Chancellor's Colloquium Distinguished Speaker Series 2012-13

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.

These events are free and open to the public.

All of the speakers in the 2012-13 series: 

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Pauline Yu (10.3.12)

Dr. Pauline Yu's Talk

Dr. Pauline Yu's Talk

Dr. Pauline Yu disusses a liberal and practical education. 

UC Davis
(1 hour 18 min)

"The Humanities, Without Apology"

Pauline Yu, president of the American Council of Learned Societies since 2003, is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and on the board of directors of the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 4 p.m. Mondavi Center Studio Theatre.

You can read Pauline's full remarks here

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John Panaretos (11.7.12)

Dr. John Panaretos's Talk

Dr. John Panaretos's Talk

Dr. John Panaretos discusses in detail what to consider when making policy decisions; cost, access, quality, and social mobility. 

UC Davis
(1 hour 20 min)

"Public Universities at a Time of Austerity and Crisis: Some Lessons from Greece"

John Panaretos is a professor of probability and statistics at the Athens University of Economics and Business. He was Greece's deputy minister of education, lifelong learning and religious affairs from October 2009 to June 2011. Panaretos has also served as the education advisor to former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and as Greece's representative to the Open Government Partnership. Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 4 p.m. Mondavi Center Studio Theatre.

You can read John's full remarks here

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Kumar Patel (12.4.12)

Dr. Kumar Patel's Talk

Dr. Kumar Patel's Talk

Dr. Kumar Patel discusses technology and the pipeline to commercialization of a product. 

UC Davis
(1 hour 21 min)

"Quantum Cascade Lasers: From Lab Curiosity to Tools"

Kumar Patel is a professor of physics with a joint appointment in electrical engineering at UCLA. He served as UCLA's vice chancellor for research through 1999. He invented the carbon dioxide laser and has been nominated for a Nobel Prize multiple times. Tuesday, Decemeber 4, 2012 at 4 p.m. Mondavi Center Studio Theatre.

You can read Kumar's full remarks here

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Brylyne Chitsunge (2.5.13)

Brylyne Chitsunge's Talk

Brylyne Chitsunge's Talk

Brylyne Chitsunge climate-smart agriculture, and the role of the farmer in addressing climate change. 

UC Davis
(1 hour 12 min)

"Farming in the 21st Century - A Woman's Perspective from South Africa"

Brylyne Chitsunge is an internationally acclaimed expert and facilitator of the Nigeria-South Africa Group on Agriculture. Dr. Chitsunge has been a tireless advocate for farmers in her native South Africa for many years, traveling the world to discuss issues such as sustainable agriculture, climate change, and supporting women farmers. In the fall of 2011, Chitsunge addressed the Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture about the role of the farmer in addressing climate change.  Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 4 p.m. Mondavi Center Studio Theatre.

You can read Brylyne's full remarks here

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Mark Adamo (4.22.13)

Mark Adamo's Talk

Mark Adamo's Talk

Mark Adamo discusses the arts, and the fusion of drama and rhetoric. 

UC Davis
(1 hour 32 min)

"The Gospel of Mary Magdalene"

Composer Mark Adamo is currently working on his third full-length opera, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene. Aside from his previous operas, his work also includes choral and orchestral work. Monday, April 22, 2013 at 4 p.m. Mondavi Center.

You can read Mark's full remarks here

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Leslie Berlowitz (5.22.13)

Leslie Berlowitz's Talk

Leslie Berlowitz's Talk

Leslie Berlowitz discusses how curiosity-driven research and education is an easy target for policymakers in times of fiscal contraint. 

UC Davis
(1 hour 12 min)

"Liberty and Learning"

Leslie Berlowitz, president and the William T. Golden Chair of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is the first woman to serve as chief executive officer of the Academy and was named its 45th president in 2010. Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 4 p.m. Mondavi Center Studio Theatre.

You can read Leslie's full remarks here