At a Glance

  • 2015−16 season |  Oct 8, Nov 5, Dec 3, Feb 4, March 3, April 7, and May 5
  • Time | 7 p.m.
  • Location | Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul campus
  • Tickets | Series pass: $80; individual events: $20
  • Registration | 612-624-4000, on site, or online

Celebrating ten years of lively discussions on timely topics.
Hear it here, as it happens.

Headliners, the University of Minnesota’s popular current event series, returns this fall for its tenth season with new opportunities to meet with University experts as they share firsthand knowledge of today's most intriguing stories—medical breakthroughs, culture clashes, social trends, foreign affairs, and more! Hear the Who, What, Why, and How from an insider's point of view, and then ask questions and share your insights in a moderated Q&A. 

Date: Oct 8, Nov 5, Dec 3, Feb 4, March 3, April 7, and May 5
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul campus of the U of M
Cost: Series pass: $80; individual events: $20

Series registration is now open. 

Subscribe to the complete series before Friday, October 2, and get tickets to all seven events for just $80. That’s a savings of more than 40 percent. 

Upcoming Headliners Events:

October 8: Energy Evolution: Shaping the Future of Electricity

Elizabeth Wilson, Oct. 8 Headliners Speaker

The series kicks off on October 8 with Energy System Decision Making: Shaping the Future of Electricity, when you will meet Dr. Elizabeth J. Wilson, associate professor of Energy and Environmental Policy and Law at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.

In April, Wilson was among the top U.S. researchers selected to the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows, a distinction which will support her ongoing examination of the complex relationships between renewable and nuclear energy, climate change, and economic development, and how policy drives the evolution of energy systems.

Wilson will share the initial results from a groundbreaking, multi-university project that compares the decision-making processes of three distinct Regional Transmission Organizations, the members of which are shaping the future of electricity. 

November 5: Stronger, Faster, Brighter: Wearable Technology and the Future of Clothing

Lucy Dunne, Headliners Nov 5 speaker

Today, if someone said the words "wearable technology," you would probably envision a smart watch or step­-and-calorie-counting wristband.  And while clothing has long served to protect our bodies and express our identities, these functions are being made ever more powerful through new materials and technologies. Shrinking electronics, innovative materials, and new approaches to design and manufacturing are all transforming the clothing of today into the clothing of tomorrow. 

From the sports field to outer space, this clothing will be more durable, make our bodies stronger, and allow us to communicate instantaneously through text and speech, as well as through non­verbal means. The potential is vast and includes such possibilities as enabling people to age in place; bringing health care to remote, underserved areas; and augmenting human strength and cognition.

Technology also has implications for both fashion design (be it advancing dynamic properties in aesthetics or introducing products such as shape­shifting clothing) and apparel production and manufacturing, which, as a matter of course, is in flux.

Join us November 5 when Dr. Lucy Dunne, an internationally recognized researcher in smart clothing and wearable technology, will discuss the future of clothing for people with special and “everyday” needs, as well as for specific professions and environments. In addition to sharing current University of Minnesota research in these areas, Dunne will also discuss the experiences of undergraduate and graduate students, as they train to become the designers of tomorrow's clothing.

Dr. Lucy Dunne is an associate professor in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, where she also directs the Apparel Design program and the Wearable Technology Lab. Her research focuses on wearability and garment­-based wearable technology, and explores new functionality in apparel, human­ device interface, production and manufacture, and human factors of wearable products. Dunne received her PhD in computer science from University College Dublin, her MA and BS in apparel design from Cornell University, and her AAS in electronic engineering from Tompkins­ Cortland Community College. She is co­author (with Susan Watkins) ofFunctional Apparel Design: From Sportswear to Space Suits (Fairchild Books, 2015). Dunne is the recipient of the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award and the NASA Silver Achievement Medal for her work with functional clothing and wearable technology. 

December 3: Mapping and Interfacing with the Human Brain

Bin He, Headliners Dec 3 speakerBin He, Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Medtronic-Bakken Endowed Chair for Engineering in Medicine; Director, Institute for Engineering in Medicine, University of Minnesota.

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