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Rayvon Fouche

Rayvon Fouche

American Studies professor, director | Purdue University | Class of 1991

When he himself entered the world of academia, Rayvon Fouche made it his mission to have the same impact on his students at Purdue as three professors did on him at Illinois.

Chip Burkhardt, Lillian Hoddeson and Evan Melhado made all the difference in my time at Illinois,” says the Purdue American Studies professor and director (BA ’91, history/philosophy).

“They were the first people that opened my eyes to the fact that scientific knowledge and technological objects were not just benign conceptual and material stuff, but a set of artifacts specifically designed to inhabit our world.

“These things inherently shape our lives for good and ill, and studying and understanding this reality was a meaningful and worthy intellectual undertaking.”