Throughout each year, news about the IUHPFL can be found in Indiana newspapers, newsletters and online. In most countries, IUHPFL students also land in foreign news in print and online. In this section, visitors may browse for archived information, including blogs, photos and news.


Grafton Trout - 17 years of Leadership

Image of Mister Grafton Trout, former IUHPFL director

IUHPFL wishes to announce the passing of one of its past directors, Grafton Trout (1929-2016), and to express our gratitude for his vision and leadership of this program from 1977 to 1994. During those 17 years, Grafton oversaw the summer study abroad experiences of nearly 2,000 Indiana high school students at sites in France, Germany and Mexico. He was known for his insatiable love for languages and cultures and was continually fine-tuning his already impressive skills in French, German, Spanish, and other languages. His vast knowledge of art, film, world history, literature, politics and other topics rivaled only his drive to know and understand more. He also cherished opportunities to engage with people, making friends everywhere he went. During his retirement in Bloomington, Indiana, Grafton remained highly engaged with the community and the university, attending lectures, receptions, films, and performances several times each week. Those who knew him marveled at his zest for life and looked forward to conversing with him on a regular basis, always welcoming his kindness, ideas, and wisdom. It is easy to see that Grafton’s spirit of discovery, deep appreciation of languages and cultures, and desire to befriend people around the world live on in every IUHPFL participant, instructor, and staff member. As we look to the future together, his ideals will continue to inspire and guide us.
Thank you, Grafton. You will not be forgotten.


2012 - 50 Years of the IUHPFL

In 2012, IUHPFL celebrated its 50th anniversary. To share these memories, alumni from 1962 to 2012 gathered on the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis. The event included a reception, dinner and silent auction on Friday evening and a full days of workshops, panels and networking opportunities on Saturday.

On Saturday, teachers, instructors and fellow classmates told stories, shared photos and mementos and engaged in discussions about the future of IUHPFL, forming an alumni association and creating a scholarship fund. In addition, alumni were able to meet after hours and on Sunday in Indianapolis and the vicinity of Nashville, Ind. The event was moving and exciting at the same time. Many alumni who hadn't seen each other in years found their old friends once again. New friendships were forged, often spanning generations. Incredible testimonials were shared.

During the event, photo collages spanning several decades and thousands of miles were shown in the background, including a French, German, Mexican and Spanish presentation. Alumni who were unable to attend may want to browse some of the amazing snapshots.