Boaz Barak

Lecture Title: “Speaking about unspeakables”

Boaz Barak is the Gordon McKay professor of Computer Science at Harvard University’s John A. Paulson school of Engineering and Applied Sciences. His research interests include all areas of theoretical computer science and in particular cryptography and computational complexity. Previously, he was a principal researcher at Microsoft Research New England, and before that an associate professor (with tenure) at Princeton University’s computer science department. Barak has won the Packard and Sloan fellowships, and was also selected for Foreign Policy magazine’s list of 100 leading global thinkers for 2014. He serves on the editorial boards of several journals and is also a member of the Committee for the Advancement of Theoretical Computer Science and of the board of trustees of the Computational Complexity Foundation. He wrote with Sanjeev Arora the textbook “Computational Complexity: A Modern Approach”.


Scott Brewer

Scott Brewer

Lecture Title: “A role for paradox in the fulfilled life”

Scott Brewer joined the Harvard Law School faculty in 1989 and has been full professor of law since 1997. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal. He was a law clerk for Judge Harry T. Edwards on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and for Justice Thurgood Marshall on the United States Supreme Court. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School, the University of San Diego Law School, the University of Navarra (Spain), Sciences Po (Paris, France), the University of Bologna (Italy), the University of Vienna (Austria), and the European University Institute (Italy), where he is the co-founder and co-chair of the Summer School on Law and Logic, jointly hosted by the EUI and HLS. At HLS he specializes in Evidence, Contracts, and a variety of philosophy-related courses.

Ricardo Hausmann

Lecture Title: “Knowhow and the Wealth of Nations”

Ricardo Hausmann is Director of Harvard’s Center for International Development and Professor of the Practice of Economic Development at the Kennedy School of Government. Previously, he served as the first Chief Economist of the Inter-American Development Bank (1994-2000), where he created the Research Department. He has served as Minister of Planning of Venezuela (1992-1993) and as a member of the Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela. He also served as Chair of the IMF-World Bank Development Committee. He was Professor of Economics at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administracion (IESA) (1985-1991) in Caracas, where he founded the Center for Public Policy. His research interests include issues of growth, macroeconomic stability, international finance, and the social dimensions of development. He holds a PhD in economics from Cornell University.

Alex Krieger

Lecture Title: “Why suburban America is rediscovering city pleasures”

Alex Krieger, FAIA, has combined a career of teaching and practice, dedicating himself in both to understanding how to improve the quality of place and life in our major urban areas.  Mr. Krieger is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he has taught since 1977.  He served as Chairman of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, 1998-2004 and 2006-2007, as Director of the Urban Design Program, 1990-2001, and as Associate Chairman of the Department of Architecture, 1984-1989.  In 2003, 2005, and 2007, he was honored as one of the outstanding teachers at Harvard University. Design Intelligence Magazine annual national survey named him one of seven “2007 Architectural Educators of the Year.” Mr. Krieger is a principal at NBBJ, a global architecture and planning firm. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Nancy Krieger

Lecture Title: “Living and dying at the crossroads: racism, embodiment, social justice, and public health”

Nancy Krieger is Professor of Social Epidemiology, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the HSPH Interdisciplinary Concentration on Women, Gender, and Health. She is an internationally recognized social epidemiologist (PhD, Epidemiology, UC Berkeley, 1989), with a background in biochemistry, philosophy of science, and history of public health, plus 30+ years of activism involving social justice, science, and health. She is an ISI highly cited scientist (since 2004; reaffirmed: 2015), a group comprising “less than one-half of one percent of all publishing researchers.” Dr. Krieger’s work addresses three topics: (1) conceptual frameworks to understand, analyze, and improve the people’s health, including the ecosocial theory of disease distribution she first proposed in 1994, concerned with embodiment and equity; (2) etiologic research on societal determinants of population health and health inequities; and (3) methodologic research on improving monitoring of health inequities.


Gigi Luk

Lecture Title: “Knowledge and Application: The Curious Case of Bilingualism”

Gigi Luk’s research on the cognitive consequences of bilingualism extends across the lifespan. These cognitive consequences include literacy acquisition in children and executive functions in young and older adults. The main research finding is that bilingualism, as a language experience, results in some cognitive advantages and linguistic limitations at different developmental stages. She investigates bilingual consequences using both behavioral and neuroimaging techniques. In addition to investigating the science of bilingualism, Dr. Luk has examined how to harness scientific findings on bilingualism to improve educational experience for children from diverse language backgrounds. In particular, she has established a research program investigating: (1) effective ways to measure bilingualism in schools; (2) relevance of knowledge on bilingualism and executive functions to language and literacy outcomes; and (3) relationship between academic outcomes, quality and quantity of bilingual experience.


Kenneth Mack

Lecture Title: “What is Inclusion?”

Kenneth W. Mack is the inaugural Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law and Affiliate Professor of History at Harvard University.  He is the co-faculty leader of the Harvard Law School Program on Law and History. His research and teaching have focused on American legal and constitutional history with particular emphasis on race relations, politics and economic life. His 2012 book, Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer (Harvard University Press), was selected as a Top 50 Non-fiction Book of the Year by the Washington Post

He began his professional career as an electrical engineer at Bell Laboratories before turning to law and history.  Before joining the faculty at Harvard Law School, he clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Carter, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and practiced law in the Washington, D.C. office of the firm Covington & Burling.

