Purdue University 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.
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)
Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, will give a free and open-to-the-public lecture at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17, in Loeb Playhouse at Stewart Center on Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus.
Secretary Vilsack’s talk is part of the Purdue Presidential Lecture Series, curated by Purdue University President Mitch Daniels to “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.”
Among Secretary Vilsack’s many initiatives as head of the USDA, he has taken steps to strengthen services for rural businesses and entrepreneurs and spur investments in rural America. He has also overseen agricultural trade growth, expanded regional food hubs, prioritized private-sector jobs to aid with conservation, strengthened food safety standards, improved school meals for our kids, and more.
Harlan Coben / February 4, 2015 / Fowler Hall
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)