October 2012

Spillover: The Rise of New Global Disease Epidemics

Wed, Oct 10 2012 - 6:00pm

Spillover: The Rise of New Viral Disease Epidemics

David Quammen, Science, Nature and Travel Writer; Author, Spillover

The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it could threaten a worldwide pandemic. The bugs that transmit some of these serious infectious diseases share one thing: They originate in wild animals and pass ailments to humans by a process called spillover. Read more »

Chris Anderson

Tue, Oct 23 2012 - 6:00pm

Chris Anderson

Editor in Chief, Wired; Author, Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

Eric Ries, Entrepreneur and Author, The Lean Startup - Moderator

In an age of custom-made, do-it-yourself product design and creation, the collective potential of a million garage tinkerers and enthusiasts is about to be unleashed, Anderson says, driving a resurgence of American manufacturing. Read more »

Steven Pinker: Why Violence Has Declined

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Tue, Oct 9 2012 - 7:00pm

Steven Pinker

Professor of Psychology, Harvard University; Author, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

Despite what can sometimes appear to be a pervasive culture of violence, Pinker, a leading expert on language and the mind, posits that we might in fact be living in one of the most peaceful times of our existence. Our wars are proportionally a fraction as deadly as ancient tribal warfare, and smaller-scale violence has also waned over the centuries, he claims. Read more »

Education Beyond Talk: The Amazing Impact of Learning by Doing

Wed, Oct 17 2012 - 6:00pm

Education Beyond Talk: The Amazing Impact of Learning by Doing

Charles Best, Founder, Donorschoose.org
Vince Bertram, Ph.D., President and CEO, Project Lead the Way
Helen Quinn, Ph.D., Emerita Professor of Physics and Former Chair, Department of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, Stanford University; Chair, National Board on Science Education
Dennis Bartels, Ph.D., Executive Director, Exploratorium; Member, Education Working Group for the President's Council of Advisors on Sci Read more »