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Speakers’ Topics at Embry-Riddle: Culture of War, Global Warming, Genetic Testing, and Dangerous Safety
Daytona Beach, Fla.
September 11, 2007
This fall, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University invites an award-winning documentary film maker, a climatologist, two technology historians, and a war correspondent to the lectern for its 2007-2008 Honors Program Distinguished Speaker Series.
All events in the speaker series are scheduled at 7 p.m. in the Gale Lemerand Auditorium, Willie Miller Instructional Center, at Embry-Riddle, located at 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach. The lectures are free and open to the public.
On Tuesday, Oct. 16, Eugene Jarecki will speak on “Why We Fight.” Jarecki received the 2005 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award for his documentary film Why We Fight, an investigation of the rise of the “military/industrial complex” that President Dwight Eisenhower warned against in his final address in office. Jarecki has been interviewed by the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Charlie Rose, BBC World, Fox News, CNN, PBS, NPR, and the New York Times, New Yorker, Village Voice, Vanity Fair, Newsday, and Financial Times. His film will be shown from 7-9 p.m., Oct. 11, in the university’s Lemerand Auditorium, Willie Miller Instructional Center.
On Monday, Nov. 5, Kevin Trenberth will speak on “Global Warming Is Unequivocal.” As head of the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Trenberth is one of the nation’s leading figures in climate research and is often quoted in the debates over global warming. He has been a lead member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and served on the Joint Scientific Committee of the World Climate Research Program. Trenberth says there is evidence that global warming is real and that responsible human stewardship of the environment plays a vital role in minimizing climatic impact.
On Monday, Jan. 28, Edward Tenner will speak on “The Unintended Dangers of Safety.” Tenner, a prominent historian of technology and a meticulous documenter of the rich history of technology’s unintended consequences, will investigate hidden dangers of various safety measures and technologies. Sometimes humorous, sometimes disturbing, his lesson is always humbling: our control over processes is limited, despite our good intentions, and the path of progress is anything but straight ahead. Tenner’s books include Why Things Bite Back and Our Own Devices: How Technology Remakes Humanity, a New York Times Notable Book. Tenner has also been a columnist for Technology Review, and he is included in the first volume of The Best of Technology Writing.
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, Joe Galloway will speak on “War and Peace.” Praised by General Norman Schwarzkopf as “the finest combat correspondent of our generation” and honored with the National Magazine Award and the National News Media Award, Galloway spent 22 years as a foreign and war correspondent with Knight-Ridder Newspapers, including four tours of combat duty in Vietnam. He received the Bronze Star for rescuing wounded soldiers under fire in Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam in 1965. He accompanied troops in the assault on Iraq during Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1990-91, covered the India-Pakistan War of 1971, and served as UPI bureau chief in Moscow for three years. Galloway also wrote the bestseller We Were Soldiers Once – and Young, which was made into the critically acclaimed movie We Were Soldiers, starring Mel Gibson. He was a consultant to Colin Powell in the State Department in 2001-2002.
On Monday, March 10, Ruth Schwartz Cowan will speak on “Genetic Screening: The Technologies and their Social Implication.” Cowan, chair of the history department at the University of Pennsylvania, is a distinguished author on the social consequences and implications of various technologies. Her books include A Social History of American Technology, More Work for Mother: The Ironies of Household Technology from the Open Hearth to the Microwave, and the new Heredity and Hope: The Case for Genetic Screening. Cowan will discuss the status and potential uses of genetic screening technology and consider the social and ethical issues that attend this rapidly emerging and powerful force.
For more information about any of these events, contact Geoffrey Kain, Honors Program director, at (386) 226-6650 or email@example.com.
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