Xiao-Li Meng

Lecture Title: “Marriages That Last”

Xiao-Li Meng, Dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), Whipple V. N. Jones Professor and former chair of Statistics at Harvard, is well known for his depth and breadth in research, his innovation and passion in pedagogy, and his vision and effectiveness in administration, as well as for his engaging and entertaining style as a speaker and writer. Meng has received numerous awards and honors for the more than 120 publications he has authored in at least a dozen theoretical and methodological areas, as well as in areas of pedagogy and professional development; he has delivered more than 400 research presentations and public speeches on these topics, and he is the author of “The XL-Files,” a regularly appearing column in the IMS (Institute of Mathematical Statistics) Bulletin. His interests range from the theoretical foundations of statistical inferences to statistical methods and computation to applications in natural, social, and medical sciences and engineering.

William Milberg

Lecture Title: “Lost in Translation: The true challenge of connecting bench to bedside in biomedical research”

Bill Milberg, Ph.D is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry Harvard Medical School and the Associate director of Research for the New England Geriatric, Research, Education and Clinical Center at the VA Boston Healthcare System where he has been based for more than thirty years. His work has been focused on trying to understand brain organization as it is impacted by neurological disease, particularly in older adults. His work has helped redefine the boundaries between health and disease in disorders of cognition and normal aging, and has expanded the study of brain and intellectual function to include its broader biological and physiological context. In addition to his role as a scientist, he has also been very interested in teaching, particularly in developing innovative methods for helping students learn neuroanatomy as it pertains to the understanding of behavioral function and cognitive systems in health and disease. His courses in neuroanatomy and neuropsychology have been popular with students both in the university and extension school since the 1980’s.

Diane Moore

Lecture Title: “Faith in the 21st Century”

Diane L. Moore focuses her research on enhancing the public understanding of religion through education from the lens of critical theory. Her current project is a series of collaborations with educators and other professionals to create resources to better understand the intersections of religion, conflict, and human rights in contemporary world affairs.

Professor Moore is the director of the Religious Literacy Project, coordinator for the Religious Studies and Education Certificate and serves on the editorial boards of the journals Religion and Education and the British Journal of Religious Education.  She is a member of the Working Group on Religion Training and Methodologies for the US State Department charged with developing content, case studies, frameworks and other tools to improve the way State Department officials engage with religious issues, communities and leaders in the conduct of foreign affairs. In 2005-06 Moore was one of two professors chosen by Harvard Divinity School students as HDS Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).


Christine A. Riedy

Lecture Title: “Putting the Mouth Back into the Body”

Dr. Christine Riedy is a behavioral scientist and Associate Professor in Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She holds an MA and PhD in Psychology and an MPH in Maternal Child Health Services from the University of Washington. Dr. Riedy’s research has focused on the understanding and prevention of early childhood dental disease through education and behavioral strategies, particularly in underserved and diverse communities. Dr. Riedy’s funded studies (HRSA, NIH-NIDCR) were focused on the intergenerational aspect of dental disease and behavioral strategies for promoting prenatal dental visits to prevent the initial transmission of infection between mothers and their children. Prior to coming to Harvard, she was a faculty member at the University of Washington School of Dentistry serving as a research mentor to predoctoral and postdoctoral dental students. In addition to working with graduate students in the HSDM dental public health program, she is the behavioral sciences discipline director for predoctoral dental education.

Steven S. Rogers

Lecture Title: “The Importance of Strategy to Entrepreneurship”

A 1985 graduate of HBS, Professor Rogers holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College. Prior to teaching at the school, he taught for 17 years at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He received the Outstanding Professor Award for the Executive Program 26 times and the MBA Lawrence Lavengood Outstanding Professor of the Year award twice. He was the first professor in the school’s history to receive the latter award more than once. Before joining the Kellogg Faculty, he owned and operated two manufacturing firms and one retail operation.

Professor Rogers currently serves on the Advisory Board of Private Equity Firm OCA Ventures and also serves on the Board of Directors of SC Johnson Wax. He is a former Trustee of Williams College and a member of the Harvard Business School Visiting Committee. In 2002 Professor Rogers published his first book, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Finance and Business. He has completed five Triathlons.

David A. Shore

Lecture Title: “Memo to Change Agents: Avoid the VOID!”

David A. Shore is a leading authority on innovation and managing change to gain competitive advantage.  Throughout his career he has built constructive links between theory and practice by combining research, consulting, and teaching.  He is currently a lecturer at Harvard Extension School and adjunct professor of organizational development and change at the School of Business, University of Monterrey, Mexico.  He has held visiting professorships including in Amsterdam, Santiago, and Shanghai; has consulted on six continents; and has delivered hundreds of keynote addresses and workshops for groups across multiple industries.  Shore spent two decades at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he served as an associate dean.

His most recent book is Launching and Leading Successful Change Initiatives in Health Care Organizations: (Jossey-Bass, 2014).   In 2015 Professor Shore was recognized as a Top Thought Leader in Trust by Trust Across America – Trust Around the World; and for distinguished teaching performance by the Harvard Extension School.


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