Joshua Harker


Making the Unmakeable:
The Journey into the 3rd Industrial Revolution

Artist, sculptor, scribbler, musician, digital adventurer, imagination architect and trouble maker.

Daniel Drezner


Metaphor of the Living Dead

Professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution and a contributing editor at Foreign Policy. He is the author of four books, including Theories of International Politics and Zombies.

Justin Garcia


The Fall and Rise of Dating in America

A Binghamton University alumnus with an MS in biomedical anthropology and a PhD in evolutionary biology, currently a CTRD Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University, Bloomington.

John Boyer


Homo habilis U: Reinventing the University Experience for a Changing World

Senior instructor and researcher in the Department of Geography at Virginia Tech, regularly speaks on incorporating new technologies and social networking tools into the 21st-century classroom, and produces the Plaid Avenger blog at

Alexander Macris


If People are Getting Smarter,
Why is Our Content Getting Dumber?

Senior vice president of Alloy Digital and general manager of The Escapist magazine, the mouthpiece of the gaming generation.

Kyle Cranmer


The Discovery of the God Particle:
From the Big Bang to Big Data

A physics professor at NYU and a leader in the search for the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s highest-energy particle accelerator in Geneva, Switzerland; pioneered a collaborative statistical modeling paradigm that enabled the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012.

Michelle Thaller


Dark Matter:
We’re Not Made of the Same Stuff the Universe Is

Assistant director for science communication and higher education, NASA Sciences and Exploration Directorate, and specialist in the lifecycles of stars.

David Ferrucci


In and Out of Jeopardy

Artificial Intelligence expert and project leader for Watson, the computer system that took on and defeated the highest-ranked Jeopardy champions of all time on national television in 2011.


Just Passin' Thru

featuring Matt Telfer, '78 and Bob Demicco, chair of the Department of Geological Sciences, will play during intermission and a reception following the talks.