Facebook co-founder and North Carolina native Chris Hughes is coming back to his home state, where he’s scheduled to give a talk on how social media has transformed the state of communications.

The lecture is set for 3 p.m. April 2 in Stewart Theatre.

Admission is free.

NCSU is also offering a webcast of the event. (Click here for details.)

It was announced recently that the Hickory native is buying a majority stake in The New Republic, a magazine founded nearly a century ago. The 28-year-old will serve as the magazine’s publisher and editor-in-chief.

After helping Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskowitz start Facebook in 2004, Hughes joined Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2007.

He later founded Jumo.com, a social network to connect nonprofits with people who want to help them. Jumo was acquired by Good, another platform for nonprofits.

Hughes’ biography as provided by NCSU:

A native of Hickory, N.C., Hughes co-founded Facebook in 2004, working first as the site’s spokesperson and later leading the product and user experience team.

He served as director of online organizing for President Barack Obama’s campaign in 2007-08. The campaign’s new-media strategy revolutionized the use of the Web as a political tool, helping the candidate raise more than $500 million by generating more than two million donations of less than $200 each. Swiftly mobilizing hundreds of thousands of supporters, this use of social networking changed the face of political campaigns.

After a stint working as an investor, Hughes moved into the social sector and founded Jumo, a tool to help people find high-quality nonprofit organizations. Last fall, Jumo merged with GOOD – a community of millions of educated, creative and socially engaged young adults – to build a robust social activism platform.

An independent investor in technology and media companies, Hughes is also a member of the UNAIDS High-Level Commission on HIV Prevention and a trustee of the Knight Foundation. He is a graduate of Harvard University.