Presidential Lecture Series

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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.”

The fall semester lectures will feature author James Barrat on Sept. 18 and education and author Harlan Coben on Feb. 2. All lectures will be free and open to the public.

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.


 

Barrat_thumbJames Barrat / September 18, 2014 / Loeb Playhouse
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. Barrat, in examining the point where machine intelligence surpasses human intelligence, raises somber questions about the future of humanity and civilization as we know it. 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.


Coben_thumbnailHarlan Coben / February 2, 2015 / 6:30 PM / 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.