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Fall 2011 Honors Colloquium

Tuesday evenings, 7:30 p.m.
September – December 2011
Edwards Auditorium, URI Kingston Campus

Join us! The public is invited to attend this series of free events in person or online.

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Overview: The Future from 10,000 Feet

September 13 Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil on exponential growth and its consequences. Cosponsored by the Harrington School of Communication and Media.
  Student Produced Trailer Video of Ray Kurzweil's Presentation

September 20 Author and futurist Peter Schwartz on the interplay of geopolitics and technology in the future.
  Video of Peter Schwartz's Presentation

September 27 Three-time Hugo award-winning science fiction author Vernor Vinge on what sci-fi writers know about the future.
    Video of Vernor Vinge's Presentation

The Technologies

October 4 Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and urologist Anthony Atala on making new organs, now and in the future. At the request of the speaker this presentation will not be archived. However, it will be broadcast live.
  Student Produced Trailer  

October 11 Bioengineer and MacArthur Fellow Jim Collins on Synthetic Biology: Life Redesigned.
    Video of James Collins' Presentation

October 18 URI professor and nanotechnologist Jason Dwyer on current and future trends in nanotechnology. Cosponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences.
  Student Produced Trailer Video of Jason Dwyer's Presentation

October 25 Technologist James Bellingham, hurricane researcher Joseph Cione and roboticist Chris Roman - a panel discussion on the use of drones and robots to study the ocean, the atmosphere and their coupling.
    Video of the Presentation

November 1 Biological engineer and brain and cognitive scientist Ed Boyden on enhancing the brain - past, present and future.
  Student Produced Trailer Video of presentation will be posted when permission has been obtained to use the embedded PBS clip.

Societal Consequences

November 8 Cognitive scientist Deb Roy and media researcher Johanna Blakley in a panel on social media. Cosponsored by the Harrington School of Communication and Media.
    Video of the Presentation

November 15 Director of the Center for Bioethics, Science and Society at Northwestern University Laurie Zoloth on ethics and genetics. Cosponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences.
    Video of the Presentation

November 22 Thanksgiving week, no lecture.

November 29 Cyber security expert Richard Clarke on cyberwarfare. Cosponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance.
  Student Produced Trailer Video of the Presentation

Final Presentation: We are the Future

December 6 A presentation by the Honors Colloquium students on their envisioned future as informed by the 2011 Honors Colloquium course and lectures.

Join us at 7:00 p.m. for interactive presentations in the lobby. Have some pizza, coffee, tea and cookies while you chat about the future with the Honors Colloquium class students. At 7:30 p.m., we will move into the more formal presentations on the main stage. Hear about food, family and the future. Where will medicine be? Language? It will be an exciting evening and you will make the experience complete. Technology may be the catalyst but you inspire the students to share their visions and dreams.



Peter Cornillon, Chris Roman, Judith Swift

Major Sponsors:
The G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation, URI Honors Program, URI Graduate School of Oceanography.

Sustaining Sponsors:
The Thomas Silvia and Shannon Chandley Honors Colloquium Endowment, The Mark and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment, URI Office of the Provost, URI Office of the President.

URI Harrington School of Communication and Media, URI College of Arts and Sciences, URI Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance, URI College of Engineering, URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences, URI College of Business Administration, URI College of Human Science and Services, URI College of Pharmacy, URI Coastal Institute, URI College of Nursing, URI University College, URI Department of Communication Studies, URI Division of University Advancement,URI Classroom Media Services.

For more information on colloquium events contact Deborah Gardiner at 401.874.2381 or

For information about ways to support the Honors Colloquium, contact McIntyre at 401.874.4126 or

If you have a disability and need an accommodation, please call 401.874.2303 at least three business days in advance. For TTY assistance, please call the R.I. Relay Service at 800.745.5555.