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Past Speakers

    


Cal Poly Pomona was proud to present an event sponsored by the

Kellogg Distinguished Public Lecture Series
(funded by the Kellogg Legacy Project Endowment)


Dr. Rigoberta Menchú Tum

Discussed

"Ending Racism & Hate "

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Thursday, January 30, 2014
Cal Poly Pomona

Bronco Student Center, URSA Major

Rigoberta Menchú Tum was born on January 9, 1959 to a poor peasant family in Chimel in north-western Guatemala. She was raised in the traditions of the Quiche, a branch of the Maya people. Her father, Vicente Menchú, was a community leader and her mother, Juana Tum, was a midwife and a traditional healer.

Rigoberta was the sixth of nine children. Her childhood memories are of a small homestead in the beautiful mountains of Guatemala, an untouched paradise that could only be reached by horseback. However, the Mayan people were poor and they could not grow enough food in the mountains to survive. So most years, Rigoberta’s family had to leave their community for six months to work on cotton and coffee fincas, or plantations that lined the southern coast of Guatemala.

The Mayan workers were treated very poorly by the plantation owners. They worked fourteen hours a day in the hot sun and were paid only pennies. Even as an adult Rigoberta was haunted by her childhood memories of what it was like to work on the plantations. One year, she watched her two-year old brother die from starvation. She never forgot the injustices that were created by the gap between the rich and the poor.

Rigoberta Menchú Tum generously granted us permission to make her entire lecture available online. The lecture transcript (PDF format) is also available.

 


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the First Year Experience Committee

Annie Leonard

Discussed

"The Story of Stuff"

Thursday, November 14 , 2013
Cal Poly Pomona

Bronco Student Center, URSA Major

Annie Leonard is the Director of The Story of Stuff Project and author of The Story of Stuff (Free Press, March 2010).

In December 2007, Annie released The Story of Stuff, a hit 20-minute webfilm that takes viewers on a provocative and eye-opening tour of the often hidden costs of our consumer driven culture. The Story of Stuff has generated over 10 million views in more than 200 countries and territories since its launch, making it one of the most successful environmental-themed viral films of all time. The film has won numerous awards, including a South by Southwest Festival award, and in 2008 Annie was named one of Time Magazine’s Heroes of the Environment.

Annie has spent nearly two decades investigating and organizing on environmental health and justice issues, traveling to over 40 countries to visit the factories where our stuff is made and the dumps where it ends up. Annie’s films, writing and presentations combine solid information and first hand investigative reporting with a profound sense of hope that we can, indeed must, find a more sustainable way to meet our material needs.

Prior to directing the Story of Stuff Project, Annie worked for the Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production & Consumption, the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Health Care Without Harm, Essential Action and Greenpeace International. She is currently on the boards of the International Forum on Globalization and GAIA and has previously served on the Boards of the Grassroots Recycling Network, the Environmental Health Fund, Global Greengrants India and Greenpeace India.

Annie did her undergraduate studies at Barnard College, Columbia University and graduate work in City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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funded by the Kellogg Legacy Project Endowment.

Dr. Jared Diamond

Professor of Geography
UCLA


Discussed

"Growing older: Lessons from traditional societies"

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Cal Poly Pomona University Theatre
, Bldg. 25

Jared Diamond is a Pulitzer-prize-winning author of four best-selling books, translated into 38 languages, about human societies and human evolution: Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse, Why Is Sex Fun?, and The Third Chimpanzee. His most recent book, The World Until Yesterday,was published in 2012. As a professor of geography at UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles), he has also conducted research and taught in three other fields: the biology of New Guinea birds, digestive physiology, and conservation biology. His prizes and honors include the U.S. National Medal of Science, the Pulitzer-prize for non-fiction, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Science, and election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He is a director of World Wildlife Fund/U.S. and of Conservation International. As a biological explorer, his most widely publicized finding was his rediscovery, at the top of New Guinea�s remote Foja Mountains, of the long-lost Golden-fronted Bowerbird, previously known only from four specimens found in a Paris feather shop in 1895.

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Professor Sir Ian Wilmut, FRS, FRSE

Professor Emeritus in the
MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh

Discussed
"Dolly to Stem Cell Therapy"

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Bronco Student Center - URSA Major

 


Ian Wilmut obtained his first degree in animal science at the University of Nottingham before completing a PhD at the University of Cambridge. During a post doctoral fellowship in Cambridge he carried out the research that produced the first calves from frozen and thawed embryos.

