Speaker Roundup

Politics and science are dominant themes
November 30, 2010

• Richard Dawkins, Charles Simonyi Professor Emeritus of the public understanding of science at the University of Oxford and a noted atheist, at Page Auditorium. He summarized and read from his recent book, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution.

• Daniel Kramer, photographer, at the Center for Documentary Studies. He spoke about the year he spent with Bob Dylan and the photographs he took of the musician, including those used as the cover images for the albums Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited.

• Jim Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, at the Nasher Museum of Art. He spoke about the need for civility in politics and the role the humanities can play in promoting it.

• Jason McNamara, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) chief of staff, in the Sociology-Psychology Building. He spoke about changes to FEMA’s approach to relief efforts that incorporate more partnerships between local communities and institutions and the federal government.

• Other speakers included Lee Daniels, director of the movie Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire; Richard Danzig, former U.S. Secretary of the Navy; Ira Flatow, host of NPR’s Science Friday; William Gibson, author credited with inventing the term “cyberspace”; Charles MacCormack, CEO of the nonprofit Save the Children; Duncan Niederauer, CEO of NYSE Euronext Inc.; and Nell Painter, historian and professor emerita at Princeton University.