Ideas That Move the World Forward
Duke is hitting the pavement so you can experience how Duke is moving the world forward. Gather with the Duke community in Southern California, discover new ideas, and celebrate the university’s future. Hear firsthand what the buzz is about by watching this video. You can also get an idea of what to expect by checking out our Ideas That Move the World Forward video library, featuring clips from previous On the Road speakers.
Duke Forward is returning to Los Angeles! 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.
PRE-EVENT GAME WATCH
4:00 PM–5:30 PM
Watch the Duke vs. Miami men’s basketball game with fellow Blue Devils during a pre-event game watch reception.
5:30 PM–6:30 PM
Network with Duke alumni, parents, and friends while enjoying cocktails.
6:30 PM–7:30 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.
Paying Privilege Forward
Christena Cleveland, associate professor of the practice of reconciliation
Christena Cleveland shares how we can use our influence to create a more equitable society.
Overturning Assumptions About the Ocean
Susan Lozier, Ronie-Richele Garcia-Johnson Professor of Ocean Sciences, Bass Chair for Excellence in Research and Teaching, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Susan Lozier explores the critical connection between the circulation of ocean waters and climate change.
Road Less Traveled
John Sampson, Robert H. Wilkins and Gloria Wilkins Professor of Neurosurgery; chair of neurosurgery; professor of neurosurgery, biomedical engineering, immunology, and pathology
John Sampson shares about the journey to discover a vaccine for brain cancer.
7:30 PM–8:30 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 friends from Southern California.
Cost for this event is $40 per person or $20 per person for Class of 2005-2015 alumni.
Limited complimentary valet parking available at the L.A. LIVE Event Deck. L.A. LIVE Event Deck is located in Downtown Los Angeles. The venue is located on the top of the West Garage at Chick Hearn Court and Georgia Street, behind the Microsoft Theater. Access valet parking from West Road.
DUKE FORWARD IN LOS ANGELES CO-CHAIRS
Blake Byrne ’57
Kareem Cook ’94, M.B.A.’00
Robin Ferracone ’75
Artyn Gardner ’73
Max Gardner ’73
Lynn Gorguze ’81
Scott Peters ’80
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.
- Christena Cleveland
Associate Professor of the Practice of Reconciliation
Christena Cleveland is an associate professor of the practice of reconciliation at Duke Divinity School. She joined the Divinity School faculty in 2015.
A social psychologist and reconciliation scholar-practitioner, she writes and lectures widely on the theology and practice of reconciliation. Cleveland’s scholarly work includes integrating social psychological perspectives on intergroup and intercultural processes with current reconciliation dilemmas within the Christian church and the broader society. In her book, Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart, she examines and offers research-based strategies to overcome the nonconscious cognitive, emotional, and identity processes that pull Christians into homogeneous groups, fuel inaccurate perceptions of culturally different others, contribute to an “us vs. them” mentality, stimulate intergroup prejudice and hostility, and ultimately inhibit reconciliation.
A fifth-generation minister, Cleveland comes from a long tradition of leadership in the Church of God in Christ denomination, ranging from bishops to pastors to laypeople. She currently ministers in various ecumenical settings. Cleveland received her A.B. from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara.
- Susan Lozier
Ronie-Richele Garcia-Johnson Professor of Ocean Sciences
Bass Chair for Excellence in Research and Teaching
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Susan Lozier is a physical oceanographer at the forefront of research on large-scale ocean circulation and its role in climate variability and climate change.
Upon completion of her Ph.D. at the University of Washington, she was a postdoctoral scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She has been a member of the Duke faculty since 1992 and has served as chair of Earth and Ocean Sciences and as chair of Duke’s Academic Council. She currently chairs the faculty committee leading Duke’s new strategic planning effort.
Lozier was the recipient of a National Science Foundation Early Career Award in 1996. She also was awarded a Bass Chair for Excellence in Research and Teaching in 2000, received a Duke University Award for Excellence in Mentoring in 2007, and was named an American Meteorological Society Fellow in 2008, a Distinguished Professor in 2012, and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2014. She is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
- John Sampson Ph.D.’96, M.H.S.’07, M.B.A.’11
Robert H. Wilkins and Gloria Wilkins Professor of Neurosurgery
Chair of Neurosurgery
Professor of Neurosurgery, Biomedical Engineering, Immunology, and Pathology
John Sampson is the Robert H. Wilkins and Gloria Wilkins Professor of Neurosurgery and professor of neurosurgery, biomedical engineering, immunology, and pathology at Duke University. He was born in Canada and came to Duke in 1990 to train in neurosurgery. He has been at Duke since that time and was recently appointed the chair of neurosurgery.
During his tenure at Duke, he received a Ph.D. in neuropathology at The Graduate School and an M.B.A. at The Fuqua School of Business. Sampson trained under Gertrude B. Elion, one of the few female scientists to win the Nobel Prize. His research focuses on drug delivery to the brain and boosting the immune system’s reaction to malignant tumors. He developed a vaccine against a common mutation in brain tumors that has recently been given a Breakthrough Therapy Designation by the Food and Drug Administration after it was shown to extend survival in patients with the most malignant form of brain cancer.
His work on another vaccine was also recently published in the journal Nature. His work has been highlighted on the CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes, and The Wall Street Journal.