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Experts to Lecture at A Day With Northwestern

April 4, 2006 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Richard B. Stolley, senior editorial adviser for Time Inc. and founding editor of People magazine, and Joseph Kerwin, M.D., former NASA astronaut and member of the Mission Control team for the famed Apollo 13 flight, are the highly anticipated keynote speakers for the Northwestern Alumni Association’s “A Day with Northwestern in Evanston.” The 37th Annual Seminar Day, which takes place Saturday, April 22, also features the writer and director of the HALO video-game series, Joseph Staten.

The annual daylong event is open to the public and will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. Space is limited and large crowds are expected, so interested participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

A variety of seminars and thought-provoking discussions about a host of compelling topics --from space exploration and medical breakthroughs to succeeding in the video game industry -- will be presented by Northwestern faculty and alumni.

In addition, other sessions will explore the cutthroat competition of vocal performance; the story behind the nation’s economy; Islamic thought through the ages; the world of cancer survival; America’s unique perspective of redemption; and many other important topics, including the partnership between Northwestern and the Art Institute of Chicago to enhance the field of conservation science.

Stolley, the luncheon keynote speaker, honed his journalistic skills as a reporter, writer, bureau chief, senior editor and managing editor of Time Inc., a Time Warner company that publishes 130 magazines throughout the world for a readership of more than 120 million people. The topic of his 11:30 a.m. talk is “Should the First Amendment Be Repealed?” Stolley will discuss the role of the press today, why journalism seems to be in such low repute, and why society needs the media now more than ever. He also will reveal why it’s more important for the press to be effective than likeable, while explaining how the press can win back the public’s trust.

Dr. Kerwin will be the afternoon keynote speaker. Kerwin has a medical degree from Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He served as a U.S. Navy flight surgeon and naval aviator for seven years before becoming a science-astronaut in 1965, and was in Mission Control during the intense problem-solving of the Apollo 13 flight. His 2:30 p.m. talk “The Moon: Why Go There Again?” will focus on whether or not a return to the moon is likely -- or even a good idea -- based on what we now know about how well humans can adapt to space. In addition to highlighting his firsthand experiences in space, he will explain why a much-changed NASA plans to develop an innovative human spacecraft to explore the moon and Mars.

Esteemed Northwestern alumni will lead the following sessions:

• Brian S. Wesbury, chief economist, First Trust Advisors, L.P., will explain why our increasing pessimism over Federal rate hikes, rising energy prices, terrorism, the trade deficit, a housing bubble, and consumer debt is unwarranted.

• William W. Millar, president, American Public Transportation Association, the leading force in advancing public transportation, will discuss his views on the future of passenger transportation, travel trends, travel security and how we will pay for it all.

• Mary Ann Malloy, M.D., practicing cardiologist, medical expert for WMAQ-TV NBC5 Chicago, and lecturer, department of medicine, Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, will address how medical news is gathered and how to evaluate media sources and find health information you can use to your advantage.

• Joseph Staten, director and writer of the HALO video-game series, will discuss how one former theater major and 60 other hardworking nerds turned a good idea, smart code, beautiful art and energetic music into one of the most acclaimed, best-selling video games ever. In its first day of sales, HALO2 grossed $125 million.

Northwestern University faculty speakers will include Karen Brunssen, associate professor of voice, coordinator of the voice and opera program, and co-chair, department of music performance studies, School of Music; Souleymane Bachir Diagne, professor of philosophy and religion, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; and Teresa K. Woodruff, professor, department of neurobiology and physiology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

Other Northwestern faculty speakers will be Lane Fenrich, assistant dean for freshman and lecturer, department of history, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Dan P. McAdams, professor of psychology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and professor of education and social policy, School of Education and Social Policy; Martin H. Redish, Louis and Harriet Ancel Professor of Law and Public Policy, School of Law; and Katherine T. Faber, professor of materials science and engineering, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Mark H. Murphy, director of athletics and recreation, will moderate a morning session on the student-athlete experience at Northwestern.

For complete biographies of all of the April 22 speakers or to register online, visit <www.alumni.northwestern.edu/education>.

Admission to the daylong event is $65. A half-day ticket with lunch is $45. A single session is $20 for the general public. Northwestern students may attend a full day of programs for $5. The tickets and schedule will be distributed at the registration table at Norris University Center on April 22. Deadline for registration is April 14.

Free parking will be available in the two-story lakefront garage east of the theaters off Arts Circle Drive.

For more information, contact the Northwestern Alumni Association at (847) 491-7975 or (800) NU-ALUMS or visit <www.alumni.northwestern.edu/education>.

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