FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Forty-eight years ago, Indiana University and Purdue University combined their separate campuses in Fort Wayne at its current location on Coliseum Boulevard. It took another ten years before the two universities unified their administrations under one chancellor in 1974. Thirteen years later in 1987, the academic units were reorganized to reflect consistent missions and the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) came to be.
To honor the College’s 25th anniversary, a celebration will be held Tuesday, November 27, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Walb Student Union International Ballroom. Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Carl Drummond will make a special presentation, which will be followed by a keynote address. Cary Nelson, the Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, president of the American Association of University Professors from 2006 to 2002 and an acclaimed commentator on higher education issues, will present “Can Academic Freedom Be Saved?”
In describing his address, Nelson said, “The threats to academic freedom are becoming both more numerous and more complicated. Although many national trends can be countered on a local level, that requires a great deal of faculty solidarity and organization. Some threats, however, will be difficult to manage, from state level assaults on faculty rights to state and national efforts to control curriculum and assessment. We need to evaluate the relevant forces and coordinate efforts to defend the values that have given us the best higher education system in the world.”
The presentation and lecture are free and open to the public. A private reception will follow the lecture.
For more information, contact Drummond at 260-481-5750 or firstname.lastname@example.org.