Presidential Lecture Series

Purdue’s Presidential Lecture Series is a cornerstone of the intellectually vibrant community of scholars on our campus. Universities are places where ideas compete and curious minds gather, brightened by distinguished speakers visiting us through these conversations.

Sethuraman Panchanathan director, U.S. National Science Foundation & U.S. Sen. Todd Young R-Indiana

Sethuraman Panchanathan 
director, U.S. National Science Foundation & U.S. Sen. Todd Young 

  • 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, in Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall
  • Event is free, but a general admission ticket is required. 

Sethuraman Panchanathan, director of the U.S. National Science Foundation, and U.S. Sen. Todd Young of Indiana will join Purdue President Mung Chiang for a fireside chat as part of the Presidential Lecture Series.  

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A Fireside Chat with Rev. John I. Jenkins (C.S.C.) – President, University of Notre Dame

Date: Thursday, Feb. 29 
Time: 7 p.m. ET 
Location: Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall 
This event is free and open to the public with a general admission ticket.  

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Global Progress for Tomorrow’s Leaders: Overcoming Challenges, Building a Better Future

Carolyn Woo
Former CEO, Catholic Relief Services 
Purdue Alumna 

Date: Tuesday, March 5
Time: 5 p.m. ET 
Location: Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall 
This event is free and open to the public with a general admission ticket.   

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The Story of the Presidential Lecture Series

Launched in 2014 by former Purdue President Mitch Daniels and continued in 2023 by President Mung Chiang, the Presidential Lecture Series exposes Purdue students and the broader community to inspiring ideas, courageous leadership and models of civic engagement and civil discourse. The Presidential Lecture Series has hosted some of the great intellectual, business and civic leaders of our time. As one of the world’s premier centers of scholarly leadership, Purdue is – appropriately and necessarily – a regular venue for great thinkers across a wide variety of disciplines. 

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The Presidential Lecture Series will continue to enhance the vibrancy of intellectual life on campus and to celebrate the scholarly impact of our colleagues.

Mung Chiang

President, Purdue University

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