Presidential Lecture Series

Watch the Presidential Lecture Series on YouTubeThe 2015-16 Presidential Lecture Series will be announced soon.

2014 Presidential Lecture Series

Two lectures are scheduled for 2014-15, and the series may also add speakers at various points during the year.

“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.”

Todd Wetzel, director of Purdue Convocations, which is assisting the Office of the President with the series, said, “This series provides us yet another opportunity to bring programming to the Purdue community that is both thought-provoking and inspiring. We are pleased to be able to host these outstanding talented speakers.”

All Lectures are free and open to the general public.

Sam Allen / September 29, 2014 / 2:30 PM /Loeb Playhouse
Daniels and Deere & Co. CEO – and Purdue alumnus – Sam Allen will discuss meeting the needs of a growing population. Experts estimate the world’s population will exceed 9.5 billion by 2050. How can we help provide food, clothing, shelter and infrastructure for that many people while also conserving land and water? John Deere is developing solutions that draw on superior technology and engineering as well as more than 175 years of experience. Every day, John Deere employees seek new and better ways to achieve the company’s higher purpose of helping people live better lives through its commitment to those linked to the land. Students must bring IDs for class credit. (WATCH archive video)

Paul Eremenko / October 8, 2014 / 6:30 PM /Loeb Playhouse
“Daniels and Paul Eremenko of Google will discuss Project Ara and innovation at Google, DARPA, and elsewhere. Eremenko currently heads Project Ara in Google’s Advanced Technology & Projects (ATAP) organization. It is an effort to create a modular hardware ecosystem–rivaling the mobile app ecosystem in pace and level of innovation–around smartphones in an effort to deliver the mobile internet to the next 5 billion people. Prior to Google, Eremenko led the Tactical Technology Office at DARPA, where he was responsible for the agency’s X-plane, space, robotics, and manufacturing programs. Eremenko is also a research affiliate at MIT in the Engineering Systems Division.” (WATCH archive video)

Mara Liasson/ October 27, 2014 / 6:30 PM /Loeb Playhouse
Mara Liasson is the national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR’s award-winning newsmagazines All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, D.C. — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway. (WATCH archive video)

Buffett_smHOWARD G. BUFFETT: Challenges and Solutions to Achieving Global Food Security
March 12, 2015 / 6:30 PM / Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall
Along with President Mitch Daniels, Mr. Buffett will discuss his book 40 Chances and challenges and solutions to achieving global food security. In addition to managing the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Mr. Buffett oversees a personal farm in central Illinois and farms in Nebraska with his son. He also oversees three foundation-operated research farms in Arizona, Illinois and South Africa. Mr. Buffett has traveled to 135 countries and authored eight books on conservation and the human condition.


Coben_thumbnailHarlan Coben / April 16, 2015 / 6:30 PM / Fowler Hall

Please note that this lecture was rescheduled to April 16.
Author Harlan Coben will discuss “The Rules of Writing and When to Break Them.” With his last seven novels, including his most recent book, Missing You, debuting at No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list, and more than 50 million books in print in 42 languages, Coben will share writing tips, inspiration, how-tos— and the insecurities that plague all writers. (WATCH archive video)

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