Signature events to be the centerpiece of Purdue’s Giant Leaps 150th Campaign
The centerpiece of Purdue’s Giant Leaps Sesquicentennial Campaign will be an Ideas Festival that connects
world-renowned speakers and Purdue expertise in a conversation on the most critical problems and opportunities
facing our world. Cross-disciplinary discussions and events aligned with the four Giant Leaps themes will run the
course of the entire year, from Homecoming 2018 to Homecoming 2019. The discourse will be archived and
curated by interdisciplinary teams that will prepare recommendations to guide Purdue’s next 150 years.
Co-chaired by Christine Ladisch, dean emerita of the College of Health and Human Sciences, and Mark Lundstrom,
the Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the organizational
structure of the festival is driven by theme committees that will review proposals/opportunities and strive to
elevate the activities of faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members.