Lecture Videos

Dr. Wayne Shreffler

Was It Something I Ate? An Overview of Food Allergies

Monday, August 8, 2016

Dr. Wayne G. Shreffler is the Director of the Food Allergy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Shreffler received his MD and PhD degrees from New York University and his Pediatrics training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

In 2009, he joined MGH as the Director of the Food Allergy Center and in 2011 became the Section Chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.

David Mindell

Our Robots, Our Selves

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and author, David Mindell received engineering and literature degrees from Yale University and a Ph.D. from MIT. His 2015 book Our Robots, Ourselves, offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the cutting edge of robotics today, debunking commonly held myths and exploring the rapidly changing relationships between humans and machines.

Roz Chast

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Roz Chast ‘s cartoons have been published in The New Yorker, Scientific American, the Harvard Business Review, Redbook, and Mother Jones. Her books include is a comprehensive compilation of her favorite cartoons called Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health-Inspected Cartoons of Roz Chast, 1978-2006 and the award winning 2014 book Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Ajay Royan

Monday, August 3, 2015

Lecture title: Building to Last. What’s the best way to grow a durable company?

Ajay Royan, Co-Founder and Managing General Partner of Mithril, which backs category-leading companies like Adimab and Lookout, will discuss how technology can reshape almost every industry, and how to predict the winner in each space.

Royan frequently speaks on technology investing at conferences, as well as public forums such as Bloomberg, CNBC, the Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

Susan Glasser

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lecture title: Bush & Clinton, Trump & Sanders: Field Notes From the 2016 Presidential Race

Susan Glasser, the editor of POLITICO, offers a behind the scenes look at the unfolding campaign, navigating us through a field that is already the largest ever.
Glasser is also the founding editor of POLITICO Magazine, the award-winning publication featuring both long-form reporting and opinion journalism. She has also served as editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy magazine and was a foreign correspondent, editor and political reporter for the Washington Post.

Peter Baker

Wednesday, August 4, 2014

Peter Baker is White House correspondent for the New York Times. Prior to joining the Times , he worked for The Washington Post for nearly 20 years. Baker was also the Post’s Moscow Bureau Chief alongside his wife journalist Susan B. Glasser. Together they wrote the book Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the End of Revolution. In 2014 Baker wrote Bush and Cheney in the White House, a compelling portrait of Bush’s eight years in office.

Joe Klein

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Joe Klein is a columnist for TIME magazine and author. His column In the Arena covers national and international affairs for TIME. Klein has served as Washington correspondent for The New Yorker and as a political reporter for Newsweek.

He has been a consultant for television news programs and the author of six books  including the critically acclaimed roman à clef novel Primary Colors. He began his journalism career in 1969 as a reporter with the Essex County Newspapers in Massachusetts.

Esther Dyson

The Way To Wellville

Sunday, July 20, 2014
Esther Dyson wrote a best-seller about the impact of the Internet on individuals and society  Release 2.0: A design for living in the digital age, published by Broadway Books in multiple languages. She sits on the board of the Sunlight Foundation, which uses cutting-edge technology and ideas to push government to be transparent and accountable.

Dr. Walter Willett

Monday, July 14, 2014

Dr. Walter Willett is Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and Chairman of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Willett has focused much of his work over the last 25 years on the effects of diet on the occurrence of major diseases. He has applied these methods starting in 1980 in the Nurses’ Health Studies I and II and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.  He is the author of several books on the link between diet and health most recently Thinfluence (May 2014).

Richard Goldstone

The Future of International Criminal Justice

Monday, Sept. 16, 2013
Former South African judge and UN human rights prosecutor, Richard J Goldstone, discusses the crucial role of the United States in the development of modern international criminal justice and its role in preventing impunity for war criminals. Goldstone was a judge in South Africa for 23 years, the last nine as a justice of the Constitutional Court. From 1994 to 1996, he was the chief prosecutor of the U.N. International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. He was a member of the U.N. committee to investigate allegations regarding the Iraq Oil for Food Program.

Maureen Orth & Chuck Todd

Journalism Today

Monday, Aug. 12, 2013
Maureen Orth and Chuck Todd team up for a conversation on journalism and politics.

Orth, an award winning journalist, is a Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair Magazine, and the founder of the Marina Orth Foundation, which promotes advanced learning in technology and English for more than 1,200 students.

Todd is the Chief White House Correspondent for NBC News and host of ‘The Daily Rundown’ on MSNBC. Before becoming a journalist, Todd earned practical political experience on campaigns in Florida and national campaigns based in Washington, D.C.

Dr Robert Kirshner

The Accelerating Universe: A Nobel Surprise

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
In 1998, two teams of astronomers discovered that the expansion of the universe is not slowing down due to gravity, it is speeding up. Dr. Robert Kirshner’s graduate students shared in the 2011 Nobel Prize for this astonishing discovery. He is the Clowes Professor of Science at Harvard and this year is a Guggenheim Fellow. Dr. Kirshner served as President of the American Astronomical Society, and has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

Dr John Donoghue

Merging Mind and Machine to Restore the Brain

Monday, July 15, 2013
We are at the dawn of an age of neurotechnology where brain implants can be used to restore lost functions such as vision, hearing and movement.  Dr. Donoghue is Henry Merritt Wriston Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Brown University, Director of the Brown Institute for Brain Science, VA Senior Career Research Scientist, and Director of the Center of Excellence for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology, Rehabilitation R&D Service, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Providence, RI.

David Owen

A Journalist’s reflections on Covering the Environment, Golf and Home Improvement

Monday, July 8, 2013
David Owen has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1991. He is also a contributing editor at Golf Digest. He is the author of 12 books on a wide range of topics, including golf, the environment and home improvement. His work is included in the ‘The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor From Mark Twain to The Onion.’