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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts Program, created in 2016, has blossomed rapidly over the last four years. The mission of Cornerstone is to share the wisdom and vision of the Liberal Arts with all Purdue students.

In September of 2020, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Teagle Foundation committed $7 million dollars to a national program using the Purdue program as a national model. The goal is to see other universities use Cornerstone programming to reinvigorate liberal arts and the humanities in higher education.

According to an article recently released by Purdue, Cornerstone: Learning for Living is designed to provide all students with the opportunity to broaden their understanding of the world and themselves, while strengthening the skills to read closely, write clearly, speak with confidence, and to engage with differing viewpoints and perspectives through general education courses.

On the latest episode of Full Steam Ahead: A Podcast About Purdue, FOX59’s Adam Bartels talks with Purdue student Nicholas Buffo and the director of Cornerstone, Melinda Zook about the program, the new initiative, its benefits, and more!

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