Author, political theorist Francis Fukuyama to speak at Purdue

World-renowned scholar, diplomat and author Francis Fukuyama will discuss personal identity and its relationship to the current political climate when he visits Purdue on April 16 to present the inaugural Jack Miller Center Lecture.

“Giant Leaps Series: Identity Politics and the Future of Democracy” will be an armchair conversation between Fukuyama and Purdue President Mitch Daniels at 6:30 p.m. in Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall. This event, which is free and open to the public, is presented by the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of History.

A bestselling author, Fukuyama’s 2018 release, “Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment,” examines modern identity politics and the opportunity to shape identity to support democracy. Fukuyama’s “The End of History and the Last Man” has appeared in over 20 foreign editions, and his “The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution” made multiple best-of lists in 2011. Fukuyama is also a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Mosbacher Director of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University.

The event is a part of Purdue’s Giant Leaps Series celebrating 150 Years of Giant Leaps. This yearlong celebration is highlighting Purdue’s remarkable history of giant leaps, while focusing on what giant leaps Purdue can take to address the world’s problems.

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