Academic Speaker Series: Fall 2014
The Landmark College Speaker Series kicked off its fourth year with the much-anticipated national autism expert Temple Grandin. Continuing through the fall, Speaker Series innovators from business and the arts will share new insights in marketing and filmmaking. The mission of the Speaker Series is to promote the intellectual environment of the College and to facilitate discussion of important issues in the community. Free and open to the public, most events are held on Monday evenings in the Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium located in the East Academic Building of Landmark College.
Different Kinds of Minds
Dr. Temple Grandin visited Landmark College on September 4, 2014. She spent the day meeting with students, faculty, and staff, then gave an evening talk at the Greenhoe Theater. In her presentation, Grandin discussed the diverse ways that people think. Grandin is a cultural icon for neurodiversity, best known for her work in animal science and autism advocacy.
The Next Social Marketing Revolution
Author and word of mouth (WOM) marketing expert Brad Fay will share fresh ideas on the link between marketing and the social side of human behavior. WOM refers to consumer buzz about products and services, and Fay’s research suggests that 90% of consumer talk happens offline. Fay is the Chief Operating Officer of the Keller Fay Group, an award-winning word of mouth research and consulting company—he is also the son of late Professor Emeritus Robert Sargent Fay, an integral member of the Landmark College English Department for 10 years. Free and open to the public, Fay’s talk will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 6, in the Brooks. M. O’Brien Auditorium of the East Academic Building.
The King of Beasts in the 21st Century: Conserving the African Lion in Botswana
October 27, 2014
7 p.m. - Brooks M. O'Brien Auditorium, East Academic Building
Dr. Andrew Stein, assistant professor of natural sciences at Landmark College, will discuss a research project on human-lion conflict in Botswana that he arranged on a 2014 trip to Africa. Stein will discuss the current status of lions including their distribution and threats. He will talk about the efforts to save lions range-wide as well as the specifics of the project that he designed with a Ph.D. student he is working with in Botswana. Free and open to the public, Stein’s talk will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 27, in the Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium of the East Academic Building.
Craft, Research, and Improvisation
November 10, 2014
7 p.m. Brooks M. O'Brien Auditorium, East Academic Building
Interdisciplinary filmmaker Cauleen Smith will speak about her recent projects commissioned for galleries and public spaces, loosely inspired by Sun Ra and the psychogeography of several American cities. Sun Ra (1914-1993) was a jazz composer, musician, and pioneer of afrofuturism, the artistic movement exploring African experience through fantasy and science fiction. Free and open to the public, Smith’s talk will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 10, in the Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium of the East Academic Building at Landmark College.
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