Event program for Duke Forward in Atlanta 2015
Duke Forward is returning to Atlanta! Join us for Ideas That Move the World Forward, a new program featuring short, inspiring talks by some of Duke’s most innovative thinkers whose ideas are forging real change both locally and globally. See the full program below.
Hear President Richard H. Brodhead share the vision for Duke’s future.
Following the program, you'll have the opportunity to network with Duke alumni, parents, and friends during a dinner reception.
6:00 PM–7:00 PM
Network with Duke alumni, parents, and friends while enjoying cocktails.
7:00 PM–8:00 PM
Ideas That Move The World Forward
Discover how Duke’s commitment to knowledge in the service of society is making a real difference in how we think and live today. President Richard H. Brodhead will share the vision for Duke’s future and discuss how big ideas from Duke’s stellar faculty, alumni, and students are moving the world forward—and how Duke Forward supports that success. Then, hear from three Duke visionaries who will give you an inside look into the impact of their work.
Improving Health, Digitally
Gary Bennett Ph.D.’02, Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, director of the Duke Global Digital Health Science Center and the Duke Obesity Prevention Program
Gary Bennett shares how to harness technology to prevent obesity and reach high-risk populations.
Nita Farahany M.A.’04, J.D.’04, Ph.D.’06, director of Duke Science & Society, professor of law and philosophy
Nita Farahany explains the impact of emerging technologies on society and the law.
Food, Farming, and Faith
Norman Wirzba, professor of theology and ecology, research professor of theology and ecology
Norman Wirzba shares why food matters to the body, soul, and planet.
8:00 PM–9:00 PM
Catch up with friends over a dinner reception and connect with speakers from the program. This is your opportunity to meet and mingle with generations of Duke alumni, parents, and supporters from the Atlanta area.
Cost for this event is $40 per person or $20 per person for Class of 2005—2015 alumni.
DUKE FORWARD IN ATLANTA CO-CHAIRS
Annie Richardson Goode ’02
Jason Goode ’97, J.D.’00
Morgan Varner III J.D.’66
Ellen Yates ’79
John Yates ’78, J.D.’81
More information about our speakers
- Richard H. Brodhead
President of Duke University
Since arriving at Duke in 2004, Brodhead has enriched undergraduate education and led the expansion of Duke’s financial aid endowment. Under his leadership, Duke established the Duke Global Health Institute and launched DukeEngage. Brodhead has made globalization a major strategic priority: he oversaw the creation of the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore, and Duke Kunshan University in China, which opened in August 2014. Closer to home, Brodhead is a champion of the relationship between Duke and the City of Durham.
Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004, Brodhead was named the co-chair of the Academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, which issued its report in June 2013. Brodhead served as a trustee of the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 2004 to 2012 and received its Academic Leadership Award in 2013. Also in 2013, he was named a trustee of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He has been awarded four honorary degrees, most recently from Miami Dade College in 2014.
Brodhead graduated from Yale University in 1968 and received his Ph.D. there in 1972. He then joined the Yale faculty, where he had a 32-year career, serving as the A. Bartlett Giamatti Professor of English and American Studies, chair of the English Department, and dean of Yale College for 11 years. Brodhead has written or edited more than a dozen books on American literature.
- Gary Bennett Ph.D.'02
Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Director of Duke Global Digital Health Science Center and Duke Obesity Prevention Program
Gary Bennett is the Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience. He directs the Duke Global Digital Health Science Center and the Duke Obesity Prevention Program. Bennett's research program designs, tests, and disseminates digital health obesity treatments. He developed the interactive obesity treatment approach (iOTA), which is being evaluated in several trials, both domestically and abroad. He has published more than 125 papers on obesity’s causes, consequences, and solutions. Bennett is an active advisor to numerous health system, health advocacy, and health technology organizations.
Bennett has a Ph.D. in clinical health psychology from Duke University and completed a residency at Duke University Medical Center prior to postdoctoral studies in social epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Prior to joining Duke in 2009, Bennett served on the faculties of the Harvard School of Public Health and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
- Nita Farahany M.A.’04, J.D.’04, Ph.D.’06
Director of Duke Science & Society
Professor of Law and Philosophy, Genome Sciences and Policy
Nita Farahany is a professor of law and philosophy, director of Duke Science & Society, and director of the Duke Master of Arts (M.A.) in bioethics and science policy. In 2010, she was appointed by President Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and continues to serve as a member. She is a widely published scholar on the ethical, legal, and social implications of the biosciences and emerging technologies, and a frequent commentator for national media and radio shows. Farahany is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a board member of the International Neuroethics Society, a member of the Law and Ethics Advisory Panel (LEAP) as part of the Football Players Health Study (FPHS) at Harvard University, a co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, and an editorial board member of the American Journal of Bioethics (Neuroscience). Farahany holds an A.B. in genetics from Dartmouth College, an A.L.M. in biology from Harvard University, and a J.D., M.A., and Ph.D. in philosophy from Duke University.
- Norman Wirzba
Professor of Theology and Ecology
Research Professor of Theology and Ecology
Norman Wirzba is a professor of theology and ecology at Duke Divinity School and research professor of theology and ecology at the Nicholas School of the Environment. He pursues research and teaching interests at the intersections of theology, philosophy, ecology, and agrarian and environmental studies. Wirzba’s work focuses on understanding and promoting practices that can equip both rural and urban faith communities to be more faithful and responsible members of creation. His most recent books are Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating and From Nature to Creation: A Christian Vision for Understanding and Loving Our World.