C-SPAN founder, Gov. Daniels to discuss higher education during public interview

September 4, 2012  

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C-SPAN founder and executive chairman Brian Lamb, at right, will interview Purdue president-elect Gov. Mitch Daniels at a public event Sept. 27. Lamb interviewed Daniels in about his role as governor and his new book "Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans." This year's interview will focus on higher education issues and how Daniels is preparing for the role of university president. (Purdue University file photo/Mark Simons)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - C-SPAN founder and executive chairman Brian Lamb will interview Purdue president-elect Gov. Mitch Daniels about higher education issues and preparing for the role of university president at a public event Sept. 27.

"Governor Daniels in Conversation With Brian Lamb" will be at 4:30 p.m. in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse on Purdue's campus. Seating for the event will begin at 4 p.m. The discussion, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Project Impact, the Brian Lamb School of Communication, the College of Liberal Arts and the Purdue Alumni Association. No backpacks are allowed inside of Loeb Playhouse, and bag check will be available. The event also will be streamed live via webcast. The video stream will be available at mms://video1.itap.purdue.edu/ProjectImpact

"We anticipate a lively and nonpartisan discussion on the important issues facing higher education as well as the governor's reflections as governor and how he is transitioning to university president," said Carolyn Curiel, a clinical professor of communication. Curiel is director of Project Impact, a student-driven, university-wide initiative focused on experiential learning in partnership with C-SPAN at Purdue and in Washington, D.C., and through on-campus forums.

The one-hour interview will include questions from the audience at the end, and audience members will be able to use Twitter to ask questions.

Lamb interviewed Daniels in 2011 to discuss his role as governor and his new book, "Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans."

In June the Purdue Board of Trustees selected Daniels to be the university's 12th president starting in January after his term as governor ends. He is Indiana's 49th governor, and he was elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2008 with the largest number of votes ever recorded by any candidate for public office in state history.

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Daniels has held a variety of top-level positions in business and politics. He worked 11 years at Eli Lilly and Co., where he was as president of the company's North American Pharmaceutical Operations. Previously, he was CEO of the Hudson Institute, then a contract research organization known for its analyses of the central role of technology in human progress, among other issues. He also served as an adviser to President Ronald Reagan, director of the Office of Management and Budget for President George W. Bush, and chief of staff for Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar. Daniels was widely viewed in 2011 as a possible candidate for the U.S. presidency before choosing not to run. He also is the author of a second book, "Notes from the Road," a chronicle of his Indiana travels as a first-time political candidate.

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In 2011 Purdue named its School of Communication after Brian Lamb, who founded C-SPAN - Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network - in 1977. The network's initial telecasts of the U.S. House of Representatives commenced in 1979, and today there are three C-SPAN networks offering around-the-clock coverage of the political process. Lamb stepped down this past year as CEO of C-SPAN.

Purdue also is home of the C-SPAN Archives, which records, indexes and archives C-SPAN programming. Established in 1987 for historical, educational and research uses, the archives is located at the Purdue Research Park and operated and funded by C-SPAN. All programs are digital and can be viewed for free at http://www.c-spanvideo.org/videoLibrary/

Last year, Project Impact hosted a variety of audience-interactive forums that featured national journalists, historians, issues analysts and social media executives. The series, "2012: It's Not Just Politics, It's Our Future," will continue this semester.

The Brian Lamb School of Communication is home to 974 undergraduate majors, 120 graduate students and 34 full-time faculty members. The six areas of graduate study and research are health communication; interpersonal communication; media, technology and society; organizational communication; public relations/issue management; and rhetorical studies.

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

Sources: Carolyn Curiel, curiel@purdue.edu

Howard Sypher, head of the Brian Lamb School of Communication, hsypher@purdue.edu

Irwin Weiser, Justin S. Morrill Dean of Liberal Arts, 765-494-3661, iweiser@purdue.edu

Note to Journalists: Journalists interested in covering the event should contact Amy Patterson Neubert at 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

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