Mitch Daniels, Lee Hamilton and Brian Lamb to discuss 'The Future of Democracy'

September 22, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University President Mitch Daniels and Lee H. Hamilton will discuss "The Future of Democracy" in an Oct. 5 conversation moderated by C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb.

The event is 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. Doors open at 4:15 p.m. No ticket is required but seating is based on availability. The event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, C-SPAN Education Foundation and the C-SPAN Archives. This conversation is part of the archives' annual research conference, which also is supported by the Brian Lamb School of Communication, the Department of Political Science and the C-SPAN Archives.

"The C-SPAN Archives are a national treasure, an unparalleled documentation of modern democracy," said David Reingold, the Justin S. Morrill Dean of Liberal Arts. "I'm pleased that this conference advances its potential as a resource for researchers. Pairing the conference with a conversation featuring two icons of Indiana politics, the Hon. Lee Hamilton and our university president Mitch Daniels offers an extraordinary look at the political landscape. It is fitting that Brian Lamb, whose vision brought our political processes into living rooms across the country and around the world, will moderate the exchange."

Hamilton is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana and vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission. He represented the 9th congressional district of Indiana from 1965-1999 in the U.S. House of Representatives. He founded the Center on Congress at Indiana University in 1999, and he also served as president and director of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., from 1999-2010. Hamilton is considered a leading figure on foreign policy, intelligence and national security, and in addition to serving as vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission, he also served as co-chairman of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group.

Daniels became the 12th president of Purdue in January 2013, at the conclusion of his second term as Indiana governor. 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. 

In 2011 Purdue named its School of Communication after 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.

The C-SPAN Archives 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

The College of Liberal Arts is home to the departments of Anthropology, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology, as well as the Brian Lamb School of Communication; the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts; and the schools of Interdisciplinary Studies and Languages and Cultures. 

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723,

Sources: David Reingold,

Robert Browning, Robert Browning, director of the C-SPAN Archives and an associate professor of communication and political science, 

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