Chancellor's Colloquium Distinguished Speaker Series 2011-12

The UC Davis Chancellor’s Colloquium Distinguished Speaker Series brings together several distinguished scholars and government leaders who promise to spark engaging conversations with the academic community and broader public around pressing issues of our time.

The series is intended to heighten local and national awareness of research at UC Davis and the speakers will also share their vision for university-based research in the 21st century.

After each forum, a faculty member will be invited to comment and initiate a Q&A discussion with the audience.

Introduction to the 2011-12 speaker's series

These events are free and open to the public.

All of the speakers in the 2011-12 series: 


Cathy N. Davidson (10.27.11)

Dr. Cathy Davidson's Talk

Dr. Cathy Davidson's Talk

Dr. Cathy Davidson talks about the research university, timeliness, controling and focusing attention. 

UC Davis
(1 hour 18 min)

"Now You See It: Attention and the Future of Learning"

Cathy N. Davidson, the Ruth F. DeVarney professor of English and John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute professor of interdisciplinary studies at Duke University speaks about rethinking education in the digital world. Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 4 p.m. UC Davis ARC Ballroom.

You can read Cathy's full remarks here.                                                                       

Q & A with Davidson (Dateline 10.21.11)


Charles M. Vest (11.30.11)

Dr. Charles Vest's Talk

Dr. Charles Vest's Talk

Dr. Charles Vest discusses the necessary components of a university of the 21st century. 

UC Davis
(1 hour 21 min)

"Now You See It: Attention and the Future of Learning"

Charles M. Vest, president of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, says basic research and preparing young people to be lifelong learners in a globalized economy are vital roles for universities in the 21st century. Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 4 p.m. Mondavi Center Studio Theatre.

You can read Charles's full remarks here.                                                                       

Q & A with Vest (Dateline 11.29.11)


Ralph Cicerone (1.10.12)

Dr. Ralph Cicerone's Talk

Dr. Ralph Cicerone's Talk

Dr. Ralph Cicerone talks about changes to the Earth's energy, which have happened, roughly, in a human generation. 

UC Davis
(1 hour 23 min)

"Climate Change: Human Causes and Responses"

Ralph Cicerone is president of the National Academy of Sciences and chair of the National Research Council. His research in atmospheric chemistry and climate change has involved him in shaping science and environmental policy at the highest levels nationally and internationally. Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 4 p.m. Mondavi Center.

You can read Ralph's full remarks here.        


Michael Dukakis (2.27.12)

Gov. Michael Dukakis's Talk

Gov. Michael Dukakis's Talk

Governor Michael Dukakis discusses his involvement in public service. 

UC Davis
(55 min 56 sec)

"Public Policy: A Great Career"

Michael Dukakis served an unprecedented three, four-year terms as governor of Massachusetts and was the 1988 Democratic nominee for president. Since leaving office, he has served as a visiting professor at many colleges and universities including Harvard University, University of Hawaii, Northeastern University and UCLA. Monday, February 27, 2012 at 4 p.m. Mondavi Center.

You can read Michael's full remarks here.        


Subra Suresh (4.25.12)

Dr. Subra Suresh's Talk

Dr. Subra Suresh's Talk

Dr. Subra Suresh speaks about how innovation necessarily depends on basic research in science and engineering, and basic research and engineering is best done at universities and colleges where creative minds work and young minds are taught and trained. 

UC Davis
(1 hour 13 min)

"Science & Engineering Research in the Globalized World"

Subra Suresh, a distinguished engineer and professor, is the director of the National Science Foundation and leads the only federal agency charged with advancing all fields of fundamental science and engineering research and education. He oversees the NSF's $7-billion budget, directing programs and initiatives that keep the United States at the forefront of science and engineering. Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 4 p.m. Mondavi Center Studio Theatre.

You can read Subra's full remarks here.