counts
Abolitionist Frederick Douglass inspired philosophy professor Leonard Harris to devise a philosophical orientation he calls “Philosophy Born of Struggle.” Harris’ prevailing notion is that philosophical thought should always account for the least among us.

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Meet the 2018 CLA Emerging Voice Award Winners
In the fall, the College of Liberal Arts recognized four young alumni – Ina Kaur, Blair Milo, Amy O’Shea, and Johnny Smith – who have excelled in their careers and proven to be productive, engaged members of society.


Online Exclusives

Blueprint of stage dragon.

Dragon designers
Three theatre engineering students completed their capstone project by constructing functional dragon heads and claws for Purdue Theatre’s spring production of She Kills Monsters.

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A time of reflection
Thirty years after the world-changing global events of 1989, the Human Rights Program and International Students and Scholars Office held a spring symposium to consider their lasting impact.

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Building a professional network
Philosophy Ph.D. candidate Lacey Davidson credits conference travel for aiding her development within the field.

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2019 CLA Distinguished Alumni: Robert Heiber
During a long career in Hollywood, alumnus helped preserve the sound quality of some of the world’s most famous motion pictures.

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2019 CLA Distinguished Alumni: Melvin Lenzy
As a global brand director at Nike, alumnus helps build strategic marketing plans for celebrity athletes like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

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2019 CLA Distinguished Alumni: Karen Korellis Reuther
Industrial design graduate has worked as a creative director for two of the world’s best-known athletic brands, Nike and Reebok.

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2019 CLA Distinguished Alumni: Carlos Paulet
Business leader and wife honor late daughter’s life through non-profit that brings art and love to children with cancer.

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2019 CLA Distinguished Alumni: Sally Scholz
Philosophy Ph.D. recipient has published books on Beauvoir and Rousseau and serves as department chair and professor of philosophy at Villanova University.

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