At a Glance

  • 2016−17 season |  Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1, Feb 2, March 2, April 6, and May 4
  • Time | 7 p.m.
  • Location | Continuing Education and Conference Center, Saint Paul campus
  • Individual Tickets | $20
  • Series Pass | ($80)
  • Registration | 612-624-4000, on site, or online

Hear it here, as it happens.

Headliners, the University of Minnesota’s popular current event series, returns October 6 for its 11th 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.

Best of Class: Can We Feed the World Without Destroying it?

jason_hill.jpgwith Dr. Jason Hill, Associate Professor, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering; Resident Fellow, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota

In 2015, the University of Minnesota expanded its curriculum to address important global issues using a solution-driven, interdisciplinary approach to learning. The Grand Challenge Curriculum (GCC), as it is called, is an ever-growing portfolio of courses that tackle a particular global concern.

Among these Grand Challenge courses is Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It?, during which Professors Jason Hill and David Tilman first ask students to consider the fundamental changes occurring in the global food system, the environment, and our civilization as a whole, before asking them to consider more specific topics such as biodiversity, food waste, and genetically modified organisms, among others.

Also discussed: the bioeconomy, the role of science and technology in informed decision-making, how to approach inherently interdisciplinary problems, how to identify solutions that are sustainable in the long term, and how to inform the public of significant findings.

Experts agree that global food production will need to double by 2050 in order to feed the world’s population. So, “Can we feed the world without destroying it?” If yes, how?

Join us February 2 when Dr. Hill will discuss global food security and sustainability, as well as how students are learning how to develop innovative solutions to this and other grand challenges. 

Jason Hill, PhD, University of Minnesota; AB, Harvard College, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota where he also is a resident fellow of the University’s Institute on the Environment. Learn more… 

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Cyber Crime: From Phishing to The Dark Nethl_march_speaker.jpg

with Mark Lanterman, Chief Technology Officer, Computer Forensic Services; Instructor, Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota

You've read the headlines. Unfortunately, the question is not if your information is going to be accessed or stolen, but when. No individual, organization, institution, or government is immune to cyber crime.

Join us March 2 when cyber-security specialist Mark Lanterman will discuss recent high-profile cyber-crime events, including website breaches that have impacted retailers, banks, and government agencies. Lanterman also will survey security threats that specifically target our nation’s critical infrastructure via the Dark Web, the Internet of Things, phishing, and Wi-Fi attacks.

Mark Lanterman, MS, BS, Upsala College, is the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Minnesota-based Computer Forensic Services, and has 28 years of security and forensic experience. Prior to entering the private sector, Lanterman was a sworn investigator for the
U. S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Taskforce. He has led thousands of computer forensic investigations and provided expert witness testimony for more than 2000 cases. A sought after speaker internationally, Lanterman provides regular commentary on cyber-security issues for national print and broadcast media, including NBC, ABC, NPR, Al Jazeera, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. He is an instructor for the University of Minnesota’s Technological Leadership Institute, and also teaches at Mitchell Hamline Law School and the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. Lanterman recently conducted training for the United States Supreme Court through the Federal Judicial Center in Washington D.C. Learn more… 

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