The Purdue hub will occur in West Lafayette, Indiana, in the lovely Great Hall of the John Martinson Honors College, pictured above. A number of superb scholars from the area have already committed to attending. See the list of confirmed speakers below. We plan to have an intimate gathering, with one to two panels at a time, so that we can build an intellectual community together.


The West Lafayette hub is grateful for the following sponsors: Miami University Ohio, Saint Louis University, the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Iowa, and Purdue’s Blue Sky Lab, College of Liberal Arts, Department of English, John Martinson Honors College, Office of Research, and School of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Hub Leaders

Emily Allen, Associate Professor, Purdue University

Dino Felluga, Professor, Purdue University

Confirmed Speakers

Florence Boos (U of Iowa), Tracy Davis (Northwestern U), Rae Greiner (Indiana U), Dan Hack (U of Michigan), Lucy Hartley (U of Michigan), Lara Kriegel (Indiana U), Ivan Kreilkamp (Indiana U), Benjamin Morgan (U of Chicago), Monique Morgan (Indiana U), Rebecca Nesvet (U of Wisconsin, Green Bay), Yopie Prins (U of Michigan), and Garrett Stewart (U of Iowa).

Special Event

As Purdue’s motto is “We are Purdue. Makers, All,” we will take the occasion of this local event to make things that attendees can then take away, including a visit to actual printing presses from the past (a 1959 Vandercook press and a reproduction of a Gutenberg press in the John Martinson Honors College STEAM Lab). Attendees will be able to leave the conference with a unique, custom printing of a page commemorating the Purdue hub.

Visiting West Lafayette

While you’re in town, there’s plenty to explore in Lafayette and West Lafayette. Take a walk through historic Downtown Lafayette for a self-guided architecture tour including the Tippecanoe County Courthouse (built in 1882) and Indiana’s oldest bar still in operation, the Knickerbocker Saloon (built in 1835). After your walk around downtown, grab a refreshment to-go from Star City Coffee and enjoy it on the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge overlooking the Wabash River, which served as a major trade route from the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries. Get outdoors at Ouiatenon Preserve, a National Historic Landmark, or take a walk through Happy Hollow Park, which offers a mile of accessible paved trail as well as footpaths through the trees. Book a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s beautiful Samara House (1952), preserved with original Wright-designed furniture and décor. For dining options from quick snacks to upscale eateries, check out the restaurant guide.


We will not be purchasing hotel blocks. We recommend making reservations early. The easiest place to stay is the Union Club Hotel since it is right on campus. Down the hill from campus are the Hilton and the Hampton Inn, which are about a 25-minute walk from the John Martinson Honors College.

Union Club Hotel
boutique hotel on the Purdue campus
201 N. Grant Street, West Lafayette

Hilton Garden Inn West Lafayette Wabash Landing
356 E State St, West Lafayette

Hampton Inn & Suites West Lafayette
160 Tapawingo Dr, West Lafayette

Holiday Inn Lafayette-City Centre
515 South Street, Lafayette

The Whittaker Inn
an independent farmhouse-style inn
702 W. 500 N., West Lafayette

Black Blanket Farms
bed & breakfast on a working farm
7440 W. 125 N., West Lafayette

DoubleTree Hilton Lafayette East
155 Progress Dr, Lafayette

Hampton Inn Lafayette
3941 South St, Lafayette

Getting There

Train: Lafayette/West Lafayette is accessible by train, with the Amtrak station located conveniently in Downtown Lafayette near hotels and restaurants.

Bus: Hoosier Ride offers bus service to Lafayette from surrounding cities and states, complete with free wi-fi and power outlets. Greyhound also offers service to Lafayette.

Car: Drive to Purdue University at 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907. Electric vehicle charging stations are available across campus.


For inquiries, email

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