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We are committed to doing our part to mitigate the continued impacts of COVID-19. While vaccinations are underway, we want to ensure the health and safety of our alumni and guests. To that end, many of our sponsored events will continue to take place virtually. Please check back regularly to determine when we will return to your city and when we will be inviting alumni to return to campus.

Please explore our numerous virtual alumni offerings below, which include our Alumni Book Club, Alumni Classes, and other signature events held in virtual settings.

In addition to the links below, please check the upcoming events page to join us online from the comfort of your own home. 

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Jon Fortt ClassThe Black Experience in America
featuring Jon Fortt '98

The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics and the Office of Alumni Engagement has partnered with Jon Fortt ‘98 to make an independent course he produced and offers online via Fortt Media. The Black Experience in America is now freely available to all DePauw alumni, which mirrors the availability for our faculty, staff, and students.

Jon Fortt was inspired to create the course after the murder of George Floyd as a way to prepare his two young sons for life in America.

In Jon's own words, this course is his version of the "The Talk" that many black fathers have with their children about life in America. He turned that into a series of lessons that he produced through Fortt Media.

The course has three video modules that take about 45 minutes each to work through. You’ll be able to sign-up and the courses will save your progress. You’ll be able to go through the modules in tiny increments. You won’t need to do it all in the same 45 minutes.

Want to invite a friend to take the course with you, but they're not alumni of DePauw? They may enroll in the paid version of the course here.

About JON FORTT '98

Jon Fortt graduated from DePauw University in 1998. He is co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” (M-F, 11 AM-12 PM ET). He joined CNBC as a technology correspondent in July 2010, working from CNBC’s Silicon Valley bureau where he covered the companies, start-ups, and trends that are driving innovation in the industry.

A Message from Jon Fortt About the Course

This is about empowerment through education. After the tragic killing of George Floyd in 2020, I decided to use my journalistic background and pull together knowledge to prepare my young sons for life in America.

We’ve heard about “The Talk” that many Black fathers have with our children; this became “The Course.” In creating The Course, I pulled from sources as diverse as Shakespeare and NWA, Miles Morales, and Toni Morrison. As I taught the 18 classes over Zoom to my sons and nine other Black kids during the summer of COVID-19, I explored the country’s history and my own and reconsidered iconic figures and moments I thought I understood. When we finished, the powerful feedback I got from the kids and parents convinced me that we hadn’t just finished something — we had started something. Now I want to continue it, and share that experience with you.

I wrote The Course for Black kids, and for the parents, teachers, and mentors who want to equip them for the future. That said, it’s for everyone who wants to explore the Black experience in America.

I’m a journalist and lifelong learner. The son of an art teacher and the husband of a reading specialist, I enjoy taking complicated subjects and making them understandable and relevant. Today I lead technology coverage at CNBC, where I’ve recently spearheaded coverage of race and opportunity in America, both on-air and in our events.


Italian ruins with church in the backgroundA Grand Tour of Italy: History, Art, and Authentic Italian Cooking

Professors Michael and Francesca Seaman will co-teach a course that will be a grand tour of the history, art, and culture, particularly cuisine, of Italy, loosely modeled on the Grand Tour of Italy undertaken by British aristocrats in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The course will consist of two separate but equal parts, each of 75 minutes duration. Please explore here to learn more about this unique offering taking place during the spring 2021 semester. We hope you will join us for this grand offering!


Campus winterAlumni Winter Term: Leadership in the Liberal Arts

The programming provided by Development and Alumni Engagement seeks to share with DePauw University alumni and friends lifelong learning opportunities along with the ability to engage faculty and fellow alumni in the kind of discourse students regularly enjoy at DePauw. While our Alumni Winter Term offering for January 2021 has now passed, please explore this archive of information on the Leadership and the Liberal Arts alumni class and get inspired for what is to come for future Alumni Winter Term offerings.


Thank you to all of the alumni (nearly 300!) who jumped in to join us as part of the launch of the DePauw University Alumni Book Club in January 2021! It has been a pleasure to see this online community of alumni connect with each other and enjoy books from a range of genres.

Our office has partnered with PBC Guru, a leader in virtual book club experiences that allow people to connect through their individual journey as lifelong learners. 

The Midnight LibraryOur current book club members voted and it was decided that the next book the group will be reading will be The Midnight Library by Matt Haig for our March-May 2021 book.

A short description of the book online reads, "Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?”

This book is sure to bring thoughtful conversation and self-reflection. If you are not already signed up for book club, you can do so here. There is no cost to participate – alumni simply have to get a copy of the book to enjoy from your local library or favorite bookseller. We hope you will join us for this March-May 2021 read! 




The Beauty in BreakingMay - July 2021 Book Selection: The Beauty in Breaking by Michele Harper “Like everyone, I am in this world for only a brief time. And as for many, blessings abound in my life, and they abound amid the struggle, amid my struggle.” - The Beauty in Breaking by Michele Harper

Now is a perfect opportunity to join the DePauw University Alumni Book Club before our exclusive interview with Michele Harper on Wednesday, July 21!

You can learn more about her and her compelling memoir The Beauty in Breaking by clicking here!

Michele HarperAuthor Michele Harper has worked as an emergency room physician for more than a decade at various institutions, including as chief resident at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx and in the emergency department at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia. She is a graduate of Harvard University and the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. The Beauty in Breaking is her first book.

Our alumni book club, hosted alongside PBC Guru, is free and open to DePauw University Alumni.

The sign-up for this free book club can be found here.



PBC Guru + DePauw Alumni Book Archive

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business 
Charles Duhigg (January-March 2021)

The Midnight Library
Matt Haig (March-May 2021)