Presidential Lecture Series
The series, launched in 2014, features prominent experts and practitioners from various fields that are of interest to both the campus and community at-large. Connected with each public presentation, speakers are integrated into relevant curricular activities on the West Lafayette campus during their visits. The series will add speakers at various points during the year.
The series aims to tap into a network of talented individuals from divergent fields of inquiry and bring thoughtful people to campus who can contribute to academic and public discourse. The speakers are leaders in their respective fields who can contribute to Purdue's culture of intellectual thought and rigor.
Frank Bruni - Sept. 9, 2015
New York Times columnist Frank Bruni: "Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania." Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m., Stewart Center's Fowler Hall
Bruni is a New York Times op-ed columnist and author of three bestselling books: a 2002 chronicle of George W. Bush's initial presidential campaign, "Ambling into History"; a 2009 memoir, "Born Round," about the joys and torments of his eating life; and a 2015 reflection on higher education, "Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania."
Arne Duncan - Sept. 16, 2015
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke at 2:15 p.m., Sept. 12, in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse.
The secretary's visit was part of his sixth annual "Back-to-School Bus Tour: Ready for Success," on Sept. 14-18. In addition to Purdue and Indianapolis, tour stops include Kansas City, Missouri; Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Champaign and Williamsfield, Illinois; Louisville; Cincinnati; and Pittsburgh.
George Will - Dec. 7, 2015
Washington Post Columnist George Will spoke at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 7, in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse.
Will and Purdue President Mitch Daniels lead an hourlong discussion, including an audience question and answer session.
Will's newspaper column has been syndicated by The Washington Post since 1974. It appears twice weekly in more than 475 newspapers. For 35 years, he was a regular contributing editor of Newsweek magazine. In 1977 he won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in his newspaper columns.
John Schnatter - March 28, 2016
Papa John's founder and CEO John Schnatter. March 28, 6:30 p.m., Stewart Center's Fowler Hall
Schnatter has strong ties to Indiana. He was born in Jeffersonville and earned a bachelor's degree in business from Ball State University, delivering pizzas on campus while a student. After returning home to Jeffersonville in 1983, he started his own pizza company, knocking down a broom closet in his father's tavern, installing an oven and delivering pizzas out of the back of the bar.
George Shultz - April 19, 2016
Former U.S. Secretary of State, Labor, and Treasury George Shultz. April 19, 6:30 p.m., Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse
Shultz, an economist, served in President Richard M. Nixon's administration as secretary of labor from 1969-70, director of the Office of Management and Budget from 1970-72 and as treasury secretary from 1972-74. He also served in President Ronald Reagan's administration as secretary of state from 1982-89.
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