10-Minute Talks: Engage, Edify, and Entertain Print Email

In addition to the traditional symposia and discussion formats, classmates will be delivering a series of short presentations on various subjects of their choosing. Presentations will be no longer than 10 minutes with no time for questions—hence, they are called Ten-Minute Talks. Previous 50th Reunions
have found these talks to be stimulating and successful, and we anticipate that they will generate lively conversations during the course of Reunion.

TEN-MINUTE TALKS: PART A
Tuesday, May 26, 11:00 am–12:15 pm
Science Center Halls B & C

A NOVEL WAY OF CURING CANCER OF THE EYE IN CHILDREN
David Abramson, chief, ophthalmic oncology service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

A NEXT FRONTIER: HEART-CENTRIC SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, BUSINESS, AND POLITICS
Julian Gresser, chairman, Alliances for Discovery; international lawyer, explorer, inventor, and social entrepreneur

IMAGE OF A SPIRIT: FROM AGNOSTIC TO IGNORAMUS
Paul Williams, tall director of small movies and esoteric adventurer; dwells off-grid in smallest manse in Malibu

TO FRAC OR NOT TO FRACK: WHAT ARE THE QUESTIONS?
Erica Levine Powers, lead editor/author, Beyond the Fracking Wars

THE BONFIRE OF THE VERITIES
Jeffrey Race, fallen political scientist, former army officer, and indefatigable volunteer

THE FIRST ASCENT OF THE WEST FACE OF MOUNT
HUNTINGTON, ALASKA, 1965
David Roberts, author, mountaineer, and adventurer

TEN-MINUTE TALKS: PART B
Tuesday, May 26, 3:30–4:45 pm
Sanders Theatre

FINDING OUR ROOTS
Stephanie Krebs, social anthropologist and filmmaker; member, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

REAGAN, THE CAMPS, AND JAPANESE AMERICAN REDRESS
Grant Ujifusa, book editor, Random House; lead lobbyist, Japanese American Citizens League, 1982–1988

THE MANHATTAN PROJECT NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK: ISSUES THEN AND NOW
Ron Wilkins, retired physicist, Los Alamos National Lab; president, Los Alamos Historical Society

FEELING OUR UNIVERSE
Steve Kilston, astrophysicist who first verified Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” words that “we are stardust”

PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT: PAST AND FUTURE
Bill Pedersen, senior counsel, Perkins Coie; former EPA official

JAZZ IMPROVISATION
Brian Cooke, long-standing jazz pianist and accomplished violinist in the Bay Area

TEN-MINUTE TALKS: PART C
Wednesday, May 27, 3:15–4:30 pm
Sanders Theatre

OAKLAND FIRESTORM 1991: A MIDDLE CLASS DISASTER
Christie Johnson Coffin, architect and planner; currently working on a district hospital in Ocotal, Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua

WHY STUDY BAKER’S YEAST TO LEARN ABOUT HUMAN CANCER?
James Haber, professor of biology, Brandeis University; member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences

WOMEN TRANSFORMING VIOLENCE IN RURAL AFRICAN COMMUNITIES
Thelma Awori, retired assistant secretary general of the United Nations Development Program, working on issues of gender equality in Africa

MINI-CONCERT: TRADITIONAL BLUES
David Evans, ethnomusicologist and performer of blues and folk music

TWO “REVOLUTIONS” WHICH HAVE TRANSFORMED THE PHARMACEUTICAL/BIOTECH INDUSTRY
Neil Flanzraich, CEO, chairman, and general counsel for various firms in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry

MY FIRST EXAM AT HARVARD
Burt Ross, humor columnist, Malibu Times

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