Former Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska will launch the Spring 2018 Presidential Lecture Series on Monday, Feb. 26.
A former U.S. Navy SEAL, Kerrey received the Medal of Honor for his service in the Vietnam War. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy.
He will join Purdue President Mitch Daniels for an hour-long conversation and audience Q&A session at 6:30 p.m. in Room 210, Matthews Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Kerrey served one term as governor of Nebraska in 1983, before representing Nebraska in the Senate from 1989-2001. After leaving the Senate, Kerrey continued his work in public service, serving on the 9/11 Commission, the advisory board of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association, the Concord Coalition and the Natural Resources Defense Council. He is also the past president of The New School.
Kerrey is currently managing director at Allen & Company, an investment banking and financial advisory firm, and executive chairman of the Minerva Institute for Research and Scholarship.
Launched in 2014, the Presidential Lecture Series is a diverse series of lectures that will examine policy, leadership, culture, and society.
“A community of scholars like ours cannot have too rich or varied a flow of interesting and illuminating visitors,” said President Mitch Daniels. “I hope this new series will augment the intellectual traffic already coming through campus in a way that enhances its breadth of content as well as its frequency and reach among our students and faculty.”