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March 2014
Anant Agarwal
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 / 6:30 pm

Agarwal, founder and President of edX, a cutting-edge education innovation and research company that specializes in open-source education solutions, will present a lecture at 6:30 p.m. March 26 in Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall. Agarwal, an award-winning professor of engineering and computer science at MIT, taught his first course of edX on circuits and electronics, which drew 155,000 students from 162 countries. As a serial entrepreneur, he has founded multiple companies, including Tilera Corp., and products such as the Raw multicore…

September 2014
James Barrat
Thursday, September 18, 2014 / 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Author and documentary filmmaker James Barrat has investigated the pervasive rise of artificial intelligence in science and society today in his book, Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era. As a part of the Dawn or Doom summit, Barrat will present his thought-provoking vantage point and interact with Purdue faculty experts in a rich discourse.

Sam Allen
Monday, September 29, 2014 / 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Sam Allen: “Like a good challenge? Help us double food production by 2050”  President 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…

October 2014
Paul Eremenko
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 / 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Paul Eremenko: “Models of Innovation” 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…

Mara Liasson
Monday, October 27, 2014 / 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

“A View from Washington” 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.

November 2014
Brian Greene
Thursday, November 6, 2014 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A Harvard graduate and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Greene is a professor in physics and mathematics at Columbia University. His work has been published in Wired and The New York Times, and he appeared as himself in a 2011 episode of CBS’s The Big Bang Theory. He has also been a guest on Charlie Rose, Nightline, Late Show with David Letterman, and The Colbert Report. Read More...

Tom Vilsack
Monday, November 17, 2014 / 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tom Vilsack serves as the Nation's 30th Secretary of Agriculture. As leader of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Vilsack is working hard to strengthen the American agricultural economy, build vibrant rural communities and create new markets for the tremendous innovation of rural America. In more than six years at the Department, Vilsack has worked to implement President Obama's agenda to put Americans back to work and create an economy built to last. USDA has supported America's farmers, ranchers and…

March 2015
Howard G. Buffett
Thursday, March 12, 2015 / 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

"Challenges and Solutions to Achieving Global Food Security" 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…

April 2015
Harlan Coben
Thursday, April 16, 2015 / 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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.

September 2015
Frank Bruni
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.

Arne Duncan
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.

December 2015
George Will
Monday, December 7, 2015 / 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

60 minutes of invigorating discussion including an audience Q&A with President Mitch Daniels.

March 2016
“Papa John” Schnatter
Monday, March 28, 2016 / 6:30 pm - 7:30 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.

April 2016
George Shultz
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 / 6:30 pm - 7:30 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.

November 2016
Catherine Bertini
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 / 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Catherine Bertini, former executive director of the United Nations World Food Program and 2003 World Food Prize Laureate, will join Purdue President Mitch Daniels for an in-depth discussion on global food security during the opening program of Purdue’s 2016-2017 Presidential Lecture Series.

A Conversation with Ron Chernow
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 / 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Ron Chernow, whose book "Hamilton" inspired the hit Broadway musical, will speak at Purdue for the Presidential Lecture Series.

January 2017
J.D. Vance
Monday, January 30 / 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Loeb Playhouse

Political commentator J.D. Vance will join President Mitch Daniels in an hour long discussion and audience Q&A.

February 2017
Stan Druckenmiller
Wednesday, February 1 / 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Fowler Hall

Investor Stan Druckenmiller will join President Mitch Daniels in an hour long discussion and audience Q&A.

March 2017
Doug Brinkley
Wednesday, March 1 / 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Fowler Hall

Historian and author Doug Brinkley joined President Mitch Daniels in an hour long discussion and audience Q&A.

April 2017
Bjørn Lomborg
Tuesday, April 11 / 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Fowler Hall

Danish author Bjørn Lomborg joined President Mitch Daniels in an hour long discussion and audience Q&A.

September 2017
Celebration of the “Washington Crossing the Delaware” ​Painting Installation
Thursday, September 7 / 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wilmeth Active Learning Center

Joseph Ellis, a Pulitzer Prize winning American historian, will speak at an art unveiling in Wilmeth Active Learning Center to kick off the 2017-18 Purdue Presidential Lecture Series.

October 2017
Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina
Monday, October 23 / 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Loeb Playhouse

The most recent World Food Prize laureate will join Purdue President Mitch Daniels on October 23 as part of the fall 2017 Presidential Lecture Series.

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