From Cambridge he moved to the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh where he was the leader of the team that produced Dolly the sheep, the first mammal cloned from an adult somatic cell. The group then went on to use the new methods to introduce precise genetic change into livestock so that they produced in their milk a protein that is needed to treat human disease.

He was the founding Director of the Centre for Regenerative Medicine in the University of Edinburgh. The Mission of this rapidly expanding Centre is to develop new treatments for human disease through innovative research with stem cells. Purpose designed facilities have been built alongside the new Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. The Centre will act as a focus within the Europe not only for the research with stem cells, but also the clinical and commercial opportunities that arise from the research. The new Centre covers the full spectrum of research - from basic mechanisms of stem cell regulation, via rigorous translational studies to provide the basis for new therapies and clinical trials with stem cells and their derivatives. The aim of his research is to be able to produce human cells for use in treatment of disease.

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Kellogg Distinguished Public Lecture Series

(funded by the Kellogg Legacy Project Endowment)

&
POLYTEACH 2012-13:
The  Information, Technology and Lifelong Learning Speaker Series

(supported by the La Bounty Endowed Chair in
Interdisciplinary Education
)

Founder of the Khan Academy
Salman Khan
Discussed
Rethinking Education

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Bronco Student Center
, URSA Major


With over 3,000 instructional videos, 300 exercises, and 3,700,000 unique users per month, the Khan Academy is rethinking the world of education. Founder Salman Khan provides insight into the history and the evolution of the Khan Academy and how we can rethink education.


Sal Khan is the founder of the Khan Academy, a nonprofit with the mission of providing free, high-quality education to "anyone, anywhere" in the world. A former hedge fund analyst with degrees from MIT and Harvard, Khan was helping a young cousin with math in 2004, communicating by phone and using an interactive notepad. When others expressed interest, he began posting videos of his hand-scribbled tutorials on YouTube. Demand took off, and in 2009 he quit his day job.


The Khan Academy website now provides self-pacing software and unlimited access to over 3,000 instructional videos on its YouTube channel covering everything from basic arithmetic to college level science and economics. It's the most-used library of educational videos on the web, with 4.2 million unique students per month, over 118 million lessons delivered, and over 260 million exercises completed. A growing number of classrooms around the world are using the Khan Academy to help build student mastery of topics and to free up class time for dynamic project based learning.

This lecture was jointly sponsored by the Kellogg Distinguished Public Lecture Series (funded by the Kellogg Legacy Project Endowment) and POLYTEACH 2012-13 / The Information, Technology and Lifelong Learning Speaker Series (funded by the Hugh O. La Bounty Endowed Chair of Interdisciplinary Applied Knowledge). The La Bounty Chair provides funding for distinguished visitors from academe, business, industry, the arts, and government, to serve as valuable links with the world and expose Cal Poly Pomona students to a variety of experiences, views, and opinions. Dr. La Bounty was the president of Cal Poly Pomona from 1977-1991. The endowed Chair program honors Dr. La Bounty's commitment to excellence in education during his many years of service at Cal Poly Pomona.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Best-Selling Author

Isabel Wilkerson

Discussed her New York Times’ bestseller,


The Warmth of Other Suns:
The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Cal Poly Pomona University Theatre

Isabel Wilkerson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is author of The New York Times’ bestseller, The Warmth of Other Suns. The book brings to life one of the greatest underreported stories of the 20th Century, a migration that reshaped modern America.  Wilkerson interviewed more than 1,200 people, unearthed archival research and gathered the voices of the famous and the unknown to tell the epic story of the redistribution of an entire people.  She chose to tell the story through three unforgettable protagonists as they make the decision of their lives.

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Dr. Roger Beachy

President Emeritus, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and

Professor of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis


discussed

“The Role of Science and Technology in
Achieving Global Food Security”

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Cal Poly Pomona University Theatre

Sustainable and intensive agriculture is considered by most, but not all, to be key to achieving food security in the U.S. and globally. Science and technology has been essential to the success of U.S. agriculture during the past century; and, with the applications of advanced genetics and genetic engineering, agriculture is poised to be a driver for a strong and sustainable bioeconomy into the future.  The lecture will consider the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

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