Presidential Lecture Series
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.”
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.”
2015-16 Presidential Lecture Series
The 2015-16 lecture series may add additional speakers at various points during the year.
All Lectures are free and open to the general public.
Monday, March 28 / 6:30 pm
John Schnatter, founder and CEO of Papa John’s Pizza, will join President Mitch Daniels in an hour long discussion and audience Q&A.
Tuesday, April 19 / 6:30 pm
George Shultz, economist and four-time U.S. Cabinet member, will join President Mitch Daniels in an hour long discussion and audience Q&A. READ MORE
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 / 6:30 pm
New York Times columnist Frank Bruni will discuss “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania” as part of the Presidential Lecture Series at Purdue. Read more
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 / 2:15 pm
The U.S. Education Secretary will speak as part of his sixth annual “Back-to-School Bus Tour: Ready for Success” and the Purdue Presidential Lecture Series. Read more
Monday, December 7, 2015 / 6:30 pm
The Washington Post columnist will hold a dialogue with President Mitch Daniels. 60 minutes of invigorating discussion including an audience Q&A. Read more