2018 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
Terrence Deacon is professor of Biological Anthropology and Linguistics at University of California- Berkeley. His research combines human evolutionary biology and neuroscience, with the aim of investigating the evolution of human cognition. His work extends from laboratory-based cellular-molecular neurobiology to the study of semiotic processes underlying animal and human communication, especially language. He is the author of The Symbolic Species: The Co-evolution of Language and the Brain.
Ilia Delio is a Franciscan Sister of Washington, DC and holds the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology at Villanova University. She earned doctorates in pharmacology from Rutgers University-School of Healthcare and Biomedical Sciences and in Historical theology from Fordham University. She is the recipient of a Templeton Course in Science and Religion award and the author of seventeen books including The Unbearable Wholeness of Being which won the 2014 Silver Nautilus Award and a Catholic Press Association Book Award. She lectures nationally and internationally on topics including evolution, artificial intelligence, consciousness, culture and religion.
Tristan Harris has been called the “closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience” by The Atlantic magazine. He spent three years as a Google Design Ethicist developing a framework for how technology should “ethically” steer the thoughts and actions of billions of people from screens. In 2016, Tristan left Google to work full-time on reforming the attention economy with the non-profit initiative, Time Well Spent, which aims to catalyze a rapid, coordinated change among technology companies through public advocacy, the development of ethical design standards, design education and policy recommendations to protect minds from nefarious manipulation. Rolling Stone magazine named Tristan one of “25 People Shaping the World” in 2017. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School in Government and an advisor to Open Markets Institute.
Solomon H. Katz is professor of anthropology and director of the Krogman Center for Childhood Growth and Development at the University of Pennsylvania. His work in the field of science and religion spans over 30 years with leadership in the Institute for Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS), as associate editor of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science; and as a participant in the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Dialogue Between Science and Religion. He is founding president of the Metanexus Institute and served as President of IRAS (1978-1984).
Jay Ogilvy cofounded Global Business Network in 1987, the world’s foremost consultancy for scenario planning. In 2009 he left GBN to become Dean of Presidio Graduate School, which offers an MBA in sustainable business practices. Now he is an independent consultant. In the 1980s he served as Director of Research for the Values and Lifestyles (VALS) Program at SRI (formerly Stanford Research Institute). Jay’s research and consulting experience revolves around scenario planning and the role human values play in purchase decisions and management. Jay’s work in future studies and values research builds on his background as a philosopher. He taught at the University of Texas, Williams College, and for seven years at Yale, where he received his Ph.D. in 1968. In addition to publishing dozens of essays, he is the author and editor of nine books including: Facing the Fold: Essays on Scenario Planning.
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