The Patten Lecture series invites eminent writers, scholars, and artists for week-long visits to the Bloomington campus. The Patten Foundation, endowed by a gift from Indiana University alumnus, William T. Patten, has played an integral part in enriching the intellectual life on campus since 1936. Patten guests give public lectures, participate in faculty colloquia, meet with students, and, in general, share their scholarship and talent with the community during their stay. Advancing the vision of Mr. Patten to enhance public higher learning, Indiana University has been honored to welcome individuals of high distinction and world renown as part of this series, offering stimulating opportunities for intellectual exchanges and artistic expressions. I welcome you all to be a part of this excitement, and look forward to seeing you at Patten events.