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October 30, 2012

C-SPAN founder to speak at Purdue day before election

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — C-SPAN founder and Executive Chairman Brian Lamb will lead a Purdue University forum on Monday (Nov. 5), the day before the presidential election.

The session, Master Class With Brian Lamb, is free and open to the public on a first-come basis. It will be from 11 a.m. to noon in Lawson Computer Science Building, Room 1142. 

A live stream of the event will be available at http://impactatpurdue.weebly.com

Lamb, a Purdue alumnus, will lead the discussion with Carolyn Curiel, clinical professor of communication and director of Project Impact, an initiative that has hosted a series of forums with nationally known journalists, history and issues experts, and media executives leading up to the election.

"A visit from Brian Lamb to discuss this historic presidential campaign with the Purdue community is an extraordinary treat," said Curiel, a former senior White House aide and United States ambassador. "Our learning partnership with C-SPAN over the last three years has made Purdue not only better informed about public affairs but has given us a close-up view of a complicated, distinctly American system of choosing our leaders."

Purdue last year named the Brian Lamb School of Communication after the Lafayette native, who founded C-SPAN in 1979. Lamb earned a bachelor's degree in communication from Purdue.

The forum will be interactive. Attendees will be allowed to ask questions live or via Twitter.

Curiel works with students to develop, plan and execute the forums. She also advises the initiative's student-governed arm, Future Impact.

The Project Impact series is supported by the Office of the Provost, members of the Lafayette community, the colleges of Education, Engineering and Technology, the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS), the Brian Lamb School of Communication, the Krannert School of Management, International Programs, the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, the departments of History and Political Science and the Purdue Alumni Association.

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432, jbaustin@purdue.edu

Source: Carolyn Curiel, curiel@purdue.edu