2010-2011 Series

MythBusters Carol_Bartz Zanny_Beddoes
Ben_Carson Alton Brown President F.W. de Klerk
David Baldacci


Co hosts of the Emmy nominated show Mythbusters, a science entertainment television program on the Discovery Channel. The show's hosts, special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, use elements of the scientific method to test the validity of rumors, myths, movie scenes, adages, internet videos, and news stories. The show is one of the oldest and most popular series on the Discovery Channel.

Free event! No ticket required. Open to all students, faculty, staff and the public.

Monday, September 20, 2010
3 p.m.
Student Center Ballroom
Supported by Student Activity Fees.


Bartz is an American business executive, the former president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the internet services company Yahoo!, and former chairman, president, and CEO at architectural and engineering design software company Autodesk. She will be interviewed by David Lieberman, senior media reporter at USA Today.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
3 p.m.
Student Center Ballroom
Supported by Student Activity Fees.


Zanny Minton Beddoes is the Editor-in-Chief of The Economist. Previously, she was responsible for the newspaper’s coverage of business, finance and science. She has written extensively about international financial issues including enlargement of the European Union, the future of the International Monetary Fund and economic reform in emerging economies. In May 1998 she testified before Congress on the introduction of the Euro.

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Monday, October 18, 2010
3 p.m.
Student Center Ballroom
Supported by Student Activity Fees.

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Dr. Carson is a renowned Pediatric Surgeon and author of the book Gifted Hands. In 2001, Dr. Carson was named by CNN and TIME Magazine as one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists. That same year, he was selected by the Library of Congress as one of 89 Living Legends. In June 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the highest civilian honor in the land. Some of his career highlights include the first and only successful separation of craniopagus (Siamese) twins joined at the back of the head in 1987 and the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins in 1997 in South Africa.

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Monday, November 1, 2010
3 p.m.
Student Center Ballroom
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In his entertaining lecture, Where the Heck Am I and How Did I Get Here?, Alton Brown relates how he got his start and how he creates Good Eats, an offbeat food show that blends wit with wisdom, history with pop culture and science with common cooking sense. The creator and host of the Peabody Award winning Food Network show will discuss the ideas behind it and the new popularity of food and lifestyle shows. Also the food historian, scientist and commentator for Food Network’s new series Iron Chef America, Brown tells audiences to follow their passion because doing what you love is always a hit.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
3 p.m.
Student Center Ballroom
Supported by Student Activity Fees.


President F.W. de Klerk is a former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner who led the dismantling of apartheid and release of Nelson Mandela. He will discuss the globalization and the persistence of ethnic and religious conflict and calls upon wealthy nations to aid the underdeveloped world.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011
3 p.m.
Student Center Ballroom
Supported by Student Activity Fees.

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The author of more than 15 national and international bestselling novels, an accomplished trial and corporate lawyer and a tireless literacy advocate, David Baldacci discusses his life as an author, the writer’s routine and humorous stories from the road.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
3 p.m.
Student Center Ballroom
Supported by Student Activity Fees.

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