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Eric Sandweiss
IU History Department

Last modified: Monday, June 16, 2003

IU history journal views Purdue social life, Evansville College controversy

Articles dealing with Purdue University and Evansville College are included in the current issue of the Indiana Magazine of History.

Ryan Anderson, a history doctoral student at Purdue, recounts student life in the early 1900s at Purdue, and Randy Mills, a faculty member at Oakland City University in Oakland City, Ind., describes the firing of Professor George Parker from Evansville College (now the University of Evansville) in 1948 because of his political activities.

A third article, by Indiana University History Professor David Thelen, advocates changes in the way history is taught. Thelen proposes, among other things, that re-enactment be used as a tool for helping students to understand the past. Comments on his essay by three educators and museum professionals follow the article.

The Indiana Magazine of History is published quarterly by the History Department at IU Bloomington in cooperation with the Indiana Historical Society. Eric Sandweiss, an IUB associate professor of history, is the editor.

In addition to the three feature articles, the magazine includes a review section of new books on various aspects of history. This section focuses on Indiana but also includes the Midwest and the nation.

For subscription information, contact the magazine at 812-856-5394 or The journal's Web site is at

Members of the Indiana Historical Society receive the magazine as a benefit of membership. For details on joining the society, visit its Web site at