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The Amistad Research Center is pleased to announce Conversations in Color: Alice Walker & Mickalene Thomas, a public exchange between the celebrated author and artist, moderated by Tulane associate professor of Art History & African Diaspora, Mia Bagneris. Welcoming Alice Walker to New Orleans for the first time in more than 30 years, the conversation is occasioned by the exhibition Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires, currently on view at the Contemporary Arts Center.

Agnes Callard is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. Her primary research interests include ancient philosophy, moral psychology, and ethics.
In her 2017 book  Aspiration, she drew from both psychology and decision theory, producing a work that The New Yorker described as “often moving, quietly profound.”   She is the recipient of a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship for her book project, “The World Socrates Made,” which investigates how contemporary intellectual culture is rooted in Socratic origins.

The Hans B. Jonassen lecture will take place on Monday, March 16, 2020 in 102 Jones Hall at 4:15pm. A coffee reception will begin at 4:00pm. The lecturer this year is John Gladysz who is currently a distinguished Professor of Chemistry and holds a Dow Chair in Chemical Invention at Texas A&M University. He has authored over 400 papers and patents, and his research spans a wide range of problems in the general areas of synthetic and mechanisitc organometallic chemistry and catalysis.

EEB Departmental Seminar: Changemaking Ecology: Using basic research to catalyze social innovation

Joan Wennstrom Bennett has been a Distinguished Professor of Plant Biology and Pathology at Rutgers University since 2006. Prior to coming to Rutgers, she was on the faculty at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, for over thirty years. The Bennett laboratory studies the genetics and physiology of filamentous fungi. In addition to mycotoxins and other secondary metabolites, research focuses on the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by fungi. These low molecular weight compounds are responsible for the familiar odors associated with the molds and mushrooms.

12:15 p.m. Stibbs Room
Speakers:

Patrick Norton, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Noel Wong, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Please join Noel Wong and Patrick Norton for a special session to discuss the future of technology in higher education, including strategies for leadership, innovation, enterprise and research data management, and the digitized evolution of Tulane’s business processes. A question and answer session will follow.  

1:00 p.m. Race Room
Speakers:
Soundarapandian Pandidurai, Hexaware Data Scientist; Adrienne Garber, Dell Senior Higher Education Strategist; and Nick Brigman, CompuCom Vice President of Digital Strategy

2:00 p.m. Stibbs Room
Speaker:
Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman, Microsoft Azure Data Platform and Analytics Architect
Join Microsoft’s Power BI platform architect and author of Crushing the IT Gender Bias for a discussion of her experience in Information Technology and a question and answer session on the role of women in technology.  

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"The future is what you make it. So make it a good one." - Doc Brown, Back to the Future
This year at Tech Day we will be looking to the future of the university experience. Big data and artificial intelligence sound like science fiction but they are today’s reality. Join us and meet some of the thinkers and practitioners who are making these technologies accessible in your classroom, research, and beyond. We have some ideas but we need your input to make them real. Join us to meet some of our new partners and experience the future today. 
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