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2012-2013 Frontier Forum Lecture Series

Michio Kaku, Ph.D.
“An Evening with Michio Kaku”
Sept. 26, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.
MOSI IMAX Dome Theater

Michio Kaku is one of the most widely recognized scientists in the world today. Kaku is attempting to complete Einstein’s unified field theory. He also is an expert in predicting trends that affect business, commerce and finance based on the latest research in science. He is the author of two New York Times best sellers, “Physics of the Impossible” and “Physics of the Future.” Kaku holds the Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York. He graduated from Harvard University in 1968 and received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1972.

Rory Kennedy
“An Evening with Rory Kennedy”
Nov. 8, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.
Tampa Theatre

One of the nation’s most prolific independent documentary filmmakers, Emmy-Award winner Rory Kennedy’s impressive body of work confronts some of our most pressing social concerns and has garnered numerous awards. Kennedy has produced, directed and/or written more than 30 celebrated documentaries, and her films have appeared on HBO, PBS, Lifetime Television, A&E and TLC.

Kennedy’s most recent project, Ethel, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and will air on HBO in October. A feature-length documentary about her mother, the film is Kennedy’s most personal project to date, providing an intimate look at the remarkable life of Ethel Kennedy, wife of Robert F. Kennedy.

Helen Fisher, Ph.D.
“Gender Differences in the Brain”
Feb. 21, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
USF MSC Oval Theater

Helen E. Fisher, biological anthropologist, is a Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University. She has written five books on the evolution and future of human sexuality, monogamy, adultery and divorce, gender differences in the brain, the chemistry of romantic love, and most recently, human personality types and why someone falls in love with one person rather than another.

In her newest work, she reports on four biologically-based personality types, and using data on 28,000 people collected on the dating site, she explores who you are and why you are chemically drawn to some types more than others.

Anthony Appiah, Ph.D.
“Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers”
April 18, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
USF Patel Center Auditorium

Kwame Anthony Appiah is often called a postmodern Socrates, and for good reason: he asks probing questions about identity, ethnicity, honor and religion during a time when these difficult notions continue to shift. Named one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 public intellectuals, Appiah is the Laurence S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University. In 2012, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by The White House.

Appiah’s award-winning book, “Cosmopolitanism,” is a manifesto for a world where identity has become a weapon and where­ difference has become a cause of pain and suffering.

The Frontier Forum lecture series is presented by the USF Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Faculty and sponsored by the USF Office of the Provost, USF College of Arts and Sciences and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. All events are free and open to the public.


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