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.

Spring 2016

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John Schnatter

Monday, March 28 / 6:30 pm
Fowler Hall

John Schnatter, founder and CEO of Papa John’s Pizza, will join President Mitch Daniels in an hour long discussion and audience Q&A.

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George Shultz

Tuesday, April 19 / 6:30 pm
Fowler Hall

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

Fall 2015

Frank Bruni

Frank Bruni

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 / 6:30 pm
Fowler Hall

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

Arne Duncan: Purdue Presidential Lecture Series

Arne Duncan

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 / 2:15 pm

Loeb Playhouse

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

George Will: Purdue Presidential Lecture Series

George Will

Monday, December 7, 2015 / 6:30 pm

Fowler Hall

The Washington Post columnist will hold a dialogue with President Mitch Daniels. 60 minutes of invigorating discussion including an audience Q&A. Read more

Complete Presidential Lecture Series

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