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Andrew McGregor
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The majority of our graduate students began their higher education at other institutions. ‪#‎History‬ grad student, Andrew McGregor, is one such student, and he has brought the skills and experiences he gained as a Master’s student to enrich our community here at ‪#‎Purdue‬.

“The fun thing about studying history is sharing the interesting stories you discover and helping people see the world around them in new ways. Usually this happens in a conference presentation, publication, or in the classroom, but occasionally you get a chance to reach a broader audience.

“Last February Jason Strudwick of TSN 1260 in Edmonton, Canada had me on his radio show for a segment called ‘The Greatest Stories Ever Told.’ I shared the story of U.S. Olympian Billy Mills, 10,000m Gold Medalist at the 1964 Tokyo Games. It is an inspiring story of an orphaned American Indian who overcame the longest odds and shocked the world, but it also reveals insightful details about the history of sports and race in America. I wrote my master’s thesis and a book chapter on Mills, but this was a completely different audience. It was both fun and challenging to distill my work for popular consumption. This type of engagement is at the heart of the Department of History’s mission and invaluable for professional development.”

How have you used your previous experiences to contribute to our community at Purdue? If you have a grad student story you’d like to share with us? Email it to and you may be featured in our next ‪#‎PurdueGradStories‬ post.

Also, if you’re interested in learning more about Billy Mills, he will be visiting our campus on Nov. 6, 7:00 pm, at the Rec Center (CREC).
Billy Mills, Oglala Lakota (Sioux), will share his journey of overcoming racism as a young boy to winning the gold medal in the 10000 meter event in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. In his new role as a philanthropist, Billy serves as a strong advocate for American Indian youths through his foundation, ...
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Today is the official launch of my new blogging venture. I've teamed up with over a dozen scholars across multiple disciplines to create a group blog focusing on Sport in American History. At the start, we will be publishing one post per week that explores the paradoxes of sport by connecting and contextualizing sport with history. We also plan to publish publish book and film reviews and tips for incorporating themes from sport studies into the classroom. Feel free to read the blog and join our community!
A Group Blog on American Sport History
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