2012 Past Speakers

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Paul Miles

Dr. Paul Miles serves on quality committees with the American Academy of Pediatrics and with the American Board of Medical Specialties, where he serves on the Task Force for Maintenance of Certification. He is a former chair of the board of directors of the American Board of Pediatrics.


Winslow Briggs

Winslow Briggs’ research on plant responses to light and photoreceptor systems in plants has been internationally recognized for its applications to agricultural and medical research.


Charles Rice

Dr. Charles Rice is the Maurice R. and Corinne P. Greenberg Chair in Virology and serves as head of the Laboratory of Virology and Infectious Disease at The Rockefeller University. He is one of the world’s most accomplished virologists and a prominent figure in research on members of the Flaviviridae including hepatitis C virus (HCV).


Ferid Murad

Ferid Murad M.D., Ph.D., is a world-renowned pioneer in biochemistry and a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology.


Nancy Morejon

Nancy Morejón, a celebrated essayist, critic, editor, journalist and translator, is renowned principally as one of the most distinguished women poets of Cuba and the first Afro-Cuban recipient of Cuba’s National Prize for Literature.


Ruth Behar

Ruth Behar was the keynote speaker at the MU conference Cultural Bricolage: Artist Books of Cuba’s Ediciones Vigía in November 2012. Born in Havana, Cuba and raised in New York, Behar shares her experiences of crossing cultural borders through her work as a writer, editor, ethnographer and documentary filmmaker.


Joseph Henrich

Joseph Henrich is a Canadian research chair in culture, cognition and evolution in the departments of psychology and economics at the University of British Columbia.


Mina J. Bissell

Mina J. Bissell, Ph.D., is an Iranian-American biologist and a world-recognized leader in the area of the role of extracellular matrix and microenvironment in regulation of tissue-specific function, with special emphasis on breast cancer.


Robert Picard

Professor Robert G. Picard is a world-leading specialist on media economics and government media policies. He was formerly based in the Media Management and Transformation Center at Jönköping International Business School in Sweden where he was director of the center and Hamrin Professor of Media Economics.


Bernard Lo

Bernard Lo, M.D., is president of the Greenwall Foundation, which supports bioethics research and young researchers in bioethics. He is professor emeritus of medicine and director emeritus of the program in medical ethics at the University of California, San Francisco.


Tim Page

Tim Page won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1997 for his writings about music in The Washington Post, where he has held the position of chief classical music critic since 1995.


Allan Gibbard

Professor Allan Gibbard’s two books, Wise Choices, Apt Feelings (1990) and Thinking How to Live (2003) develop a general theory of moral judgments and judgments of rationality.


Patricia Brennan

Dr. Brennan is a nationally recognized health care professional, having been elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2002 and the New York Academy of Medicine in 2009.


Steven Stucky

Steven Stucky, born in 1949, has an extensive catalogue of compositions ranging from large-scale orchestral works to a cappella miniatures for chorus. He is also active as a conductor, writer, lecturer and teacher, and for 21 years he enjoyed a close partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic


Michael Zgurovsky

Michael Zgurovsky is a well-known scientist in the field of mathematics and system analysis. He is the author of more than 350 scientific publications, including 35 books which were published in different countries, and the author/creator of 50 inventions.


John Boyer

Professor John Boyer was raised on a small beef cattle farm that he and his brother operated for six years and where he remains active. Because the farm is subject to severe drought on average every three years, he devoted his career to understanding how plants perform in these conditions and whether their performance can be improved.


John Mackey

John Mackey holds a master’s degree from The Juilliard School and a bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with John Corigliano and Donald Erb, respectively. Mackey particularly enjoys writing music for dance and for symphonic winds, and he has focused on those mediums for the past few years.


John Terborgh

For the past 35 years, John Terborgh has been actively involved in tropical ecology and conservation issues. An authority on avian and mammalian ecology in neotropical forests, Terborgh has published numerous articles and books on conservation themes.


Toi Derricotte

Toi Derricotte is the author of five books of poetry, the latest of which, The Undertaker’s Daughter (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), was hailed by Terrance Hayes as “her most stirring and innovative work yet.” Her other volumes are Tender, winner of the 1998 Paterson Poetry Prize; Captivity; Natural Birth; and The Empress of the Death House.


Bill Davies

Bill Davies has been recognized for his fundamental research on root-to-shoot signaling in plants that has led directly to the development of water-saving irrigation management systems now widely adopted on several continents. He is a distinguished professor at Lancaster University in the U.K.


Barry Bozeman

Barry Bozeman’s research focuses on public management, organization theory and science and technology policy. He is the author or editor of 16 books, including Rules and Red Tape: A Prism for Public Administration Theory Development (Sharpe Publishing, 2011) and Public Values and Public Interest (Georgetown University Press, 2007).


Valerie Boyd

Valerie Boyd is the author of Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston and Spirits in the Dark: The Untold Story of Black Women in Hollywood. She is an associate professor and the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, where she teaches magazine writing, arts reviewing and narrative nonfiction.


David Wellbery

David Wellbery is the author of two studies considered classics in the field of German literary history: Lessing’s Laocoön: Semiotics and Aesthetics in the Age of Reason (Cambridge University Press, 1984) and The Specular Moment: Goethe’s Early Lyric and the Beginnings of Romanticism (Stanford University Press, 1996). He is the LeRoy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University Professor at the University of Chicago.


William Brock

William Brock is Vilas Research Professor at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He earned a doctorate in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1969.His dissertation and early work were on optimal growth theory. His proof of the existence of a growth program that is maximal with respect to the catching-up criterion was an especially notable contribution.


James Skinner

James Skinner’s research interests are in the theoretical chemistry of condensed phases. A graduate of Harvard University with a doctorate in chemical physics, Skinner has coauthored more than 180 scientific publications and has given more than 280 invited lectures. He has received numerous awards for both scholarship and teaching.