October 13, 2017

‘The Fuzzy and The Techie’ author to speak at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Scott Hartley, author of “The Fuzzy and The Techie,” will speak at Purdue University on Tuesday (Oct. 17).

“How Dynamic New Ideas Result from Collaborations between Liberal Arts and STEM” will start at 6 p.m. in Lawson Commons, in the Lawson Building. This At the Intersection of Liberal Arts and STEM event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts.

“The Fuzzy and The Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World” was a Financial Times Business Book of the Month, and a finalist for the 2016 Financial Times/McKinsey Bracken Bower Prize. Hartley explores what it means to be a fuzzy, majoring in the humanities or social sciences, and a techie, majoring in the computer sciences, and how these terms and stereotypes have misled the business world. The book chronicles new dynamic companies, breakthrough fuzzy-techie collaborations, and explores why the liberal arts are still relevant in our techie world.

Hartley is a venture capitalist and startup adviser. He has served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the White House, a partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, and a venture partner at Metamorphic Ventures. Prior to venture capital, Hartley worked at Google, Facebook, and Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He is a contributing author to the MIT Press book, “Shopping for Good,” and has written for publications such as the Financial Times Inc., Foreign Policy, Forbes, and the Boston Review. Hartley has spoken on global entrepreneurship with MIT, the World Bank, Google, and the U.S. State Department. He holds an Master of Business administration and a master of arts from Columbia University, and a bachelor of arts in political science from Stanford University. He is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

At the Intersection of Liberal Arts and STEM is a series of events that highlights how liberal arts, science, technology, engineering and math fields are enriched and have greater capacity for meaningful change when the disciplines intersect. 

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Source: Gabby Hlavek, director of marketing and communication for Purdue Liberal Arts, 765.496.7276, ghlavek@purdue.edu

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